- Today’s main news: Finastra inks agreement with IBM. One number Elevate Credit shareholders are worried about. Zopa makes IFISA available to existing customers. Yirendai ready to include wealth management. Klarna wins Europe’s biggest fintech banking license.
- Today’s main analysis: Online lenders do a good job of identifying fraud.
- Today’s thought-provoking articles: Bloomberg report is critical of online lenders.
- One number Elevate Credit shareholders are worried about. AT: “Charge offs can be a huge intrusion into profits. Net charge-off-rate as a percentage of revenues, however, measures principles and interest beyond 60 days past due minus recoveries from prior periods. In other words, it can mean an increase or decrease in currently profits depending on how much is recovered from prior charge-offs. The longer loans are not paid off, the less likely they are not going to be paid off, so this is an important measure for shareholders to determine the likelihood of future profit increases. This doesn’t necessarily mean trouble for Elevate Credit. An aggressive collections posture could decrease this number and make shareholders happy.”
- Bloomberg report is critical of online lenders. AT: “Using traditional metrics to judge alternative lenders doesn’t reveal much about the reality of those lenders’ results.”
- Online lenders are doing a good job of identifying the frauds. AT: “A counter to Bloomberg’s report. Cloudify argues that Lending Club’s unorthodox practices are actually working.”
- Fintech lenders put the squeeze on cash-strapped small businesses. AT: “The reality is, many of these businesses can’t get the loans they want from traditional lenders. That’s why they go to online lenders. They may want better terms, but if they’re not in a good negotiating position, they get what they get.”
- Assessing the future of the financial advice industry. AT: “This is an interesting take. Some of it is new, some of it not. I’m not convinced that Google and Amazon will get into asset management, but you never know.”
- Offer B2B solutions to help clients grow sales. AT: Excellent analysis using personal lending to show how fintech companies can offer B2B solutions to help businesses and themselves. Some are already doing it.”
- Robert Morgan of the ABA. AT: “A Lend Academy podcast.”
- ArborCrowd offers $69.7M commercial real estate deal in Miami.
- Zopa makes IFISA available to existing customers.
- Funding Circle SME Income Fund holds steady on dividend.
- OFF3R wants to be ‘money supermarket’.
- Fiserv to buy UK mobile payments pioneer Monitise.
- SME guide to P2P.
- LendInvest hires second Northern BDM.
- Yirendai ready to move into wealth management.
- Yirendai recognized as best P2P lending platform in China.
- China’s May 2017 P2P lending business volume reached $53B.
- China Banking Regulatory Commission joins others to issue standard campus loan requirements.
- Beijing, Shenzhen drive Chinese fintech.
- Ant Check Later eyes 4 million merchants with virtual credit card service.
- Klarna wins Europe’s biggest fintech banking license.
- BrickVest makes first exit at 31% return.
- Russian fintechs fight against geopolitics.
- European Crowdfunding Network launches survey on cross-border crowdfunding and online lending.
- Finastra inks agreement with IBM. AT: “That didn’t take long.”
- WorldRemit adds Android Pay as secure option for migrant remittances.
- Traydstream launches fintech solution for paperless trade.
- Big banks, fintech startups face up to Ant Financial.
- Former Challenger exec Paul Rogan makes robo play.
