Weekly Research Highlights – 14 November 2023

The fintech industry is rapidly evolving and disrupting traditional financial systems. In this article, we bring you the latest research insights to help you stay ahead of the curve and understand the future of financial technology. Enjoy researching!

Five trends shaping the payments infrastructure revolution (Payments, Cards, and Mobile)

The global payments industry is in transformation, with five key trends driving significant changes from infrastructure investment and the rise of new payment rails to the exploration of central bank digital currencies, the potential of Open Banking, and increased regulatory scrutiny. These trends offer a unique opportunity for stakeholders to shape the future of payments, as infrastructure players navigate innovations, expand use cases, and address challenges in the evolving landscape. Read more

Cross-border payments projected to accelerate over next 12 months (Mastercard)

Cross-border payments are poised to increase in the next year due to growing international job opportunities, with Mastercard’s report highlighting challenges like late payments and fraud. The global job market is driving demand, and addressing these issues is crucial for ensuring secure and reliable cross-border transactions. Read more

ESG investment on the rise and AI an ally in corporate strategy, study finds (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg Intelligence and Bloomberg New Economy’s inaugural ESG Market Navigator survey underscores the enduring importance of ESG in corporate strategies and financial markets. Despite current challenges, 85% of surveyed investors and companies plan to increase ESG investments over the next five years, with executives recognizing its role in resilience, M&A, and energy transition, while investors believe ESG contributes to better returns and portfolio resilience, signaling a shift from a marginal concern to a mandated necessity in the evolving market. Read more

Wise pre-tax profits quadruple for H1 2023 (Finextra)

Wise, the money transfer firm, has reported a significant increase in pre-tax profits for H1 2023, reaching £194.3 million, a 280% YoY growth. The company attributes this success to rising interest rates, resulting in a 25% YoY increase in revenue to £498.2 million and a 58% increase in income to £656 million, driven by revenues and interest income on customer balances. Read more

After six quarters of falling venture interest, crypto investors see recent price gains as positive signal
(Tech Crunch)

After six quarters of declining interest, the crypto venture capital landscape is experiencing a resurgence, with investors showing optimism following recent price gains. The third quarter saw $1.8 billion invested across 309 deals in the crypto space, marking a 28.3% decrease from the previous quarter but signaling a renewed focus on real-world use cases, infrastructure, and practical solutions in web3, crypto, and blockchain technology. Read more

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