What is Fintech (Financial Technology)?


The words “financial” and “technology” are combined to form the term “fintech.” Despite being a general phrase with a variety of meanings, it generally refers to the development of an industry when new technology use-cases are created and implemented to streamline more conventional-looking finance activities.


Fintech refers to a fairly broad range of far more “boring” uses, even though the general public often identifies the term with extremely cutting-edge new concepts like algorithmic trading and blockchain. They comprise routine banking, insurance, and other back-office risk management tasks, without being confined to those.


Fintech business models are supported by a wide range of technology. They consist of robotic processing automation, AI, machine learning, and blockchain technology, among other big data applications (RPA). Each use case is distinct, but the overall goal of disaggregating the financial services industry—which has historically benefited from extensive regulation—is what unites them all.


What effects are fintechs having on established financial services companies?

Three primary purposes are served by traditional financial service providers, mostly banks and credit unions:


They keep money in their possession, including deposits and a range of investment instruments.

-They provide loans, both secured (such as mortgages) and unsecured (like student lines of credit).

-They move money via global networks like SWIFT, from straightforward, daily payments to intercontinental money transfers (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications).

For instance, cryptocurrency has significantly changed the payments industry (moving money). And while there is much discussion about the validity of cryptocurrencies as money, there is no question that they may be used as a means of exchange.