Efma Review 2021: Navigating disruption 17 February 2021
That is why the theme of our annual review is ‘navigating disruption.’ Often, our publications note certain disruptive players and innovations in the financial services industry. This year, however, the biggest disruption did not come from a fintech or insurtech. Instead, it was the exogenous shock of the pandemic. Yet, amidst the trying circumstances, there was ample opportunity for the most innovative players to stand out. Flexibility and digital tools are no longer nice-to-haves but essential to business continuity. Those companies that were able to quickly adapt their operations, both for their employees and their customers, have managed this crisis more adeptly. And those institutions that had invested time and resources into their digital capabilities in preceding years have been able to weather this storm far better than those that delayed their digital investments.
In this review, we look specifically at four areas that have driven the conversation in the financial services space: how Covid-19 has accelerated pre-existing trends, SME banking and its crucial support for businesses, open banking and partnerships, and insurance and insurtech. For each topic, we have selected our most engaging reports, interviews, and articles. From institutions, members, and industry experts from across the globe, we are sure you will find the material engaging as you reflect on this past year and look forward to the next.