Weekly Research Highlights – 13 September 2022

For this week’s research article, we dive into new insights on fintech overview, ESG, security and crypto. Enjoy researching!

The Future of ESGTech 2023, A Sibos Special Edition(Finextra)
While new risks emerge, so do new opportunities for financial services providers to lead technological innovation and drive positive global change. The key question at this year’s Sibos event and into 2023 will be around how success can be measured, and whether organisations that pave the way for the future of banking will be able to adapt to these new priorities and shifting geographical landscapes. Alongside scaling forward-thinking innovations and managing risk in an uncertain world, in 2023, banks must leverage innovations such as AI, machine learning, big data and privacy enhancing technologies to deliver operational efficiencies and an enhanced service offering. Further, by utilising new initiatives such as Banking as a Service (BaaS), financial players can increase their banking footprint through networks of third-party applications, while at the same time, modernising their legacy platforms and products. Read more

Prepaid cards increasingly popular in France, study shows (Paypers)
A study released by ResearchandMarkets.com has found that the value of the French prepaid cards market jumped by 5.9% between 2017 and 2021. The market, currently worth USD 31.48 billion, is expected to enjoy a CAGR of 6.6% over the next four years, attaining the value of USD 40.72 billion in 2026. The report cites several factors which the authors expect to contribute to the growth of the French prepaid card market: the normalisation of digital payments, the many fintechs offering relevant solutions in France and the government. Read more

New FinTech unicorn announcements hit new low in August (Fintech Global)
New FinTech unicorns may become as rare as an actual unicorn soon as August saw the birth of only two new FinTech unicorns. Overall, valuations for some of the largest FinTech companies have dropped considerably since July, such as Klarna which dropped 85% after its latest funding round in July, and this drop in valuations may have caused investors to re-evaluate their deal sizes going forward. Read more

chart of new fintech unicorn announcements in h1 2022

The Indxx Global Fintech Thematic Index is designed to track the performance of companies listed in developed markets that are offering technology-driven financial services which are disrupting existing business models in the financial services and banking sectors. The index has a base date of June 30, 2015 with an initial value of 1,000. Read more

Pulse of Fintech H1’22 (KPMG)
The optimism that permeated the fintech market at the end of 2021 quickly transformed into concerns about a potential recession in H1’22 as uncertainties related to the RussiaUkraine conflict, ongoing supply chain challenges, and rising inflation and interest rates took their toll on public and private companies alike. Both total global investment in fintech and the total number of fintech deals fell between H2’21 and H1’22. Fintech investment dropped in both the Americas and EMEA, while
the Asia-Pacific region attracted a new record high, primarily as a result of several large M&A transactions, including the $27.9 billion acquisition of Australia-based Afterpay by Block. The payments space accounted for the largest share of fintech investment during H1’22 ($43.6 billion), followed by crypto ($14.2 billion). Whether you’re the CEO of a large financial institution or the founder of an emerging fintech, understanding how market dynamics have shifted could be critical to your
competitiveness and sustainability — while finding ways to become more efficient could help minimize cash burn. As you read this edition of Pulse of Fintech, ask yourself: What can we do now to make sure we’re positioned to face whatever challenges the future might hold? Read more

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