Financial Services Innovators

Exploring the barriers to entry in Fintech

Regardless of how lucrative a market is, high barriers to entry in Fintech often makes it less viable or significantly increase the cost of entry.  In my opinion, there are only three fundamental barriers to entry in Fintech: Capital or the seed money to launching the business. Unlike traditional financial serves businesses, such as a bank …

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What is the driving force behind the massive growth in Fintech?

To fully understand the question “What is Fintech”, it’s advisable to take a closer look at the driving forces brining about such disruptive change in financial services? Major Fintech Driving Forces The Millennial or Generation Y, shaped by technology and the openness of social media, are now at a stage in their life where they …

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How to Launch without FCA Authorisation

How can you launch without FCA Authorisation.  The Financial Services and Markets Act (FSMA) says any firm or individual who carries out a regulated activity in the UK (this includes dual-regulated firms) must be authorised or registered by them, unless they are exempt. Any financial services firm can launch without FCA Authorisation, as an early market …

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Can Marketplace Lending Survive the Storms Ahead?

As marketplace lending has expanded at exponential rates, those early –  once favourable – sentiments towards these “new kids on the block” have hardened. The sharks are sensing the smell of future blood and are already circling in advance of an anticipated (but as yet unknown) crisis erupting that decimates those lenders associated with marketplace …

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The power of intellectual property: how to boost your intangible business assets

Whether seeking funding or looking to secure a high valuation for exit, a business’s position will always be strengthened if it can point to its IP assets.  For Fintech companies in particular, technology innovation and the associated IP rights may drive their competitive advantage.  In this article, IP lawyer Suzy Schmitz gives us a step-by-step …

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10 ways to Enhance Fintech Valuation Multiples

Fintech valuation Part 2.  This is a continuation from our last article How to Sustain Fintech Growth by avoiding “Gravity Drag” . In that article, we explored the Fintech growth trajectory using some real world examples.  Using a simple model we concluded that this market started off with a “hype”, with off the scale  valuations.  After reaching …

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How to sustain Fintech Growth by avoiding “Gravity Drag”

Updated 30 September 2020   Back when this article was written in 2016, Fintech fund raising had its best year in 2015.  Things have evolved since the. According to KPMG’s “Pulse of Fintech Report 2020“, Global venture activity cooled down from the highs of 2019.  $39.3 billion worth of venture funding deals were concluded in …

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Why the Fintech Market is So Lucrative – Proving the Business Case

The Fintech market is really hot right now! Why is this the case?  In this article we explore the business case for why the Fintech market is so lucrative. How Big is  this Market The first thing that caught our eye is the fact that venture capitalists are so aggressively chasing the Fintech sector, indicating that …

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How did the Fintech Industry come about?

The Fintech industry is growing rapidly.  But how did it come about? To start your own bank, insurance company or private equity company is virtually impossible but has now become a possible reality of sorts. While the barriers to entry remain high and the veteran banking companies are controlling global finances and making huge profits …

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Basel III Rules Fuel Alternative Finance

In the last article, we explored how marketplace lenders could attract Basel III type rules.  Staying on the subject of Basel III, we believe that they are the very rules that are in fact fueling alternative finance such as peer to peer and marketplace lending. In this article, we look at things from the other …

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