- Today’s main news: SoFi to add 400 Delaware workers by 2018. KBRA rates Upstart Securitization Trust 2017-1. RateSetter, MarketInvoice, LendInvest make Fintech50 list. China P2P lenders face tighter disclosure rules. Danish fashion tycoon invests in Klarna.
- Today’s main analysis: RentRange identifies 25 markets with highest average gross yield.
- Today’s thought-provoking articles: Did someone cancel the fintech revolution? Innovators vs. incumbents. CIOs will no longer be most influential tech decision makers. Robo-advice is not your differentiator
- SoFi to add 400 Delaware workers by 2018. AT: “If the majority of the openings will be call center jobs, this makes me wonder whether the expansion is related to the Zenbanx acquisition. We know that SoFi is positioning itself to compete more directly with banks, so it will be interesting to see how these assets are utilized.”
- KBRA rates Upstart Securitization Trust 2017-1. GP:”Great news for Upstart who therefore now has access to the cheapest capital on the market.”
- RentRange identifies 25 markets with highest average gross yield.
- TransUnion offers ‘Find My Offer’ solution for lenders to make real-time credit offers online. GP:”TransUnion offering a turn key online lending solution. Very interesting move. Overall we see a lot of initiatives from TransUnion in online lending ( anti fraud, anti stacking, white label tech solutions, etc.). Very impressive.”
- Sharestates launches auto-invest, surpasses $500M in loan originations. AT: “Congratulations.”
- Kuber’s fluid app allows students to borrow money interest free.
- Direct online loans: Support that works for you.
- Robo-advice is not your differentiator. GP:”As online lenders should think : online, is not your differentiator.”
- How to get small business loans.
- Merrill Lynch, Betterment execs agree on financial advice for new grads.
- RateSetter, MarketInvoice, LendInvest make FinTech50 list this year. AT: “Congratulations.”
- Danish fashion tycoon invests in Klarna.
- Doing KYC on international investors, the potential for automation.
- Plynk raises 25M Euro. GP:”Congratulations!”
- Fincompare raises 2.5M Euro for SME financing. GP:”Congratulations!”
- Grundag RECF platform launches powered by CrowdDesk.
- Did someone cancel the fintech revolution? AT: “An interesting report from Accenture.”
- FinTech innovators vs. incumbents. AT: “Excellent analysis from Morgan Stanley.”
- TransferWise CEO says there is a fight for the fintech capital of the world. GP:”Fintech is one of the fields where there is no clear winner yet between San Francisco, New York and London. London doesn’t have the size in it’s favor. New York doesn’t have the innovation. San Francisco lacks the established financial markets connections.”AT: “I still see London winning out in the near-term. Long-term, it’s anyone’s guess. There are a lot of contenders. This article could have explored that topic much more in depthly.”
- Why Trustly CEO is offering an alternative to credit cards.
- CIOs will no longer be the most influential tech decision makers.
- FinMomenta plans to expand Tachyloans across Asia.
