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Fintech Bites The Dust?

Fintech Bites The Dust?

Recent news about fintech startups shutting down have once again raised questions about the long-term sustainability of the fintech business model. Although it is interesting to see how fintech companies disrupt existing industry structure and democratize access to financial services through transformative technology, a challenge shared by many fintech firms is whether they can clearly create and deliver unique advantages amid a competitive landscape.
Clad in simplicity and powered by technology, fintech firms have made investing more accessible and comprehensible to the younger audience, who was traditionally not catered to by established financial institutions. However, with more similar products sprouting up in the market, it has become increasingly difficult for firms to distinguish themselves from their competition. 
“The COVID-19 pandemic certainly put pressure on many businesses, and fintech companies are no exception. However, the crisis has again proven the importance of digitalizing financial services,” said Ryan Song, director of TradeUP. “App-based investing platforms allow investors to keep track of the market at their fingertips. Investors can stay informed and place orders through digital devices. That’s nothing new, but the level of competence to enable an intuitive user experience that suits customers’ needs and preferences differs among platforms.”
TradeUP, an investing platform that allows users to buy U.S. stock, ETFs and options at zero commission, adopts a mobile-first strategy to provide retail traders better portfolio analytics and tools at their fingertips.
Song noted that fintech is the combination of software architecture and financial literacy. A fintech company thus requires expertise in both areas to provide valuable tech-powered financial solutions.
“With a staff that draws from its rich range of experiences in technology industry and financial services, we have a perfect balance of tech DNA and finance DNA. On the tech side, we upgrade our product and services quickly enough to stay ahead of our clients’ expectations, making available data and sophisticated tools to empower a prompt, transparent, and easy trading experience,” said Song.
According to Song, TradeUP operates with a customer-centric model. For instance, in its latest update, the app made minor changes to the font size and text color in the account page to optimize the screen display.
“Despite being fast, agile and flexible, we are at the same time very cautious as a result of our finance DNA. For instance, we place extra emphasis on the stability of our proprietary trading platform. By minimizing disruptions and delays, the goal is to help our clients increase efficiency. Ultimately, those who can continuously create value for customers will stay relevant in the market,” added Song.  
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