- Today’s main news: Investors are losing big on Chinese IPOs in the U.S. Funding Circle’s projected returns. Ablrate funds 30M GBP, launches portfolio loans product. Cash Suvidha raises $2.7M in debt funding. SimplyFi challenges banks in Russia. Goldman Sachs secures majority stake in Financeit.
- Today’s main analysis: Sharpe ratios for ex-ante forecasts of credit models.
- Today’s thought-provoking articles: What makes a good FICO score? How the tech giants are taking on traditional banks. China’s financial future. 3 blockchain companies poised to change lending.
- Chinese IPOs are losing money for investors. AT: “Whatever the reason, investors got excited about China this year, but that excitement has not paid off. That doesn’t mean that some of the 16 companies to debut in the U.S. this year won’t do well in the long-term.”
- Sharpe ratios. AT: “PeerIQ’s analysis of analytical models are astounding. A must-read.”
- What is a good FICO score? AT: “FICO scores may have been a good indicator of credit risk at one time, but they have been easily manipulated for well over 20 years. The market is due for another model that takes into account other financial health factors.”
- How the tech giants are taking on traditional banks. AT: “I don’t see any of the tech giants becoming banks themselves. What can, and probably will, happen is that each one will develop a niche financial product that could banks a run for their money in a narrow silo sense. For instance, Amazon’s online payments and POS financing may put a dent in credit card usage, but not alone. There is a whole new ecosystem developing around instant financing that includes other major players like Affirm and Klarna. Facebook Messenger appears to be raising its head in the POS financing space, as well, and could become an additional threat with an alternative credit scoring model (though, I’d say it’s a long way from that yet). While they could potentially develop a product that competes directly with bank lending, I don’t see them being places where consumers will hold their money, as in a savings account.”
- Lendio opens new franchise in Detroit. AT: “Lendio is expanding nationally as a small business lending franchise. This is smart. Many people still want a human connection and a human relationship, especially when it comes to long-term lending products. Online lending is impersonal. Each local franchise has a human with a local office behind it. Very smart.”
- Walmart employees should use pay apps as last resort. AT: “But I’m guessing many won’t.”
- Bitcoin spawns startup lenders willing to accept crypto assets for collateral.
- Using bitcoin for collateral.
- The rise of the robo-advisor.
- JPMorgan Chase, Barclays join IBM quantum computer network.
- P2P lending is another investment frontier.
- Private equity kingpins invest in payday lending.
- Banks pull out of broker agreement.
- Marlette Funding appoints Sabrina Basht as chief strategy officer of Best Egg.
- How much OppLoans says it would cost to take the global Star Wars tour.
- Modo appoints former CEO of Klarna North America to its team.
- BFS Capital names former BankUnited executive as CMO.
- MPOWER Financing wins growth company honors.
- Funding Circle’s projected returns calculations.
- Assetz Capital refreshes branding, website.
- Albrate launches portfolio loans, hits 30M GBP in funding, gets 3M GBP in IFISA funds. AT: “Congratulations.”
- Squirrel partners with HM government, Nesta.
- SBDA Group closes Series A round.
- Alt finance sector grows 43%.
- Loot raises 2.2M GBP for digital banking app.
- Handle gets 100K GBP investment from Nesta for open banking.
- How to rebuild trust in money.
- Protection against rising rates.
- The future of China’s financial sector.
- Why Yu’E Bao is risky.
- Surviving fintech lenders will be big-time winners.
- Zhima Credit’s two types of credit reports.
- China’s Fintech 50.
- MYBank’s nonperforming loan ratio.
- Blockchain companies poised to change traditional lending.
- Datarius Cryptobank reaches soft cap.
- Ethereum co-creator joins RCN advisory board.
- Israel, Singapore players sign MOU.
- Growing influence of global financial services.
- Cash Suvidha raises $2.7M in debt funding.
- Amazon to invest in Capital Float.
- This year’s transaction trends, regulation reforms.
- Getting low interest rates with college exams.
- Cash Suvidha looking to expand.
- Fintech apps to sort loan application issues.
