- Today’s main news: RateSetter tops 2B GBP in lending. P2P Global Investments holds steady. P2P Finance Association reports new lending growth. One of China’s largest P2P lenders quits. BNI Europa invests 15M Euro in Creditshelf. Marqeta, Visa partner on global payments. Prospa secures $20M debt facility.
- Today’s main analysis: Bank and credit card issuer charge-off trends.
- Today’s thought-provoking articles: Inside plans for a faster U.S. payments system. i2ifunding to break even by second half of FY2020. Finca launches Pakistan’s first digital wallet. Bahrain’s fintech sector loses ground to Dubai.
- Bank, credit card issue charge-off trends. AT: “Are we beginning to see the decline in credit card usage? Online and mobile payments could kill credit cards in the long run as consumers realize the convenience and transparency of the tech while credit card loan practices continue to be non-transparent and expensive for consumers.”
- Inside plans for a faster U.S. payments system. AT: “A faster system is long overdue.”
- EastWest partners with FINTQ.
- Providing well-rounded financial advice through robos. AT: “An interesting report, not too long, and well worth the read.”
- T0 has a platform for trading ICOs as securities. AT: “Evidently, this blockchain technology was already developed and Overstock was waiting for the SEC to rule ICO tokens as securities. When they did, T0 pulled the trigger.”
- Blockchain and ICOs. AT: “Commentary from Pepper Hamilton.”
- Inside Erica, BoA’s AI-powered robot.
- Fintech apps and banking mobile apps. AT: “A list of some of the most prominent fintech apps today.”
- Rep. Cleaver queries alternative lenders. AT: “Some insight into what Rep. Cleaver’s actual questions were.”
- The SEC’s ICO crackdown will help in the long run.
- What is working capital?
- 3 reasons the finance industry needs virtual reality.
- The biggest trends in home mortgage loans.
- GE alumnus joins MPL industry.
- RateSetter passes 2B GBP in lending. AT: “Congratulations.”
- P2p fund holds steady on dividend.
- P2PFA reports new lending growth. AT: “This is likely a case of rising tides lifting all ships.”
- Peer to peer lending rises in Q2.
- LendInvest bond promises to pay investors 5.25% twice a year.
- Christian Faes on why property is still going strong.
- DueCourse goes into administration.
- Abundance tops 50M GBP in P2P renewable energy investment.
- New products, milestones for ethical P2P platforms.
- Cash management, P2P lending could boost your balance sheet.
- Banks are back.
- Why banks can’t help but help fintechs.
- One of the largest Chinese P2P lenders quits.
- Three more Chinese banks join Swift’s global payments innovation.
- Embrace the cardless era.
- i2ifunding to break even by second half of FY2020.
- Finomena shuts down after funding fail.
- FinMomenta to target SMEs with new products.
- FreeCharge’s acquisition is proof that Indian banking is changing.
- Cashcow offers bank products through Ola-Uber model.
- Can regulatory sandbox nurture fintech?
