Thursday May 23 2019, Weekly News Digest

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News Comments Today’s main news: DBRS assigns provisional ratings to SoFi Consumer Loan Program 2019-3 Trust. KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to Prosper Marketplace Issuance Trust, Series 2019-3. Funding Circle seeds shareholder input on wind-down plans for investment trust. TransferWise valuation doubles to $3.5B. Today’s main analysis: High income, super prime borrowers take bigger share of […]

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United States

DBRS Assigns Provisional Ratings to SoFi Consumer Loan Program 2019-3 Trust (DBRS Email), Rated: AAA

DBRS, Inc. (DBRS) assigned provisional ratings to the following classes of notes (collectively, the Notes) to be issued by SoFi Consumer Loan Program 2019-3 Trust (SCLP 2019-3):

— $420,000,000 Class A Notes at AAA (sf)
— $31,100,000 Class B Notes at AA (sf)
— $62,500,000 Class C Notes at A (sf)
— $35,600,000 Class D Notes at BBB (sf)

View the full report here.

KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Prosper Marketplace Issuance Trust, Series 2019-3 (Yahoo! Finance), Rated: AAA

Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to four classes of notes issued by Prosper Marketplace Issuance Trust 2019-3 (PMIT 2019-3). This is a $380.99 million consumer loan ABS transaction.

Class Rating Initial Class Principal
A A- (sf) $270,750,000
B BBB- (sf) $51,470,000
C BB- (sf) $39,720,000
D B- (sf) $19,050,000

Millennial DQs on the rise; GreenSky earnings; OCC on a fix for Madden? (PeerIQ), Rated: AAA

US consumer debt rose by 0.9% QoQ in 1Q to $13.7 Tn.

Source: Bloomberg, PeerIQ

Mixed FinTech Earnings

FinTech issuers saw growth in revenues and loans. Pace of loan growth weakened slightly as originations fell at Enova and grew by less than 10% YoY at OnDeck and OneMain. Stock price performance post earnings was mixed. Enova saw its stock price increase by 18% post earnings while OnDeck’s stock price dropped by 16%.

Source: Bloomberg, PeerIQ

High Income and Super Prime Borrowers Taking Bigger Share of Personal Loans on LendingTree Marketplace (Lending Tree), Rated: AAA

Over the past 10 years, the amount of outstanding personal loan debt has increased by 75%.

Key findings

  • The share of personal loan inquiries from those with incomes over $108,000 increased by 77% between the second quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2019, while the share of inquiries from people earning over $84,000 increased by 65%.
  • The share of personal loan inquiries from super prime borrowers (740 and higher) increased by 47% between the second quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2019, and the increase in prime and super prime borrowers (680 and higher) rose by 36%.
  • The share of personal loans closed by borrowers with incomes over $108,000 on the LendingTree marketplace increased by 38% between the second quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2019, and the share of borrowers earning over $84,000 increased by 26%.
  • The share of closed personal loans from super prime borrowers (740 and higher) increased by 37% between the second quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2019, and the increase in prime borrowers (680 and higher) rose by 19%.
  • Borrowers with incomes up to $24,000 decreased their share of closed loans by 22%, and those with incomes up to $48,000 decreased their share by 17%.
  • The share of loans closed by borrowers with scores below 560 increased by 28%, but the share of closed loans from borrowers with scores between 560 and 619 dropped by 24%.
  • The share of inquiries from people with incomes up to $24,000 dropped by 27% during the same period, while inquires from those with incomes up to $48,000 dropped by 16%.
  • The share of loan inquiries by borrowers with scores below 560 decreased by 12%, and the share of closed loans from borrowers with scores below 620 decreased by 9.2%.

For example, in the SoFi Consumer Loan Program 2017-3 LLC, securities show that the average gross income of borrowers as of May 2017, was $141,780, with an average FICO score of 731, and an average VantageScore of 682. The most recent offering, reported in February 2019, showed borrowers had an average income of $151,144, an average 753 FICO score, and a 713 VantageScore.

Job Loss and Medical Expenses Leading Causes of Bad Credit (Yahoo! Finance), Rated: AAA

Job loss and medical expenses are the leading factors causing Americans’ credit scores to drop, according to new research by Elevate’s Center for the New Middle Class (CNMC).

According to the new report, 55% of respondents cited job loss or reduction in work hours as the reason why their credit score dipped below 700. Nearly a quarter (24%) cited medical bills as the primary cause. Following these leading factors, a variety of typical, seemingly innocuous expenses follow, including repairing a car (11%), leaving home for the first time (6%), and putting a child through college (5%).

Non-prime consumers are 86% more likely to experience multiple factors that negatively affect their credit score compared to just one. For example, of the 23% who mention a medical reason, about three-quarters (75%) also experienced an income drop, severely complicating their ability to manage and cover medical expenses.

Americans Use Short-Term Loans to Pay Off Debt (Lexington Law), Rated: A

American debt is at an all-time high. How did we manage to dig ourselves into a steep $13 trillion hole? Credit card debt alone accounts for $1 trillion of this debt, with the average balance over $6,000 per capita.

  • 33% of Americans are going into debt to pay off debt
  • Generation X is most likely to incur short-term debt to pay down long-term debt
  • Women who use debt to make other debt payments tend to do so multiple times

Bernardo Martinez of Funding Circle USA (Lend Academy), Rated: A

In this podcast you will learn:

  • The knowledge that Bernardo brought with him from PayPal.
  • What he has learned in his first year on the job at Funding Circle.
  • The range of terms for their small business loans.
  • The types of investors they have on their platform today.
  • How and why 72% of their customers came to Funding Circle first.
  • How their offering compares to what is offered at banks today.
  • Who Bernardo sees as their biggest competitors.
  • How they view the SBA and their loan guarantee program.
  • How the LendingClub partnership came together.
  • Why no other online platform has reached significant scale in term loans for small business.
  • How they expanding their business into Canada.
  • Who they are hiring for their new Denver office.
  • How they are approaching their relationships with regulators in DC these days.
  • How they helped get SB-1235 passed in California.
  • How Funding Circle is monitoring their risk as it pertains to the economic cycle.
  • What is most exciting for Bernardo today at Funding Circle.

How a Silicon Valley startup is trying to rebrand payday loans (Vox), Rated: AAA

Once every few weeks, Myra Haq withdraws $100 or so from Earnin, an app that lets people borrow small sums of money.