- United States
- Chinese IPOs in the U.S. Are Saddling Investors With Big Losses (WSJ), Rated: AAA
- Introducing Sharpe Ratios (PeerIQ), Rated: AAA
- What is a good FICO score? (The Mortgage Reports), Rated: AAA
- How technology giants are using their reach and digital prowess to take on traditional banks (Business Insider), Rated: AAA
- Lendio Announces New Franchise in Detroit (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: A
- Walmart employees should use the new early pay policy as a last resort (Yahoo! Finance), Rated: A
- Bitcoin surge spawns startup lenders willing to accept crypto-collateral (American Banker), Rated: A
- Human vs. machine: The rise of the bionic advisor (FinancialPlanning), Rated: A
- JPMorgan Chase, Barclays join IBM quantum computing network (American Banker), Rated: A
- New frontiers of investing (Centre Daily Times), Rated: A
- Private Equity, Hedge Funds Are Supercharging Payday Lending (ValueWalk), Rated: A
- Using Bitcoin as Loan Collateral (BTCManager), Rated: A
- Coinbase is now the No. 1 iPhone app in the U.S. (recode), Rated: A
- Firms clamp down on brokers taking clients when they leave (StarTribune), Rated: A
- Marlette Funding Appoints Sabrina Basht Chief Strategy Officer for Best Egg (Marlette Funding), Rated: B
- How Much Would it Cost to Travel to Every Star Wars Filming Location? (OppLoans), Rated: B
- Modo Announces Brian Billingsley, Former CEO of Klarna North America, to Join Team (PR Newswire), Rated: B
- BFS Capital Names Former BankUnited Executive, Mary Harris, as Chief Marketing Officer (BusinessWire), Rated: B
- MPOWER Financing Named “Growth Tech Company of the Year” (PR Newswire), Rated: B
- United Kingdom
- Funding Circle refines projected returns calculations (P2P Finance News), Rated: AAA
- Assetz Capital Announces New Website & Refresh Branding While Prepping For Upcoming ISA Debut (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: AAA
- Ablrate Launches Portfolio Loans Product After Topping £30 Million in Total Funding & Securing £3 Million in IFISA Funds (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: AAA
- Squirrel Announces Partnership With HM Government & Nesta While Crowdcube Campaign Nears £450,000 (Crowdcube Insider), Rated: A
- SBDA Group Closes Series A Investment Round (Finovate), Rated: A
- Alternative Finance Boom Continues With 43% Growth (Forbes), Rated: A
- Fintech startup Loot raises £2.2 million for its digital banking app (Tech.eu), Rated: A
- Nottingham fintech firm secures Open Banking investment (The Business Deck), Rated: A
- Rebuilding Trust In Money (MinuteHack), Rated: A
- Protect yourself against rising rates (The Times), Rated: B
- China Futures (Seeking Alpha), Rated: AAA
- Despite Being World’s Largest Fund, Ant Financial’s Yu’E Bao Is Risky (China Money Network), Rated: A
- A Bonanza Awaits China’s Surviving Fintech Lenders (Bloomberg), Rated: A
- WeiyangX Fintech Review (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: A
- Here is the List of the Fintech 50 in China as Ranked by KPMG (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: B
- Figuratively Speaking (Global Times), Rated: B
- European Union
- Wealth Migrate Launches WEALTHE Coin to Democratize Access to Global Real Estate Investing (Euro Investor), Rated: A
- Three Blockchain Companies That Could Change Everything in Traditional Lending (Observer), Rated: AAA
- Datarius Cryptobank Has Reached SoftCap in a Few Hours After Start of Pre-ITO (Digital Journal), Rated: A
- ETHEREUM CO-CREATOR STEVEN NERAYOFF JOINS RCN ADVISORY BOARD AS THEIR GLOBAL LENDING ECOSYSTEM EXPANDS TOWARDS ASIA (Bitcoinist), Rated: B
- Israel and Singapore fintech hubs sign MoU (Finextra), Rated: B
- The Challenge Of Delivering Relevant Content To Educate Customers (Forbes), Rated: B
- Fintech Startup Cash Suvidha Raises $ 2.7 Mn In Debt Funding (Inc42), Rated: AAA
- Amazon to strengthen fintech space with stake in Capital Float (Economic Times), Rated: A
- Deal or no deal – 2017: transaction trends and regulatory reforms (YourStory), Rated: A
- Now, score high marks in exams to get low interest rates on loans (Times of India), Rated: A
- FinTech startup Cash Suvidha raises USD 2.7 mn for expansion (Outlook India), Rated: A
- Sort your loan application issues with these fintech apps (Outlook India), Rated: B
- Uber rival Go-Jek drives payments push with acquisition of three fintech start-ups (CNBC), Rated: A
- Fintech News from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) (Finovate), Rated: B
- Russian fintech company challenges banks (Banks.am), Rated: AAA
- Financeit Recapitalizaton Gives Goldman Sachs Majority Stake (Finovate), Rated: AAA
Chinese IPOs in the U.S. Are Saddling Investors With Big Losses (WSJ), Rated: AAA
Sixteen companies from China have debuted on the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq so far in 2017, making this year one of the busiest of the past decade for Chinese IPOs in the U.S., according to data provider Dealogic. Ten of the newly issued stocks this year are trading below their IPO prices, with some plunging within weeks of listing.
