A neobank is a type of challenger bank that operates solely digitally. Neobanks are newly established banks that do not belong to large conventional banks. They do not have any physical branches and can provide their services both via mobile or desktop devices. They require their clients to go through a digital onboarding process, most frequently via smartphone. Neobanks can be of two types: those which have a banking license and those that do not.
The most popular neobanks include Revolut, Chime, Nubank, N26, and Monzo.
Banks that only provide digital services
Banks that require digital onboarding (mostly via a smartphone)
Companies that have a banking license
Companies that do not have a banking license
Companies that have e-money licence
Neobanks that provide either mobile or desktop services
Conventional banks that offer online banking services
Tech companies that integrate online payment services into their apps (e.g., WeChat)
Online banks that were established by conventional banks
Banks that have physical branches to serve their clients
Banks that require a personal visit to open an account
The Neobanking market continues to grow and expand globally. One current trend in the market is the increased adoption of digital banking solutions, including mobile banking and online account opening. Another trend is the expansion of Neobanks into new markets, such as SME lending and investment services, and partnerships with traditional financial institutions to offer white-label banking services. The growth of the Neobanking market can be attributed to several factors, including the increasing demand for convenient and accessible banking services, the rise of digital technology and the internet, and changing consumer behavior and preferences. Additionally, the lower costs and greater flexibility offered by Neobanks compared to traditional banks have also contributed to their popularity. The neobanking market is expected to continue its growth trend in the coming years. Factors such as increasing smartphone penetration, rising demand for digital banking services, and the continued development of fintech infrastructure are expected to contribute to this growth. Additionally, neobanks are increasingly partnering with traditional banks and financial institutions, which is expected to help drive adoption of neobanking services.
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Modeling approach / Market size:
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In our forecasts, we apply diverse forecasting techniques. The selection of forecasting techniques is based on the behavior of the relevant market. For example, the S-curve function and exponential trend smoothing are well suited for forecasting digital products and services due to the non-linear growth of technology adoption.
The market is updated twice a year in case market dynamics change. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war is considered at a country-specific level.