- United States
- Earnings Season Continues—Bank and Card Issuer Charge-Off Trends (PeerIQ), Rated: AAA
- Inside seven plans for a faster U.S. payments system (American Banker), Rated: AAA
- EastWest ties up with PLDT unit (Inquirer.net), Rated: A
- Providing well-rounded financial advice and servicing through automated technologies (CGI.com), Rated: A
- Overstock’s TØ Has Already Built a Platform for Trading Regulated ICOs (Coindesk), Rated: A
- BLOCKCHAIN AND INITIAL COIN OFFERINGS: SEC PROVIDES FIRST U.S. SECURITIES LAW GUIDANCE (Pepper Hamilton LLP), Rated: A
- Inside the development of Erica, Bank of America’s AI-powered bot (Tearsheet), Rated: A
- Fintech Apps and Banking Mobile App Development for Startups (Upwork), Rated: A
- Rating the Robo-Advisors (Barrons), Rated: A
- Lawmaker Queries Alt-Lenders With Concerns Over ‘Trapped’ Small Biz Borrowers (PYMNTS), Rated: A
- The SEC’s ICO crackdown will help in the long-run. (The Financial Revolutionist Email), Rated: A
- What is “working capital”? And how can it help my small business? (OnDeck), Rated: A
- 3 Reasons Why the Finance Industry Needs VR (UploadVR), Rated: A
- The Biggest Trends in Home Mortgage Loans We’ve Seen This Year (Huffington Post), Rated: B
- GE Alum Brings Discipline to High-Growth Financial Firm (CFO), Rated: B
- United Kingdom
- Peer-to-peer lender RateSetter passes £2 billion lending milestone (Yahoo! Finance), Rated: AAA
- P2P fund holds steady on dividend (AltFi), Rated: AAA
- P2PFA reports growth in new lending as LendInvest departs (P2P Finance News), Rated: AAA
- UK P2PFA: Peer to Peer Lending Rises in Q2 (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: A
- The LendInvest bond promises to pay investors 5.25% with two payments a year until 2022 (This is Money), Rated: A
- LendInvest’s Christian Faes On Why Property Investing Is Still Going Strong (Forbes), Rated: A
- Fintech company DueCourse goes into administration (Manchester Evening News), Rated: A
- Abundance Tops £50 Million in P2P Invesment into Renewable Energy Projects (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: A
- New products and milestones for ethical P2P platforms (AltFi), Rated: A
- Cash management and peer-to-peer lending could boost your balance sheet (Director), Rated: A
- This week in MoneyWeek: banks are back (MoneyWeek), Rated: A
- Why Banks Can’t Help But Help Fintechs (Fintech Weekly), Rated: B
- One of China’s biggest P2P lenders quits ahead of clampdown (Financial Times), Rated: AAA
- Three more Chinese banks join Swift’s global payments innovation (Banking Technology), Rated: A
- Embrace the cardless era, CUP launched the electronic account cloud flash, or its Jedi fight back (TMT Post), Rated: A
- European Union
- BNI Europa invests EUR15 million in Creditshelf (Finextra), Rated: AAA
- Your Banker Is Always In: Sweden Rolls Out the Robots (Bloomberg), Rated: A
- Marqeta & Visa Ink Global Partnership to Power Payments & Loans (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: AAA
- 15 ‘RegTech’ Investors Every Fintech Startup Needs to Know (Entrepreneur), Rated: A
- Online lender secures $ 20m debt facility (Australian Broker), Rated: AAA
- Fintechs target millennials with online financial services (The Australian), Rated: A
- i2ifunding looks to break even by second half of FY20 (DNA India), Rated: AAA
- Fin-tech startup Finomena shuts down after failing to raise funding (The Indian Wire), Rated: A
- FinMomenta to introduce new products; targets SMEs (Deccan Herald), Rated: A
- FreeCharge’s acquisition is proof that the Axis of Indian banking is changing (Quartz), Rated: A
- These serial entrepreneurs are offering bank products through an Ola-Uber model (YourStory), Rated: A
- Can Regulatory Sandbox Nurture India’s FinTech Innovation? (CXO Today), Rated: A
- Finca launches Pakistan’s first ever digital wallet (Daily Pakistan), Rated: AAA
- Middle East
- Bahrain’s FinTech Sector Loses Ground to Dubai (Cryptocoins News), Rated: AAA
- FINTECH Association of Nigeria debuts to support development of the financial technology industry (PR Share), Rated: AAA
Earnings Season Continues—Bank and Card Issuer Charge-Off Trends (PeerIQ), Rated: AAA
As PeerIQ observed last quarter, we continue to see a “tale of two cities”–a divergence in charge-off rates of card issuers and large money center banks.
Discover reported a 55% increase in loan loss reserves citing re-normalization of credit performance, an increased supply of consumer credit, and an increase in consumer leverage. We also see observe increases in loan loss reserves from Synchrony Financial (30%), American Express (26%), and Capital One (13%).