The worst performer is Qudian Inc., a three-year-old online lender whose shares have slumped 46% through Friday since the company raised $900 million in October in one of the larger U.S. IPOs this year.
Chinese companies have raised a total of $3.7 billion by listing their shares in the U.S. in 2017, representing about 8% of the total U.S. IPO funds raised, according to Dealogic. Firms from China broadly have also powered a global surge in IPOs this year, driven in part by investors who bought into expectations of robust growth in China’s economy.
During a period of big stock market gains, shares of all companies that raised at least $50 million in U.S. IPO proceeds this year are up an average of 18.3% since their listings through Friday, according to Dealogic. But Chinese companies in this category have fallen by an average 5.7% through Friday, with more than half of them down by double-digit percentage terms.
Introducing Sharpe Ratios (PeerIQ), Rated: AAA
Over the last few months, we have received investor inquiry on how to incorporate both expectations and uncertainty in expectations to manage risk. The motivation is two-fold—expected returns are an insufficient statistic to drive investment decision making. For example, an investment with a 5% expected return but a higher range of outcomes may be less attractive than an investment with an expectation of 4% that has a tighter distribution of outcomes.
The Sharpe ratio is designed to measure riskiness while controlling for risk-free rates and volatility. The ratio, introduced by Nobel Laureate Bill Sharpe, measure return per unit of total risk taken above the risk-free rate.
[ Quant Note: The Sharpe ratio is typically used for assessing performance on liquid traded instruments (such as equities), and should not be used to evaluate ex-postperformance for illiquid collateral – including whole loans. However, the Sharpe ratiocan be a useful tool to analyze ex-ante forecasts are drawn from a credit model that generates independent and identically distributed draws (such as a monte carloprocess drawing from a roll-rate model). ]
What is a good FICO score? (The Mortgage Reports), Rated: AAA
Credit scores do not reflect income – it’s entirely common for people with big earnings to have weak credit, and for people with small wages to have great credit.
Credit scores may not include all of your bills. For example, if you rent a home from a private owner, he or she will probably not report your payment history to credit bureaus.
Incorrect or out-of-date information on your credit report can reduce your score. And that can cost you when you shop for a mortgage. Fannie Mae’s Loan Level Pricing Adjustment Matrix, pictured below, shows just how much extra a lower score can cost you.
According to Ellie Mae, the typical closed mortgage in October had a credit score of 724. However, you can get mortgage financing with lower scores.
HUD, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, allows FHA borrowers to purchase with 3.5 percent down with a credit score of 580 or better. Those with credit scores between 500 and 580 must put at least 10 percent down.
How technology giants are using their reach and digital prowess to take on traditional banks (Business Insider), Rated: AAA
As headlines like “Amazon Is Secretly Becoming a Bank” and “Google Wants to Be a Bank Now” increasingly crop up in the news, tech giants are coming into the spotlight as the next potential payments disruptors.
Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft, collectively known as GAFAM, are already active investors in the payments industry, and they’re slowly encroaching on legacy providers’ core offerings. Each of these five companies has introduced features and offerings that have the potential to disrupt specific parts of the banking system. And we expect a plethora of additional offerings to hit the market as these companies look to build out their ecosystems.
Lendio Announces New Franchise in Detroit (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: A
Walmart employees should use the new early pay policy as a last resort (Yahoo! Finance), Rated: A
Walmart, the largest private employer in the U.S., will begin allowing its 1.44 million employees to access their paychecks before payday.
After two years of talks with Even, a fintech startup that helps users budget by accessing upcoming pay early, Walmart (WMT) is rolling out the app to its entire workforce. In conjunction with PayActiv, Even lets employees take up to 50% of the amount they have earned up to that point, prior to the standard 2-week pay period. Individuals can do this interest-free up to eight times annually.
“I think this is a great perk for employees to have, provided they are able to use it responsibly. The key is to treat it the same as an interest-bearing payday loan,” said Corey Sunstrom, director at Hobart Financial Planning and founder of thepocketadvisor.com.
Bitcoin surge spawns startup lenders willing to accept crypto-collateral (American Banker), Rated: A
The woes of an early bitcoin investor. Until recently, people who paid virtually nothing for the virtual currency and watched it soar had only one way to enjoy their new wealth — sell. And many weren’t ready.