- United States
- One Number Elevate Credit Shareholders Are Worried About (The Motley Fool), Rated: AAA
- Bloomberg Report is Critical of Online Lenders (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: AAA
- Online Lenders are doing a good job of identifying the frauds (even without hard income verification) (Croudify), Rated: AAA
- Pricey ‘fintech’ lenders put the squeeze on cash-strapped small businesses (L.A. Times), Rated: A
- Assessing the future of the financial advice industry (InvestmentNews), Rated: A
- Offer B2B Fintech Solutions To Help Clients Grow Their Sales (Forbes), Rated: A
- Podcast 105: Robert Morgan of the American Bankers Association (Lend Academy), Rated: A
- ArborCrowd Now Offering $ 69.7 Million Commercial Real Estate Deal to Investors in Miami (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: B
- United Kingdom
- Zopa Announcement: IFISA Is Now Available to Existing Customers (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: AAA
- Funding Circle SME Income fund holds steady on dividend (AltFi), Rated: AAA
- OFF3R Wants to Become “Money Supermarket” (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: A
- Fiserv to buy UK mobile payments pioneer Monitise for 70 million pounds (Reuters), Rated: A
- The SME’s guide to P2P (P2P Finance News), Rated: A
- LendInvest hires second Northern BDM (Financial Reporter), Rated: B
- P2P platform Yirendai ready to move up a financial league or two, including into wealth management (SCMP), Rated: AAA
- Yirendai Recognized as Best P2P Lending Platform in China at the Future of Finance Summit (IT Business Net), Rated: A
- China’s P2P Lending business volume of May reached to $ 53billion, keeping another new record. (Xing Ping She Email), Rated: A
- China Banking Regulatory Commission issued a standard campus loan requirements (01Caijing), Rated: A
- Beijing and Shenzhen drive Chinese fintech (Deal Street Asia), Rated: A
- China: WeiyangX Fintech Review (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: B
- European Union
- Sweden’s Klarna wins Europe’s biggest fintech banking licence (Financial Times), Rated: AAA
- Crowdfunding Platform BrickVest Makes First Exit At 31% Return (Bisnow), Rated: A
- Russian Fintech And Their Fight Against Geopolitics (Forbes), Rated: A
- European Crowdfunding Network Launches Survey on Cross-border Crowdfunding & Online Lending (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: A
- Newly Formed Finastra Signs Agreement with IBM on Banking Technology, Fintech (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: AAA
- WorldRemit adds Android Pay as secure option for migrant remittances (Reuters), Rated: A
- Traydstream launches fintech solution for paperless trade (Global Trade Review), Rated: B
- Big banks and fintech start-ups face up to Jack Ma’s mobile payments juggernaut Ant Financial (abc.net.au), Rated: A
- Former Challenger exec Paul Rogan makes robo-advice play (Australian Financial Review), Rated: A
- Wadhawans opens UK unit, buys stake in Zopa (India Times), Rated: AAA
- What the future holds for the P2P lending market in India and the world (My Big Plunge), Rated: A
- InvestaCrowd Updates on Real Estate Crowdfunding in Asia (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: A
- Meet Anna Haotanto, The Fintech Queen of Singapore (IB Times), Rated: A
- P2P Cash Launches Money Transfer Service to Nigeria With No Transfer Fees (Press Release Rocket), Rated: A
One Number Elevate Credit Shareholders Are Worried About (The Motley Fool), Rated: AAA
Elevate Credit, Inc. (NYSE:ELVT) the newly public subprime fintech lender, delivered its first quarterly earnings report as a public company on May 8, and the results were impressive. Loan originations grew almost 40%, while revenue grew by a smaller 20%, due to the lowering of interest rates on Elevate’s high-rate loan products. Elevate’s IPO was unusual — most tech IPOs sport high growth rates but negative earnings. In the first quarter, Elevate actually delivered a net profit of $1.7 million. Adjusted EBITDA margin expanded to 16%, above the 10% margin posted in 2016 and the 4% in 2015.
The big blemish on the quarter was a high net charge-off rate as a percentage of revenues. Net charge-offs measure the amount of principal and interest more than 60 days past due, minus recoveries from prior periods. That number shot up to 59% in the quarter, above the company’s target range of 45-55%, and up 600 basis points year over year. While the company was still profitable, the $1.7 million in net earnings was down from $6 million in the year-ago quarter.
Management explained that the rise in loan loss provisions was partially related to a new credit score the company tested on lots of new customers at the end of 2016. As is the case with many financial companies, when new customers increase, there is often an initial uptick in defaults or loss ratios.