Outlook for Consumer Lending
The backdrop for consumer lending businesses is strong. Although delinquencies have picked up, originators remain compensated for taking on credit risk. The ROE for Discover and American Express are both over 20% as compared to C, JPM, WFC, and BAC where ROE remains stubbornly low in the 6 to 11% range. Also, consumer loan demand continues to grow (total loan requests on Lending Tree increased 48% year-over-year to 5.4 Mn).
The biggest challenge to the above state-of-play is the latest scale entrant to the retail banking business–Goldman Sachs. GS’s new lending business, Marcus, is on pace to originate $2 Bn in loans this year–the fastest growth rate of any lender that PeerIQ tracks.
Inside seven plans for a faster U.S. payments system (American Banker), Rated: AAA
A task force convened by the Federal Reserve has released its evaluations of 16 proposals to build a faster U.S. payment system. The plans were judged by the task force’s consulting firm, McKinsey & Co., based on how well they satisfied 36 criteria related to speed, security and other attributes.
EastWest ties up with PLDT unit (Inquirer.net), Rated: A
Gotianun-led EastWest Banking Corp. has teamed up with FINTQ, the technology arm of PLDT and Smart’s Voyager Innovations, to offer consumer loans through digital lending platform Lendr.
With this partnership, consumer-focused lender EastWest will make available personal loans and auto loans through Lendr by the fourth quarter of this year. Eventually, the offering will also include EastWest home loans, small and medium enterprise (SME) loans and credit cards.
Providing well-rounded financial advice and servicing through automated technologies (CGI.com), Rated: A
While robo-advice may account for only a fraction of the total assets under management today, it is a technology that is here to stay—but not in the way that has dominated news stories. Rather than supplanting the financial advisor with technology, firms need to leverage new multi-channel automation to empower their advisors to focus on value-added, relationship-building activities. In this paper, we look at how wealth management players can focus on getting to the right combination of human advisors and automated investment advisory solutions in a hybrid model that seamlessly integrates the two.
Read the paper here.
Overstock’s TØ Has Already Built a Platform for Trading Regulated ICOs (Coindesk), Rated: A
US retail giant Overstock.com has been waiting for the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to tell the world exactly when a crypto token is a security.
Then, earlier this week, tØ got the news it had been waiting for when the SEC finally published the results of a landmark report in which it clearly laid out its rationale for why some tokens are still securities.
Long a detractor of a practice called “naked short selling” – where traders methodically bid down the price of stock by selling shares they haven’t first procured, Byrne set about using blockchain to cut out everyone who stood in the way of buyers and sellers.
BLOCKCHAIN AND INITIAL COIN OFFERINGS: SEC PROVIDES FIRST U.S. SECURITIES LAW GUIDANCE (Pepper Hamilton LLP), Rated: A
For those who hoped that the SEC would allow cryptocurrency and ICO markets to evolve unregulated, their hopes were dashed by the report and the bulletin. The SEC did not outlaw ICOs by any stretch of the imagination, but it did indicate that, depending on the facts and circumstances, an ICO may indeed involve an offering of securities. In that case, organizations that proceed without registering with the SEC or that structure the offering in such a manner so as to qualify for an exemption from registration will violate federal securities laws. The remedies for such a violation include rescission of the offering, cease-and-desist orders, fines and penalties, bans from participating in the securities industry, bans on serving as an officer or director of a public company, and, in the most egregious cases, referral to the local U.S. Attorney for possible criminal prosecution. So, whether an offering involves a “security” is a very important initial determination.
Inside the development of Erica, Bank of America’s AI-powered bot (Tearsheet), Rated: A
However, when Bank of America got a sense of the vision for its AI-enabled “digital assistant,” called erica, it didn’t take the bank long to gather the resources necessary to make her real.However, when Bank of America got a sense of the vision for its AI-enabled “digital assistant,” called erica, it didn’t take the bank long to gather the resources necessary to make her real.
The bot is now in the beta testing phase.