Lenders on the fringe of the financial industry are now pitching a solution: loans using a digital hoard as collateral.
While banks hang back, startups with names like Salt Lending, Nebeus, CoinLoan and EthLend are diving into the breach. Some lend — or plan to lend — directly, while others help borrowers get financing from third parties. Terms can be onerous compared with traditional loans. But the market is potentially huge.
Human vs. machine: The rise of the bionic advisor (FinancialPlanning), Rated: A
As technological innovations continue to revamp the way business is conducted in the industry, the human element of financial advice is more important than ever. Clients now demand an experience as convenient and advanced as the robo advice platforms but will also look to advisors who add value beyond the numbers and calculations, create a deep connection, and consider both financial and non-financial assets.
But one important question remains: Is the middleman between investors and markets still important?
JPMorgan Chase, Barclays join IBM quantum computing network (American Banker), Rated: A
Two major banks have become charter members of a quantum computing network established by IBM, another sign of how far financial services companies are going to make themselves more competitive and to steel themselves against security threats.
PMorgan is looking at using IBM’s quantum computing systems for trading, portfolio optimization, asset pricing and risk analysis, among other things. Barclays is just beginning to investigate potential uses for the financial industry.
New frontiers of investing (Centre Daily Times), Rated: A
Another investment practice that is gaining popularity — and has had a longer history than cryptocurrencies — is peer-to-peer lending. Depending on the credit worthiness of the person borrowing, the interest earned by a lender can vary from 5 to almost 20 percent.
Notice how in both cryptocurrency and peer-to-peer lending, an attempt is made to remove the central entity that acts as the source of trust in the transaction. The central entity is then replaced by a large number of people. While a great concept, I’m not convinced that the central entity — which benefits most from the transaction — is actually removed. What I think is taking place is actually an attempt to reshuffle power.
In the case of peer-to-peer lending, the central power may not technically be a bank, but for all intents and purposes performs the same functions as the bank. The facilitator’s duties may have changed and the process may be simpler, but there’s still someone charging a fee to set the loan parameters.
Private Equity, Hedge Funds Are Supercharging Payday Lending (ValueWalk), Rated: A
Private equity moguls have invested heavily in the payday and installment lending, putting additional resources, tangible and intangible, at the disposal of these often-predatory businesses, according to a new report by Americans for Financial Reform and the Private Equity Stakeholder Project.
The report, available here, documents 23 payday and installment companies in which private equity firms have invested, sometimes to acquire ownership stakes, other times to fund actual lending.
Using Bitcoin as Loan Collateral (BTCManager), Rated: A
Someone looking to take $100,000 in cash would be giving the lender $200,000 in bitcoin as collateral, with about a 12 to 20 percent interest rate.
Coinbase is now the No. 1 iPhone app in the U.S. (recode), Rated: A
The crazy spike in the value of a bitcoin — from around $1,000 at the beginning of this year to more than $18,000 today, according to CoinMarketCap — has made Coinbase, an app that lets you buy, sell and store bitcoin, a winner. As of this afternoon, it is now the most-downloaded iPhone app in Apple’s U.S. app store.
Firms clamp down on brokers taking clients when they leave (StarTribune), Rated: A
Recently, Morgan Stanley and UBS Financial Services pulled out of a private “cease fire” agreement among brokerage houses that has made it easy for brokers to move from firm to firm. By withdrawing, the two are signaling to brokers considering a move at the two firms that they and their new employer face the threat of lawsuits if they take client contact information with them, a practice allowed under the pact.
The defections by two of the largest players, employing more than 18,000 brokers between them, raises the prospect that the industry may return to the era when the client-adviser relationship was treated as the property of the firm.
Marlette Funding Appoints Sabrina Basht Chief Strategy Officer for Best Egg (Marlette Funding), Rated: B
Marlette Funding, LLC, the parent company of Best Egg today announced the promotion of Sabrina Basht to the position of chief strategy officer (CSO), effective immediately. In this role, Basht will continue to report to Josh Tonderys, President.
As part of her new role, Sabrina will also lead the company’s communication efforts for Marlette Funding and Best Egg.
How Much Would it Cost to Travel to Every Star Wars Filming Location? (OppLoans), Rated: B
The cost of traveling to the filming locations for every Star Wars movie prior to The Last Jedi (excluding studio lots) would be just a hair over $10,900.
