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Nubank growth hits another level as pandemic drives digital in Brazil

Social distancing and government payments are turbo-charging digital bank’s growth.

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The shift to digital platforms has been a pronounced feature of the global pandemic – with tech stocks hugely outperforming stock market benchmarks throughout the world – but in emerging markets there have been specific drivers turbo-charging this phenomenon.

Digital bank Nubank, founded seven years ago in Brazil with the launch of a no-fee credit card managed by an app, has grown its total client base to more than 25 million. The bank launched its digital current account in 2017, which now has more than 20 million account holders.

David Vélez, CEO of Nubank, says that the global pandemic has hugely accelerated the growth of his digital banking business.

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David Vélez,
Nubank

He tells Euromoney that the pandemic is broadening the demographic base of new account holders.