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FinTech = Financial Technology, namely technology, notably information technology, that is used for the provision of banking, insurance, financial, investment or payment services. The term is also used to refer to growth companies that develop new financial technologies or new services based on financial technologies.

Examples of FinTech innovations and phenomena

  • robotic asset management
  • mobile wallets
  • customer service chatbots
  • crypto assets, such as Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum
  • peer-to-peer lending and peer-to-peer insurance
  • smart contracts.

What is the FIN-FSA’s role in digitalisation and FinTech issues?

Digitalisation is transforming the structures and operating practices of society, and the financial sector is no exception. Increasing competition, regulatory reform and changing customer needs and expectations are encouraging financial companies to develop services and products based on new technologies for their customers. The FIN-FSA keeps track of technological advances and trends in the financial sector, accommodating its supervisory activities to reflect the development of the sector. The FIN-FSA is also the authorisation authority for financial companies. New service providers, such as FinTech start-up companies, apply for authorisation or registration with the FIN-FSA, as required. The FIN-FSA welcomes innovation but, in its role as an authority, it also needs to identify the risks inherent in innovation.