Modo Announces Brian Billingsley, Former CEO of Klarna North America, to Join Team (PR Newswire), Rated: B
Modo, the company that creates interoperability for payments, today announced Brian Billingsley, Former CEO of Klarna North America, as the latest to join their team. Billingsley has an extensive payments background that will play an integral role in continuing the expansion of Modo’s capabilities for their clients. Billingsley will be joining as Modo’s Chief Revenue Officer.
BFS Capital Names Former BankUnited Executive, Mary Harris, as Chief Marketing Officer (BusinessWire), Rated: B
BFS Capital, a leading small business financing platform, announced today the hiring of Mary Harris as its Chief Marketing Officer. Harris formerly led marketing and public relations for BankUnited, a leading U.S. business bank headquartered in Miami-Lakes, Florida. Harris will join the BFS Capital senior leadership team and report to the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Marrache.
Harris brings over 25 years of experience to BFS Capital across financial services and retail sectors. For BankUnited, she helped to rebrand and position the company as a national commercial bank now listed as one of Forbes magazine’s “Best Banks in America.” At BFS Capital, Harris will be responsible for marketing, branding, advertising and public relations strategies as well as customer acquisition and loyalty.
MPOWER Financing Named “Growth Tech Company of the Year” (PR Newswire), Rated: B
Continuing its impressive momentum as a market-leading provider of student loans, MPOWER Financing has been named Growth Tech Company of the Year by Technical.ly DC.
Funding Circle refines projected returns calculations (P2P Finance News), Rated: AAA
FUNDING Circle has changed the way its projected returns are calculated, so that the data applies to a larger proportion of its investors.
Funding Circle said on Friday that its projections will now show the minimum rate that 65 per cent of investors could achieve.
The target rate on the Balanced return portfolio is now 7.2 per cent rather than 7.5 per cent, while the Conservative product remains at 4.8 per cent.
Assetz Capital Announces New Website & Refresh Branding While Prepping For Upcoming ISA Debut (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: AAA
On Thursday, online lending platform Assetz Capital announced the launch of its new website and “refreshed” brand just ahead of its upcoming Assetz Capital ISA.
Ablrate Launches Portfolio Loans Product After Topping £30 Million in Total Funding & Securing £3 Million in IFISA Funds (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: AAA
Asset-backed lending platform Ablrate announced on Thursday it launching a new range of portfolio loan lending products. This news comes just after the platform topped £30 million in total funding and achieved £3 million in IFISA funds.
Squirrel Announces Partnership With HM Government & Nesta While Crowdcube Campaign Nears £450,000 (Crowdcube Insider), Rated: A
Squirrel, a personal finance app designed to help users have more control over their money, announced on Friday it has formed a partnership with the HM Government and Nesta.
SBDA Group Closes Series A Investment Round (Finovate), Rated: A
Banking personalization company SBDA Group has landed a Series A investment today. FinSight Ventures and Digital Space Ventures contributed to the round, the amount of which was undisclosed. This marks the company’s first ever VC funding round.
Alternative Finance Boom Continues With 43% Growth (Forbes), Rated: A
The UK’s booming alternative finance market shows little sign of slowing down, with the value of funding for small and medium-size enterprises growing by well over a third last year, new research shows. Data from the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) suggests new funding models ranging from loan- and equity-based crowdfunding to invoice finance offer an increasingly important alternative to conventional SME funding such as bank support.
Overall, the UK’s alternative finance market grew by 43 per cent in 2016, to £4.6bn from £3.2bn in 2015, the CCAF said. The growth means that over the six years to the end of 2016, alternative finance has provided an additional £11bn of funding.
The research found that peer-to-peer business lending was the single largest market segment in 2016, growing by 36 per cent last year to reach £1.23bn, followed by peer-to-peer consumer lending at £1.17bn (up 47 per cent), and peer-to-peer property lending at £1.15bn (up 88 per cent).
Fintech startup Loot raises £2.2 million for its digital banking app (Tech.eu), Rated: A
UK fintech startup Loot has raised £2.2 million in funding from Portag3, the VC division of Power Corporation, and Speedinvest.
Nottingham fintech firm secures Open Banking investment (The Business Deck), Rated: A
Handle, based at the Accelerate Places tech hub, enables businesses to take control of their digital profile all the way from managing their credit score to optimising their online presence and presenting a professional face to the world.
Now, it’s been selected by the UK’s innovation foundation, Nesta, to help drive a revolution in small business banking opened up by the arrival in 2018 of the Open Banking initiative.
It’s been given £100,000 by Nesta to help it further develop its dashboard into a single app which makes it easier for small business owners to keep control of their cash position, grow top line sales, compare and save money on their key expenses and keep their credit score finance-friendly.
