From Xconomy Roadmap 2018: Top 15 Innovation Areas to Watch:

Finance and Fintech
Finance and Fintech

The financial tech sector has matured in areas like online lending, payments, and trading. The hottest tech area is blockchain and digital currencies, but there is a lot of hype and noise. Meanwhile, venture capital and private equity keeps flowing, and entrepreneurs have more financing options than ever, including investment from Asia. But there is some concern that early-stage startup funding is declining. On the exit front, the IPO pipeline is steady in life sciences but remains slow in tech, where late-stage buyouts prevail.

Big players: Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, PayPal, Thoma Bravo, Vista Equity Partners, LendingClub, SoftBank

Disruptors: CoinList, Blockchain Capital, One Way Ventures, Square, Stripe, The Engine, Summitview Capital, Kensho