Fintech: Hype or Reality?

Jeremy Peat, Owen Kelly, Daniel Broby

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Fintech is a term given to financial technology in the digital age. At its core sit the twin concepts of blockchain and distributed ledgers. These technology solutions bring with them the promise of faster, cheaper, more secure and transparent financial transactions over the internet. In a more widely used context, Fintech is conceived and even defined as enabling disruptive innovation in financial markets and financial services. This briefing explains what Fintech is and investigates whether the promise of Fintech is hype or reality. It also highlights the resultant policy implications that are generated by the phenomena and what issues lawmakers should be cognisant of.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde
Commissioning bodyInternational Public Policy Institute
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2017

Publication series

NameInternational Public Policy Institute Policy Brief
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde


  • IPPI
  • fintech
  • financial technology
  • online financial transactions


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