The Rise of Digital Banks in Mexico: Combining Traditional Banking with Technology

Consolidated institutions backing neobanks as they combat fintechs

Digital banks, also referred to as neobanks, are on the rise in Mexico. These banks provide a variety of products and services, from basic banking to car loans, all accessible through a smartphone. Unlike other virtual financial companies, neobanks have the backing of established banking institutions in the country such as Santander, Banorte, Banregio and Invex. This support extends to deposit insurance which is significantly higher in traditional banks compared to virtual financial institutions.

To be classified as a bank, digital banks must be licensed by the National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV). One of the major players in the digital banking space is Hey Banco, a product of Banregio which offers services such as debit and credit cards, personal loans and high-yield savings. The Brazilian neobank Nu has also made significant strides in the Mexican market by expanding its offerings to include personal loans and savings products.

The success of Hey Banco and Nu has prompted other institutions such as Ualá, Invex and Affirme to launch their own digital banking platforms. Even established banks like BBVA and Banorte are entering the digital banking space with their own offerings. These digital banks offer greater deposit insurance compared to virtual financial institutions in case of bankruptcy.

Despite their growing popularity, some traditional banks like BBVA have opted to focus on moving all their services to mobile apps rather than launching a separate digital bank. These banks view technology investments as critical to their success in the digital age.

As the digital banking landscape continues to evolve in Mexico, consumers are presented with a diverse range of options for managing their finances from traditional banks with mobile apps to fully virtual neobanks. This diversity reflects the changing nature of the financial industry and increasing demand for digital banking solutions.

In conclusion, digital banks or neobanks are becoming increasingly popular in Mexico due to their wide range of products and services that can be accessed through a smartphone. These banks have the backing of established banking institutions which extends deposit insurance compared

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