India, second only to China in population, is home to one of the world’s most active tech sectors, with innovative firms popping up all over the vast nation, attracting significant interest from foreign investors. Time will tell if these enthusiastic start-ups live up to their expectations and reward their investors with soaring profits.
If you feel as if your every move is being tracked, you may be right. Investment firms and other businesses are paying a premium for alternative data, including geolocation data, hoping it will give them a competitive edge in their quest to maximise investment returns by lending them greater insight into consumer patterns and preferences.
If anything prompted agility, it was the pandemic. Most banks surprised themselves by how agilely they responded to the immense changes required in record speed. Celent’s Model Bank virtual event brought banking professionals together to discuss the importance of agility in banking, what makes a bank agile and how it can become more agile.
Frontline banks are fluid, responding to and better yet anticipating customers’ evolving requirements and preferences. The pandemic has accelerated the need for banks and consumers to interact with each other through digital channels. To compete in an increasingly competitive market, traditional banks must provide tailored solutions, cooperating with specialized partners to achieve specific goals. Banking-as-a-platform has become the new norm in the industry and the only way to keep up.
The sharing economy is forcing banks to compete with dynamic tech firms outside the traditional financial sector. While competition is key, “Uberization” is also creating opportunities for synergy between banks and P2P platforms.
The platform economy, today’s economic and/or social online matchmaker, is set to transform another industry – financial services. To keep up, banks will need to adapt their business models to an outside-in approach that recognizes the importance of openness and collaboration in developing personalized products and services that enhance the banking experience for customers and enable them to manage their finances holistically.
In the United States, the average car spends 96 percent of its time parked on a parking space or in a garage. The rest of the world isn’t much better. Yet, regardless of all those cars just sitting and doing nothing, it is reported that 1.2 million people are killed in road accidents per year worldwide.
People don’t trust banks. And they don’t trust insurers either. In fact, they don’t trust financial institutions, full stop. So when you’re a financial services provider, generally speaking, you’re not starting from a position of power in any high-street best-loved list.
The so-called Fintech Revolution has drawn much commentary from the media and filled bank managers with dread of the threats posed by new fintech challengers, but is it really all that revolutionary? Even if it is not, progress is being made toward a more open financial sector that fosters healthy competition and innovation.
With the number of reports suggesting that fintechs are bad news for banks, it may come as a surprise, that the opposite is in fact true. Fintechs may actually be the best thing to happen to traditional banks and the banking sector for a long time. No, really.