FinTech Ubiquity


Things to look for in 2017 include progress on faster payments in the United States, greater regulatory scrutiny of FinTech here and abroad, and blockchain use cases put into action. FinTech firms will continue to shake up the way consumers invest, insure, and conduct transactions—and card payments will continue to rule.

FinTech, blockchain in particular, has not totally upended the financial services sector the way industry insiders anticipated. Still, blockchain, InsurTech and RegTech are poised to make tedious financial tasks a whole lot easier. We look forward to seeing what innovations come in 2017!

Small banks essential to faster payments ubiquity

A few years after the U.K. began its push for the Faster Payments Service, other markets have turned to the U.K. for guidance on how to streamline their own peer-to-peer payments efforts. Small banks found it too costly to join that effort, but explains how small banks have begun changing that.

Federal Reserve payments study highlights strong trends in card use

Card payment grew 19.9 billion from 2012 to 2015, led by non-prepaid debit card payments which grew by 12.4 billion, and credit card payments, which grew by 6.9 billion, Federal Reserve findings show. “This reflects an increased desire within the payments industry for additional fraud-related information,” said Mary Kepler, senior vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

FinTech: What’s Next?

Chris Skinner, Jim Marous, Dave Birch, Ghela Boskovich, and Penny Crosman join Brett King to discuss 2016 FinTech happenings as well as predictions for FinTech trends, including increased FinTech regulation, using blockchain to trade gold assets, the automation of lending, and more.

The Daily FinTech top 10 consumer FinTech predictions for 2017

Mobile payments will gain more traction in India, cross selling could go very right or horribly wrong, and bank closures will reach a tipping point. The Daily FinTech dives deeper into these and more predictions for 2017.

Why FinTech has failed to supplant big banks—so far

Aside from shifting from physical to digital services, the banking business model has not changed much. And FinTech firms haven’t managed to upend big banks as people previously predicted. “Major banks also have online lending programs and bid for the same customers as FinTech companies, increasing the cost of customer acquisition for the latter,” Tory Russell, president at Shift, writes for Entrepreneur.

5 FinTech startups to watch in 2017

Metromile has quietly raise nearly $200 million to beef up its InsurTech offerings for standard and commercial drivers, and Cadre is looking to shake up real estate investing through its crowdfunding platform, though it’s not exactly running a Kickstarter-like company. According to Entrepreneur, these and a few other FinTech firms will be worth your attention in 2017.