- United States
- FinTech company SoFi to add 400 Delaware workers by 2018 (Delaware Online), Rated: AAA
- KBRA Rates Upstart Securitization Trust 2017-1 (KBRA Email), Rated: AAA
- RentRange Identifies 25 Markets with the Highest Average Gross Yield (Markets Insider), Rated: AAA
- Lenders Seeking to Provide Real-Time Credit Offers Online Can Cut Implementation from Months to Weeks with TransUnion Find My Offer Solution (Globe Newswire), Rated: A
- Sharestates Launches Auto-Invest Tool for Highly-Tailored Investments While Surpassing $ 500M in Loan Originations (PR Newswire), Rated: A
- Kuber’s Fluid App that Allows Students to Borrow Money Interest Free Now Live on iTunes (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: A
- Direct Online Loans: Support That Works For You (NuWire Investor), Rated: A
- Robo-Advice Is Not Your Differentiator (FA Magazine), Rated: AAA
- How to Get Small Business Loans: Part 2 (FX Daily Report), Rated: B
- Merrill Lynch, Betterment Execs Agree On Financial Advice For New Grads (FA Magazine), Rated: B
- United Kingdom
- RateSetter, MarketInvoice and LendInvest make this year’s Fintech50 list (P2P Finance News), Rated: AAA
- China P2P lenders facing tighter disclosure rules (China Economic Review), Rated: AAA
- Chinese banks boost offshore lending in Asia-Pacific (The Asset), Rated: A
- European Union
- Danish fashion tycoon invests in Swedish payments firm Klarna (Daily Mail), Rated: AAA
- Doing KYC on International Investors and the Potential of Automation (P2P Banking), Rated: A
- Irish fintech start-up Plynk raises €25m in fundraising round (The Irish Times), Rated: A
- German fintech platform Fincompare raises €2.5 million to provide financing for SMEs (Tech.EU), Rated: A
- Grundag Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform Launches Powered by CrowdDesk (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: A
- FINTECH – DID SOMEONE CANCEL THE REVOLUTION? (Finextra), Rated: AAA
- FinTech Innovators vs. Incumbents: Understanding the Odds (Morgan Stanley), Rated: AAA
- TransferWise CEO: ‘There is a huge fight to be the fintech capital of the world’ (Business Insider), Rated: A
- Why Trustly CEO Oscar Berglund Is Offering An Alternative To Credit Cards (Forbes), Rated: A
- CIOs Will No Longer be the Most Influential Technology Decision Makers (BW Disrupt), Rated: AAA
- FinMomenta Plans to Expand Footprint of P2P Lending Model ‘Tachyloans’ to Other Asian Nations (BW Disrupt), Rated: A
- Aztec Exchange Launches PayMe in Canada with EDI Gateway (PR Newswire), Rated: A
FinTech company SoFi to add 400 Delaware workers by 2018 (Delaware Online), Rated: AAA
SoFi, an online provider of personal loans, will add 400 workers to its Claymont office by the end of 2018.
SoFi entered Delaware in February when it acquired Claymont-based Zenbanx for an undisclosed sum. The Zenbanx purchase bolstered SoFi’s portfolio of online personal finance offerings. Among the former Zenbanx products that now belong to SoFi are software that enables customers to transfer international currency through mobile devices and an app that allows users to transfer money through the sound of their voice.
SoFi has vowed to ramp up the former Zenbanx office with an aggressive hiring plan that will see it add 100 workers by August, 200 workers by the end of the year and 400 employees by the end of 2018.
The majority of the openings are call center jobs, but SoFi is also looking to fill IT, business development and management positions. Of the first 200 openings, 130 will be call center positions, 30 will be mortgage operations jobs and the remaining 40 will be IT, business development and office staff.
KBRA Rates Upstart Securitization Trust 2017-1 (KBRA Email), Rated: AAA
Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three classes of notes issued by Upstart Securitization Trust 2017-1 (“UPST 2017-1”). This is a $163.107 million consumer loan ABS transaction that is expected to close on June 21, 2017.
This transaction is Upstart Network, Inc.’s (“Upstart” or the “Company”) first securitization of prime and near prime unsecured consumer loans. The loans are facilitated by Upstart’s proprietary models supporting an online marketplace that connects borrowers and investors by offering consumer loans originated by Cross River Bank (“CRB”) through the platform, www.upstart.com (the “Upstart Platform” or the “Platform”).
RentRange Identifies 25 Markets with the Highest Average Gross Yield (Markets Insider), Rated: AAA
RentRange, one of the premier providers of market data and analytics for the housing industry, today released data ranking the top 25 U.S. metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) by highest average gross yield for single–family1 homes during the first quarter (Q1) of 2017. The data analysis also identified the average rental rate increase between the first quarter (Q1) of 2017 and the same quarter in 2016, average vacancy rate in Q1 2017 and investor purchases over the past 12 months.
The Q1 2017 RentRange® data shows that the highest yielding markets are dominated by older metro areas in the Midwest and Northeast.