The app lets her withdraw up to $100 a day, and never more than what she actually makes in a pay period, and then withdraws the money from her checking account once her direct deposit hits.

Unsurprisingly, payday lenders typically target low-income people — a 2013 Pew report found that 58 percent of people who use payday loans have trouble meeting monthly expenses at least half the time and usually borrow to deal with “persistent cash shortfalls rather than temporary emergencies.”

The average American household with student debt owes almost $48,000, and experts believe that student loan debt has held millennials back from major life milestones like marriage, homeownership, and having children.

How One Company Wants to Reduce or Even Eliminate Your Unpaid Medical Bills (Forbes), Rated: A

Relying on personal savings or insurance may not even be enough to pay off expensive medical bills. As a result, .

Earnin invited some community members to try HealthAid and was able to find savings for about 90% of people.

In one case, Earnin was able to get a patient’s $48,000 bill fully forgiven.

Figure Technologies loan platform secures $ 1B financing facility (CoinGeek), Rated: A

Figure Technologies looks to be profiting from increased interest in the cryptocurrency industry. Specifically, in a press release dated May 9, it was announced that the company had secured a $1 billion line of credit on the Provenance.io blockchain. The agreement also involves two other companies, Jefferies and WSFS Institutional Services, which will provide the line of credit.

LendKey’s Vince Passione on partnering with banks and credit unions and the future of lending as a service (Tearsheet), Rated: A

Vince joins us on the show to talk about his partnership model and the challenges and opportunities of working alongside banks and credit unions, which have deployed more than $2 billion in lending capital on the digital platform.

Small-business fintech launches lending platform for banks (American Banker), Rated: A

Spurred by bank interest, small-business lending platform Biz2Credit has unveiled a software-as-a-service version of its loan management, servicing and risk analytics product.

After HSBC and New York-based Popular Bank contracted with Biz2Credit to use the software, the company decided to launch the platform for all banks to use.

At a cramped desk on the 22nd floor of a downtown Manhattan office building, Gary Roth spotted a looming disaster.

An urban planner with two master’s degrees, Mr. Roth had a new job in 2010 analyzing taxi policy for the New York City government. But almost immediately, he noticed something disturbing: The price of a taxi medallion — the permit that lets a driver own a cab — had soared to nearly $700,000 from $200,000. In order to buy medallions, drivers were taking out loans they could not afford.

Prodigy Finance Aims to Bridge Healthcare Gap with New Loan Offering (University Business), Rated: A

Prodigy Finance today announces it will be supporting international students pursuing Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degrees, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees, as well as those enrolling in Advanced Standing Dental programs and Select Certificate Dentistry programs in the U.S.

Crypto Lending Startup BlockFi Slashing Interest Rates on Ether Deposits (CoinDesk), Rated: A

Cryptocurrency lending startup BlockFi is almost halving the interest rates it offers on ether (ETH) deposits, while some bitcoin (BTC) rates will increase slightly.

From June 1, customers with 25–100 ETH balances in a BlockFi Interest Account (BIA) will see the interest rate drop from the current 6.2 percent annual percentage yield (APY) to 3.25 percent, the startup announced Tuesday. Those holding over 100 ETH balances will earn just 0.2 percent APY.

Some BTC balances, on the other hand, will see a slight interest rate increase – up to 2.15 percent from the current 2 percent – for deposits of over 25 BTC. Those holding 0.5–25 BTC will continue to earn 6.2 percent APY, BlockFi said.

Find the Right Loan Among 300+ Lending Partners for Credit Card Consolidation and More (CardRates), Rated: A

In a Nutshell: LoanStart helps consumers in search of a loan find a lender that suits their funding needs within just five minutes after submitting a simple, fee-free loan request form. Working securely with more than 300 trusted lending partners, including conveniently located storefront providers, the service makes finding a suitable lender easy. In today’s connected world where loan options abound, LoanStart cuts through the clutter to connect consumers in need of funds with lenders willing to provide financing.

Maxex Closes Series B Funding (FinSMEs), Rated: A

Maxex, LLC, an Atlanta, GA-based residential mortgage loan exchange, closed a Series B funding round of undisclosed amount.

CFPB Sues Debt-Collection Agency Over Deception Allegations (PYMNTS), Rated: A

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) said Friday (May 17) that it has filed a lawsuit in federal court against a debt-collection agency that, the agency said, violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

The lawsuit targets Forster & Garbus, LLP, a debt-collection law firm based in New York.

Plaid gives digital banks and fintech a new tool to bypass traditional finance (CNBC), Rated: A

Start-up Plaid, recently valued at $2.7 billion, already connects bank accounts to fintech apps like Venmo, Robinhood, Coinbase and Acorns. It announced “Plaid Direct” on Wednesday, which lets users more easily connect to newer digital banks like Chime.

Capital Markets Veteran Joins PeerStreet to Manage Institutional Sales (BusinessWire), Rated: A

PeerStreet, a marketplace for investing in real estate backed loans, has announced the appointment of Deepa Salastekar as the Vice President of Institutional Sales. Ms. Salastekar joins PeerStreet to expand the company’s relationship base of institutional partners across all investment types available through PeerStreet.

Dharma now supports peer-to-peer lending in USDC to attract mainstream investors to DeFi (The Block Crypto), Rated: B

Defi startup Dharma announced Wednesday that it will start to support peer-to-peer lending of USDC, in a push to engage mainstream investors.

United Kingdom

Funding Circle investment trust asks shareholders to approve wind-down plans (P2P Finance News), Rated: AAA

FUNDING Circle is set to begin a managed wind-down of its dedicated investment trust, the Funding Circle SME Income Fund (FCIF), once it gets the green light from shareholders.

The FTSE 250-listed peer-to-peer business lender said last month that shareholders had backed plans to stop investing in new assets and begin the process of returning capital to investors.

Funding Circle Sets Hard Limit To Incentive Pay For Senior Executives (Morningstar), Rated: A

Funding Circle Holdings PLC clarified its director pay policy Wednesday following “feedback from shareholder advisory bodies”.

The small and medium enterprise loan platform said the amount granted in each year for a three year period under the company’s long-term incentive plan to can now no longer exceed GBP2.0 million and GBP1.1 million for the company’s chief executive and chief financial officer, respectively.