Rebuilding Trust In Money (MinuteHack), Rated: A
The credit crunch led to widespread job losses, loss of disposable income and a drought in available capital, all exacerbated by what is generally agreed upon as long-term irresponsible lending practices from some financial institutions.
In my opinion, we’re heading for even further mistrust with the trouble currently brewing in the peer-to-peer lending sector. Yield hungry investors are drifting into peer-to-peer (P2P) investing via the new Innovative Finance ISA, without being fully aware of the risks – the FCA have already identified this as an issue.
So how can the financial services industry, and the institutions and professionals who work within it, start to rebuild the bridges that have been burnt over the last 10 years and re-establish a trusting relationship with consumers?
Protect yourself against rising rates (The Times), Rated: B
A report by Lendy, the peer-to-peer lending platform, found a substantial drop in “bad debt” with £72 million worth of residential loans written off by banks and building societies in the 12 months to September, compared with £348 million in the previous year.
China Futures (Seeking Alpha), Rated: AAA
And of course, over 1.4 billion people live there, the most populous nation on the planet. It imports and exports over $3.7 trillion of products every year. China’s growth over the past 30 years has been truly astounding, a miracle of modern development.
Total debt – government, corporate, and household – has grown in recent years to over 200% of the Chinese economy.
Despite Being World’s Largest Fund, Ant Financial’s Yu’E Bao Is Risky (China Money Network), Rated: A
Technology is both revolutionizing and super-sizing China’s financial services sector. But it’s not making it any safer, according to a report by Fitch Ratings that compares the world’s two largest money management funds, Ant Financial’s Yu’e Bao and JP Morgan U.S. Government Money Market Fund.
The report notes that in just four years, Yu’e Bao has ridden the fintech wave to become the world’s largest money market fund with RMB1.56 trillion (US$233 billion) in assets under management. Since its 2013 launch, Yu’E Bao has been growing at a CAGR of 125%, thanks to technological development and its links with Alibaba Group Holding Limited’s online payment platform, Alipay.
A Bonanza Awaits China’s Surviving Fintech Lenders (Bloomberg), Rated: A
China’s whac-a-mole approach to risk — hit it everywhere it pops up — is set to hand control of the surging $121 billion technology-driven lending market to a small group of leaders such as Lufax Holding and the finance affiliate of Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
The survivors are in for a bonanza in coming years: Macquarie estimates credit extended by China’s fintech firms will jump more than seven-fold by 2022 to 6.2 trillion yuan ($940 billion) to pay for things like luxury and household goods or training and education. About half that market is micro-lending — typically small, short-term loans with high interest rates, Macquarie says.
WeiyangX Fintech Review (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: A
Zhima Credit, the credit services and rating agencies of Ant Financial, used to offer two types of credit report inquiries. The one in collaboration with SHULIDATA.com offers users access to individual credit reports issued by the PBoC and the other with CreditKarma, presents the channel for oversea credit inquiries (at present only available to users’ credit records in the U.S.).
On December 8th, a task force specially set up by China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) released a rectification document towards micro lending, signaling a period of tightening oversight of the unregulated lending activities and related financial risks. This round of rectification will focus on 11 key areas: （Source: Sina）
- Tighter management of micro lending approval authority;
- Re-examination of micro lending enterprise qualification;
- Equity management;
- Balance sheet financing;
- Asset securitization financing;
- Real interest rates;
- Loan management and debt collection;
- Product category;
- Business cooperation;
- Information security;
- Illegal operation.
On December 13th, the NYSE-listed micro lender PPDAI released the unaudited financial performance report for Q3 of 2017. According to the report, in compliance with the recently issued cash loan regulations, PPDAI will
- Replace the one-time charges of fees into monthly fees;
- Reduce the overall fees and interests of its loan products to lower than 36%;
- Cancel the investor reserve funds from the year of 2018.
Here is the List of the Fintech 50 in China as Ranked by KPMG (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: B
Figuratively Speaking (Global Times), Rated: B
Nonperforming loan ratio as of end-November of Chinese online lender MYbank, backed by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding.
Wealth Migrate Launches WEALTHE Coin to Democratize Access to Global Real Estate Investing (Euro Investor), Rated: A
Global online real estate marketplace Wealth Migrate today launched the WEALTHE Coin, a digital currency created to democratize access to wealth through international commercial and residential real estate ownership. Wealth Migrate allows for investment in real estate investment opportunities previously accessible only to high net worth individuals or institutional investors. While almost half of the world’s wealth is held in real estate, fewer than 13 percent of people have access or the resources to invest in and benefit from this lucrative market. Wealth Migrate aims to transform the real estate investment landscape and bridge the global wealth gap with its investment platform and WEALTHE Coin, with the vision of enabling anyone to invest with as little as $1.
