Consumer and Financial Technology Investing | Summary and Q&A

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January 10, 2020
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Consumer and Financial Technology Investing

TL;DR

The global FinTech industry is experiencing rapid growth, with trends such as targeting startups and SMEs, regional investments, and the rise of consumer tech platforms like TikTok. Regulatory policies and AI automation are shaping the future of the industry.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What are the top trends in the FinTech and consumer tech sectors?

In the US, there has been a focus on gig economy workers, all-cash offers in response to the real estate market, and startups targeting startups and SMEs. Emerging markets, like Brazil and Mena, are seeing a rise in Challenger banks and companies that serve underserved segments.

Q: How are FinTech companies expanding globally?

While there will still be regional players, some larger players are interested in expanding globally and acquiring regional-based companies. The focus will be on consolidations and partnerships.

Q: How is AI being deployed in the FinTech and consumer tech sectors?

AI is being used to automate tasks and create cost efficiencies in enterprises. It is primarily being used in areas such as customer service and back-end processes. Voice AI is also being deployed in financial services for better user interactions.

Q: What is the role of government policies and regulations in the FinTech industry?

Governments are creating policies and regulatory frameworks to encourage FinTech innovation. The regulation sandbox is allowing collaboration between traditional banks and FinTech startups, promoting growth and development in the industry.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The global FinTech industry is thriving, with $24.6 billion raised in 2019 alone.

  • Startup companies are targeting startups and SMEs, both in the US and globally.

  • Emerging markets, such as Brazil and Mena, are experiencing significant growth in FinTech investments.

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