This study investigates the influence of fintech on developments in China’s financial sector across 290 cities and 31 provinces between 2011 and 2018. Using a two-stage least squares instrumental variable regression approach and correcting for cross-sectional dependency, simultaneity, and endogeneity of regressors, the results establish a positive link between fintech and financial development. Our findings show that fintech supports financial sector development by enhancing access (loans), depth (deposits), and savings within China’s financial institutions. We also show that the emergence of fintech in the area of financial regulation (regulatory technology: regtech) can significantly improve financial development outcomes. Therefore, it is imperative for regulators to pursue policies that balance growth in the fintech sector while mitigating the associated risks. In addition, we use the difference-in-differences approach to show that policy measures such as interest rates liberalization also positively impacted financial development during the analysis period. In our conclusion, we suggest a policy framework for balanced fintech sector growth in developing countries.
It was on this date, July 11, in the year 1804 in Weehawken, New Jersey, that Alexander Hamilton, architect of the American financial system, met his fate at the hands of Aaron Burr. Some would argue that the financial services industry has changed very little since then. Change has some slowly to financial services, and innovation has proceeded at an evolutionary, some would say glacial, pace. That may be changing however. Recent decades have born witness to the introduction of technology solutions that have accelerated the transformation of consumer experience.
Fintech is an essential part of modern finance. The traditional understanding of financial operations has changed. Fintech opportunities allow people to enjoy the convenience and speed of managing their financial operations. In addition, it has enormous potential to improve global economic life. Fintech has opened the way for businesses and individuals to overcome new financial problems caused by social distancing and other government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.
One thing it's certainly not, is a buzzword. You may have never heard of FinTech, but it's already starting to reshape the financial services industry. No matter what you call it, Financial Technology (Fin-tech) is creating endless opportunities within the business world. There is a new trend in finance, if there was ever such a thing, and it's called FinTech. FinTech is usually applied to the segment of the technology startup scene that is disrupting sectors such as mobile payments, money transfers, loans, fundraising and even asset management.
Financial technology ("FinTech") generally refers to digital innovation in the financial sector. At its inception, the understanding of FinTech was limited to innovative ways of facilitating payments and transactions. Underpinned by revolutionary shifts in Internet and mobile technology in recent years, the realm of FinTech has witnessed explosive growth. Nowadays, it refers to a wide variety of technological interventions within the financial services arena, such as crowdfunding, online customer acquisition, mobile wallets, P2P lending, MPOS, MSME services, personal financial management, private financial planning, Blockchain and crypto currencies. Given the opportunities that FinTech affords, many technology companies have been actively trying to tap into the financial market.