Span A Higher Than Span B for Funding Circle Sme Income Fund Limited (FCIF.L) (Williams Business Review), Rated: B

After a recent indicator scan, we have noted that Span A is currently higher than Span B for shares of Funding Circle Sme Income Fund Limited (FCIF.L). Traders may be paying close attention as this signal may indicate a possible bullish move.

TransferWise doubles its valuation to $ 3.5bn (Fintech Futures), Rated: AAA

UK-based international payments fintech TransferWise has doubled its value to $3.5 billion after raising $292 million in secondary funding, Jane Connolly writes.

Call for ‘credit curfew’ to help late-night borrowers (The Times), Rated: A

Banning borrowers from accessing high-cost credit websites between 11pm and 7am would ease the numbers of people spiralling into debt as activity peaks during these hours, according to researchers at Newcastle University.

Monzo hits 2m customers, adding 1m in eight months (AltFi), Rated: A

Monzo has hit 2 million current account customers in just two years since getting a banking license, and just eight months after it hit 1 million accounts.

It launched its current accounts less than 18 months ago with customers having spent £10.7bn through Monzo so far.

Arbuthnot Specialist Finance reveals offering (Bridging and Commercial), Rated: A

Arbuthnot Latham & Co has officially launched its specialist finance division.

Arbuthnot Specialist Finance will offer short-term residential finance up to 70% of market value (MV), with rates from 0.65% per month.

For this product, it will offer loans between £30,000–£3m-plus.

For commercial properties, it will offer up to 65% of MV, including interest and fees (up to 85% of the 90-day MV, or 95% of the purchase price, whichever is the lower), with rates available from 0.75%.

New peer-to-peer lender targets 7.5% return with education loans (Your Money), Rated: A

Lendwise plans to offer borrowers loans of up to £100,000, with interest rates ranging from 7.5% to 12%. Pricing will be based on a range of factors, which the peer-to-peer lender said go beyond the applicant’s financial profile and credit record. They include the specific postgraduate or professional qualification course they are taking, the length of study and the repayment period.

Finastra’s open cloud platform drives collaboration and innovation in financial services (Fintech Finance), Rated: A

Today ahead of its FusionONE developer conference, co-hosted with Microsoft, Finastra unveiled the latest developments to its FusionFabric.cloudopen platform for innovation.

The 61 new open APIs (and more than 200 Endpoints) span many of Finastra’s solutions, including retail and corporate banking (both enterprise and North American community markets), consumer lending and mortgage, payments and treasury and capital markets. These are now available in the FusionFabric.cloud API catalog for developers to harness in building financial services applications. Some of these powerful APIs are already enabling:

China

A fintech revenue surge helped Tencent smash quarterly expectations (Business Insider), Rated: AAA

Tencent posted record quarterly profits and smashed market expectations in Q1 2019, driven largely by surges in its fintech and cloud revenue, per Reuters.

Fintech and business services is now Tencent’s second largest division, responsible for a quarter of its revenue. This was the first time the tech giant broke out earnings for the unit, which brought in revenue of Rmb21.79bn ($3.2 billion), a 44% year-over-year (YoY) spike. Key in driving this growth is its payments wallet for WeChat, whose 1.11 billion users make it the largest social media platform in China, as well as its insurance services, which include a 20% stake in Aviva Hong Kong, and its cloud computing service.

Tencent’s online advertising grew 25% YoY, compared with 55% YoY in the same period last year, suggesting that China’s slowing economy and continued trade tensions with the US are hitting the firm.

Source: Business Insider Intelligence

DBS Bank Expects a Boost in Chinese P2P Lending Market from the Greater Bay Area (LearnBonds), Rated: A

Greater Bay Area could be the key to reviving the struggling P2P lending market in China, according to DBS Bank.

The Singaporean bank estimates that P2P lending will experience a 17% annual growth rate by 2030.

European Union

Identity technology and Dublin’s draw for fintech firms post-Brexit (Forbes), Rated: AAA

According to 

1 in 10 European banks to vanish by 2023 (AltFi), Rated: A

Bumper banking profits disguise an underlying weakness in traditional banks, as their per customer income has tumbled over the past decade.

That’s the finding of a report by consultants A.T. Kearney, which found data across 92 European banks revealed income per client had fallen 11% since 2008.

Australia/New Zealand

Commerce Commission’s court case against payday lender Ferratum scheduled for next year (Interest), Rated: AAA

A backlog of cases in the Auckland High Court means the next hearing in the Commerce Commission’s legal action against online payday lender Ferratum New Zealand won’t be held until June next year.

Asia

Indonesian fintech association sanctions lending platform that sets high interest rate (KrAsia), Rated: AAA

Two Indonesian lending platforms regulated under the country’s financial services authority (OJK) have been penalized by the ethics council of AFPI, the industry association for fintech lenders in Indonesia.

The organization revealed that one of the companies in question is P2P lender Do-It, which charged an interest fee rate of 1% per day.

Africa

Onefi is Expanding Carbon’s Digital Banking Services to Ghana (Technext), Rated: AAA

Nigerian digital financial platform, Carbon (formerly Paylater) is taking big steps to introduce its revamped financial services into Ghana. The online lender is looking to hire a new country manager for Ghana and this suggests the company is looking to introduce its new services like PayVest into Ghana.

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Wednesday November 15 2017, Daily News Digest

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News Comments Today’s main news: PayPal launches P2P funding platform.True Accord lands $22M in funding.Lendable hits 100M GBP lending milestone.P2P Global Investments fund sees huge reduction in U.S. consumer loan exposure.Yirendai’s Q3 results.Klarna, PPRO partner on credit payment across Europe. Today’s main analysis: The latest trends in consumer credit.The corporate bond market suffers indigestion. Today’s […]

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New Q3 2017 TransUnion Industry Insights Report reveals latest consumer credit trends (TransUnion Email), Rated: AAA

With the holiday shopping season officially kicking off during Black Friday next week, TransUnion’s (NYSE: TRU) just released  

Credit Card Lending Metric Q3 2017 Q3 2016 Q3 2015 Q3 2014  

Number of Credit Card Loans  

414.3 million  

398.5 million  

374.2 million  

361.2 million Borrower-Level Delinquency Rate (90+ DPD)  

1.68%  

1.53%  

1.44%  

1.35%  

Average Debt Per Borrower $5,483 $5,323 $5,229 $5,251 Prior Quarter Originations* 15.5 million 17.6 million 15.3 million  

13.7 million Average New Account Credit Lines*  

$5,307  

$5,252  

$5,047  

$4,920

*Note: Originations are viewed one quarter in arrears to account for reporting lag.