Analyzing the average vacancy rates, which is the percentage of rental properties that are vacant or unoccupied at a particular time, the lowest rates from the list are in Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Oklahoma City and Canton. Lower vacancy rates generally mean properties stay vacant for less time, limiting the loss of rent.
Lenders Seeking to Provide Real-Time Credit Offers Online Can Cut Implementation from Months to Weeks with TransUnion Find My Offer Solution (Globe Newswire), Rated: A
As financial institutions seek to improve customer experiences online, TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) today announced the launch of Find My Offer to help lenders deliver relevant credit offers to consumers online. Find My Offer is a set of configurable white-label web screens that support a lender’s consumer prequalification and digital prescreen initiatives.
Lenders can use Find My Offer to acquire new customers and expand existing relationships online. The site automatically integrates with TransUnion’s DecisionEdge suite, allowing lenders to use their existing underwriting criteria for their online marketing.
A top 20 national bank recently utilized Find My Offer to increase online acquisitions. Its IT team estimated a six month development cycle to build a customer-facing site to initiate credit offers online. Using Find My Offer, the bank saved more than 40% in development costs and was able to present relevant, tailored offers to consumers within three weeks – approximately 20 weeks earlier than what was projected using internal IT resources.
Sharestates Launches Auto-Invest Tool for Highly-Tailored Investments While Surpassing $ 500M in Loan Originations (PR Newswire), Rated: A
Sharestates, an online real estate investment marketplace, announced today the launch of its new Auto-Invest tool, a feature that will maximize the investor’s chances of investing in the platform’s highly sought after real estate debt opportunities. The new feature will allow investors to choose from multiple strategies, including a custom investment strategy that includes 12 underwriting filters to choose from. The launch of this new tool coincides with the company reaching a major milestone of $500 million in loan volume.
With the Auto-Invest tool, the investor will have the ability to increase the frequency at which their funds are deployed. These automatic investments will give the investor a better chance of eliminating “cash drag,” which occurs when the investor does not have a chance to log in, review the new loan and manually make their investment before the loan sells-out.
The interface provides a user-friendly and client-focused tool, making investing in real estate loans hassle-free. Additionally, after every auto-invest transaction, the investor will receive a confirmation email with loan and investment details, where they will then have a 24-hour window to opt out or increase participation.
In order to tailor the best possible loan selection for each individual, Sharestates uses a multitude of adjustable measurements for each investor to meet their investment goals. These measurements include; investment totals per loan, maximum investment frequency and limit, interest rate requirements, risk ratings, property types and more.
Sharestates continues to outperform the online real estate lending industry with originations exceeding $500 million since inception in 2014. Current run rates have Sharestates exceeding $1 billion in total originations before the end of 2017, with current monthly totals hovering around $60 million. Sharestates has funded more than 520 individual loans, providing an average return on investment of 10.62%.
Kuber’s Fluid App that Allows Students to Borrow Money Interest Free Now Live on iTunes (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: A
Kuber Inc, a Southern California based Fintech company, has launched it’s personal finance product targeting the more than 22 million university students in United States. Fluid App is now live on Apple iTunes store and free to download. This is first of its kind finance product is designed specifically to build credit for college students in America.
Using the app, users may borrow up to $500 dollars interest free and without and other associated fees. The lending and repayment activities are then reported to major U.S. credit bureaus to start building credit from day one.
Direct Online Loans: Support That Works For You (NuWire Investor), Rated: A
Direct lenders have streamlined their rules and regulations to help those typically overlooked by conventional lenders. They still review you application carefully, but they don’t necessarily use subprime credit scores to reject your application. If you speak with the representatives at MoneyKey, they’ll you know what you need to provide. These reps may review your rating through other channels, but it’s not the only way they’ll determine your candidacy. It’s just one number amongst many factors they use to review your application.
They also don’t rely on in-person meetings to determine your candidacy, as they do most of their business online. All they require is basic contact and financial information submitted in an online application, and they’ll notify you if you qualify within minutes. For those that do, you’ll receive a phone call from a representative to verify the information that you supplied. If everything checks out, direct payday lenders like MoneyKey deposit your approved short term loan into the account that you supplied on your application. In some cases, you’ll receive your cash in as little as one business day.
