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Robinhood, the no-fee investment app, has raised $363 million in Series D funding at a $5.6 billion post-money valuation.

Why it's a big deal: Because Robinhood doesn't just want to help millennials save money on stock, crypto and options trades. It wants to become a full-fledged consumer finance company, and this is enough cash to help it pursue that goal.

DST Group led, and was joined by Sequoia Capital, Kleiner Perkins, CapitalG and return backers like NEA and Thrive Capital. It has now raised a total of $539 million.

  • DST founder Yuri Milner was included on a U.S. Treasury Department list of Russian oligarchs, but he wasn't among those subsequently sanctioned. Robinhood co-CEO Baiju Bhatt says his company isn't concerned about possible regulatory implications of taking DST's money.

Bottom line: The Silicon Valley company says it now has more than four million brokerage accounts, which is a larger user base than E*Trade (3.7m). It also claims to have transacted over $150 billion in trades.

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Biden releases 2019 tax returns ahead of debate

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Joe Biden's campaign released his 2019 tax returns on Tuesday, showing that he and his wife, Jill, paid nearly $300,000 in federal taxes last year.

Why it matters: The release, timed just hours before the first presidential debate, comes days after a bombshell New York Times report said that President Trump paid only $750 in federal taxes in 2016 and 2017. Biden's team is hoping to make the tax contrast a sticking point during their showdown.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 2:15 p.m. ET: 33,454,037 — Total deaths: 1,003,571 — Total recoveries: 23,204,219Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 2:15 p.m. ET: 7,165,067 — Total deaths: 205,476 — Total recoveries: 2,794,608 — Total tests: 102,342,416Map.
  3. Health: Americans won't take Trump's word on the vaccine, Axios-Ipsos poll finds.
  4. States: NYC's coronavirus positivity rate spikes to highest since June.
  5. Sports: Tennessee Titans close facility amid NFL's first coronavirus outbreak.
  6. World: U.K. beats previous record for new coronavirus cases.

NYC's coronavirus positivity rate spikes to highest since June

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New York City's coronavirus positivity rate has ticked up to 3.25%, its highest since June, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The jump — from 1.93% on Monday — came on the first day that public elementary classrooms reopened in the city after months of closures, but guidelines state that all public schools will have to shut if the citywide seven-day positivity rate stays above 3%.