Q3 2017 Credit Card Loan Performance by Age Group

Age/Variable 90+ DPD Annual Pct. Change Average Loan Balances Per Consumer Annual Pct. Change
Gen Z (1995 – present) 2.55% 15.5% $1,101 28.5%
Millennials (1980-1994) 2.48% 5.6% $4,028 12.0%
Gen X (1965-1979) 2.10% 7.7% $6,997 4.9%
Baby Boomers (1946-1964) 1.11% 8.8% $6,351 0.8%
Silent (Until 1945) 0.74% 10.2% $3,928 0.2%

 

Q3 2017 Auto Loan Trends

 

Auto Lending Metric

Q3 2017 Q3 2016 Q3 2015 Q3 2014
 

Number of Auto Loans

 

78.6 million

 

74.8 million

 

69.8 million

 

64.6 million

Borrower-Level Delinquency Rate (60+ DPD)  

1.40%

 

1.33%

 

1.19%

 

1.20%

 

Average Debt Per Borrower

$18,567 $18,361 $17,946 $17,351
Prior Quarter Originations* 7.1 million 7.3 million 7.2 million 6.8 million
Average Balance

of New Auto Loans*

 

$20,653

 

$20,436

 

$20,097

 

$19,524

*Note: Originations are viewed one quarter in arrears to account for reporting lag.

Mortgage Delinquency Rates Continue Extended Decline

Q3 2017 Mortgage Loan Trends

 

Mortgage Lending Metric

Q3 2017 Q3 2016 Q3 2015 Q3 2014
 

Number of Mortgage Loans

 

52.7 million

 

52.3 million

 

52.9 million

 

53.6 million

Borrower-Level Delinquency Rate (60+ DPD)  

1.91%

 

2.29%

 

2.50%

 

3.51%

 

Average Debt Per Borrower

$199,417 $193,489 $189,428 $186,577
Prior Quarter Originations* 1.9 million 2.0 million 1.9 million 1.4 million
Average Balance

of New Mortgage Loans*

 

$224,502

 

$230,120

 

$221,753

 

$195,514

*Note: Originations are viewed one quarter in arrears to account for reporting lag.

 Personal Loan Balances Reach All-Time High as Delinquency Rates Decline

Q3 2017 Unsecured Personal Loan Trends

 

Personal Loan Metric

Q3 2017 Q3 2016 Q3 2015 Q3 2014
Total Balances $112 billion $100 billion $83 billion $66 billion
Number of Unsecured Personal Loans  

17.5 million

 

16.2 million

 

14.3 million

 

12.5 million

Borrower-Level Delinquency Rate (60+ DPD)  

3.13%

 

3.53%%

 

3.51%

 

3.61%

 

Average Debt Per Borrower

$8,017 $7,755 $7,258 $6,673
Prior Quarter Originations* 3.6 million 3.6 million 3.6 million 3.2 million
Average Balance of New Unsecured Personal Loans*  

$6,140

 

$5,475

 

$5,520

 

$4,847

*Note: Originations are viewed one quarter in arrears to account for reporting lag.

Corporate bond market suffers bout of indigestion (Morningstar), Rated: AAA

The corporate bond market suffered a bout of indigestion last week. Between absorbing a healthy amount of new issues and profit-taking from early year-end window-dressing, corporate credit spreads widened, albeit from levels that are still near multiyear lows. The average spread of the Morningstar Corporate Bond Index (our proxy for the investment-grade bond market) widened 5 basis points to +104. In the high-yield market, the BofA Merrill Lynch High Yield Master Index widened 24 basis points to end the week at +376.

Source: Morningstar

Energy Companies’ Credit Quality Expected to Continue to Improve;
2018 Oil Forecast $55-$60

A confluence of global events recently drove the crude oil futures price curve into backwardation, a condition in which a commodity’s market price today (or spot price) is higher than the price for further-out month contracts. As of this writing, the spot price for West Texas Intermediate crude is $56.90/barrel and the December 2018 contract is priced at $55.70/barrel. Typically, the oil market trades in contango, which is the opposite of backwardation. In contango, a commodity’s spot price is below the price for further-out month contracts.

Source: Morningstar

See the full Morningstar report here.

Goldman Sachs’ Marcus is winning the personal loans arms race (Tearsheet), Rated: AAA

Marcus by Goldman Sachs said it was going to lend $2 billion to customers by the end of this year. As of late Monday, it had already done that.

Lending Club has reported losses exceeding $200 million over the last six quarters; Prosper has lost $210 million since the start of 2016, despite various cost-cutting measures, and lost its unicorn status. Even OnDeck Capital, which focuses on small businesses, is struggling to become profitable, having reported losses over eight consecutive quarters.

Goldman sees a $13 billion lending opportunity with Marcus over three years, CFO Marty Chavez said Tuesday in remarks at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Future of Financials Conference.

TrueAccord Nabs $ 22M Series B To Bring Machine Learning To Debt Collections (Forbes), Rated: AAA

San Francisco based TrueAccord, announced today that is has closed $22M in additional funding led by Arbor Ventures, with participation from existing and new investors. The Series B funding follows a period of sustained and rapid growth for the company.

Why customer acquisition is so difficult for financial startups (Tearsheet), Rated: AAA

Customer acquisition is expensive. For a large bank it could cost between $1,500 and $2,000 to acquire a retail banking customer, according to Ciaran Rogers, director of marketing at StratiFi, an early stage startup that helps advisors manage portfolio risk. In credit cards the cost could be in the hundreds, not thousands — according to David True, a partner at PayGility Advisors. An expensive customer could be as high as about $800, which would include the cost of teasers and bonus loyalty points. At startups it could be between $5 to about $300 for one customer. Fintechs want to spend less money on that — Wealthfront, for example, decreases its marketing budget year after year.

Partnerships with bigger brands have been one way to bring that cost down. For example, Canada’s fifth largest bank, CIBC, is reportedly in talks with robo-adviser Wealthsimple over a referral deal in which the bank would send some of its customers to the digital investment startup.

