2 Top Fintech Stocks to Watch

Roberto Rivero

Fintech might not be a word you’re completely familiar with, but the likelihood is that it plays a big part in your daily life. Online banking applications, paying for products with a tap of your phone and jumping in an Uber home without exchanging any cash - these are all examples of how fintech has revolutionised our world. 

So, for those interested in investing in fintech companies, what are some of the top fintech stocks to watch in 2023?

What Is Fintech?

Fintech, short for financial technology, is a term that refers to technology which is exploited to make various financial processes more efficient, disrupting traditional financial services in the process.

Probably the most prevalent example of fintech in our daily lives is the evolution of online and app-based banking and payments. Not only have high street banks embraced this technology, but it has led to the appearance of numerous “challenger” banks, which have revolutionised the industry, capitalising on a historical lack of innovation from traditional banking services.

Indeed, this is a familiar story across the world of financial services. For years, significant barriers to entry, including strict regulation and high startup costs, meant that the sector was somewhat of a closed shop. Inevitably, a lack of competition across the industry led to a lack of innovation.

Consequently, major advances in technology and a shifting regulatory landscape made the sector ripe to be shaken up by new, exciting fintech companies. We’ve already mentioned banking and payments, but similar things have happened in lending, insurance and brokerage services.

Top Fintech Stocks to Watch

The term fintech covers a wide variety of companies, ranging from more established players, such as PayPal, to a constant stream of new comers attempting to democratise the financial services industry.

With so many companies, investing in fintech may be a daunting prospect, that’s why we have highlighted 2 fintech stocks for investors to watch in 2023:

Fintech Stocks to Watch:


Block Inc., formerly Square, began life as a payment solution for smaller merchants, allowing them to accept credit and debit cards using a smart phone or tablet.

This legacy business, still known as Square, has evolved into a wider ecosystem for merchants, enabling them to accept online payments, providing payroll services, offering financing and a variety of other services.

Besides Square, Block is also well-known for its personal finance application, Cash App. Cash App provides customers with banking and payment transfer services as well as the ability to buy, sell and transfer stocks and bitcoin.

In this way, Block has successfully created a vast financial ecosystem for both businesses and consumers. It has also expanded into web hosting - through its acquisition of Weebly, buy-now-pay-later - through its acquisition of Afterpay, and digital music streaming – through its majority acquisition of Tidal.


As well as being the e-commerce market leader in Latin America, MercadoLibre has a lending operation – Mercado Credito – and a payment processing segment – Mercado Pago.

With these two operations, MercadoLibre has sought to capitalise on the limited access consumers have to financial services in the region. In 2022, it was estimated that as much as 70% of Latin America’s population remained unbanked or underbanked, with 58% of point of sale purchases still made in cash.

These figures represent enormous opportunity for fintech stocks to thrive, particularly when one considers that smart phone penetration in the region is around 70%.

In particular, the rapid growth of Mercado Pago has been a key revenue driver for the fintech company. This payment processing arm was initially created as a way to allow unbanked consumers to purchase products through the company’s e-commerce platform.

However, it has since evolved far beyond that, becoming widely adopted outside MercadoLibre’s marketplace. Its low-cost QR code transactions facilitate digital payments without needing a bank account, and also allows merchants without card infrastructure to accept non-cash payments. This is a particularly important and practical service in a region where a high proportion of the population work in the informal economy.

Depicted: Admirals MetaTrader 5 – MercadoLibre Weekly Chart. Date Range: 25 September 2016 – 21 March 2023. Date Captured: 21 March 2023. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.

How to Invest in Fintech Stocks

With an Invest.MT5 account from Admirals, you can invest in both fintech stocks examined in this article. In order to open an account and start buying shares, follow these steps:

  1. Open an Invest.MT5 account
  2. Log in to the Dashboard, find your account details in the Dashboard and click ‘Invest’
  3. Search for the fintech stock of your choice and click on the symbol to open Admirals’ Native Trading
  4. Enter the number of shares you wish to purchase and click ‘Buy’ to send the order to the market.
Depicted: Admirals Native Trading – MercadoLibre Inc. Date Captured: 22 March 2023. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.

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