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The Future of Fintech: The Latest Trends in the Industry

From blockchain to robotic process automation, these are the latest digital trends dominating the FinTech industry.
Ruchira Chatterjee
June 2, 2022
4 min

In the past few years, the fintech industry has seen exponential growth. The rise of mobile banking, digital payment methods, and the continuing shift toward e-commerce have all contributed to this rise. 

Fintech is a broad category that includes various financial services software applications built around the internet and mobile devices.  These services are often referred to as "digital banking" or "financial services software." 

The future of the fintech industry is unpredictable. It's changing rapidly, and we can't even begin to imagine the implications of where this is heading. Let's take a look at the latest trends in the fintech industry

Blockchain 

Blockchain is a technology that was used initially to support cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Today, this technology has grown far beyond cryptocurrencies and is being applied to many different fields in the fintech industry. 

Blockchain is a distributed digital ledger that records transactions and other information securely, verifiable, and permanently. Blockchain has great potential for financial inclusion. 

For example, blockchain can allow people who don't have enough money to open an account at a bank to borrow through mobile devices or online. It also offers greater transparency than traditional banking systems and can help prevent fraud. 

Blockchain isn't going away anytime soon either. It's expected to grow exponentially as more organizations adopt this technology. 

AI and machine learning 

AI and Machine Learning are the driving force behind fintech innovation today. The ability to automate processes is an important part of this technology and is often viewed as a way to eliminate human error, improve productivity, and increase efficiency. This AI allows companies to automate various aspects of their business. 

For example, AI is used in the banking industry to automatically identify trends in spending that may indicate fraud or even identity theft. This can be done by analyzing trends in spending patterns over time, looking at specific locations where certain types of transactions occur, or even checking for unusual patterns in credit card transactions.  

Another use for AI is predicting future customer behavior based on past information. Fintech businesses are building predictive models that help them see how likely a customer will churn or switch providers based on what they've observed from social media and other online sources. 

The model can then be used to suggest personalized offers and sales campaigns that might entice the customer to stay with your company for a longer time. 

The rise of robotic process automation 

Robotic process automation (RPA) is the future of fintech. This software helps organizations speed up their business processes by replacing human labor with advanced computer programs that can complete tasks faster than humans. These software applications are built around the internet and mobile devices and have become increasingly popular in recent years. 

The rise of RPA has had a significant impact on the way businesses do business. It's helping them reduce costs and increase efficiency, staying competitive in the global marketplace without compromising quality or customer service. 

RPA is a big win for businesses, but it could also be a big win for fintech, which has seen its share of both chaos and growth over the past few years. 

Peer-to-peer finance 

Peer-to-peer finance is a type of digital banking that helps people borrow and lend money to other individuals or organizations. 

For example, Venmo allows you to transfer money to friends easier than ever before. This method of transferring money has gained popularity because it's easy and convenient, and it's integrated directly into the social media platform. 

However, this payment method is not limited to just social media outlets. Peer-to-peer finance can also be found on other platforms like eBay or Etsy. 

Platforms for fintech startups 

One of the most recent trends in the fintech industry is the rise of new platforms for startups. With these platforms, companies can have their products and services easily accessible to users. Platforms like Apple's App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft's Windows Store make it easy for entrepreneurs to reach a global audience. 

57 percent of app developers are on-board with this trend and plan on developing their product or service on a platform different from their previous one.  Additionally, major fintech companies like Amazon and Google are also getting into the game. Both Amazon and Google now offer software development kits (SDK) that allow developers to build apps around their respective ecosystems more conveniently. 

This is just another example of how platforms are helping startups expand their horizons by providing access to audiences they didn't have before. 

Summing up 

The future of the fintech industry is bright. The possibilities are endless in this rapidly changing industry. 

From new advances in technology to increasing global demand, the future looks promising for companies within the fintech space. It seems like everyone these days is talking about fintech, so why not launch your own company? 

Many opportunities are available, and it's never too early to start planning. Take a look at our infographic that summarises some of the latest financial services software industry trends and our thoughts on what's coming next! 

This article was written by Ruchira Chatterjee from e27 and was legally licensed through the Industry Dive Content Marketplace. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@industrydive.com.

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