Is FinTech the Future of Finance?
In a short time, fintech has changed how customers spend and interact with their money — and how businesses all over the world operate. But what is fintech, and why is it growing?
As our economy becomes increasingly cashless, there’s no denying that fintech is indeed the future of finance. Digital transactions are on the rise, and companies are finding ways to expand on that model. Take Amazon, which is offering cashier-less brick-and-mortar shops where consumers simply take what they need without any sort of transaction to complete their purchase. All shoppers need to do is scan a QR code at the entrance, grab what they want and leave.
In addition, financial transactions are increasingly happening online as payment apps such as Venmo gain popularity. Even Bitcoin and other digital currencies are changing how individuals invest and spend their money.
Fintech has also created new consumer markets for financial services providers. Without the burden of brick-and-mortar locations, it’s much easier for western fintech companies to access potential customers in new markets in the Southern Hemisphere and Asia. Fintech has also enabled rapid growth for companies in these markets, according to a McKinsey report.
The fintech industry is also tracking to grow at an impressive rate over the next five years. According to a recent industry report, the fintech market is anticipated to grow 20 percent globally between 2021 and 2025, at which point market value is anticipated to reach an estimated $305 billion. This enormous growth comes from the many banks and firms that have invested aggressively in technology-based financial solutions reshaping the financial services industry. McKinsey also explains that fintech is growing so rapidly because these companies are “delivering low-cost personalized products on account of emerging developments in the technology sector, leading to rising customer expectations, thereby boosting the market growth globally.”