Fintech, from “financial technology,” is an emerging industry that uses technology to improve financial services. Most new fintech companies are start-ups aiming to disrupt traditional banking processes or offer entirely new value propositions. Fintech solutions have the potential to advance financial inclusion by offering customers faster, more convenient and more affordable ways to use financial services. They can bring unserved customers into the financial system with innovations such as mobile money, digital payments, alternative credit scoring using big data analysis, biometrics for client on-boarding processes, and blockchain technology for payments.
Of course, there are also important risks involved with the growing use of fintech solutions and emerging technologies. Among others, these include risks related to data privacy, business model viability, governance and cybersecurity. Both fintech companies and policymakers need to understand these risks and take appropriate action to mitigate them. Regulation plays an important role in making sure that customers are protected and that fintech can fulfill its promise for financial inclusion.
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This paper examines two research questions. First, does fintech improve digital financial inclusion? Second, are there segments of society that are not included because they do not have the capacity and means to adopt fintech – such as women, the poor and people living in rural areas?
Fintech is the latest financial innovation thought capable of dramatically improving the lives of the global poor, but a more critical look is necessary to challenge this narrative.
This study casts a new angle of linking digital technology and business regulations as drivers of financial inclusion and socioeconomic development.
This reading deck provides an analysis of the Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) model, a new business model that enables non-banks to offer banking services under their own brand and seamlessly embedded into their digital offering. It also contains four case studies of BaaS providers: Solarisbank (Europe), Cross River (USA), Accendo Banco (Mexico) and Green Dot (USA).
This publication provides insights into micro, small and medium enterprises’ access to funding through the alternative finance industry in Latin America based on 540 survey responses from MSMEs in the region.
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