Fintech Apps and Banking Mobile App Development for Startups (Upwork), Rated: A
Paypal is the world leader in processing payment apps today. The app for Android and iOS devices provides the same functionality as the online Paypal.com service.
A good choice for small businesses Due.com lets users benefit from a convenient digital wallet, invoicing service and fast operations handled at low transaction rates.
iZettle also efficiently serves small businesses. What this fintech app does perfectly is that it allows small business owners accept cash and credit card payments from a smartphone or tablet. With additional cash drawers and receipt printers from iZettle one can also provide customers with printed or online receipts.
Another interesting example of a successful fintech app is Mobikwik. Now with the base of 50 million users Mobikwik offers a user-friendly digital wallet, which has become a real substitute of a physical purse for its users worldwide.
In regards to the ways of making personal loans an easier experience for users, LendUp offers just one of them. It’s a web application (also available for mobile) that lets users from selected US states apply for a short-term loan 24/7.
Citi Mobile is one of the leading mobile apps for iOS and Android mobile devices introduced by Citibank. According to Business Insider, the app has significantly grown in popularity mainly due to addition of FICO scorefeature.
Rating the Robo-Advisors (Barrons), Rated: A
By tech start-up standards, robo-advisors are already approaching middle age. Betterment, the pioneering robo-advisor and still the largest of the independent firms, turned seven in May. It now has $9.1 billion in assets under management.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.) has reportedly sent letters to five alternative SMB lending companies with questions regarding borrower protections, anti-discrimination efforts, transparency and other factors.
Cleaver is reportedly seeking details of the companies’ business models and products offered to small businesses, how those products are originated, information on fees and rates and whether these businesses offer borrowers a repayment plan based on future credit card receivables, reports said.
The lawmaker is also seeking information on how these lenders handle transparency and whether they make disclosures to SMBs the same way they do to consumers as required under the Truth in Lending Act. He is also asking about whether these firms pull a consumer credit report for small business lending.
The SEC’s ICO crackdown will help in the long-run. (The Financial Revolutionist Email), Rated: A
But unless your plan was to make a quick billion in ICOs in time to ring in 2018 with Sir Richard on Necker Island, the SEC news is constructive. Regardless of how valuable some tokens may become, there’s no reason that a six-month-old unproven idea deserves a $250-million valuation. Period. However, for those who believe in the long-term potential of decentralized and tokenized business models, the SEC’s move is likely to set the stage for more capital to pour in ─ just like the high-yield market, which saw more than $150 billion of new issuance in the first half of 2017. Not bad for a once “doomed” asset class.
Payments deal activity is en fuego.
Also in payments land, Stripe paid an undisclosed amount for Payable to bolster its tax reporting and contractor payments offerings; and Visa has made an investment in Marqeta, an existing Visa partner that has built a full-stack open API issuer processor platform.
What is “working capital”? And how can it help my small business? (OnDeck), Rated: A
For many business owners, it makes sense to borrow funds to create a liquid cash cushion to operate their business to the best of their ability. Before you decide to borrow, you need to understand what your working capital needs are and to make sure numbers make sense for you and your business.
3 Reasons Why the Finance Industry Needs VR (UploadVR), Rated: A
The finance industry is one of the most data-driven trades, and by visualizing and analyzing data in VR, early adopters can get a leg up on the competition. Not only can VR improve the way data is viewed, but it can also improve the level of communication through the use of a shared virtual office (SVO). This is immensely important because, in the high stakes world of finance, a mistake or lapse in communication could cost millions of dollars.
The Biggest Trends in Home Mortgage Loans We’ve Seen This Year (Huffington Post), Rated: B
Typical of hot real estate markets, there’s a cycle. Home prices rise, people catch on and want in, and then they decide to sell. Soon, even more people jump in the market and serious sellers make their sale, causing inventory to thin. Buyers get wise to the overheated marketplace and decide to wait until the prices come down. The sellers who are eager to make a buck overprice their houses and when they don’t sell, they become income properties. As a result, the rental markets fill up with income properties, and the inventory continues to thin out.
