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CCAF and WEF Unveil 2024 Global Fintech Report at Davos

Report | Jan 18, 2024

2024 Future of Global Fintech Report - CCAF and WEF Unveil 2024 Global Fintech Report at Davos

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2024 Fintech Report: Resilience, Regulation, and Inclusive Growth

The 2024 Global Fintech Report - Towards Resilience and Inclusive Growth, a collaboration between the World Economic Forum and the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, unveiled at Davos 2024 pivotal insights into the fintech industry's trajectory, marked by resilience, innovation, and transformative growth. This comprehensive analysis, based on a survey of 227 fintech firms, offers a key look into consumer trends, regulatory dynamics, and technological advancements shaping the future of financial technology.

Key Insights:

Resilient Customer Growth

The fintech sector has shown continued growth in the post-COVID era, with an average customer growth rate exceeding 50% across all business models surveyed with insurtech leading the pack at 66% (2021-2022).  Custromer growth exceeded 50% across all regions (2021-2022) except SSA (Sub-Saharan Africa).  The top 3 sources for acquiring customers was through social media (70%), referrals (68%), and website (65%).

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The top challenges faced when trying to scale customer demand to new customer segments were customer education (51%), competition (43%), and compliance and regulation (34%) - see table below.  This robust expansion highlights the sector's resilience and the accelerating global shift towards digital financial services.

CCAF and WEF 2024 Global fintech report challenges in scaling customer growth - CCAF and WEF Unveil 2024 Global Fintech Report at Davos

CCAF and WEF 2024 Global fintech report challenges in scaling customer growth

 

Regulatory Environment Is A Double-Edged Sword

While 63% of fintechs view their regulatory environment as adequate, challenges persist in compliance, licensing, and registration processes. The report emphasizes the necessity of regulatory frameworks that balance innovation encouragement with consumer protection.

CCAF and WEF 2024 Global fintech report perceptions of regulatory environment - CCAF and WEF Unveil 2024 Global Fintech Report at Davos

CCAF and WEF 2024 Global fintech report perceptions of regulatory environment

Overall, the greatest challenges faced by fintechs were in licensing, registration, and authority coordination. These areas received the most negative ratings, particularly in emerging markets and developing economies (EMDEs), where licensing posed a significant challenge. Additionally, fintechs critical of an 'excessive and overly restrictive' regulatory environment generally gave lower ratings across all regulatory aspects.

CCAF and WEF 2024 Global fintech report ratings of key regulatory aspects - CCAF and WEF Unveil 2024 Global Fintech Report at Davos

CCAF and WEF 2024 Global fintech report ratings of key regulatory aspects

Tech Advancements at the Forefront

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is earmarked as a game-changer for the fintech industry, with 70% of surveyed firms acknowledging its significance in shaping the industry's next five years. This highlights the crucial role of technology in driving future fintech developments.

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Financial Inclusion and Underserved Markets

Fintechs are increasingly focusing on underserved segments, promoting financial inclusion. The report notes a significant portion of fintechs in emerging markets are dedicated to providing services to these groups, addressing key societal issues like gender disparity and sustainability.

CCAF and WEF 2024 Global fintech report fintechs targeting underserved groups - CCAF and WEF Unveil 2024 Global Fintech Report at Davos

CCAF and WEF 2024 Global fintech report fintechs targeting underserved groups

Traditional banks have historically focused on lending to specific customer segments, mainly those with a formal financial history and living in urban areas. This approach has often excluded low-income individuals, particularly in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies (EMDEs), from accessing essential financial services and products.

Fintechs, leveraging digital technology and mobile phone adoption, have significantly widened the availability and affordability of financial services. They hold the potential to reach the further 1.4 billion unbanked and many more underbanked people globally.

Fintechs are increasingly serving traditionally underserved groups, including women, low-income individuals, and rural or remotely located customers. These segments represent a substantial portion of fintech customer bases globally, averaging 39% for female customers, 40% for low-income, and 27% for rural or remotely-located customers. This approach contributes significantly to the growth of their customer bases.

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These underserved segments also contribute notably to fintechs' total transaction values, with 39% from female, 26% from low-income, and 31% from rural or remote customers. This trend is consistent across Advanced Economies (AEs) and EMDEs, with some disparities. For instance, AEs report a higher proportion of female customers, while EMDE fintechs serve more low-income and rural customers.

Through product and service offerings, fintechs are also contributing to environmental sustainability

The United Nations Secretary-General's task force on digital finance has identified fintech companies as key players in accelerating the financing of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted by the UN in 2015, the SDGs aim to address poverty and other social issues. Fintechs are increasingly incorporating the UN SDGs into their business strategies, becoming agents for catalyzing sustainable finance and fostering a green, inclusive economy.

CCAF and WEF 2024 Global fintech report SDG links AEs vs EMDEs - CCAF and WEF Unveil 2024 Global Fintech Report at Davos

CCAF and WEF 2024 Global fintech report SDG links, AEs vs EMDEs

Closing

The findings of the 2024 Global Fintech Report highlights the sector's resilience and growth potential and also underscores the critical role of consumer demand, regulatory frameworks, and technological innovation in shaping an inclusive and sustainable financial landscape. Fintechs are not just transforming the financial sector; they are playing a crucial role in promoting financial inclusion.

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By targeting underserved segments, they are helping bridge the gap left by traditional banking services, offering a more equitable and environmentally sustainable financial landscape. This inclusive approach is essential for building a more financially empowered global population, particularly in regions with significant unbanked and underbanked communities. Fintechs' focus on inclusion is a vital step towards a more inclusive and equitable global financial ecosystem.economy.

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