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The Pulse of Fintech Q3 2017

The Pulse of Fintech Q3 2017

Global analysis of investment in fintech


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Global analysis of investment in fintech

Welcome to the Q3’17 edition of KPMG’s Pulse of Fintech - a quarterly report highlighting the key trends and issues facing the fintech market globally and in key regions around the world.

Fintech investment remained strong for the quarter, with investor sentiment around fintech positive across the  Americas, Asia and Europe. A number of $100 million+ megadeals drove fintech investment globally during Q3’17. While many of the largest deals occurred in the United States, companies in China, Germany and Canada were also among the top 10 global deals this quarter.

Insurtech is expected to see record levels of funding by the end of 2017, while blockchain technologies continue to see a significant amount of buzz.  With some indications that production-capable blockchain solutions may be closer than envisioned - even from the start of the year - financial institutions are increasingly working to understand and leverage potential technologies.  Artificial intelligence (AI), roboadvisory and regtech remained hot in more mature fintech markets, while mobile banking services spurred investment in less developed jurisdictions.

Looking ahead, the fintech sector is expected to continue to evolve rapidly - with many companies, including both mature fintechs and large e-commerce players, looking to diversify into adjacent services.  The imminent implementation of PSD2 in Europe and new regulatory guidance in Asia could also drive additional activity.

We examine these trends and other issues in this quarter’s report, in addition to discussing a number of key questions driving investment and investor interest in the fintech market today, including:


  • What will the next evolution of the fintech market look like?
  • Are Asia-based fintech hubs set to become the base for fintech’s future?
  • Is blockchain truly on the cusp of becoming production-capable?
  • Will regtech be the focus of the next big investment wave?


We hope you find the Q3’17 edition of the Pulse of Fintech informative and insightful. 

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