We are at historic lows for mortgage rates, and they are not going to spike that drastically in the next year that it would preclude you from getting a solid thirty-year fixed rate loan. The important thing is that you do NOT overpay for a home.
GE Alum Brings Discipline to High-Growth Financial Firm (CFO), Rated: B
After 16 years at General Electric, Chris Capozzi was still a young man. That was because he’d joined the company upon graduating from Boston College, where he earned a degree in finance and management information systems.
Eventually, one of the alumni introduced Capozzi to Stone Point Capital, which had just become a major investor in Freedom Financial Network, a privately held financial services firm. Everything clicked with the company’s co-founders and co-CEOs, Bradford Stroh and Andrew Housser, so Capozzi moved across the country to start work as Freedom’s CFO at the beginning of this year.
What kinds of opportunities are you focused on?
Secondly, we’re in the process of developing a securitization platform to complement our existing sources of capital and further expand our investor base, which will enable the growth on the marketplace lending side. Initially the plan is to securitize unsecured consumer loans, very similar to what other marketplace lenders, like SoFi and Avant, have done.
Peer-to-peer lender RateSetter passes £2 billion lending milestone (Yahoo! Finance), Rated: AAA
Peer-to-peer lender RateSetter announced on Monday that it has passed £2 billion in loans over its platform, with more than £1 billion of the total made since the beginning of 2016.
About £1.3 billion of the total lent has gone to individuals, with £700 million going to businesses. The company now has 423,000 customers, the majority of whom are borrowers, more than any other UK peer-to-peer lender.
P2P fund holds steady on dividend (AltFi), Rated: AAA
Onerous banking regulations will continue to hamper growth in regulatory capital‐intensive lending asset classes, according to the investment managers of the £821m P2P Global Investments trust.
The fund is moving away from a pure P2P play, instead transitioning more into direct lending and other Alternative Credit niches. Its manager MW Eaglewood is also merging with Pollen Street Capital, which while still on-going, is expected to close later this year subject to regulatory approval. Pollen Street is also the manager of £359m Honeycomb investment trust which invests in direct lending assets.
P2PFA reports growth in new lending as LendInvest departs (P2P Finance News), Rated: AAA
CUMULATIVE lending among the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) members in the second quarter of 2017 fell slightly to £8.39bn, due to LendInvest’s departure from the trade body.
However, new lending among the members has still grown significantly year on year, the P2PFA said on Friday.
The number of investors in P2PFA member-platforms has now hit 185,652, the trade body said, while the number of current borrowers has risen to 435,267.
UK P2PFA: Peer to Peer Lending Rises in Q2 (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: A
The LendInvest bond promises to pay investors 5.25% with two payments a year until 2022 (This is Money), Rated: A
Alternative property lender and investment platform LendInvest has launched a five-year bond paying 5.25 per cent a year for investors with a minimum of £2,000.
In an era of one per cent savings rates and where yields ranging beyond 5 per cent are hard to come by in the equity markets, this deal is sure to whet the appetite of many investors – particularly as it comes with twice-yearly payouts.
LendInvest’s Christian Faes On Why Property Investing Is Still Going Strong (Forbes), Rated: A
According to Christian Faes, CEO and co-founder of LendInvest, the retail bond serves a number of purposes – it allows the business to diversify its funding and expand its capacity to lend to property professionals, but also creates a new entry point into property for investors.
[The retail bond] is launching at a critical time when demand in the UK’s residential property market continues to outstrip supply. There’s a serious lack of capital available to professional property investors who buy, build, refurbish and renovate homes for UK streets. Our model allows us – and by extension our investors – to support these people and small businesses.
Faes says that it is difficult to pin down what a typical LendInvest investor looks like; the investor base ranges from those looking to build a portfolio of property loans on the firm’s online investment platform all the way up to pension funds, infrastructure funds and banks.
