The Evolution of Financial Services in the Digital Age
19 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2021
Date Written: June 24, 2021
This chapter provides an overview of how digital technologies are transforming the financial services landscape. We highlight the latest in digital financial product and service offerings related to payments and transfers, savings and investments, borrowing, and risk management. We then consider how digitalization is impacting the delivery of financial advice-including virtual advisors, robo-and hybrid advisors, and personal finance communities. While many of these digital innovations were underway prior to COVID-19, the pandemic accelerated the transition raising concerns that some individuals and families may be at risk of being excluded from financial services due to growing socioeconomic and digital divides. We look at barriers to access and usage and emphasize the need for digital financial literacy. Legal and regulatory challenges are also examined. Particular attention is given to recent efforts by regulatory and supervisory authorities to balance innovation and competition with consumer protection. The insights from this chapter provide a useful starting place for scholars and practitioners who are interested in exploring in greater detail how digital technologies are impacting the financial services industry.
Keywords: digital financial services, advisory services, digitalization, fintech, financial inclusion, regulatory challenges
JEL Classification: D14, G20, G50, O10, O33, R20
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