Weekly Research Highlights – 24 May 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!

Are AI-powered alternative data driving extreme market research disruption? (Lendacademy)
Numerous indicators make clear that the next five years will usher in extreme transformation for a multitude of industries and sectors and the global economy at large. This begs the question: what is driving such significant and rapid change? This big question just might be answered in two words: alternative data. Companies that are slow to incorporate alternative data into their R&D, marketing, investment, risk analysis, and other key processes expose themselves to extreme opportunity loss at best and operational peril at worst. Read more.

New Mastercard research on small and mid-sized businesses shows key technology solutions that are removing their biggest barriers (Mastercard)
Small business is anything but business as usual today. As they face a rising number of challenges, including rapidly changing market conditions, business owners must have the flexibility to respond quickly. Rising costs due to inflation and evolving pandemic protocols are putting mounting pressure on most businesses’ bottom line. Mastercard’s newest report, Empowering Small and Mid-sized Business Growth by Unleashing Their Data, brings to life the challenges facing small business owners and the opportunity presented by open banking. As fintech use among small businesses grows, open banking is leveraging the power of data to address key pain points and tackle critical needs such as faster ways to send and receive payments. Read more.

Q1 APAC fintech funding hits YOY record high, but slowdown around the corner (SPglobal)
Financial technology companies based in Asia-Pacific raised $3.33 billion over 186 deals in the first quarter of 2022, surpassing previous deal values and volumes observed in the March quarter over the past three years. Digital lenders, the fintech segment that the pandemic hit hardest, appear to be back in vogue, topping all other fintech categories with $1.28 billion raised across 52 deals. Read more.

Fintechs, Finance Firms Snap Up Media Companies to Gain Audience (Fintech News)
This past year has seen banks, financial services companies and fintech startups snapping up media companies, realizing the merits of owning their audience to gain exposure, sell more products and become more profitable. An extensive research paper by business analytics and market intelligence company CB Insights looks at finance companies’ possible motives and ambitions in acquiring media companies, delving into the recent deals that occurred. Read more.

Top SIX Digital Payments Countries About to go Cashless (Fintech Magazine)
With digital transformation, the transaction landscape is leaving the concept of cash behind. We list the top five countries going cashless
Mobile payments, ewallets, tap-to-pay, and of course, debit and credit cards, are now the most commonly used payment vehicles globally. Cash is dying out, used only by a limited number of vendors and in general, by an ageing demographic. Children today track their pocket money through super-apps, with piggy banks and coin purses viewed as relics from a bygone era. The age of digital currencies encroaches ever closer as notes and coins are gradually being replaced by new technologies. Read more.

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