Robo-Advice Is Not Your Differentiator (FA Magazine), Rated: AAA
Increasingly, robo-advice technology will become bare necessities for any retail financial advice firm that wants to grow by adding value to financial advisors and their clients.
How to Get Small Business Loans: Part 2 (FX Daily Report), Rated: B
At some point, bank is one of the most reputable lenders. Banks usually have lower interest rates and the credit duration may be longer. However, large banks usually have more requirements and slower process.
These banks may have slightly higher interest rates. However, local community banks offer simpler procedures, as they always want to be the partners for small business. Local banks commonly offers shorter credit period.
They are the most welcoming partners for quick loan. Direct online lenders usually apply a relatively easy loan process. They are also supported by reputable lenders. Another advantage is that the lenders may not require you to provide collateral. Some lenders do not even check your credit record before making approval. Some lenders even offer overnight credit process. Once you send the application today, you will get the money in your account tomorrow.
The disadvantages include higher interest rates, shorter duration, and lower credit limit. Direct online lenders can be easily found on internet. Some of them have only online presence, but some are online divisions of a conventional lending agency.
They also have online presence. However, peer-to-peer lending sites are not the true lenders. Instead, they act as the middlemen between the clients and the lenders.
Merrill Lynch, Betterment Execs Agree On Financial Advice For New Grads (FA Magazine), Rated: B
Joe DePaulo, CEO and co-founder of College Ave Student Loans, had this advice for grads starting a job on how to ease the burden of the ball and chain of college debt weighing on their finances:
1. Organize all your student loans to make sure you know when your monthly payments start, the amount due for each one and your various due dates so you don’t accidentally miss any payments or pay late.
2. Get to know your loan servicers — the companies handling the billing and payment services for your loans — and make sure each of them have your current contact information, including both your e-mail and mailing address.
3. Consider signing up for auto-pay for each loan through your student loan servicers. You’ll often get a discount on your interest rate when you’re making automatic payments, and you’ll know that your payments are being made on time each month. It’s a great way to save money and build good credit.
4. Know your grace period for your student loans, or how long you can wait after leaving school before you have to make your first payment. This can vary by loan depending which types of loans you have. The grace period is usually six or nine months, and it’s designed to give you time after you graduate to find a job and get on your feet before payments are due. Interest continues to accrue during the grace period on most loans though, so if you have the ability to start making payments before the grace period ends, you should. This will help you save money in the long run.
5. Pay attention to the interest rate on each loan. When you can afford to pay a little extra, you’ll usually save the most money by paying down the loan with the highest interest rate first.
RateSetter, MarketInvoice and LendInvest make this year’s Fintech50 list (P2P Finance News), Rated: AAA
RATESETTER, MarketInvoice and LendInvest have made this year’s Fintech50 list, while Funding Circle and Zopa have been awarded a place in the Fintech50 Hall of Fame.
The annual Fintech50 list, which was first launched in 2013, selects the 50 European fintechs that are transforming financial services and recognises innovation rather than revenue. The companies are selected by a panel of more than 60 industry experts, following extensive year-round research from the Fintech50 team.
This year’s list, unveiled at a launch event at Silicon Valley Bank in London on Tuesday night, was chosen out of 1,500 companies. As well as an impressive presence from a raft of UK peer-to-peer lenders, the list includes business finance provider Iwoca, crowdfunding platform Seedrs, challenger lender Atom Bank and cryptocurrency Ethereum.
