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Fintech Latin America

Latin America Fintech Firms Marching Forward, With Payment Services Providers at the Forefront

The financial technology (fintech) market in Latin America has been growing at a rapid pace for the past 6 years, but a majority of its players appear to have focused only on the region’s large unbanked population and the lack of credit availability.

In other words, more than 50% of the region’s fintech firms are providing payments or loan services, according to a study by a Silicon Valley-based consulting firm KoreFusion.

The fintech market has reported US$8 billion in funding in the past few years, but the real number should be far greater, says the report, adding that more than 90% of fintechs do not disclose their funding details. Fintechs providing payment services received more than 50% of the reported funding, followed by lenders with 24.5% and digital banks with 21.6%.

The consultancy firm claims to have identified 1,075 fintechs in five countries, including Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, and Argentina. These fintechs the consultancy firm is referring to are home-grown ones and are not owned by any banks.

Mexico and Colombia are seeing a surge in fintech firms, but neither has a unicorn. Brazil, in comparison, has four fintech unicorns, namely PagSeguro, Nubank, Stone, and EBANX.

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“It is clear that the changes generated in the industry since 2008 have not been sufficient and that the actual landscape will change for all players, specifically banks and fintechs,” notes Jan Smith, KoreFusion co-founder.

“The maturity of emerging fintechs and their capacity to develop alliances and capture a majority of investments is key for them to achieve their goals,” notes Smith.

Narayan Ammachchi

News Editor for Nearshore Americas, Narayan Ammachchi is a career journalist with a decade of experience in politics and international business. He works out of his base in the Indian Silicon City of Bangalore.

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