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Fintech in Australia

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What is fintech?

Fintech is the combination of finance and technology (FIN + TECH). While it was originally used to describe new companies used technology to compete with banks in financial services, it now applies to banks, startups and any company that uses technology to make finance faster, cheaper and more accessible.

How long has fintech been around?

Fintech has been around since technology has been used to improve financial services. This goes back to the introduction of the first ATM in the late 1960s. However, what we consider to be "fintech" today is the use of technology to completely rethink the way we interact with money and challenging incumbent players (banks) to keep up. For that reason, fintech is usually said to have started after the Global Financial Crisis (GFC).

What are some examples of fintech?

Fintech can apply to a number of different financial services and products. In banking, it's any bank that is offering tools to help you manage your money better through your app or automatically categorise your expenses. There is a new range of banks that are exclusively developing products like this called in Australia digital banks or neobanks.

Buy now pay later is another huge market in fintech. Services such as Afterpay, Zip, Klarna bundll and Humm allow people to spend with merchants and then repay in installments. These platforms combine tech and finance to offer innovative solutions to consumers including digital receipts, budgeting tools and more.

Robo advisors that help you automate your investments are another example of fintech, as are insurance companies that are using technology to help you lower your premiums or customise your policy.

What has driven the development of fintech?

There were many drivers behind the development of modern fintech. This included a loss of faith in traditional banks, people losing money and property during the GFC and new financial regulations that were introduced because of it. All of these things and more saw the formation of startups trying to do finance differently and using technology to do it more quickly and cheaply. Fintech today has been extended beyond the realm of startups; it has been embraced by banks and companies worldwide and found its way into nearly every corner of finance.

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Elizabeth Barry is the lead editor for Finder. She has over 10 years' experience writing about a range of topics with a focus on personal finance. You’ll find her writing and commentary in a range of publications and media including Seven News, the ABC, MSN, the Irish Times and Singapore Business Review. See full profile

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