European Fintech Sector Poised for Fivefold Growth by 2030

European Fintech Sector Poised for Fivefold Growth by 2030

by May 4, 2023

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and QED Investors have released a report projecting a sixfold increase in financial technology revenues from US$245 billion to US$1.5 trillion by 2030.

The fintech sector, which currently holds a two percent share of the US$12.5 trillion global financial services revenue, is estimated to grow to seven percent.

Despite a tough 2022, with fintechs losing more than half of their market value on average, the report suggests that this was merely a short-term correction in an otherwise positive long-term trajectory.

The Asia-Pacific region is expected to become the world’s top fintech market by 2030, with a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27 percent. This growth will be driven primarily by emerging economies such as China, India, and Indonesia, which have the largest fintechs, underbanked populations, many small and medium-sized enterprises, and a rising tech-savvy youth and middle class.

UK and EU Fintech Sector Poised for Fivefold Growth by 2030, Says BCG Report

The United Kingdom and European Union together constitute the world’s third-largest financial intermediary market, with significant fintech expansion predicted by 2030. This growth is estimated to be over five times that of 2021, primarily driven by the payments sector.

Traditional banks currently dominate this market, which features a relatively low fintech penetration rate of 1 percent within financial services revenues. However, regulators in the region are progressive, as evidenced by their support for open banking, open finance, and passporting.

UK and EU Fintech

The regional fintech sector is anticipated to achieve a 21 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) leading up to 2030, fueled by the ongoing expansion of payment-plus (value-added services ecosystems built on traditional payment infrastructures), embedded finance, and B2B players. Moreover, the adoption of open banking is likely to encourage the development of innovative products and services, further boosting the sector’s growth.

Meanwhile, North America will remain a critical fintech market and innovation hub, projected to grow fourfold to US$520 billion in 2030, with the US accounting for a projected 32 percent of global fintech revenue growth.

The US is projected to account for 32 percent of global fintech revenue growth (CAGR of 17 percent) by 2030. With the country’s larger interchange pool, fintechs can cater to the underbanked low-end market.

However, the report predicts that it will be the B2B2X and B2B markets that will lead the next era of fintech, with the B2B2X market expected to grow at a 25 percent CAGR to reach US$440 billion in annual revenues by 2030, supported by growth in embedded finance and financial infrastructure.

The B2B fintech market is expected to grow at 32 percent CAGR to reach US$285 billion in annual revenue by providing solutions to credit-starved and poorly served small businesses.

The report highlights the importance of proactive regulatory actions, including measures such as facilitating faster pathways for obtaining banking and payment institution licenses, supporting digital public infrastructure, and creating an open banking ecosystem, to create a level playing field. The report also stresses the significance of incumbents partnering with fintechs to speed up digital transformation.

For those interested in reading the full report, please click here for the link.