Bloomberg Report is Critical of Online Lenders (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: AAA
A report from Bloomberg this week takes certain online lending platforms to task regarding the fact that some online lenders are not verifying income status. The report also says that even if there are errors in loan applications the loan may still be approved. More specifically, apparently Prosper does not verify income and employment in about a quarter of the loans. Lending Club is said to verify income in about one third of the loans.
Risk is always part of the investment equation and Orchard Platform perhaps provides the best perspective into affiliated risk of investing in loans originated online.
Online Lenders are doing a good job of identifying the frauds (even without hard income verification) (Croudify), Rated: AAA
Recently there was an article in Bloomberg (Article Link) that talked about how online lenders are not always verifying the basic borrower information like Income.
We at Croudify have been analyzing the loan data for more than 2 years and wanted to shed some light on the article and show that while the headline is true the devil is in the details and actually the platforms have been doing a very good job in identifying the fraud.
Once we had concluded that the non-verified loans are not growing as percent of population the logical next step was to check if these loans are performing worse than before. Is there a possibility that the loans without income verification have deteriorated over time and hence the red flag.
This points to a very important finding that the preliminary indicators that Lending Club is using in identifying the fraudulent behavior is not only working it is working great and is providing a performance lift to loans.
Pricey ‘fintech’ lenders put the squeeze on cash-strapped small businesses (L.A. Times), Rated: A
So Newman, 61, turned instead to an online lending company called OnDeck. After submitting a handful of bank statements, he was quickly approved for a $65,000 loan, which allowed Newman to cover his wine shipments and keep his business running.
“These loans are predatory by nature,” he told me. Think payday loans for small businesses, he said, with interest rates well over 30%.
And there’s something to that. Loans with a higher degree of risk would naturally come with higher interest rates. The question is whether such loans are being marketed honestly and fairly, and whether customers are able to make informed decisions about financial obligations.
Fairness in lending means clear and straightforward disclosure of terms and conditions. On that score, OnDeck seems to come up short.
For example, the company’s website boasts that term loans of up to $500,000 can be obtained with annual interest rates as low as 5.99%. Newman said that when he contacted OnDeck, he was hoping to get a loan at such a rate. But it didn’t work out that way.
What he got was a 12-month, $65,000 loan, plus nearly $17,500 in interest and an origination fee of $1,625. That translated to an annual percentage rate of 55%.
In fact, OnDeck told me its average annual interest rate for term loans, excluding fees, is 38%. If that’s the case, I asked why the rate most prominently displayed on their website is 5.99%.
China Merchants Bank is considered the largest industry player currently, but still its assets under management in its private banking division are worth just 1.66 trillion yuan.
Assessing the future of the financial advice industry (InvestmentNews), Rated: A
First: There will be fewer advisers, possibly many fewer. The trend line points down, and there’s nothing in the three- to five-year outlook to change that.
The future leaders of this profession see advisers serving far more clients with a greater assist from technology, as well as more reliance on outsourcing.
But those requiring expert financial advice will undoubtedly seek a more complete look at all areas where money touches their lives — and how those areas intersect. Who will need it most? A large population that isn’t necessarily today’s prime prospect pool, at least for advisers paid based on a percentage of assets: the HENRYs (high-earner, not rich yet). As investment advisers move beyond mere investments, and the field becomes a profession, compensation surely will evolve to ensure those who most need advice can get it and those giving advice can still run a profitable business.
In financial advice this will take the form of a planning quarterback who strategizes the entire financial game plan and keeps clients on track largely through automated accountability programs.
If you find this hard to believe, just wait until Google or Amazon moves full throttle into the asset management business.
Offer B2B Fintech Solutions To Help Clients Grow Their Sales (Forbes), Rated: A
In April, 2017, Pew Charitable Trusts published the results of a national survey of payday loan borrowers. The top three responses to what is most important to these borrowers in choosing where to get a payday loan were:
- 76% – How quickly they can get the money
- 74% – The fee charged
- 73% – The certainty that they would be approved for the loan
The survey reveals other important consumer attitudes about payday loans. Most respondents believe that there should be more regulation of lenders, and lower interest charges. They would also prefer almost any other borrowing option or loan type to the payday solution.
