When we are thinking about where the trajectories of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, “smart” “contracts” and decentralised finance (or “defi”) will lead to, it can be helpful to find historical analogies. These can provide a shared narrative both to facilitate communications between stakeholders and to provide foundations for strategic planning.
Fintech is exploding by any metric: funding, customer counts, revenues, corporate acquisitions…
The number of people working in fintech has also grown prodigiously over the last few years. As people migrate from other sectors into fintech for the first time, I frequently get asked the same question: what can I read to learn about the space?
Three years ago, we released the first edition of the Matrix Fintech Index. We believed then, as we do now, that fintech represents one of the most exciting major innovation cycles of this decade. In 2020, all the long-term trends forcing change in this sector continued and even accelerated.
In the movie All The President’s Men, Woodward and Bernstein meet their informant in a parking garage who tells them: “Follow the money.”
If you want to know which technologies are hot in banking, you should do the same. The truly “hot” technologies in banking are the ones that financial institutions invest in—not necessarily the ones the pundits talk about.
This past year was a whirlwind for fintech. The pandemic hit many businesses like a hurricane, with lenders suffering the most damage. But as government stimulus checks hit bank accounts and consumers began buying everything online, some of the most popular personal finance apps and payments companies thrived. Digital banking startup Chime tripled its valuation in six months, reaching $14.5 billion in September.
Wirecard’s stunning collapse exposed a litany of failures: by auditors and accountants who took the company’s statements at face value; by scores of journalists who weren’t willing to dig deeper; and by a swathe of investors who helped inflate the company’s valuation without scrutinizing its financials.
For years, investors and operators in the FinTech industry were branded by a singular rallying cry: a reckoning in financial services was coming, and the need to stake equity in user-centric apps, lowered transaction fees, and hashtag-friendly startup names was critical.
Nearly every industry had to pivot, in multiple ways, to adapt to the challenges brought on by 2020. FinTech has been one of the most impacted, with people working, shopping, and banking from home due to social distancing. Although partially sprung from Covid, the trends in online banking, lending, and digital and contactless payments will likely continue.
In consumer fintech, a lot of thought and emphasis goes into building solutions for financial inclusion (or financial literacy). This is the right problem for financial services to tackle. Even in markets like the US, where there is one bank branch for every 4,000 people, the availability of safe, healthy financial services is still radically skewed by socio-economic status.
Point of sale financing—the modern layaway that lets you pay for a new TV or dress in four installments instead of putting it on your credit card—has been rising steeply in popularity over the past two years, and the pandemic is propelling it to new heights.
The sudden halt to Ant Group Co.’s giant initial public offering left investors hanging, employees shellshocked and shareholders trying to come to grips with why China pulled the plug on the record-breaking deal when it was so close to the finish line.
We all know that 2020 has been a total paradigm shift year for the fintech world (not to mention the rest of the world). Our financial infrastructure of the globe has been pushed to its limits. As a result, fintech companies have either stepped up to the plate or hit the road for good.
HSBC Global Asset Management and Pollination Group, a specialist climate change advisory and investment firm, today announced that they have entered into a joint venture to establish HSBC Pollination Climate Asset Management.
With Airbnb filing paperwork for an initial public offering last week, it became the latest of many companies to pursue a confidential IPO, which experts say allows for more flexibility and can be more advantageous than the traditional route of filing an S-1 months ahead of time.
New fintech newsletters covering topics ranging from neobanks to BigTech to cryptocurrencies to super apps have emerged over the past year. There are newsletters out there doing a good job of reporting what’s going on in fintech. This list includes seven doing a great job of explaining what it means.
Beijing has announced it is launching a major expansion of trails to test a digital version of its yuan currency. China’s ministry of commerce said on Friday the new digital currency, known as DC/EP, or digital currency/electric payment, would be trialed in cities across the country’s most-developed regions.