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The Rise of Fintech – A new era in Financial Innovation

Finance and technology have long been tightly related. The intricate and linked character of financial activity helps to understand this in particular. Technology has progressively changed every facet of finance since the 1950s, when the first computer systems were introduced, from daily banking to portfolio management to international market trading. 

In the financial sector, technological adoption and innovation have been greatly accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Technology, in the form of online banking, video conferencing for client meetings, process automation, and the growing application of artificial intelligence for risk analysis, has been crucial in maintaining business continuity in the financial sector throughout this challenging period.  The post-COVID period has seen a transformation in the way financial services are provided and consumed remotely because of the increased demand for remotely accessible financial services. This has sparked innovation in sectors like digital payments, online lending, and virtual wealth management.

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Technology in finance – a collaboration between fintech and traditional banks

The rapid progress of digitalization in our daily lives has accelerated and fintech startups have capitalized on this trend. Some fintech companies complement the conventional operations of banks. Upset by the digital revolution, banks are forced to adjust their business models. However, banks seem to be choosing to collaborate with fintechs to react more effectively. Banks cannot ignore the digital revolution and must integrate fintech innovations to cope with it. As a result, by 2022, more than 85% of fintechs have partnered with banks, large corporations, or other fintech companies.

Redefining Banking: The Era of Neo-Banks and Financial Disruption

Neo-banks, which are businesses that are usually separate from major conventional banks, are redefining the financial services industry by providing more reasonably priced options. They distinguish themselves by their capacity to provide very affordable rates while still being able to address the needs of digital customers, despite not yet offering complete traditional banking services. These online banks use digital technology to provide traditional and innovative banking services at prices that are frequently lower than those of traditional banks. Individual advisors are not available at these new locations; instead, clients can manage everything via a mobile application. Whether it’s raising a ceiling, handling accounts, or obtaining consumer credit, these banks may quickly complete all of these tasks using a smartphone or the internet.

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Online banks with distinctive features and offerings, such as Fortuneo, N26, or Revolut, are also noteworthy. For instance, Fortuneo stands out for providing a wide choice of investment goods, enabling users to manage their portfolios, make stock market investments, and even obtain life insurance products. Additionally, there is Revolut, which is well-known for its fee-free cryptocurrency services and currency exchange tools that offer consumers greater freedom in their international financial operations.

Diving into Open Banking and the Potential of APIs

A true technical revolution in the payments industry was brought to light with the launch of Open Banking and specific applications known as Open Banking API (Application Programming Interface). This technology, which debuted in 2018, has greatly increased competition, especially in the payments industry, by incentivizing established banks to share their data with fintechs and open up their IT systems to other companies. Within the framework of Open Banking, APIs – computer programming tools – have been standardized with particular standards that support transaction security and interoperability. Because of this, all conventional banks are now required to provide their financial data to new competitors through specialized services and apps that make use of Open Banking technologies.

The transformative role of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology in finance

For a number of years, blockchain has been promoted as one of the most revolutionary technologies. The financial sector is among the first to use this invention, even if many other industries stand to gain from it in the long run. Blockchain reduces transaction fees by doing away with some intermediaries, which are frequently represented by financial institutions, and replacing them with a peer-to-peer network that functions as a trusted third party. Enhanced interactivity and greater transparency are two more noteworthy benefits of Blockchain in the financial domain. Because the finance industry is defined by ongoing stakeholder interactions, users can benefit from greater transparency and authentic traceability when they have access to a complete transaction history that is encrypted and safe.

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The emergence of cryptocurrencies as stand-alone financial assets has given rise to a new international financial ecosystem. Their function goes beyond that of mere payment methods; they serve as channels for speculation and innovation. Their distinctive market dynamics are reflected in their much-discussed intrinsic volatility, which draws in both regular investors and speculators. Cryptocurrencies are progressively establishing themselves as independent financial assets, moving beyond their current role as an alternate form of payment. Their application in fields like smart contracts and decentralized finance (DeFi) creates new opportunities for financial innovation. However, the cryptocurrency ecosystem is still growing and is causing significant changes in the way financial transactions are carried out and seen globally, even in the face of persistent regulatory obstacles and public perception issues.

The importance of Data – Exploring Big Data in Financial Transformation

In general, the industry that produces the most data is unquestionably the financial sector. Information that is handled within a company to offer crucial context for making decisions is known as structured data. Unstructured data is becoming more and more prevalent across many sources and has a wealth of analytical possibilities. Cloud-based big data solutions lower the cost of on-premises equipment while simultaneously enhancing scalability and flexibility, integrating security into all business apps, and, most importantly, using big data and analytics more effectively. Big data now allows for the consideration of social and political factors that may have an impact on stock markets, in addition to stock prices. Real-time trend tracking is made possible by machine learning, which enables analysts to gather, assess, and interpret pertinent data before making choices. But Big Data has also made it possible to detect fraud more effectively and to precisely analyze risks by managing them more intelligently.

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The crucial role of artificial intelligence in finance: technology for growth

The term “applied artificial intelligence” in finance describes the use of certain technologies, most notably machine learning algorithms, in the financial industry. Not only does it help us comprehend financial markets better, but it also enables us to develop systems that provide nearly human-like interactions with clients. Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies help financial firms better manage risk, including know-your-customer (KYC), anti-money laundering (AML), and compliance programs, by detecting intricate patterns in transaction data sets.

AI in finance needs to be supervised to guarantee proper use and low risk. Since financial institutions handle a lot of sensitive data, proactive governance may encourage the ethical, transparent, and responsible use of AI. It’s crucial to remember that, in order to offset the benefits of AI responsibly, explainability, ethics, transparency but also regulatory compliance must be ensured. The ultimate goal is for stakeholders to comprehend the decisions made by the financial institution. Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to remain a significant player in the financial industry with adequate regulation and set guidelines for its use.

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IMT Solutions’ technology in the finance field

Over the past 15 years, IMT Solutions has demonstrated its expertise and skills. Our works with banks and financial institutions worldwide have not only established our reputation in the industry but also fostered trust with our partners. IMT acknowledges the challenges posed by security and innovation in this sector, and it is with this understanding that we stands prepared to deliver high-quality services tailored to your specific needs. With a deep understanding of the intersection between technology and finance, we empower businesses with cutting-edge IT solutions and leverage innovative technologies. We transform traditional financial landscapes, driving efficiency, security, and innovation.

Trust us to navigate the intricate realm of fintech, ensuring your business stays ahead in the ever-evolving digital economy.

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