Technology is slowly taking over more and more aspects of our lives, it’s basically inevitable to avoid it at this point. Companies and governments all over the world have begun assimilating technology into their workflow, increasing their efficiency by ten folds. There’s a technological revolution happening, and not quite under our noses as well.
One of the industries that have benefited a lot from technology is finance. It has made a lot of transactions that took weeks and days instantaneous. But what does this technology mean to the average consumer? That’s what we’re going to look at today.
Banking at the Tip of Your Fingers
Nowadays, functioning without a verified online banking system can leave you heavily crippled. A lot of the conveniences of modern technology will be out of your reach without this innovation. It’s the ultimate convenience, even down to the little aspects. Before, you had to find an ATM to check your balance or call their hotline to ask the personnel.
All of that is partially moot now, what with having the ability to check your account’s status by a few clicks. You can make bank transfers using your smartphone or computer, exchange currency without having to go to a money exchanger, and purchase something online without much hassle- these are all the innovations that we’re taking for granted now but are actually a major leap in the field of finances.
Virtual Real Estate Shopping
Finding lands and houses for sale has never been easier. A few years ago, looking at properties was limited to only newspapers or real estate magazines, but now looking up properties for sale is as easy as pulling up a website. Specifying what you’re looking for is also possible, as you can view by location, size, or type. It’s empowering to have the ability to view and choose properties this easy. And if you see one that you like, you can go on a virtual tour to have a better view of the property you’re buying. Virtual home tours are becoming more and more popular, and along with property buying and selling platforms, are here to stay.
Along with online banking comes micro-loaning apps. These come in the form of an app for your smartphone. They basically allow you to borrow money for emergency needs. Using the interface of the app, you can choose how much you can borrow, the payment terms, and track your payment scheme. Not so long ago, a loan required waiting in line at a bank and submitting a large amount of paperwork, and then waiting for approval. Luckily, technology has evolved past that and has allowed us to settle debts with little to no interaction with personnel.
Perhaps the most empowering of all developments is the ability to make small-scale investments conveniently. With low capital requirements and user-friendly interfaces, you can now trade stocks, or exchange currencies on the go using your smartphone. Beginning investors are encouraged to use these apps as well, making financial investments more accessible than they have ever been.