Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The modern changes to the financial world explained

The financial world as we know it has undergone digital changes to its systems over the last twenty years. Indeed, it is almost unrecognizable from the year 2000 alone.

The Effects From The Global Financial Crisis

In 2008, the UK was hit with a global financial crisis, which saw banks shutting down and home prices plummeting. It was the first global recession since World War 2 and led to millions of job losses.

A decade later, the global finance system has started to soften again, leading to a road of recovery.

Despite that the national debt in the UK continues to rise. This is mainly fuelled by new borrowers and government spending.

Personal Banking

Banking is a national staple that is, effectively, one of the oldest businesses in the world. Traditionally, it was all physical currency based, with the world not seeing any non-cash transactions until the 20th century.

Personal banking has evolved into a more digital system. Whilst you can still go into banks physically to handle your finances, you’re usually told to do it online to save time unless you really need assistance or it’s an emergency.

How To Educate Yourself For Work

When it comes to keeping up with changing trends within business and finance, you should always be ahead of the curve. That’s why it’s worth looking into modern and updated finance courses.

There are a variety of online universities and schools that can offer virtual courses that take place over a short time, usually around six weeks. These courses are packed with expert experienced tutors and teachers, as well as a curriculum that can centre towards what you need.

So, if you’re looking for a managerial finance online course, then you’ll be glad to hear that there are options available. These courses will equip you with a practical grounding in modern finance, allowing you to learn how to increase your managerial impact with a new, stronger financial insight.

These courses are available for those who are currently in a managerial position, as well as those just trying to improve their job prospects. In the modern finance world, there are a variety of new roles being invented to cope, which is why it’s always important to educate yourself.

Introduction of Contactless

Certainly, over the last ten years, we’ve seen a drastic change in the way payments are made day-to-day. It was only a few decades ago that you were expected to travel to your nearest bank to physically pay your bills.

The introduction of contactless chips in debit and credit cards in the UK allowed shoppers to stop carrying around loose change and physical cash, as they could make instant exact payments just by getting their card out. The first card made available by a bank for contactless was from Barclays in 2008, where there was scepticism at first.

It wasn’t too long after this that contactless payments were made readily available over phones and watches. An unexpected impact this has had, perhaps, is that we have seen charities go without street side donations. There is evidence however to suggest that the introduction of digital payments has led to more donations.

What there has been a demand for is the removal of the 1p and 2p coins from circulation. There has been talk about this in the UK for a number of years, but charities insisted they should stay. The introduction of COVID-19 meant that people were using less coins to be safe, instead opting for contactless methods.


When it comes to talking about modern finance, one of the biggest changes has been the introduction of cryptocurrency over the last decade. The price of Bitcoin has fluctuated rapidly since its arrival in 2009, but over the last two years it has been rising, to the point that even national banks are investing.

How it works is by digitally mining the blockchain. This refers to the block that contains all transactions using the coin online. Unearth enough and you’ll create your own block.

Some realtors are even accepting cryptocurrency as collateral when it comes to down payments and mortgages.

What The Future Holds

The demand for traditional banking services continues to decrease, whilst online finance options continue to rise. The way in which businesses work with finance will also evolve further too, as well as how they deal with debt, crediting and other such financial concerns.

Technology will always innovate industry, no matter what sector. New processes such as artificial intelligence continue to expand and become possible. Already, we have seen this in the form of automated chatbots on websites, and virtual assistants over the phone.

There is no doubt that we will see AI take a more prominent role within finance, especially with how transactions are processed in the near future.

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