“Fintech” is one of this year’s most ubiquitous buzzwords; it has spawned any number of colorful infographics about the future of finance and banking. Some of these are merely a collection of logos, while others represent a more structured attempt to classify this new generation of players taking on financial services.
All, however, convey the same idea: Tech is coming for banking, and unwary banks will quickly be replaced by startups. While such illustrations make great clickbait, they also, unhelpfully, oversimplify what’s going on. The truth is much less alarming — and far more interesting.