Fintech company DueCourse goes into administration (Manchester Evening News), Rated: A
Manchester fintech company DueCourse has called in administrators.
This comes less than a year after the cloud-based invoice financing service for SMEs was boosted by a £6.25m investment, the largest seen outside of London for a fintech firm.
Bosses said the money will be used to expand and grow its software with plans to raise a further £10-15m to grow its services worldwide.
Abundance Tops £50 Million in P2P Invesment into Renewable Energy Projects (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: A
Abundance Investment, a UK based peer to peer lending platform in the renewable energy sector, has just topped £50 million in investment, according to a company report. Management said the “huge” popularity of its IFISA and three highly popular renewable projects from tidal, geothermal and energy efficiency technologies helped to fuel the recent growth. Abundance says three projects have attracted more than £10 million of new investment in less than 2 months.
- Atlantis tidal energy debenture has sold out raising £4.3 million,
- Green Deal bond will close in 4 days’ time and has raised £3.95 million to date
- United Downs Geothermal project has raised 60% of its £3.8 million target (£2.7m) in less than a week.
New products and milestones for ethical P2P platforms (AltFi), Rated: A
Investors looking for ethical options now have more choices when it comes to peer-to-peer lending.
Lending platform Downing Crowd has launched two regular access crowd bonds, with one for a renewable energy generation and storage company.
Cash management and peer-to-peer lending could boost your balance sheet (Director), Rated: A
With inflation on the rise but interest rates at an all-time low in the UK – and some high-street banks even raising the prospect of charging commercial customers to keep deposits – companies’ savings may actually be losing value in real terms.
If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em
Over the past few years a new way to potentially beat the banks has emerged – one that plays them at their own game. Called property-backed peer-to-peer lending, it gives companies the opportunity to be the lending bank themselves.
One of the fastest-growing products of this type is Choice, offered by Octopus Investments, an experienced investment company that manages more than £6bn of assets.
Working with a growing roster of challenger banks, Octopus can offer a savings product that currently provides an interest rate of more than one per cent.
This week in MoneyWeek: banks are back (MoneyWeek), Rated: A
Banks have been out of favour for the last ten years after they almost brought the global financial system to its knees.
So why would anybody invest in them? Oddly, one reason is “the failure by politicians to enforce a key promise” – that no bank would ever become “too big to fail” again. “In every developed country”, says Jonathan, the big banks have just got bigger. The “never again” promises have been replaced with “complex rules to strengthen bank capital, thus reducing the chances of collapse”. Another reason is that “banking has changed for the better” – governance has improved and customer satisfaction has shot up.
Why Banks Can’t Help But Help Fintechs (Fintech Weekly), Rated: B
It remains to be seen if any bank can ever do what the music industry is in the process of doing – taking back “their” industry by becoming the pre-eminent innovators. Such a thought might be laughable right now. But a word of caution on laughing too soon – if they do realise how to leverage their enormous power, accept that legacy systems must be overhauled and replaced wth the truly innovate, and execute such a strategy well, would you bet against them retaining and entrenching their dominance?
For now and the foreseeable future, most banks prefer to sit back and avoid risk. Really the risk lies in doing nothing and inviting a slow death by a thousand cuts. OK, yes, you can talk about record bank investment in fintech, cooperation between banks and fintechs – again, this is only helping fintechs move in on bank stomping ground.
One of China’s biggest P2P lenders quits ahead of clampdown (Financial Times), Rated: AAA
China’s pending regulatory crackdown on the $120bn peer-to-peer lending industry has claimed its first scalp before it has even begun, with one of the biggest players saying it will wind up its business in an industry full of bad loans and no profits.
P2P lending, in which borrowers are matched with investors via online platforms, has mushroomed in the past five years, with China boasting more than 2,100 such platforms, but so too have scandals. Last year was marked by multibillion-dollar scams in China and a governance scandal that rocked New York-listed LendingClub.
