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  • Would you trust a robot to handle your cash?
  • Would you trust a robot to handle your cash?
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Digit: outsource your saving to a bot

Nearly seven in ten Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings accounts, and 34% have nothing set aside whatsoever. Conserving cash can be difficult, but finance app Digit wants people to leave it to a bot. How has it managed to save people over $230 million in just 18 months?

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People are generally bad at saving. It can be hard to turn down a swanky dinner to put money away and spend a night on the sofa. “While I don't believe money actually buys happiness, it can certainly buy lattes, concert tickets, and shopping sprees, which definitely deliver a certain buzz of euphoria in their own right,” writes journalist Marissa Higgins. [1]

US-based Digit has been supporting people in their money-saving efforts since it launched in 2015. Simply connect your bank account to the service, and its bot will track your spending habits and regularly take out ...

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