The Fintech50 2017:
- Action.ai (London, UK)
- Advice Robo (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
- Aire (London, UK)
- Algomi (London, UK)
- AQMetrics (Kildare, Ireland)
- Atom Bank (London, UK)
- Azimo (London, UK)
- Behaviosec (Stockholm, Sweden)
- Bonify (Berlin, Germany)
- Clearmatics (London, UK)
- Clearscore (London, UK)
- ComplyAdvantage (London, UK)
- Contego (London, UK)
- Credit Benchmark (London, UK)
- Curve (London, UK)
- Cuvva (Scotland, UK)
- DarkTrace (Cambridge, UK)
- Digital Shadows (London, UK)
- Ethereum (worldwide)
- FeatureSpace (London, UK)
- Fenergo (Dublin, Ireland)
- Figo (Hamburg, Germany)
- FundApps (London, UK)
- Iwoca (London, UK)
- Kantox (London, UK)
- LendInvest (London, UK)
- Mambu (Berlin, Germany)
- MarketInvoice (London, UK)
- Meniga (Rejkyavik, Iceland)
- Monzo (London, UK)
- N26 (Berlin, Germany)
- NetGuardians (Switzerland)
- Onfido (London, UK)
- OpenGamma (London, UK)
- PayKey (Tel Aviv, Israel)
- Privitar (London, UK)
- Qumram (Zurich, Switzerland)
- Railsbank (London, UK)
- Raisin (Berlin, Germany)
- RateSetter (London, UK)
- Revolut (London, UK)
- Scalable Capital (Munich, Germany / London, UK)
- Seedrs (London, UK)
- SETL (London, UK)
- solarisBank AG (Berlin, Germany)
- Suade (London, UK)
- Thought Machine (London, UK)
- Traxpay (Berlin, Germany)
- Trussle (London, UK)
- WeFox (Switzerland)
The FinTech50 Hall of Fame:
- Adyen (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
- Currencycloud (London, UK)
- eToro (Limassol, Cyprus)
- Funding Circle (London, UK)
- iZettle (Stockholm, Sweden)
- Klarna (Stockholm, Sweden)
- Nutmeg (London, UK)
- Transferwise (London, UK)
- WorldRemit (London, UK)
- Zopa (London, UK)
The Hot Ten – this year’s ones to watch:
- Bud (London, UK)
- ClearBank (London, UK)
- Cleo (London, UK)
- Datasine (London, UK)
- Deposify (Dublin, Ireland)
- Governance.io (Luxembourg)
- Meteo Project (Paris, France)
- Nxchange (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
- Post Quantum (London, UK)
- 10xBanking (London, UK)
China P2P lenders facing tighter disclosure rules (China Economic Review), Rated: AAA
Efforts to clean up China’s scandal-plagued peer-to-peer (P2P) lending sector are taking another step forward with a pilot program that imposes tighter information disclosure requirements to protect customers from being swindled, Caixin reports. Under an initiative announced on Monday, companies will have to give people who use their P2P platforms a range of information including their registration address, shareholders, who provides custodian services, how many investors they have, their bad loan ratio and their outstanding loans. Altogether 47 separate pieces of information will need to be disclosed, 32 of which are mandatory, according to the National Internet Finance Association of China (NIFA), which is in charge of the pilot.
Chinese banks boost offshore lending in Asia-Pacific (The Asset), Rated: A
Chinese banks have been increasing their offshore lending volume in Asia-Pacific, outside of Japan, since 2014. Based on the pro-rata mandated lead arranger (MLA) role, China’s offshore lending amounted to US$70.5 billion via 300 deals in 2016, or nearly double the 2015 figure of US$36.3 billion, and nearly three times the 2014 volume of US$24 billion in 2014.
Figures released by Thomson Reuters on June 5 show that the bulk of China’s offshore lending has been concentrated in Northeast Asia. In 2016, Chinese banks accounted for US$52.7 billion through 172 transactions on a pro-rata basis at the MLA lender level, representing an increase of 83% from 2015.
Danish fashion tycoon invests in Swedish payments firm Klarna (Daily Mail), Rated: AAA
Anders Holch Povlsen, owner of Danish fashion retailer Bestseller, is buying a stake in payments firm Klarna, one of Europe’s most highly valued tech startups, the firm said on Wednesday.
A Klarna spokeswoman declined to comment on the precise size of the stake, but said it would be at least 10 percent.
Klarna said Povlsen’s company Brightfolk would buy shares from General Atlantic, DST Global and Niklas Adalberth, who will all still retain stakes in the firm.