Chuck Wait Tire, located in the small rural community of Mowrystown, Ohio, had never cleared more than $100,000 in monthly revenue, until they implemented Acima. The next month, they not only beat the $100,000 threshold, they killed it with a 33% monthly increase in sales from $90,000 to $120,000.
Podcast 105: Robert Morgan of the American Bankers Association (Lend Academy), Rated: A
In this podcast you will learn:
- The core purpose of the ABA.
- What is in the ABA Fintech Playbook and why they published it.
- How the bank of the future will be different to today.
- How the ABA select their Endorsed Solutions providers.
- The attitude of banks today regarding partnering with fintech platforms.
- How large banks differ to small banks when it comes to partnering.
- The needs of banks today when it comes to new technologies.
- The official stance of the ABA on the OCC Fintech Charter.
- The ABA’s view on the data sharing initiatives taking hold in Europe.
- How banks, data aggregators and fintech companies are working together on data sharing.
- How open banking could work in a similar way to Facebook logins.
- Some of the other new technologies that are on Rob’s radar.
- How banks of the future will be similar to banks of today.
ArborCrowd Now Offering $ 69.7 Million Commercial Real Estate Deal to Investors in Miami (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: B
Online commercial real estate company ArborCrowd announced on Thursday it is now offering a new $69.7 million commercial real estate deal to investors. The Lago Paradiso property is described as a multifamily complex located in Miami, Florida.
According to ArborCrowd, investors now have the opportunity to own a piece of a $4 million stake in Lago Paradiso. The property now has a targeted 13 percent to 17 percent Internal Rate of Return (IRR) and a projected hold period of four to seven years.
Zopa Announcement: IFISA Is Now Available to Existing Customers (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: AAA
Zopa announced on Thursday its IFISA is now available for all existing Zopa customers. Along with the IFISA, the online lender unveiled its latest peer-to-peer investment product, Zopa Core.
Zopa then explained that the Zopa Core product has a target return of 3.9% and by December will replace its products, Access and Classic, without Safeguard coverage. IFISA and Zopa Core features include:
Funding Circle SME Income fund holds steady on dividend (AltFi), Rated: AAA
The £406m Funding Circle SME Income fund has paid out its fifth dividend, the fourth consecutive quarter at the same 1.625p level, holding pay-outs in line with targets.
OFF3R Wants to Become “Money Supermarket” (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: A
At last count OFF3R hosts offers from 36 different UK platforms. Today in a report on P2PFinanceNews, OFF3R is revealing it is raising £5 million to become the “Money Supermarket” for investments. Essentially OFF3R wants to integrate today’s alternative investments with yesterday’s more traditional types.
Fiserv to buy UK mobile payments pioneer Monitise for 70 million pounds (Reuters), Rated: A
U.S. financial technology provider Fiserv said on Tuesday it had agreed to buy British financial services technology firm Monitise Plc for about 70 million pounds ($88.72 million).
AIM-listed Monetise, worth about 2 billion pounds at its peak in early 2014, blazed a trail by linking banks and mobile operators to build a business capable of handling billions of dollars in mobile payments, purchases and money transfers.
The SME’s guide to P2P (P2P Finance News), Rated: A
“The key thing is making sure that you’re looking for the right type of finance,” explains Paul Marston, managing director of commercial finance at peer-to-peer lending platform RateSetter.
A survey by the British Business Bank for 2015/16 found that 100,00 small businesses were rejected for loans by mainstream lenders – equating to £4bn of potential finance.
“If you’re an SME and go to the bank for an unsecured loan, there’s a cap of around £50,000, whereas Funding Circle will offer up to £350,000.
Funding Circle explains that it offers four key benefits for SME borrowers: speed, flexibility, efficiency and transparency.
As P2P platforms are purely online, busy business owners can apply for finance outside of working hours. “More than 50 per cent of loan applications are made outside of working hours, when a bank branch would be closed,” says Funding Circle.
