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Fintech is one of the hottest topics in the financial services industry right now and its impressive reach has extended to the Asia-Pacific region, with investments expected to at least quadruple in 2015. Lending and payments are receiving the largest flow of investor money, while blockchain, cloud, and cybersecurity are the next frontier.

According to Accenture, Fintech investment in Asia-Pacific has skyrocketed in 2015 – from about US$880 million in all of 2014 to a staggering US$3.5 billion in just the first nine months of 2015. The graph below neatly illustrates the huge increase in investor money pouring into this sector within the past year. 

The largest share of 2015 Asia-Pacific fintech investment deals were in payments (40%) and lending (24%) which have traditionally been the domain of banks. This year, non-traditional players such as Alibaba Group Holding and its Ant Financial Services Group subsidiary have led the charge in and outside of China.

In the world of fintech, blockchain is the hottest thing right now. 2015 was the year the narrative changed. Bitcoin is out, blockchain is in. Attend any financial conference and you’ll hear panels about the brilliance of private distributed ledgers.

Cybersecurity is another hot area that has been attracting a lot of investor capital. Thank to overwhelming media attention surrounding huge data breaches, cybersecurity has been thrown under the spotlight and has become a hot button for consumers. To give you some stats, according to the Accenture 2015 Global Risk Management Study issued in May, nearly 9 in 10 financial services firms plan to increase their investment in risk-management capabilities in the next two years in response to  emerging risks of cybersecurity and fraud.

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