At MoneyLion, the cost of customer acquisition is about $5 or less, said chief marketing officer Tim Hong. MoneyLion launched in 2013 and now touts about 1.5 million customers. Earlier this year, Luvleen Sidhu, president and chief strategy officer of the all-digital BankMobile, said it spends about $10 to acquire an account.

Solar Finance Pioneer CleanCapital Closes 3.7M Investment Round to Help Investors Tap Solar Market (EIN Presswire), Rated: A

CleanCapital, an online marketplace for clean energy investing, announced today that it closed its Series A with a total investment of $3.7 million. This investment came through 50 investors to include FinTech and cleantech leaders as well as SeedInvest’s Selections Fund in this latest round.

Over the past five years, the solar market grew an average rate of 72% per year, fueled by regulatory stability and reduced install costs.

As Black Friday Nears, a Record 196 Million Consumers Now Have Access to Various Forms of Credit Cards and Other Revolving Lines of Credit (TransUnion Email), Rated: A

With the holiday shopping season officially kicking off during Black Friday next week, TransUnion’s (NYSE: TRU) just released Q3 2017 Industry Insights Report found that 195.9 million consumers now have access to revolving credit such as bank-issued and private label credit cards. According to the report, this is the highest level of revolving credit access since TransUnion began measuring the variable and is greater than the 192.6 million consumers who had access to such credit products in Q3 2016.

TransUnion’s analysis found that average private label card originations in the holiday season (defined as November and December) for 2016 was 148% of the average originations for the January through October timeframe. This is tracking in line with recent rises observed in 2015 (156%) and 2014 (164%).

Other Consumer Credit Headlines from the Industry Insights Report:

  • Total Credit Balances Rise despite Slowdown in New Credit Card Accounts
  • Auto Loan Market Shifting Toward Less Risky Consumers
  • Mortgage Delinquency Rates Continue Extended Decline
  • Personal Loan Balances Reach All-Time High as Delinquency Rates Decline

Online Lending And A Tale Of Two Fed Studies (PYMNTS), Rated: A

In 2010, digital lenders originated $249 million in unsecured personal loans, and by 2016 that number had grown ninety-fold.

Cleveland’s Dark Outlook

That detail alone isn’t necessarily bad news – after all, having more debt doesn’t necessarily mean the online lending customers are doing worse. But paired with other data, the news looks pretty grim. According to the Cleveland Fed survey, the online lending customers also showed lower credit scores on average, more delinquent debt and more total debt outstanding.

The findings further suggest that in some cases, the three- to five-year installment loans of up to $30,000 to $40,000 often offered by online lending sites are not being used for their intended purpose of consolidating credit card debt into a single, lower-interest loan. Instead, customers were using those loans to rack up more debt and maxing out the cards they used to pay off the loans.

Philly, Chicago And A Very Different Result

The earlier report did note that outcomes varied depending on the specific borrower profile and their precise lending requirements. However, because of the expanded and more inclusive credit ranking criteria, consumers who might otherwise be “credit invisible” or appear to have a sub-prime score are able to get a more complete evaluation that considers a wider array of factors.

The lack of regulatory clarity raises concerns, they said, over whether customers are treated fairly, have “equal access to credit, and receive offers that can be easily compared and understood,” suggesting that alt lenders need to compete on a level playing field with their regulated bank counterparts.

Why The Discrepancy?

The Cleveland Fed study examined data from TransUnion for consumers who had been identified as having taken out “online bank-based loans.” That includes a much wider set of businesses and lenders than is technically defined by the more traditional online lenders.

The Philly-Chicago study focused entirely on data from Lending Club, a marketplace lender.

Fintech critics call it predatory lending (CBS News), Rated: A

The Cleveland Fed study goes even further. It claims that P2P lending is a ticking time bomb in which loose lending and cascading defaults could lead to another crash like the one the US suffered in 2008 when the subprime lending bust took down major banks and insurers, disabling the housing market for years.

Astrada points specifically to the high interest rates that prospective borrowers with poor credit could have to pay. Many websites offering P2P loans advertise 5 percent loans with terms of one to five years. This may look good to those who would like to roll their credit card debt of 25 percent into a P2P loan.

But the reality is that for many borrowers, the interest rate is much higher. He emphasizes that one up and coming P2P lender about to go public claims that its average loan portfolio across its business model is nearly 150 percent.

While Killing The Check, Kill The (Airline) Voucher, Too (PYMNTS), Rated: A

In the seventh installment of the “Kill the Check” series, PYMNTS’ Karen Webster sat down with Ingo Money CEO Drew Edwards to get a sense of how airlines can use push payments to quell misfires and compensate passengers for their troubles when things go awry.

The digital nature of push payments also helps airlines as they can better control when, where and how such monies are spent. In addition, Edwards noted, push payments are instantly reconciled with the airline’s own accounting functions as they are being used.

Real Estate Fintech Firm Unison Announces 2018 Expansion Plans (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: A

On Monday, home ownership investment platform Unison announced 2018 expansion plans.

The platform reported that in 2017 alone it has expanded into five additional states including IllinoisNew YorkArizonaNew Jersey and Pennsylvania, bringing its total footprint to twelve states plus Washington D.C.

In addition to announcing 2018 expansion plans, Unison also revealed multiple promotions and additions to its management team. These are the following:

  • Jim Riccitelli assumed the role of President focusing on facilitating Unison’s rapid expansion and supporting Unison’s trademark focus on consumer education and financial literacy.
  • Bill Walker and Brian Elbogen, former Managing Directors, have been promoted to Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Strategy Officer
  • Laura Wensley has been brought on as Director of Finance
  • Rayan Rafay has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Unison’s investment management business
  • John Arens, who is General Counsel at Unison, has taken on additional responsibilities as Managing Director of Business Operations
  • Heather Phillips has joined as Associate General Counsel

CFPB requests information on free access to credit scores (American Banker), Rated: A

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking more information about consumers’ experience with free access to credit scores.

In two separate notices published in the Federal Register on Monday, the CFPB said it wants more data on which companies consumers are using to obtain their free scores. The bureau also said it is updating a public list of companies that offer free access to a credit score.

Dave Wilson’s Chart of the Day for Nov. 14 (Bloomberg), Rated: A

GUESTS: David Wilson Stocks Editor Bloomberg News Discussing his Chart of the Day “Here’s a ‘secret’ about tech stocks from Rich Bernstein.”

