Weekly Research Highlights – 19 April 2022

For this week’s research article, we dive into new insights on fintech market, banking, insurance, payments, trends, diversity in fintech and more. Happy reading!

Digital Economy Payments: How Consumers Pay In The Digital World (PYMNTS)
The PYMNTS March “Digital Economy Payments Report” surveyed 3,017 U.S. consumers to understand how inflation is influencing their spending behaviors and habits. Consumers are not only getting less for their money when they shop due to inflation, they’re also shopping less often. Read more.

Global impact of war in Ukraine on food, energy and finance systems (UNCTAD)
On 14 March 2022, UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced the establishment of a Global Crisis Response Group on Food, Energy and Finance (GCRG) to coordinate the global response to the widespread impacts of the war in Ukraine. The GCRG will ensure high-level political leadership to get ahead of the immense inter-connected challenges of food security, energy and financing, and put in place a coordinated global response to the ongoing crises. This brief is the result of the coordinated work of the Global Crisis Response Task Team, reporting to the Steering Committee of the GCRG. Read more.

Fintech unwrapped 3.0 (Sifted)
Is crypto eating Europe? Digital assets are fighting for their place alongside stocks, shares and other asset classes — we hear how they still have a distance to go. Read more.

White paper: Fintech Leaders Report – in-depth insight into the future of fintech (Fintech Futures)
Fintech Leaders Report is an influential global study on the industry’s present and future. CeFPro’s comprehensive analysis lists key opportunities and main areas of concern in fintech. Cybersecurity is the topic to focus on in 2022 and beyond. By 2023, 75% of organisations will adopt solutions that combat the growing global cybersecurity issue caused by new technological challenges, according to Gartner. Read more.

Move over tech bros: Women entrepreneurs join Africa’s fintech boom (Ventureburn)
Female techpreneurs are taking their place in Africa’s male-dominated fintech boom, but gender bias makes it harder for them to access finance and grow their businesses, reports Nita Bhalla for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Africa has double the average rate of women-led fintechs, yet less than 5% of funds went to fintechs led only by women. They also face lower valuations. Read more.

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