Doing KYC on International Investors and the Potential of Automation (P2P Banking), Rated: A
On the majority of p2p lending marketplaces that accept non-resident international investors, the necessary process to comply with ‘Know Your Customer’ (KYC) rules involves multiple manual steps both on the side of the investor and on the side of the marketplace. After filling in details in forms the investor typically needs to submit scans (or photos) of an ID or a passport. As an investor I balk at the very few marketplaces that ask me to submit these via unsecured email. The better ones offer an upload inside the SSL secured website after login. The British marketplace typically also require a recent utility bill to confirm address.
In continental Europe a few marketplaces are doing video ident. Recently when I registered at Paskoluklubas, aside from entering details in forms I needed to schedule a Skype video call in which I answered several questions and had to show my ID live. While it was straightforward, it is not more time efficient (both for investor and for marketplace). And I was lost for words for a split second when asked for my zodiac. How many non-native-english speakers can answer that question without hesitating for the right word (luckily mine is easy to translate).
Another example of outsoucing is the process Lenndy uses. When registering, all an investor is asked by Lenndy is his email address, nothing else. Then the investor is required to link an Paysera account with at least level 3.
Last week British Relendex moved from a manual document upload process to an automated process for investors of 7 countries; Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland. Relendex uses the Call Validate solution and checks (in case of Germany) first , middle, last name, gender, phone, address, city and
Irish fintech start-up Plynk raises €25m in fundraising round (The Irish Times), Rated: A
Dublin-based financial payments start-up Plynk has raised €25 million in a Series A fundraising round as it looks to roll out its money-messaging app globally.
The investment, which has been led by Swiss Privee, is one of the largest-ever Irish Series A rounds.
The company has also announced plans to increase headcount from eight to 28 over the next 12 to 18 months as the number of users it has in Ireland this week reached 6,000, easily surpassing its initial target of 4,000.
Plynk has a licence to operate across the European Economic Area, which includes the EU along with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. While only available in Ireland, the start-up intends to roll out its app in Spain over the summer with Portugal to follow shortly after.
German fintech platform Fincompare raises €2.5 million to provide financing for SMEs (Tech.EU), Rated: A
The German fintech startup Fincompare has raised €2.5 million in seed financing. The funding comes from the VC Speedinvest and Uniqa insurance, both from Austria. Several business angels from Berlin also participated in the round.
The Fincompare platform allows SMEs to receive and compare various offers for loans – anywhere from €10,000 to €5 million.
Grundag Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform Launches Powered by CrowdDesk (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: A
A new real estate crowdfunding platform has launched in Germany. Grundag GmbH & Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of CrowdDesk, has launched to provide debt based crowdfunding for German real estate projects. CrowdDesk is a white label crowdfunding platform that powers several well established platforms in Germany. The new site was launched in partnership with ERGE Miet- & Finanzvermittlung GmbH & Co. KG.
FINTECH – DID SOMEONE CANCEL THE REVOLUTION? (Finextra), Rated: AAA
There are indications the Fintech revolution has stalled. It promised to change market structure, to radically improve products and services, and to save the incumbent banking sector from a slow slide to invisible utility status.
But these promises are yet to come to pass. Yet the revolution could still be completed – the underlying technologies are real and, deployed in the right way, they can still have a transformative effect on the financial services industry.
Read the full report.
FinTech Innovators vs. Incumbents: Understanding the Odds (Morgan Stanley), Rated: AAA
How can investors navigate this next chapter in FinTech? In a recent global collaborative report, “FinTech: A Gauntlet to Riches,” Faucette and his colleagues offer an investment framework for understanding where FinTech companies are likely to disrupt—and where established players are poised to get ahead.
Indeed, the pace of venture capital funding in FinTechs has slowed recently, suggesting that early-stage investors are coming to grips with the challenges of this space, and that established financial services firms are likely to take a more meaningful role in funding and developing new technology.