Julie Verhage Reporter Bloomberg Editorial Discussing the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank slamming the peer-to-peer lending business, calling it predatory and asking for more regulation.

Listen to the podcast here.

Lend360: A New Era in Online Lending (Crowdfund Insider), Rated: A

I can sense that most of the folks attending the conference that got hurt by Operation Chokepoint feels a bit vindicated by the latest roll back of many new proposals laid out by the CFPB, Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. Just recently the United State senate overruled the CFPB’s arbitration rule. The overruling by CFPB and essentially a no-confidence vote happened about a week after Lend360 concluded in Dallas, Texas.

I attended Dan Quan’s “The Regulator’s View of Fintech” session on the last day of the conference. Dan manages the small dollar lender desk at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, at his panel, Dama Brown from FTC and Shamoil Shipchandler from SEC all spoke about an era of collaboration with lenders. The tones from all three regulatory representative is vastly different than that of five years ago where mass regulation and penalties were the topic of discussion.

I feel like the industry has finally evolved from a cat and mouse game with the regulators to a more collaborative marketing participants as this industry continues to mature.

2017 Holiday Budgets by City (WalletHub), Rated: A

The National Retail Federation predicts the average per-person tab this holiday season will reach $967, up nearly 3.4 percent since 2016.

Americans are on track to end 2017 with more than $60 billion in additional credit-card balances, according to WalletHub’s projections. That figure puts us perilously close to the nearly $1 trillion grand total recorded at the height of the Great Recession.

Holiday Budget by City

Overall Rank* City Holiday Budget
1 Naperville, IL $2,381
2 Sugar Land, TX $2,368
3 Bellevue, WA $2,367
4 Sunnyvale, CA $2,360
5 Carmel, IN $2,330
6 Milpitas, CA $2,262
7 League City, TX $2,225
8 Maple Grove, MN $2,221
9 Allen, TX $2,163
10 Columbia, MD $2,032

In order to determine the cities with the biggest holiday budgets, WalletHub’s analysts compared 570 cities across five key metrics: 1) Income, 2) Age, 3) Debt-to-Income Ratio, 4) Monthly Income-to-Monthly Expenses Ratio and 5) Savings-to-Monthly Expenses Ratio.

National Real Estate Investor Ranks Magilla Loans a Top Financial Intermediary with $ 1B in Commercial Loans (PR Newswire), Rated: B

Magilla Loans, a search engine for loans which connects borrowers to banks without requesting personal information, has been recognized by National Real Estate Investor (NREI), a leading authority on trends in the commercial real estate market, as one of the 2017 Top Financial Intermediaries for commercial real estate loans arranged within the last calendar year. The ranking identifies Magilla Loans as a reliable and efficient service which satisfies the needs of commercial real estate developers and executives.

Read our featured analysis on Magilla Loans.

Värde Partners Acquires CreditShop (PR Newswire), Rated: B

CreditShop and Värde Partners today announced that Värde will acquire Austin-based CreditShop.  CreditShop is a specialty finance company focused on providing consumer friendly credit products and personal loans to prime and near-prime consumers.  CreditShop is the 25th largest MasterCard and Visa credit card issuer in the United States.

In March 2017, CreditShop acquired a $1.6 billion MasterCard credit card portfolio from Barclaycard.  The company expects to launch its own credit card products in 2018.

United Kingdom

Lendable hits £100m lending landmark (P2P Finance News), Rated: AAA

LENDABLE has announced that it has hit the £100m cumulative lending milestone in less than four years since launch.

The peer-to-peer consumer lender said on Monday that it is the third UK consumer lender after Zopa and RateSetter to reach this milestone and that it reached it in the fastest time.

P2P Global Investments fund sees large reduction in US consumer loan exposure (AltFi), Rated: AAA

The £798m P2P Global Investments fund has entered into an agreement to sell a significant proportion of its exposure to US consumer loans.

The transaction represents a reduction of £36.9m net exposure or 4.56 per cent of the fund’s net asset value (NAV) and £167.1m in gross exposure.

Demands of millennial borrowers underline need for digitisation in lending (AltFi), Rated: A

A new report from Equiniti finds that 30 per cent of consumers aged 18-25 have borrowed more than £1,000 over the past year. This equates to approximately 2 million people, according to estimates: the highest proportion of any generational group.

The report draws on data from a survey of 2,001 UK consumers in August 2017. 32 per cent were classified millennials, 34 per cent generation-x and 34 per cent baby boomers. 52 per cent were women, 48 per cent were men.

Since 2015, borrowing (of over £1,000) has increased by 17 per cent among millennials, 9 per cent for generation-x and just 1 per cent for baby boomers.

Fintech sector needs a meaningful investment fund says challenger bank boss (Yorkshire Post), Rated: A

Speaking at a fintech summit in Leeds, Mr Letts also questioned whether the challenger banks were radically different from mainstream banking, positing that some had simply “put new clothes on the emperor”.

“On other the other side are what I call the ‘neobanks’, people coming in with much hurrah and hysteria and telling everyone that the big banks are finished and that they are going to take over the world .

“If you set up a fund, from Government, that invested in fintechs and you had a billion pound fund where do you think businesses will come to? It is very simple.”

More than one in 20 nurses have taken out a payday loan to pay bills, survey claims (ChronicleLive), Rated: A

The Royal College of Nursing’s (RCN) workforce survey found that 6% of nurses have been forced to take out one of the high interest rate loans in the last year to meet their daily bills and living expenses.

Meanwhile, one in four has borrowed money from friends, family or their bank, 23% have taken on an additional paid job and half did overtime to cover their bills and expenses, according to the poll of 7,720 nurses from across the UK.

