Tech is the future of personal finance: Mukesh Kalra, Founder and CEO, ET Money – YourStory

Indian wealthtech is poised to grow at least three times by 2025. With the sheer growth and significant headroom for market potential, there is a need for the industry to constantly innovate. ET Money, as a mobile-first personal finance application, is pioneering innovative tech solutions for the new-age investor.

During a fireside chat at TechSparks2021, YourStory’s flagship startup-tech event, Mukesh Kalra, Founder and CEO, ET Money delved deep into what lies in the future for the wealthtech industry.

The growth story

Mukesh in his conversation with Shivani Muthanna, Associate Producer, YourStory, spoke about the shift in investors’ perspective in the last three to five years. “The traditional investment avenues like gold, deposits or real estate have not been giving the expected returns. So, naturally, a lot of investors are shifting to capital markets. There is a basic need to get more returns which is driving the investors to think about wealth in a big way,” Mukesh said.

In addition, he credited digital creators for working in the direction of driving awareness which has accelerated the learning curve of the new-age investors. According to him, the intent to make more money along with awareness and education has made wealthtech a massive sector today.

How is ET Money leveraging technology?

  • Smart Deposits: Mukesh pointed out that 1 trillion dollars of India’s money is still in the savings account. “As someone in wealthtech, the numbers are disappointing for us. To solve this problem with tech, we launched a product called Smart Deposit. It acts as a replacement for a savings account. It parks your money in liquid mutual funds (low risk) that provide 75 – 80 percent of higher returns than a regular savings account,” he explained.
  • Instant withdrawal API: For smart deposit investors, ET Money created a platform called instant withdrawal API to enable investors to withdraw their money with a single tap which otherwise would have taken 24 hours.
  • Frictionless onboarding and one-tap innovations: ET Money worked on themes like reducing the friction points to start your investment journey. “We worked on multiple one-tap innovations where an investor could withdraw money or start an SIP with a single tap,” added Mukesh.

He believes that the COVID-19 provided potential investors with more savings along with the time to explore investment opportunities. “The pandemic acted as a turbo engine to wealth as it fundamentally changed the way people look at money,” shared Mukesh.

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