Financial services sector analysis

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Financial sector trends

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How large is the financial services industry?

The financial services industry constitutes at least 20% of the global economy and the impact of the financial sector on economic growth is significant. Ultra-low interest rates and debt defaults made 2021 difficult for the industry, but as the pandemic recedes, recovery is expected in most markets. Established financial services organisations, like card networks, dominate the industry in developed markets. In developing countries, fintech firms are gaining prominence, aided by the rise of digital public goods and currencies. Migrating to online and mobile services will remain a priority for financial firms in the coming years, and financial services companies will need to compete or cooperate with emergent fintech firms.

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