China

Yirendai Reports Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results (PR Newswire), Rated: AAA

Yirendai Ltd. (NYSE: YRD) (“Yirendai” or the “Company”) today announced its unaudited financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017

For Three Months Ended

in RMB million

September
30, 2017

June
30, 2017

September
30, 2016

QoQ
Change

YoY
Change

Amount of Loans Facilitated

12,185.4

8,536.1

5,617.5

43%

117%

Total Net Revenue

1,513.9

1,183.1

876.7

28%

73%

Total Fees Billed (non-GAAP)

2,475.3

1,862.5

1,322.6

33%

87%

Net Income

303.0

269.1

344.3

13%

-12%

Adjusted EBITDA(1) (non-GAAP)

422.4

378.4

220.7

12%

91%

Adjusted Net Income (2) (non-GAAP)

303.0

269.1

192.6

13%

57%

In the third quarter of 2017, Yirendai facilitated RMB 12,185.4 million (US$1,831.5 million) of loans to 192,725 qualified individual borrowers through its online marketplace, representing a year-over-year growth of 117%; 75.7% of the borrowers were acquired from online channels; 57.2% of the loan volume was originated from online channels and nearly 100% of the online volume was facilitated through mobile.

In the third quarter of 2017, Yirendai facilitated 214,967 investors with total investment amount of RMB 13,510.0 million(US$2,030.6 million), 100% of which was facilitated through its online platform and 92% of which was facilitated through its mobile application.

For the third quarter of 2017, total net revenue was RMB 1,513.9 million (US$227.5 million), an increase of 28% from the previous quarter and 73% year-over-year; net income was RMB 303.0 million (US$45.5 million), and increase of 13% from the previous quarter and a decrease of 12% year-over-year. The decrease of net income is mainly because that, in the third quarter of 2016, the Company recognized a tax credit of RMB 151.7 million because one of its subsidiaries became qualified as a software enterprise which makes it eligible for an exemption of enterprise income tax for 2015 and 2016. Excluding the impact of the tax credit, adjusted net income in the third quarter of 2016 was RMB 192.6 million.

Have phone will borrow: Here’s the latest tech play on China’s spendthrift youth (SCMP), Rated: A

An online lender targeting spendthrift 24 to 36 year olds is the latest fintech firm from China to bet on the willingness of Chinese youth to go into debt for the newest smartphone – and on the willingness of US investors to bid up its shares.

Shenzhen-based Lexin Fintech Holdings, which operates an online e-commerce platform offering instalment shopping, is following in the footsteps of Chinese microcredit providers Qudian and Hexindai which raised US$900 million and US$50 million in their US IPOs in October and November, respectively.

They were also out in force for the recent Singles’ Day shopping festival, which saw sales on Alibaba’s e-commerce platforms reach 168 billion yuan (US$25.3 billion). During the first hour of the 24 hour shopping spree the number and value of orders on the Fenqile platform rose three and six times respectively compared with the same period last year.

Hui Ying Financial Holdings Corp. Reports Unaudited Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results (PR Newswire), Rated: A

Hui Ying Financial Holdings Corp. (OTCQB: SFHD) (“Hui Ying” or the “Company”), a leading online financial credit facility solution provider servicing Small-to-Medium Enterprises (“SMEs”) and individual borrowers in China, today announced its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017.

Third Quarter 2017 Highlights

For the Three Months Ended September 30,

($ millions, except per share data)

2017

2016

% Change

Revenues

$           14.28

$            7.07

101.9%

Loan origination service fee

$             8.39

$            5.11

64.3%

Loan repayment management fee

$             5.25

$            1.97

167.0%

Financing income from entrusted loans

$             0.64

$                  –

NM

Operating income

$             6.41

$            1.92

233.2%

Other income (expenses)

$           (0.24)

$            0.04

-717.6%

Net income

$             4.76

$            1.46

226.3%

EPS – diluted

$             0.06

$            0.02

179.0%

  • Total loans facilitated through our platform increased by 73.3% to RMB 2.6 billion for the third quarter of 2017, from RMB 1.5 billion for the same period of last year, as China’s online peer-to-peer lending platform industry continued to grow significantly during the third quarter, coupled with the increased marketing campaign, promotion activities on our platform as well as increased brand awareness of our online marketplace.
  • Total revenues more than doubled to $14.28 million for the third quarter of 2017 from $7.07 million for the same period of last year, as a result of increase in loans facilitated through our platform and the contribution from the newly launched entrusted loan business. Revenues from loan origination service fee, loan repayment management fee and financing income from entrusted loans were $8.39 million$5.25 million and $0.64 million, respectively, for the third quarter of 2017 compared to $5.11 million$1.97 million and nil, respectively, for the same period of last year.
  • Net income was $4.76 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2017, compared to $1.46 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the same period of last year.
European Union

PPRO, Klarna team up for credit payment methods across Europe (The Paypers), Rated: AAA

PPRO Group and Klarna have announced an agreement aimed at enabling PSPs to offer credit-based payments through PPRO`s payment hub to European merchants.

The partnership will be marketed to PPRO’s payment service providers customer base and will provide access to Klarna’s services and consumers across Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and the UK.

Banco BNI Europa and Belgian Fintech EDEBEX celebrate a partnership to support Portuguese SMEs (BNI Europa Email), Rated: A

Banco BNI Europa and Edebex have announced today the celebration of a new partnership for immediate availability of an online platform for the purchase and sale of invoices to Portuguese companies with cash requirements, offering an innovative alternative to financial credit and traditional factoring.

Swiss Fintech Goes Germany (FiNews), Rated: A

CreditGate24 is opening its first branch outside Switzerland in Berlin, seeking to develop the German market for digital financing and investment, the company said in a statement today.

Fintech putting power in hands of the customer (Belfast Telegraph), Rated: A

A number of areas have been established or significantly impacted by FinTech; Peer-to-Peer (P2P) lending, mobile payments, and instant payment notifications, to name a few.

The ongoing bank branch closures across Ireland and the UK demonstrates the changing climate.

With a reduction in branches, banks are investing heavily in technology to reduce costs, to improve their customer experience and to increase customer self-service in an attempt to ward off the threat of FinTech start-ups.

The blockchain is another example of FinTech and one which has been a hot topic across multiple industries for a number of years.

A Digital Future: Financial Services and the Generation Game (EIU.com), Rated: B

A digital future: financial services and the generation game is a report sponsored by Banco Santander for presentation at the Tenth Santander International Banking Conference, written by The Economist Intelligence Unit.

It assesses how people’s expectations of their financial services providers are changing and how technology must be deployed to meet them. The report is based on extensive desk research and in-depth interviews, conducted in August-October 2017 with 14 representatives of financial institutions and companies.

