The Swiss Finance + Technology Association covers a range of FinTech verticals with high relevance for Switzerland.
Introducing SFTA Slack:
All members and subscribers receive an invitation to our SFTA slack channel and those who applied as an expert will be assigned to dedicated channels around the relevant verticals. Expert verticals are designed to generate content and trigger discussions around certain topics through our slack channels. Throughout the year, we are going to organize panel discussions around some of our expert verticals to ensure that we discuss the most important themes around these topics. Expert verticals give our members the opportunity to actively contribute to these discussions, shape the content of our expert panel events or even step up on stage and represent their area of expertise.
WealthTech – Challenging the status quo in the wealth management industry is the main focus in Switzerland’s FinTech landscape, but this vertical also covers much of banking, including retail and commercial sectors.
InsureTech – The younger sibling of mainstream FinTech, this is an important vertical which goes beyond financial services solutions into a broad range of technological innovations, reshaping the industry, such as IoT and cyber security.
Payments – One of the oldest and most well established areas of FinTech everyone, but also in Switzerland, is that which relates to payments processing, billing, P2P solutions, and other related areas. This can include a range of blockchain companies offering payment services.
Data – While this can be a broad category, SFTA uses it to apply to both companies providing the essential financial market data used by so many others in financial services, as well as to data management, analytics, and artificial intelligence.
Infrastructure – Infrastructure entails a range of tools and services necessary to drive trading, administration and collaboration between various entities of financial services. Focus of this vertical will include Distributed Ledger Technology, which has been substantially shaping how assets are exchanged, cleared and settled between various entities. In addition, will also focus on cloud and quantum computing or trading algorithms, leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence.
PropTech – On a focused basis, SFTA engages in PropTech, which is the name given to technological innovations related to real estate and property management. There can be much overlap with finance, portfolio and risk management, and other similar areas.
Lending – FinTech companies are changing the lending business. Consumers do not need to turn to banks to borrow money anymore, because FinTech companies are now making loans directly to consumers or providing platforms for peer to peer lending. Consumers can request loans online and get approval quickly and lenders are able to assess their creditworthiness more effectively using new approaches.
Sustainable FinTech – Emerging financial technologies promise to redefine the finance industry, but could they also provide a solution for environmental and social problems? The new technologies are not only a way to promote sustainable and impact finance, but become interesting in the support of scaling up solutions. Investors interested in socially responsible portfolios or sustainable finance investments can be empowered by the increase in data and the emergence of new tools. What are the results from other positive trends, such as a general disintermediation and increased possibility for transparency?
RegTech – RegTech refers to technology and innovations in the regulatory and compliance space. This is a new field within the financial services industry and often leverages data management and other new technologies which can enhance the regulatory and compliance processes in financial services. It puts a particular emphasis on regulatory monitoring, reporting and compliance and is thus benefiting the finance industry.