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Beijing this month said it would delay regulations that will bar online lenders from guaranteeing principal or interest on loans they facilitate, cap the size of loans at Rmb1m for individuals and Rmb5m for companies, and force lenders to use custodian banks — a requirement only a fraction of the industry has met so far.
Three more Chinese banks join Swift’s global payments innovation (Banking Technology), Rated: A
The new trio are Yinzhou Bank and Bank of Ningbo in eastern China’s Zhejiang province; and the Bank of Jiangsu, in the eastern Jiangsu province (and just south of Zhejiang).
Embrace the cardless era, CUP launched the electronic account cloud flash, or its Jedi fight back (TMT Post), Rated: A
A few days ago, UnionPay cloud flash together with Apple Pay launched promotional activities; early June, CUP also joined nearly 10 million businesses to create “62 CUP cloud flash to the whole people Sheng Hui.” Looks, CUP is imitating Alipay, WeChat to pay the subsidy routine.
Can you imagine using your Jingdong or US group (the new US big) account, you can pay through the UnionPay POS machine? Do not scan, do not have to swipe, do not open the APP, just need to close the POS machine and verify the fingerprint can be completed to pay.
The point is that you do not need to use the bank card account directly, but through the Jingdong or US group to pay the account, you can use the phone in the UnionPay POS machine to complete the payment.
BNI Europa invests EUR15 million in Creditshelf (Finextra), Rated: AAA
In Banco BNI Europa (“BNI Europa”), Creditshelf has succeeded in acquiring another strategic partner to help it provide financing to small and medium-sized undertakings (SMEs).
The online marketplace that specialises in SME financing, and the Bank, which operates throughout Europe, have agreed that Banco BNI Europa will invest up to 15 million Euro in the credit platform over the coming months.
Your Banker Is Always In: Sweden Rolls Out the Robots (Bloomberg), Rated: A
Aida is the perfect employee: always courteous, always learning and, as she says, “always at work, 24/7, 365 days a year.”
Aida, of course, is not a person but a virtual customer-service representative that SEB AB, one of Sweden’s biggest banks, is rolling out. The goal is to give the actual humans more time to engage in more complex tasks.
Besides Aida at SEB, there’s Nova, which is a chatbot Nordea Bank AB is introducing at its life and pensions unit in Norway. Swedbank AB is adding to the skills of its virtual assistant, Nina. All three are designed to sound like women, based on research suggesting customers feel more comfortable with female voices.
Marqeta & Visa Ink Global Partnership to Power Payments & Loans (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: AAA
Visa (NYSE: V) and Marqeta, a payment card issuing platform that can provide consumers with immediate loans, has announced a global partnership to propel innovations in commercial and consumer payments in lending. Visa has also made a strategic investment in Marqeta and led a $25 million funding round that included the participation of previous Marqeta investors including Commerce Ventures, 83 North, Granite Ventures, IA Capital, and CommerzVentures GmbH, as well as new investor CreditEase in China, one of the world’s largest alternative lender.
15 ‘RegTech’ Investors Every Fintech Startup Needs to Know (Entrepreneur), Rated: A
- Octopus Ventures
- SeventySix Capital
- Summer Capital
- Carrick Capital Partners
- EQT Ventures
- Insight Venture Partners
- JMI Equity
- Aquiline Capital Partners LLC
- Sageview Capital
- Accel Partners
- Warburg Pincus
- Digital Currency Group
- TTV Capital
- Balderton Capital
Online lender secures $ 20m debt facility (Australian Broker), Rated: AAA
Digital online lender Prospa has secured a $20m debt facility from the Australian arm of a US-based commercial finance provider, Partners for Growth (PFG).
Fintechs target millennials with online financial services (The Australian), Rated: A
Millennials are likely to fall into three categories:
• Inheritors: With wealthy parents, they are major consumers while they wait to inherit.
• Strivers: Coming from a more modest background, they are studying, saving and working hard with ambitions for promotion. They will borrow to support their lifestyle, not unlike inheritors.
• Given-ups: They are more likely earning a low salary but continue to consume as much as the other two categories. Buying a house is not on the agenda, so they do not see the point in saving.