International

PayPal launches P2P funding platform (Business Insider), Rated: AAA

PayPal has launched Money Pools, a service that allows its users to create fundraising pages where their contacts can contribute money for a shared item or event, like a group gift or trip, 

Source: Business Insider

Bringing Cash Into The Digital World – On A Global Stage (PYMNTS), Rated: A

In the latest Data Drivers installment, Steve Villegas, vice president of Partner Management at PPRO Group, told PYMNTS’ Karen Webster that “alternative payments are going to drive the future of eCommerce.” But between the promise and the reality, some connectivity is on order, bringing consumers payment options – and merchants toward better conversion rates when it comes to online commerce.

Data Point One: 17.6 Percent

This is the percentage of credit card penetration worldwide – a lot of cards, but not a lot of penetration on a global stage.

Alternative payments may capture 50 percent of transactions this year, globally speaking, he said.

As has been widely reported, Alibaba grabbed as much as $25 billion in sales to 225 countries and regions. Roughly 90 percent of transactions were completed on mobile devices.

Data Point Two: Three Billion

This is the number of people estimated worldwide to be without a bank account – and yet, armed with mobile devices, can be brought into the world of digital transactions and can participate fully in the global economy.

Data Point Three: 38 Percent

This is the average rate of eCommerce growth of the 11 fastest growing countries globally. That far outpaces the 12 percent a year eCommerce growth seen in the U.S.

China provides a stark reminder of the explosive boost to eCommerce, at 64 percent year over year. Other areas that have high eCommerce growth rates include Indonesia and Malaysia. Growth is high both in bank payment-related transactions and with eWallet. Russia is also showing growth, Villegas stated.

TRANSFORMATION IN CAPITAL MARKETS DEMANDS EVOLUTIONARY APPROACH, FIND CELENT AND FINASTRA (Global Banking and Finance), Rated: A

New research from Celent (commissioned by Finastra) which examines the future transformation of capital markets, identifies six key drivers of change over the next five years to 2022:

  • Digitalization of the trade and client lifecycle
  • The Fintech revolution
  • The need to integrate with an evolving ecosystem
  • The trend for banks to focus on core capabilities and outsourcing of non-core functions
  • Advances in big data, machine learning and data analytics
  • The rise of open APIs and micro-services in helping banks deliver increased agility

The report, The Great Transformation in Capital Markets – Revolution to Evolution’, examines the changes that have already taken place in capital markets since the 2008 crisis, the wave of big transformation projects undertaken since 2011-12 designed to optimize operations and reduce costs, and expected trends in the transformation journey over the next five years. It incorporates the findings of detailed discussions conducted with 17 tier one and two global capital markets institutions, predominantly in the US and Europe but also across Asia and Latin America.

Australia/New Zealand

David Chaston reviews the effective cost of credit, being interest plus standard fees, of taking out a payday loan (Interest.co.nz), Rated: A

In this table we have set out what each lender says you must repay for borrowing $500. (We targeted 30 days but not every lender offers that.) Then we calculated the effective annual interest rate for entering into that deal. This is different to the interest rate the lender discloses because we bundle up that interest rate with any set-up loan fees into an effective rate. But we haven’t included any fees if you default; this analysis assumes the borrower meets all payments on time.

making one repayment (except as noted) Borrow Repay in (days) % daily % pa
in random order … $ $ # effective effective
Ferratum $500 $748 30 1.352% 493.4%
Save My Bacon $500 $828 30 1.696% 618.9%
Need Cash Today $500 $640 28 (4 wp) 1.458% 532.1%
Moola $500 $640 28 (4 wp) 1.458% 532.1%
Zebra Loans $500 $835 30 1.724% 629.3%
Payday Advance $500 $932 30 2.097% 765.6%
Payday Loan $500 $932 30 2.097% 765.6%
Can’twait $500 $731 30 1.274% 465.0%
Cash Relief $500 $748 30 1.352% 493.4%
Smart Cash $500 $691 30 1.084% 395.8%
Just Cash $500 $748 30 1.352% 493.4%
Little Loan Shop $500 $748 30 1.352% 493.4%
Seed Cash – 3 monthly pymts $500 $950 91 (3 mp) 1.128% 411.8%
Cash Burst – 2 monthly pymts $500 $1189 61 (2 mp) 2.029% 740.6%
Real Finance $500 $665 30 0.956% 348.9%
Easy Cash $500 $605 30 0.537% 232.5%
Cash till Payday $500 $647 30 1.700% 620.5%
Money Shop $500
Easy Financing $500
Instant Cash Online $500 $637 30 0.812% 296.3%
India

How FinMomenta plans to change the way financial loans are disbursed (Money Control), Rated: A

Ex-bankers Brahma Mahesh, Naveen Madgula, and a techie for 17 years at Hexaware – Praveen Krishnam founded FinMomenta last year, launching its loans platform Tachyloans in May.

The startup borrows from the emerging trend of servicing small-ticket loans online for individuals and SMEs.

“The loan approval process in banks is very subjective. It is dependent on a human perception of the loans officer. It kills the whole idea of credit scoring. That’s the reason banks are able to service just about 2%-5% of the huge working class of about 60 crore population. Others just depend on money lenders. Banks don’t touch these people because they don’t have a credit history,” says FinMomenta co-founder Brahma Mahesh.

The interest rates on Tachyloans range from 11.5% to 25% depending on the FinMomenta credit rating – the better the credit score, the lower the interest rate.

By the end of 2018, the company is targeting to service 1,500 loans and 34,000 loans in next 5 years, which will increase its loan portfolio to about Rs 500 crore.

Canada

Forget iris scans, Canadians to use Blockchain for digital IDs (Information Management), Rated: A

Consumers will be able to sign up for new digital-identity system developed by SecureKey Technologies Inc. and underpinned by IBM Corp.’s blockchain technology in the first half of 2018. They’ll be able to instantly prove who they are to banks, telecom providers and governments using apps on their phones and Windows devices, according to Greg Wolfond, chief executive officer of Toronto-based SecureKey.

Canada’s six-largest lenders, including Toronto-Dominion Bank and Royal Bank of Canada invested C$30 million ($24 million) in the project.

MENA

DIFC unveils $ 100 million fintech investment fund (The National), Rated: B

The Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) it has established a $100 million fund to invest in fintech start-ups, the latest move in the freezone’s bid to position itself as the regional centre for the fast-growing and disruptive sector.

Authors:

George Popescu
Allen Taylor