While criteria varies from platform to platform, P2P loans are often more suitable for businesses that are slightly more established. For example, RateSetter offers loans to businesses that have been trading for at least three years and has at least two years of either audited accounts or formally prepared management accounts. And Funding Circle only lends to businesses that have been trading for more than two years, have a turnover of more than £50,000 and are a UK limited company.
However, there are still options for start-ups. Crowd2Fund has recently launched a ‘venture debt’ product which enables early-stage companies that are not cash-flow positive to access debt finance. Crowd2Fund argues that this can be simpler than raising equity and enables founders to keep control of their company.
Funding Xchange claims that a business using its platform can expect an average saving of £2,000 by comparing pricing from multiple providers – representing 10 per cent of the value of the average loan.
LendInvest hires second Northern BDM (Financial Reporter), Rated: B
LendInvest has appointed its second BDM for Northern England to satisfy growing demand in the region.
Sophie Mitchell-Charman joins the team from Mint where she worked as a Bridging BDM. Based in York, she will travel extensively throughout northern England, with a particular focus on deals in the North East.
P2P platform Yirendai ready to move up a financial league or two, including into wealth management (SCMP), Rated: AAA
Yirendai, China’s largest peer-to-peer lending platform, is looking to raise its profile even higher, with an expanded product offering, the company’s chief executive Fang Yihan has told the South China Morning Post, shrugging off any worries about a regulation-induced slowdown in the industry.
New rules governing the industry will come into force in August, and according to available drafts, these will impose a limit of 200 000 yuan (US$29,400) on lending to individual borrowers, require the lenders to carry out stricter background checks on all clients, and establish strong contractual relations with custodian banks.
Double digit returns for investors were commonplace last year, but will become harder to find.
But with its scale, larger players such as Yirendai that will be the most likely to gain a competitive advantage from the tighter rules.
China’s retail wealth management market was worth 120 trillion yuan last year, according to a report by Boston Consulting Group, which expects growth of 12 per cent annually for the next five years.
China Merchants Bank is considered the largest industry player currently, but still its assets under management in its private banking division are worth just 1.66 trillion yuan.
Yirendai is also experimenting with allowing partners to sell services other lending services via its platforms.
Yirendai Recognized as Best P2P Lending Platform in China at the Future of Finance Summit (IT Business Net), Rated: A
Yirendai Ltd. (NYSE: YRD) (“Yirendai” or the “Company”), a leading online consumer finance marketplace in China, today announced that it was awarded the Best P2P Lending Platform in China Award at The Future of Finance Summit (the “Summit”) held in Singapore on June 8-9, 2017. Yirendai is the first FinTech company in China to receive this prestigious reward.
China’s P2P Lending business volume of May reached to $ 53billion, keeping another new record. (Xing Ping She Email), Rated: A
According to a latest monthly report issued by P2P001.com, the total volume of P2P lending in China hit a new record to $53billion on May, with the month-on-month growth of 11.32%.
On May, the average annual interest rate for P2P loans was 8.34%, which has been slowly rising for three months in a row. However, the financial “deleveraging” and tighter monetary policy are still undergoing, it is unlikely that P2P lending rates will continue to rise.
By the end of May, the accumulated P2P loan balance in China has reached to $213billion, with the month-on-month growth of 6.72%. Among them, the loans outstanding on P2P loans of more than $29,850 reached to $152 billion, accounting for 71.46% of the total; the loans outstanding on P2P loans of more than $149,253 reached to $101billion, accounting for 47.43%.
In addition, there are 672 P2P lending institutions assigned depository agreement with banks up to the late May, involving 59 banks and 28 provincial and municipal lending platforms, and 286 of them have been already launched online.
China Banking Regulatory Commission issued a standard campus loan requirements (01Caijing), Rated: A
Recently, the China Banking Regulatory Commission, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security issued the Notice on Further Strengthening the Management of Campus Credit.
It is pointed out that commercial banks and policy banks should provide customized products for college students, training, consumption and entrepreneurship under the premise of risk control while strengthening the rectification of campus loan problems. And the standardization of financial services, together set the credit line and interest rates.
