By Cameron Abbott and Ling Zhu
No great surprises arising from the EY FinTech Adoption Index 2017 which has revealed impressive growth in consumer uptake of FinTech products and services, with 33% of 22,000 digitally active consumers using FinTech firms – doubling from 16% in 2015. With less brand loyalty and reduced trust in traditional organisations, consumers are increasingly turning to FinTech firms as better alternatives.
Money transfer and payment services are the most popular FinTech category, with 50% of consumers using these services. This has been driven by the increasing popularity of mobile phone payments and online digital-only banks. Insurance is the second most popular service, with insurance premium comparative services simplifying the process of acquiring insurance.
FinTech has particularly excelled in emerging markets, with an adoption by digitally active consumers across China, India, South Africa, Brazil and Mexico averaging 46%. The growing middle class have embraced FinTech to meet the growing demand for financial services, encouraged by cooperative regulators and policymakers.
EY anticipates that FinTech adoption will increase to 52% globally as consumers become more aware of the products and services on offer.
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