To understand which trends favor startups and which bode well for incumbents, investors should ask some key questions:
- What is the existing infrastructure? Innovators have the best shot at success in areas that lack established infrastructure. One area that is particularly poised for growth is B2B payments, a large and underserved corner of the market, with roughly 50% of payments still made via checks.
- Is consumer behavior changing? Early adopters in a nascent market tend to be more receptive to a new technology or provider, giving innovators a first-mover advantage. This bodes well for FinTech disruptors focused on small-business insurance (a.k.a. InsurTech).
- Does government help or hinder innovation?
- How important is access to data? Investors should take note of the role of data, which can limit a small firm’s ability to scale without partnering with a data owner.
- Does success hinge on collaboration?
- How important is access to capital markets? Companies that require continuous access to capital markets are subject to a high degree of market volatility, which can put an entire business model in jeopardy if still early in its formation, says Faucette. For fledgling U.S. marketplace lenders (a.k.a. peer-to-peer lending) and mortgage originators, access to capital markets could be a limiting factor, especially now that established players are investing in the space.
- Is the industry concentrated?
TransferWise CEO: ‘There is a huge fight to be the fintech capital of the world’ (Business Insider), Rated: A
The CEO and cofounder of TransferWise says cities around the world are becoming increasingly competitive in attempts to attract tech companies.
Luxembourg earlier this year set up a public-private partnership called the “House of Fintech,” aimed at attracting more companies to set up in the country. Lobbyists from Paris have made multiple trips to the UK in recent months in a bid to tempt financial services, including fintech, to set up in the French capital in the wake of Brexit. The Monetary Authority of Singapore has also copied the UK regulator in setting up a regulatory “sandbox,” which allows innovative companies to experiment with new products in a safe environment.
Why Trustly CEO Oscar Berglund Is Offering An Alternative To Credit Cards (Forbes), Rated: A
Excitement over fintech remains high even though investor enthusiasm has been curbing in recent months. According to a KPMG report, the flow of investments has started to ease. Global investments dropped to $3.2 billion in Q1 of 2017 from $4.15 billion in Q4 of the previous year. Indeed, investors seem to have made their wagers and are now more focused on ensuring that existing fintech companies start delivering.
More mature segments, such as payments, are also seeing saturation, as new competitors seek to maximize opportunities in markets keen on going cashless.
Having processed a whopping €3.2 billion in transactions in 2016, payment startup Trustly has recently emerged as a leader in the global fintech scene. Based in Stockholm, Trustly offers a fresh perspective on payments by putting the bank account at the center of digital payments instead of credit cards. The company is now used in 29 European countries, enabling merchants to perform cross-border business easily.
Berglund: We aren’t really going head to head against big banks. We see the bank account as the hub of people’s financial lives, and it’s what most other payment methods depend on. Trustly’s service is built around the relevance of the bank account and as such around the relevance of banks.
In Europe banks focused on the online channel are at the forefront of the adoption of new technology and I believe more banks will no doubt make use of our services going forward.
Berglund: Credit cards were invented to make payments easier in the physical world, but they may not have the same raison d’être as people move to online and mobile platforms. The truth is, it’s a pain to dig for your credit card and key in a long string of numbers, especially if you’re on the go and trying to make a purchase from a tiny smartphone screen. With Trustly, users can make a payment in just a few steps using only information they know top of mind. And our product is optimized for mobile and other devices to make it even more convenient. So while credit cards won’t be going anywhere for a while, it’s important to offer other user-friendly alternatives too.
CIOs Will No Longer be the Most Influential Technology Decision Makers (BW Disrupt), Rated: AAA
The year 2016 registered an impressive impact on the Indian economy and therefore was a landmark year for fintech and banking industries. This year, 2017 started out to be an exciting one for Financial Technology which will spell out a future of continued scale and disruption for the industry, especially after India’s digitalisation movement. With the proliferation of cloud and mobile technologies advancing and customer demand for better digital banking experiences growing, Fintech firms will continue to innovate faster and offer new services with richer user experiences.