Beijing and Shenzhen drive Chinese fintech (Deal Street Asia), Rated: A
Ning Tang, CEO and founder of Chinese fintech major Creditease, believes that the current landscape will require players in the finance sector to evolve their approach amid a highly disruptive technology landscape with substantial opportunity.
What’re the assets under management and the role of the Singapore office?
Every year we help clients deploy over $100 billion of capital and the idea of coming to Singapore in 2014 was that this city was one of the bases for our internationalisation strategy.
You’ve got different entrepreneurial hubs in China – Hangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing – which is the fintech capital of China?
I’d like to say Beijing because that’s Creditease’s base. But in terms of technology innovation, not just in financial services, I think Beijing and Shenzhen are the leading cities, while some say Hangzhou as well.
Why do so many Chinese firms want to list in New York when Chinese entrepreneurs have access to very liquid stock markets in cities like Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong?
In our experience, the US capital markets are more advanced in terms of welcoming innovative business models and companies at the growth stage despite being a pre-profit stock.
Recently, Beijing has been implementing capital controls and kerbing capital outflows from China. How has this affected Creditease’s business?
We’re largely unaffected by these controls, as many of our wealth management clients have assets outside of China, and we help them manage those. However, with our Creditease Fintech Investment Fund, we had some of our partners who were able to invest overseas.
There’s been a lot of movement in the Bitcoin and Ethereum markets. What’s the view of Creditease on digital currencies as an asset class and its use in marketplace lending?
We remain interested but it’s too early at this stage. The regulatory framework and security issues around such models…I think we’d like to see more things get worked out before this asset class becomes appealing to our investor base. We help our investors do asset allocation and any asset class going into the portfolio should be a major asset class. Otherwise, it’s quite speculative and not helpful to our investors
Looking at the future of fintech in China, you have Beijing where the regulators are based. With all these centres like Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, what is the future of all these different ecosystems?
Quite interestingly, you’re talking about cities. I’m thinking about nations.
So different cities and nations have to assess the unique attributes they work and work on refining and enhancing those. I’m quite hopeful that Beijing will continue to be the fintech hub and with Creditease, we’ve got a presence in various places like Israel, Singapore, New York and Hong Kong, so we can access this innovation everywhere!
China: WeiyangX Fintech Review (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: B
As the plan summaries, from 2011 to 2015, over 96 regulations and guidelines for the financial sector have been issued. In the next five years, another 110 regulatory updates or new regulations or guidelines will be released.
Alibaba Group Holding Limited hosted an Investor Day on June 8-9 at Alibaba Xixi Headquarters. Speakers included Jack Ma (Executive Chairman), Daniel Zhang (CEO) and other members of the senior management team.
To safeguard the interests and property rights of college students and maintain financial stability for P2P online lending market, China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), Ministry of Education and Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security have jointly issued a paper to regulate the student loans market. The paper encourages commercial banks and policy banks to develop student loans business and provide standardized financial services to college students.
Ant Financial’s virtual credit card service Ant Check Later (also known as “Huabei” in Mandarin) is eyeing to link up to 4 million online and offline merchants to help them grow businesses and attract consumers who have little access to physical credit cards.
At present, third party payment service license has become an essential equipment for any Chinese company who wants to expand into financial services. On June 7, GOME Finance announced to acquire a payment service company Easy Bonus Card. GOME Finance paid up to CNY 720 million, mainly for the license, which could make the company complement the payment capabilities and accelerate the process of technological innovation.
Sweden’s Klarna wins Europe’s biggest fintech banking licence (Financial Times), Rated: AAA
Klarna has become the largest European fintech company to get a banking licence, with the Swedish group saying it wants to become the Ryanair of the sector, attacking lenders across the continent.
Valued at more than $2bn, Klarna has already captured much of the market for online payments in the Nordics and Germany, and on Monday received a banking licence from the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority 20 months after filing for one.
