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The Pulse of Fintech

The Pulse of Fintech

This quarterly series highlights key fintech deals, issues, and challenges globally.


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The Pulse of Fintech

Welcome to The Pulse of Fintech

The series analyzes the latest global trends in investment data on the fintech sector. Each quarter the report highlights the key trends and issues impacting the fintech market, both globally and in key regions around the world. The report includes insights and analysis from KPMG Enterprise and KPMG Fintech leaders.

>>Download the latest report: The Pulse of Fintech Q4 2017

Highlights from The Pulse of Fintech Q4 2017 report

In the United States:
  • $5.8 billion invested across 149 deals during Q4’17 -- the highest quarter of fintech investment since 2015.

  • PE investment skyrocketed during Q4’17, accounting for $3.4 billion in deal activity – the second-highest quarter of PE investment in fintech on record.

  • Despite a decrease in the number of first time financings in the U.S. fintech sector, actual investment in first-time financings for fintech companies reached a new high of $478 million, eclipsing even 2015’s previous high of $457 million.

  • Corporates focusing on strategic plays, including M&A: With different fintech areas maturing and an increasing number of financial institutions making digital innovation a priority, it was not surprising to see a strong uptick in the number of M&A deals during 2017.

  • Recent tax reforms in the U.S. should bode well for fintech investment heading into 2018. There is likely to be a significant amount of M&A activity in the space driven by the positive impact the reduction in corporate tax rates will have on banks and other traditional financial institutions.

  • Regulations in the U.S. will also be an area to watch over the next year, particularly given the new Comptroller of the Currency in the U.S. is supportive of the creation of a fintech specific national banking charter. 

>> For details and analysis of Q4 fintech activity, read the latest report: The Pulse of Fintech Q4 2017


Download previous The Pulse of Fintech reports:

For reports prior to Q1 2017, contact the Venture Capital practice.

The Pulse Series

Venture Pulse and The Pulse of Fintech

The quarterly reports include comprehensive analyses on the lifecycle of venture capital investments as well as overall fintech investment across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Each quarter we share the latest valuations, financing, deal sizes, mergers & acquisitions, exits, corporate investment, and industry trends.

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