WEALTHE Coin will be available in a token presale launching on the 15 December 2017, with the Public Crowdsale scheduled for February 1, 2018.
Three Blockchain Companies That Could Change Everything in Traditional Lending (Observer), Rated: AAA
More than $3.3 billion was raised with Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) this year alone.
SALT delivers an alternative route to make money from cryptocurrency assets without giving up your position. It’s a lending platform which uses blockchain to back loans. In simple terms, SALT brings the ability to list your blockchain assets as collaterals for a cash loan. Every crypto asset holder can lend them to anyone else, receive interests and regain their crypto asset as soon as the loan is paid back.
Another disrupting crypto lending project is Jibrel Network. It’s a place where users, brokers and investors can tokenize their financial assets and sell them on blockchain for profit. Even though the platform is still in development, it receives strong support from cryptocurrency enthusiasts and ICO investors. Moreover, its pre-sale ICO was more than success and raised over $3 million and attracted funds from both individual investors as well as institutions, such as TaaS Fund, Tech Squared, Aurora Partners and others.
ETHLend is a facilitating platform for both borrowers and lenders. Here, lenders and borrowers can meet up and decide everything from loan duration to the interest rate. Like Jibrel, the platform runs on Ehtereum network and uses ERC20 tokens act as a deposit on the loan.
Datarius Cryptobank Has Reached SoftCap in a Few Hours After Start of Pre-ITO (Digital Journal), Rated: A
Datarius Cryptobank has opened the doors to participate in the project to all comers and has gone to the pre-ITO stage. A SoftCap of $125,000 has been reached within just a few hours from the start of the campaign, as stated by information now available on the official website of the project.
ETHEREUM CO-CREATOR STEVEN NERAYOFF JOINS RCN ADVISORY BOARD AS THEIR GLOBAL LENDING ECOSYSTEM EXPANDS TOWARDS ASIA (Bitcoinist), Rated: B
Entrepreneur and venture capitalist Steven Nerayoffhas joined the RCN global lending project as a lead advisor.
RCN is a peer-to-peer credit protocol based on cosigned smart contracts that connect lenders and borrowers anywhere in the world and in any currency through the use of RCN tokens, the platform’s native cryptocurrency. Having successfully raised over $40 million during their recent token sale, the RCN network has the potential to democratize digital economy by increasing credit access for borrowers, eliminating the risk of default for lenders, and reducing asymmetric information between network agents.
Israel and Singapore fintech hubs sign MoU (Finextra), Rated: B
The Singapore FinTech Association (SFA) and the Israeli City TLV association have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster greater FinTech co-operation between the two communities.
The Challenge Of Delivering Relevant Content To Educate Customers (Forbes), Rated: B
According to advisory firm KMPG, there was a total of $3.2 billion invested globallyin fintech companies in Q1 of 2017. What’s even more interesting is that a PwC report on fintech’s growing influence on financial services showed that 82% of financial services companies want to increase fintech partnerships in the next three to five years.
Just a few days after fintech platform Finbucketannounced its $1.87 Mn funding, Delhi-based online lending startup Cash Suvidha has raised an institutional debt of $2.7 Mn from various financial institutions.
The funds have been raised from six financial institutions and will be primarily used to facilitate further lending to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Amazon to strengthen fintech space with stake in Capital Float (Economic Times), Rated: A
Online retail giant Amazon is looking to expand its footprint in the financial technology space and is in talks to invest in digital lending startup Capital Float, two persons aware of the development said.
Bengaluru-based Capital Float, which has so far focused on small businesses, is also set to start consumer financing on Amazon’s platform, apart from the ecommerce seller financing it already does, they said.
Deal or no deal – 2017: transaction trends and regulatory reforms (YourStory), Rated: A
Online retail giant Amazon is looking to expand its footprint in the financial technology space and is in talks to invest in digital lending startup Capital Float, two persons aware of the development said.
Statistically speaking, at the close of the third quarter of 2017, FDI inflow was $25 million, with a growth of approximately 17 percent over the corresponding period last financial year. Mauritius, Singapore and Japan topped the list of countries investing in India as of September, 2017.