The Swedish group – which had revenues of SKr3.6bn last year and was valued at $2.25bn in a fundraising in 2015 – is looking at offering customers across Europe services such as bank cards and salary accounts as well as eyeing the US for future expansion.
Crowdfunding Platform BrickVest Makes First Exit At 31% Return (Bisnow), Rated: A
BrickVest, the real estate investment crowdfunding platform, has announced that some of its investors have exited an investment for the first time, at a sizzling return.
BrickVest, the real estate investment crowdfunding platform, has announced that some of its investors have exited an investment for the first time, at a sizzling return.
The BrickVest fund invested in a portfolio of 23 retail assets in a joint venture alongside Corestate Capital.
European Crowdfunding Network Launches Survey on Cross-border Crowdfunding & Online Lending (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: A
The European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) has launched a survey dedicated to addressing the challenges of cross border transactions in the investment space. More specifically, the ECN is seeking input on cross border crowdfunding and online lending, including peer to peer / marketplace lending.
The ECN explains:
We will focus solely on crowdfunding models that entail a financial return, notably:
- Investment-based crowdfunding (where companies issue equity or debt instruments to crowd-investors through a platform) and
- Lending-based crowdfunding (where companies or individuals seek to obtain funds from the public through platforms in the form of a loan agreement)
Newly Formed Finastra Signs Agreement with IBM on Banking Technology, Fintech (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: AAA
Finastra, created by the merging of Misys and D+H, and IBM (NYSE: IBM) have reached an agreement to explore how Finastra can transform their banking operations with IBM Cloud and Cognitive technologies. The two companies plan to bring IBM technology into the Finastra open architecture to enrich the digital retail banking experience and bring new innovations to market.
WorldRemit adds Android Pay as secure option for migrant remittances (Reuters), Rated: A
Cross-border money transfer service WorldRemit is enabling its immigrant customer base to send money home using Android Pay, making it the first international remittance firm to run on the Google payments system, the company said on Tuesday.
Connecting with Android Pay will enable WorldRemit customers in developed markets like Europe or North America to make instant international money transfers to reach the 112 million accounts available via WorldRemit’s network of payment channels.
London-based WorldRemit says it handles about three-quarters of mobile phone-based international money transfers, a small but fast-growing segment of the global $575 billion worldwide remittance market. Recipients using WorldRemit can up pick cash or deposit money in banks or mobile money accounts or top up mobile accounts.
Traydstream launches fintech solution for paperless trade (Global Trade Review), Rated: B
New fintech player, Traydstream, has launched a solution to digitalise trade documents and automate regulatory compliance screening using artificial intelligence.
In short, Traydstream’s new solution digitalises the whole trade transaction – from invoice to Swift – and is targeted at banks as well as corporates.
Big banks and fintech start-ups face up to Jack Ma’s mobile payments juggernaut Ant Financial (abc.net.au), Rated: A
While Ant Financial says it wants to work with our banks, not against them, some are warning disruption from a global digital giant is inevitable, even if it doesn’t come from China.
Former Challenger exec Paul Rogan makes robo-advice play (Australian Financial Review), Rated: A
Paul Rogan, the former chief executive of distribution, marketing and research who stepped out of the role in February after 12 years at Australia’s largest annuities providers, is now readying to launch Retirement Essentials, an online platform that educates and assists those who are already in retirement on how to manage their money.
Mr Rogan has invested an undisclosed sum in SuperEd, the the robo-adviser co-founded in 2012 by Vanguard Australia founder Jeremy Duffield and Westpac executive and technology entrepreneur Hugh Morrow.
Wadhawans opens UK unit, buys stake in Zopa (India Times), Rated: AAA
Wadhawan Global Capital (WGC), which owns 38% of DHFL and is the controlling lever for the group’s financial businesses, has set up a London unit that opened its account through undisclosed -but sizeable-investments in 12-year-old Zopa.
