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The Pulse of Fintech

The Pulse of Fintech

Analysis of global venture capital trends in the fintech sector.

Analysis of global venture capital trends in the fintech sector.

Investment in Australia’s fintech sector followed the subdued trend seen globally in the first half of 2019, as the market pauses ahead of future growth. The local sector reached US$101 million, a more than 50 percent drop on the corresponding period in 2018 (US$223 million).

However, more deals are on the horizon, with the recent record Judo Bank fundraising announced in July and the SME lender Prospa's successful IPO in June.

The biggest Australian fintech transaction recorded in the first half of the year was the Airwallex US$100 million Series C funding in March 2019, which was also the third biggest deal in Asia for the period.


Highlights from the H1’19 report

  • Global fintech investment off to a slower start – from $62.8 billion in H1’18 to only $37.9 billion in H1’19. This decline might be short-lived given the large M&A deals on the horizon.
  • VC investment remained robust in the Americas and Europe, receiving $7.5 billion and $3.3 billion in H1’19 respectively.
  • Global fintech M&A activity took a breather, hitting $23.9 billion in H1’19 versus $35.6 billion in H1’18.
  • PE firms are still active globally, with investments reaching over $1.9 billion across 35 deals in H1’19.
  • Wealthtech investment hit $2.2 billion in H1’19, already surpassing 2018 total ($1.8 billion), despite fewer deals.

View the full Global and Regional analyses.


Key fintech trends in 2019

In addition to exploring global and regional trends, we discuss the following questions driving interest in the fintech market:

  • What are wealthtech and proptech – and how are they evolving into key areas of investment?
  • What is driving the strength of Europe’s fintech market?
  • How is cross-border investment propelling the fintech industry forward?
  • How are regulatory changes in China affecting fintech investment?

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