And 71 per cent of millennials, according to Viacom’s Millennial Disruption Index, would rather go to the dentist than to the bank.
i2ifunding looks to break even by second half of FY20 (DNA India), Rated: AAA
i2ifunding.com, a peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform, today said it aims to break even by the second half of 2019-20, given its robust growth in the last two years and promising outlook in the next two years.
It has a vision to scale up this disbursement up to Rs 200 crore over the next two years, i2ifunding.com said in a statement.
Fin-tech startup Finomena shuts down after failing to raise funding (The Indian Wire), Rated: A
Finomena, a startup which provided small ticket loans to students and young professionals, has shut down after failing to raise pre-Series A funding round.
The company is now no longer accepting new users on its website.
FinMomenta to introduce new products; targets SMEs (Deccan Herald), Rated: A
After working in a bank for many years, Brahma Mahesh and his friend decided to do something in the burgeoning FinTech space. They zeroed in on lending, as only 5-6% of the population is covered by banks and NBFCs. Mahesh, along with four other co-founders, started FinMomenta last year, and launched its first product ‘Tachyloans’, a peer-to-peer lending platform in May this year.
In the next five years, almost 50% of the world’s financial services are planning to acquire fintech startups, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Collaborations, too, are expected to increase, with eight out of 10 companies waiting to partner with these new players, the report added.
Some 67% of senior Indian financial sector executives believe their business is at risk following the rise of fintech firms, and 95% of them were willing to explore partnership with them, a separate report by PwC released this April revealed.
On July 27, Axis Bank, the country’s third-largest private sector lender, acquired FreeCharge, a payments application and mobile-wallet company, for Rs385 crore ($60 million). This is the first such deal in the sector, potentially setting off more such transactions in the future, believe experts.
These serial entrepreneurs are offering bank products through an Ola-Uber model (YourStory), Rated: A
Five-month-old fintech startup Cashcow, which provides banking services and products to a customer at his doorstep, has expanded its operations to seven cities including Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Chennai.
Joining fintech company Rubique as a chief product officer in 2016 introduced him to Manish Aggarwal, his future co-founder, who was leaving the startup at that point.
According to the founders, Cashcow is a platform providing banking services and products to a customer at his doorstep.
Can Regulatory Sandbox Nurture India’s FinTech Innovation? (CXO Today), Rated: A
The Indian financial services sector is undergoing major changes today. With more than 600 startups in the space of lending, payments, insurance and trading space, Fintech startups are not only spearheading innovation, but are also prompting traditional banks and financial institutions to explore new technologies and investing heavily in digital service delivery channels.
However, fintech startups unlike others face additional challenges of operating in a heavily regulated industry and have stiff competition as their key competitors are well established banking players. To overcome this challenge, experts believe, adopting a “Regulatory Sandbox” based approach where the regulator works closely with emerging Fintech firms make better sense.
Finca launches Pakistan’s first ever digital wallet (Daily Pakistan), Rated: AAA
FINCA Microfinance Bank, one of the fastest growing microfinance banks in Pakistan, has announced a movement to make digital commerce and payments free in the country.
SimSim, a mobile payment platform, was introduced in partnership with Finja – an internationally funded FinTech startup – at a launch event Thursday night at Mohatta Palace, Karachi. The event was attended by major industry stakeholders, government officials, artists, tech enthusiasts and media figures.
SimSim will give people access to frictionless payment options directed towards a diverse pool of merchants.
Bahrain’s FinTech Sector Loses Ground to Dubai (Cryptocoins News), Rated: AAA
FINTECH Association of Nigeria debuts to support development of the financial technology industry (PR Share), Rated: AAA
Over 25 FinTech companies attended the recent inaugural meeting of FTAN – FinTech Association of Nigeria – which principal objective is to serves as a platform for the development of the financial technology industry in Nigeria and to be a forum for the exchange of ideas and dissemination of information by and between various stakeholders in the industry.