What the future holds for the P2P lending market in India and the world (My Big Plunge), Rated: A
While the overall internet-based alternative finance industry registered transactions worth more than $57 million between 2013 and 2015, online peer-to-peer or marketplace lending saw loans with a cumulative value of over $2 million disbursed during the same period. The total loan value in the corresponding two years has grown by around $2 million, with an estimated $4.5 million worth of loans disbursed through online peer-to-peer lending platforms by the end of 2016.
But even as industry projections predict the market for peer-to-peer loans to be worth $4-5 billion by the end of 2023, this promising segment is still a long way off from achieving its true potential as a highly viable alternative investment class.
The launch of India’s Digital Stack that includes Aadhar, eKYC and digital payments is paving the way for the country’s shift towards a cashless economy.
The year 2017 is expected to be the year of financial technology, with alternative lending and investment products like peer-to-peer lending set to be driving forces for the latest iteration of the fintech revolution in India.
Faircent.com, for example, has consistently delivered net returns upwards of 18% per annum to its majority of lenders.
InvestaCrowd Updates on Real Estate Crowdfunding in Asia (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: A
About a year ago, Crowdfund Insider connected with Julian Kwan, CEO and co-founder of Investacrowd, a real estate crowdfunding platform that was established in Singapore. Kwan was born in Australia but has spent the last 17 years in Asia – most recently Singapore. Having founded multiple companies, Kwan is a longtime real estate investor, developer, and manager. InvestaCrowd was envisioned as a vehicle to provide access to real estate investments in select markets like New York City, Sydney or London. As with many real estate platforms, by using technology much of the process may be completed online.
A report by Cushman & Wakefield from earlier this year highlighted this fact. In a publication, Cushman & Wakefield explained;
“Compared to other countries, China ranked No. 1 among foreign investors in commercial real estate within the U.S. in 2016. China inbound investment deal volumes have grown rapidly, reaching $19.2 billion USD in 2016, a record high. Sixty-two percent of the investments, which equated to $11.9 billion USD, were deals over $1 billion USD. The five largest Chinese investment transactions were among the top ten largest transactions in the U.S. in 2016.”
Kwan told us InvestaCrowd was in the process of obtaining a capital markets license from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) – now a requirement.
But current investors are turning into repeat investors. InvestaCrowd does not focus on Southeast Asian real estate which brings better quality deals but adds a different challenge to the mix. While he likes the Singapore market it is in a bit of a pause. On the other side, he is very cautious on deals in countries like Vietnam, Indonesia or China – a country where he spent many years in the real estate sector.
Kwan said they are looking to set up a line of credit too, so as to be able to pre-fund deals.
Meet Anna Haotanto, The Fintech Queen of Singapore (IB Times), Rated: A
Singapore is one of the leading hotspots for financial tech thanks to flexible regulation plus national initiatives to fund startups and integrate blockchain innovation into the local economy. American venture capitalists at the Ethereal Summit in New York praised Singapore as a ripe market, teeming with collaboration between entrepreneurs, regulators, banks and investors. The small island nation wants more than a high-tech economy: Singapore aims to become a global fintech hub.
Haotanto is a self-made millionaire determined to make fintech more accessible for Asian women. Her online media startup, the New Savvy, targets women investors by providing 30,000 Asian subscribers with finance and career guidance. This is no ordinary women’s publication. Forbes reported her team partners with the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the Singapore Exchange (SGX) and Far East Organization to produce pragmatic content.
So her company organized the Future Is Female conference in April, along with SGX, attended by 250 women.
P2P Cash Launches Money Transfer Service to Nigeria With No Transfer Fees (Press Release Rocket), Rated: A
P2P Cash, a Georgia-based digital financial services company, has opened a new money transfer service from the US states of Georgia and South Carolina to Nigeria. P2P Cash now offers cross-border money transfers at competitive exchange rates without any transfer fees. Nigerians and Nigerian-Americans in Georgia and South Carolina can find this new service at http://www.p2pcash.com. Customers may also download the mobile app from the Google Play or Apple Stores.
P2P Cash’s aggressive no-fee pricing position is possible because of its proprietary Smart Token technology and global disbursement network.