Fintech in the Asia-Pacific region - statistics & facts

The Asia-Pacific region is home to the highest growing fintech industry in the world, with some of the biggest players globally based in the region. The fintech industry in Asia-Pacific comprises massive mature markets like China and smaller emerging markets. Even though the value of fintech investments in Asia-Pacific has been significantly lower than certain regions, due to the region’s large population and high fintech adoption rate, it has the highest number of fintech users in the world and is forecast to generate the most revenue in the fintech sector. While digital payments is by far the largest fintech segment in the Asia-Pacific region, personal finance is predicted to be the next up-and-coming segment.

Major markets and players

Fintech investments declined worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Asia-Pacific region was no exception. Although early-stage startups find it harder to attract investment, the digital payments segment proved to be resilient. In 2021, fintech industry has well recovered, securing major investment deals in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Asia-Pacific region is the largest digital payments market, with India and China proximity mobile payment users alone taking up two-thirds of the global users. Alipay is the most used digital payment app in China, operated by Ant Group, and secured a 14 billion U.S. dollar deal in 2018. While digital payment is the norm in China, Southeast Asia is quickly following with newer startups like Indonesian digital payment startup Gojek and Singapore-based internet platform Sea. Although Southeast Asia holds large underbanked populations, the main caveat was low consumer spending that resulted in lower transaction value. However, with Southeast Asia's consumer spending forecasted to grow rapidly, the fintech industry is looking to expand.

The prospects of fintech segments

Digital payments now make up nearly half of point of sale (POS) payment and more than half of e-commerce payment methods and are expected to expand as digital wallets replace cash and cards. Marketplace or peer-to-peer (P2P) lending has been a rising choice of alternative financing for both businesses and consumers. However, the consumer marketplace lending transaction value is projected to stagnate, with digital lending companies struggling to retain existing users while business crowdlending is predicted to grow. Personal finance is forecasted to attract more new users in the future, and traditional financial institutions have already started to shift their services to digital platforms and adopt banking-as-a-service models.

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