From a VC-PE activity perspective, 2017 also recorded a six-year high in deal values, with deals worth approximately $48 billion, up 34 percent over 2016. According to data published by Venture Intelligence, ‘private equity firms invested about $17.6 billion in Indian companies in the first nine months of 2017, sailing past the previous high of $17.3 billion in 2015.’
The sectors that remained bullish in 2017 were fintech, digital innovation, IT e-commerce, logistics, infrastructure and life sciences. Within e-commerce, fintech, mobile gaming, and health apps contributed a significant pie in the growth trajectory.
Now, score high marks in exams to get low interest rates on loans (Times of India), Rated: A
Can 90% in your college exam get you an iPhone? It could as a number of online student lenders are scrutinising marksheets to assess credit worthiness, and hand out loans for consumer durables.
Nagaraju T, a 21-year-old student at Malla Reddy College of Engineering in Hyderabad bought a Lenovo i5 laptop for Rs 36,000 in 2016. “I got my dad to make the down payment of Rs 10,000, and I paid the EMIs of Rs 2,000. I closed the loan in 13 months, and then bought a MINote 4 for Rs 14,000 and paid monthly installments of Rs 850,” says Nagaraju.
KrazyBee places a cap of Rs 15,000 for consumer durable loans, Rs 50,000 for two-wheeler loans and Rs 3.5 lakh-Rs 4.5 lakh for educational loans.
KrazyBee, Faircent and Buddy.com say their non-performing asset (NPA) levels are under 3%, which is below the industry norm. The low default rate, they say, is due to risk assessment and screening of applicants.
Online lender Deal4Loans’ Rishi Mehra says the use of proxies such as marksheets instead of CIBIL scores needs to be viewed with caution. In the early 2000s, a rash of NBFCs lent based on such proxies for credit scores, he says.
FinTech startup Cash Suvidha raises USD 2.7 mn for expansion (Outlook India), Rated: A
Delhi-based FinTech startup Cash Suvidha, the trade name of Usha Financial Services Pvt. Ltd., raised an institutional debt of USD 2.7 million from various financial institutions towards driving growth.
Sort your loan application issues with these fintech apps (Outlook India), Rated: B
Every borrower registered on Faircent is identity-checked, credit-checked and risk-assessed by our system as well as an experienced team. Its tech-enabled credit evaluation algorithms reject over 90 percent of the borrowers who apply for loans.
OHMY Technologies Private Limited is the owner and operator of OMLP2P, an online Peer-to-Peer (P2P) lending platform. The platform assesses creditworthiness of a prospective borrower using its proprietary algorithm developed in consultation with CRIF HighMark, one of the leading Credit Bureau.
CoinTribe is a leading online loan disbursement platform that provides quick and easy collateral-free loans to small businesses and individuals. It is the only online lending platform which has back-tested its credit model with large banks.
Aye Finance differentiates itself by creating a technically enabled process that builds credit insights through a variety of available business and behavioral data. This effective credit appraisal coupled with the use of modern workflow automation, and a small but engaged workforce is helping bridge the gap between the MSMEs and organized lending.
CreditMantri is a multi-services platform that helps borrowers secure loans from its partner financers.
Ride-hailing start-up Go-Jek has acquired three financial technology (fintech) start-ups as it looks to dominate Indonesia’s digital payments space.
Go-Jek said Friday it had bought offline payments service Kartuku, payment gateway Midtrans and saving and lending firm Mapan for undisclosed amounts.
Fintech News from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) (Finovate), Rated: B
- Al Baraka Banking Group partners with Path Solutions to deploy iMAL Islamic core banking system.
- UAE Exchange to launch gocash card and mobile app courtesy of partnership with online travel firm, Cleartrip
- Online real estate marketplace and KPMG Global Fintech Top 50 member Wealth Migrate opens office in UAE, announces new country CEO, Lee-Ann Rush.
Russian fintech company challenges banks (Banks.am), Rated: AAA
According to the press service of the company, SimplyFi’s new product gives Russian company the opportunity to apply and receive loans up to RUR 300 000 (around USD 5000) from private investors completely remotely through a fully-electronic application process, transferred to any bank account.
Through a scoring system developed on the basis of technological analysis of big data, decisions on applications are made automatically within two hours. The company will only need tax ID and a statement of turnover in the settlement account. SimplyFi provides a 100% guarantee for the raising of funds once an application is placed on the market.
Financeit Recapitalizaton Gives Goldman Sachs Majority Stake (Finovate), Rated: AAA
Financeit helps merchants increase closing rates and transaction sizes by enabling them to offer customers affordable monthly or bi-weekly payment plans.