"A decade ago we had the first big leap, and that was web to mobile,[…] Now the next one is mobile to conversational” said Edrizio de la Cruz, co-founder and CEO of Regalii, a startup whose application programming interfaces are used by dozens of financial services providers to build their chatbots.
In between pauses at the WWDC, Apple announced it will be expanding their financial services strategy by going beyond Apple Pay and issuing virtual payment cards to all iOS users. There are 1bn iOS users around the world. At the same time, this same week Amazon made headlines by having lent over $1bn to third party sellers on the Amazon marketplace. Amazon has also rolled out a highly aggressive credit card offer with Chase, which offers 5 per cent cash back for its Prime customers. Neither company is a traditional financial services company. So what is going on?
As the senators in the United States Congress maneuver a health care bill of massive significance for the insurance industry, let’s a take a closer look at the wave of disruption that has firmly placed the insurance industry and Insurtech in the spotlight of the cross industry technological wave borne out of the great recession.
Working in Fintech since 2008, I’ve seen many models emerge and be reimagined. Standardization and cost efficiency have been led by technological improvements. Stages around the world from Toronto to Paris to Singapore have showcased how finance is changing and evolving through the embrace of Fintech. This has been a global phenomenon since the very start, yet its development is not linear and the spearhead varies from region to region.
Fintech adoption is growing rapidly all over the world, but it’s in the emerging countries that it’s increasing at the fastest rate. According to a report just released by Ernst & Young, the EY FinTech Adoption Index 2017, where the consultancy firm surveyed more than 22,000 people from 20 different markets, the Chinese market is the one with the highest Fintech adoption rate, with 69% of the respondents saying that they were regularly using Fintech services.
Private transactions have since long been conducted directly between the transacting parties – for example, the investor and a private company. This process has largely been manual and cumbersome, and a large amount of diligence has had to occur in order for the parties to trust one another enough to undertake the deal. We’re seeing part of this transaction be made much more efficient by the transition to process trust.
Borderless Finance is quickly changing the landscape for international financial flows asking more of the competitive players in this market while pushing for a reduction of the costs. Amidst this disruption, the consumer and entrepreneur continue to emerge as the beneficiaries.
Private transactions, both private equity and debt, have been inefficient and littered with information asymmetry due to the way the transactions have been made. The emergence of public distribution of information on private transactions seeks to change that and the quickly arriving secondary markets for private transactions can bring liquidity and efficiency to typically cumbersome asset classes.
ICO’s are a new form of project financing for distributed ledger technologies or cryptocurrencies. The process involves collecting funds in the form of fiat or crypto currencies in exchange for a “coin” or “token”. In order to fully understand why this financing model exists, we must first understand the fundamentals of distributed ledgers in relation to regular internet protocols, which you can read more about here.
As the adoption of innovative technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, etc. increases, it impacts the rate at which the Fintech ecosystem evolves and affects different markets.