Top Developments in the Banking Industry

Justin Smith, CIOReview APAC | Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Justin Smith, CIOReview APAC

People prefer online transactions and digital payment methods as face-to-face encounters become less common. In certain countries, cash will be fully phased out in favor of purely digital financial transactions.

FREMONT, CA: A global humankind crisis utterly shook the world, causing a great deal of commotion and chaos in every sector. It has a major effect on all aspects of our lives, and the current environment continues to face many challenges. So, how do businesses deal with such complexities, as well as increased demand for their services? Look at what trends the banking and fintech industries should be following right now to meet the challenge and what to expect in the near future.

Digital-Only Banks Take the Front Seat

This is one of the most recent banking developments that will continue to gain traction. Brick-and-mortar banks were forced to cut their operating hours or temporarily close branches due to the pandemic before things calmed down. This is a cost- and time-saving approach for both banks and customers, and the competition has already begun to grow.  Since there is no need to maintain a brick-and-mortar branch, digital-only banks may provide services at lower rates, posing a serious challenge to conventional banks.

Online and Mobile Banking Experience

Since most people find online and mobile banking to be effortless, it is now widely used. In reality, several banks saw a 200 percent increase in mobile app registrations in spring 2020.  As a result, the amount of physical branch visits has decreased, as self-service automation allows clients to perform certain actions independently. However, it is worth noting that demand for a wider variety of mobile banking features increases exponentially. Understanding and meeting these needs is critical for maintaining current customers and attracting new ones.

Contactless Payment Processes Over Cash

The recent recession has had a profound effect on people's lifestyles and has resulted in the formation of new behavioral trends. People prefer online transactions and digital payment methods as face-to-face encounters become less common. In certain countries, cash will be fully phased out in favor of purely digital financial transactions. As a result, the expense of managing hard currency will be reduced as banks move to a cashless society. Banks would be able to monitor digital transactions and better understand their customers' spending habits far more quickly.

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