Top 5 Trends to watch out for:
- Mobile Everything
- Chatbots, machine learning & AI
- Banks & Fintech firms to partner: According to a recent Business Insider report, 87% of banks that have partnered with financial service providers (fintech companies) have been able to cut costs. Additionally, the same study found that 54% of partnerships increased revenue.
- Blockchain moves out of the labs into the real world
- Reforming Digital Leadership: CIOs will no longer be the most influential technology decision makers. With the continued rise of the Chief Digital Officer and in many cases the Chief Marketing Officer will help financial institutions usurp the IT team in implementing ‘digital’ throughout the organisation.
FinMomenta Plans to Expand Footprint of P2P Lending Model ‘Tachyloans’ to Other Asian Nations (BW Disrupt), Rated: A
FinMomenta founders believe that they are the Next Moment in FinTech industry. With their latest product TachyLoans, they plan to build a digital lending marketplace that connects people (Investors/Lenders) who wants to invest/lend their incomes, with people (Borrowers) who are looking to borrow funds to meet their financial requirements. The platform caters to both Individuals and Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
How does the platform FinMomenta work?
Investors can earn returns as high as 25% per annum and borrowers can avail loan at lower interest rates starting from 11.5% per annum. Interest rates are charged based on borrower’s creditworthiness. Lenders and borrowers can negotiate on the loan amount, interest rates and loan tenor through a two-way bidding process available on their dashboard.
Please elaborate key features/services of Tachyloans?
The platform uses a unique proprietary credit scoring model enabled by Artificial Intelligence and Big Data to assess the creditworthiness of applicants. It also uses e-KYC and Aadhaar for verification of the borrowers that helps lenders to automatically invest in the recommended list of borrowers.
Tachyloans not just focuses on cutting down the transaction time for lenders and borrowers but also reduces the overhead costs associated with the traditional lending process and enables us to pass on the cost savings to lenders in the form of higher returns and to borrowers in the form of lower interest rates. Lenders and borrowers can negotiate on the interest rates through Tachyloans platform.
What is the Monetization model of FinMomenta?
FinMomenta charges a service fee to both lenders and borrowers for having loans enabled on the platform.
What is the market size and opportunities for companies operating in Fintech industry in India?
Consumer credit market in India is currently at $300bn out of which $98bn is the personal loans market. The market is currently growing at 14% year on year. The SME business loan market is currently at $600bn and is expected to grow to $3.4 trillion by 2022. In terms of the population, out of 1.2bn population only 150mn population has their history in credit bureaus and 20mn has scores acceptable to banks. There is a very small population that is being serviced by the banks. Around 10mn citizens are entering jobs every year and with more than 55% less than 45 years, the population would have huge aspiration to grow in life which would require access to credit for them.
Aztec Exchange Launches PayMe in Canada with EDI Gateway (PR Newswire), Rated: A
Aztec Exchange, a global supplier of invoice finance products and services, and Canadian EDI provider EDI Gateway today announced a partnership to deliver Aztec’s breakthrough early e-invoice payment service PayMe (payme.cloud) to EDI Gateway’s (edigateway.com) Canadian supplier and corporate clients.
PayMe is unique in the early payment market because, unlike with factoring firms, creditworthiness is based on that of the buyer, not the supplier. There is complete pricing transparency, meaning there are no hidden fees or interest charges. Suppliers are only required to pay a minimal invoice discount charge and a standard transaction fee. For customers on the EDI Gateway platform using PayMe, this means they’ll typically receive payment within 24 hours. Furthermore, because it’s entirely online, they can submit for early payment any time from any internet-connected device. There are also no restrictive long-term contracts and suppliers can sell as many approved invoices as they want.
This partnership with EDI Gateway is the latest for PayMe, which launched in May 2016. Over the course of the past year, PayMe has had tremendous growth and is now available to more than 100,000 SMEs globally via e-invoice providers as a white label solution for traditional banks. It will soon be launched directly through corporates. For EDI Gateway, PayMe complements their existing e-invoicing solution, enabling them to offer an integrated payment and financing service. The firm looks to continue this approach going forward to attract and retain their retail and vendor clients.