Peer-to-Peer

Mar
11

Fintechs push Morrison to enhance quality of credit data

Treasurer Scott Morrison has been urged to turn his encouraging words about fintech into action by pushing the big banks to share more information about customers to boost competition. In an article published in Thursday’s The Australian Financial Review, Mr Morrison said fintech could become a driver of economic growth and said the quality of data was important to those companies seeking to disrupt incumbents. Exactly two years since the comprehensive credit reporting (CCR) regime came into force, the fintech industry wants the government to mandate the regime and to extend the categories of data it captures. Data reported under the CCR allows competitors to the big banks to price […]

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SocietyOne sees potential to work with banks

The new chief executive of SocietyOne, Jason Yetton, says there is potential for the peer-to-peer lender to work with a big bank such as Westpac, his former employer, as it tries to distribute loans to a wider range of customers. SocietyOne is one of the emerging group of “marketplace lenders”, which are eyeing off the profits that banks make from unsecured lending, by using online platforms to allow investors to lend directly to borrowers. P2P lenders typically promote themselves as a lower-cost option for borrowers, prompting banks to consider their defences against the new online threat. Mr Yetton, who previously ran Westpac’s retail and business bank, will also use his […]

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Jason Yetton the new CEO at P2P lender SocietyOne

Former Westpac Banking Group senior executive Jason Yetton will join peer-to-peer lender SocietyOne as its new CEO on Monday with a brief from the fintech’s high-powered owners to ramp up lending growth on the platform. SocietyOne co-founder and current CEO Matt Symons will stay on at the company as chief strategy and innovation officer. The appointment will be announced by SocietyOne on Friday morning. The platform has matched more than $78 million in loans since it was established in August 2012. Source: Jason Yetton the new CEO at P2P lender SocietyOne

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Mar
03

Global SME lender picks fight with P2P lenders

Global small business lender Capify claims peer-to-peer lenders will suffer more than most during a downturn because they lend to risky borrowers for too long, but P2P lenders say the evidence doesn’t stack up. New York-based Capify lends to small business in the US, Canada, Britain and Australia. It introduced so-called merchant cash advances to Australia in 2008 under the name AusVance, which involves a business giving up future credit card takings in return for credit. Founder David Goldin claims most marketplace or P2P lenders that have sprung up during a period of rock bottom interest rates and low funding costs will not survive a downturn, whereas Capify made it […]

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Mar
02

Macquarie considers US fintech deals, but ‘risk retention’ a worry

Macquarie Bank is looking at a host of possible new online lending partners globally, but is worried regulators are closing in on the new players. Ben Perham, head of strategy and corporate development at Macquarie, said like most banks, it is exploring deals with the various new lenders, including the many small business lenders and P2P lenders. “We are [looking at] collaborating with US lenders and on the equity side as well,” he said. “We are hoping to partner with them and get some of their activities into Australia.” But he pointed out that many originate and make the risk assessment on loans, but then sell them off completely, and […]

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Mar
01

Tech startup investor David Jackson launches P2P fintech platform FundX

Prominent Sydney-based venture capital investor David Jackson has branched out from advisory positions and founded FundX to help small and medium-sized businesses get funding. Mr Jackson, was an early stage investor in businesses such as Ingogo, Hey You, Crowd Mobile and Drive My Car and is well known in the local tech start-up industry. He is part of fintech incubator Stone & Chalk, tech accelerator BlueChilli and a board member of angel investment group Sydney Angels. Despite only being in beta testing since October, his peer-to-peer lending site has processed $1 million in loans and rejected another $5 million. FundX uses big data, machine learning and predictive algorithms to assess […]

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Feb
29

P2P pioneers banking on bigger piece of market pie

As lending records are beaten on a daily basis, the nation’s biggest peer to peer (P2P) lenders are hopeful the relatively new industry will this year hit that much heralded mark: a tipping point. But Matt Symons, the chief of SocietyOne, isn’t getting “carried away” given the strong growth is off a low base. Nor has he wavered from his firm belief that the best outcome for his business — and the industry — is measured and disciplined expansion, as opposed to chasing rapid growth and writing bad loans that blow up. Indeed, three years after opening, Society One it yet to turn a profit, as ongoing investment, compliance and […]

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Feb
23

How fintech is helping peer-to-peer lending disrupt the Big Four

When talking about fintech, the word disruptive is thrown around a lot. However, the two terms don’t go hand in hand. A company can create fintech without being disruptive, and a company can have disruptive ideas without the technology to back it.   What makes a disruptive company? Is it simply operating in a technological industry? Is it being part of a business that produces an innovative product? Or is is something else?   Looking at peer-to-peer (P2P) lenders, it’s tempting to consider the entire industry as “disruptive”. Peer-to-peer lenders link individuals willing to lend money with people seeking finance, using online platforms to create connections that would never exist […]

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