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Apr
15

Rejected by banks: SMEs struggle to secure finance

Research commissioned by OnDeck, a leading online SME lender, highlights the problems that small businesses face trying to secure finance. Two out of five SMEs surveyed have sought finance in the past. However, almost one in four (23%) have been knocked back by their bank. Rejection rates rise to 37% among businesses that have been in operation for less than five years. Noah Breslow, Global CEO of OnDeck, says, “What is particularly concerning, is that one in three SMEs rejected for bank finance have had to reach out to family or friends for funding, or have simply resorted to using a credit card.”   Lengthy finance approvals hurt SME operations […]
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Apr
12

From devolution to revolution: re-bundling the banks

Glenn Hodgeman, owner of the AltFi Australasia Summit, suggests that re-bundling and white labelling may be the future of lending in Australia. As Bill Gates once famously stated, “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten”. But given the current state of banking in a post-Hayne world, I personally suspect the next two years in financial services will be specifically characterised by rapid change. Traditional lenders are now facing more than just pressure from the growing wave of alternative and non-bank lenders: they are also now staring down the barrel of a regulator with […]
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Apr
11

KPMG: Australia’s AltFin sector worth $1B

KPMG, an advisory and audit company, has released numbers that say Australia has a 32 percent share of the APAC alternative finance market, according to reports. The market has grown 88 percent year over year and it’s worth a total of $1 billion, the company said. This news comes in advance of the fourth edition of the AltFi Australasia Summit, which will take place in Sydney at the Doltone House on April 15. “This is the perfect time for challenger banks to enter the market. Through the use of technology and data we can provide our customers with greater control and transparency, and competitive rates,” said Volt Bank Co-Founder and […]

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Apr
11

Unique marketplace driving alternative finance

The fourth annual AltFi Australasia Summit is approaching, with alternative finance leaders convening to discuss the future of the industry on 15 April. “Alternative lenders are currently facing a unique convergence of market happenings: reduced trust in traditional lenders, the upcoming shift to open banking, and the impending introduction of comprehensive credit reporting,” said the global CEO of alternative lender OnDeck, Noah Breslow. The 2018 Deloitte Trust Index for Banking revealed that less than half of Australians trust that their personal bank will keep its promises, and only 36% feel that their bank has their best interests at heart.  According to Breslow, “This has created an opportunity to capture an […]

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Jan
07

Top seven fintech business lenders compliant with new code of conduct

The seven largest online small business lenders have opened themselves to scrutiny by an independent oversight committee

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Oct
04

SME lender expands equipment finance

An online lender has expanded its offering of equipment finance, saying it is providing a solution for the “underserved” market of small business owners. OnDeck Capital Australia said it had received feedback from small businesses and brokers about the length of the loans. The lender found that a lot of equipment had useful lives longer than the length of repayments. Small businesses can also find it difficult to get funding from mainstream lenders. Cameron Poolman, Chief Executive Officer of OnDeck Australia, said brokers often speak to OnDeck about the challenges they encounter obtaining traditional finance solutions for nonprimary assets. He said, “These include assets such as catering equipment, gym equipment, […]

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Sep
10

Raising the bar for SME lending

For those who work in the finance industry, there appears to be no shortage of lenders and loans in the marketplace. However, for those running Australia’s 2.1 million small and medium-sized enterprises, it can be difficult to see the wood for the trees. With the intention of addressing this, in July six fintechs signed the Code of Lending Practice, a document designed to bring transparency and clarity to the online balance sheet lending space. An initiative of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) and FinTech Australia, key elements include the introduction of a pricing comparison tool allowing customers to compare the cost of unsecured loans from the signatories; […]

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Jul
01

Fintech business lenders sign code to lift transparency

Six fintech start-ups that lend to small business have signed a ”code of lending practice”, a move the small business ombudsman says will improve transparency and protect SMEs by requiring the online lenders to disclose standardised pricing and fairly resolve disputes. Prospa, which pulled an ASX float this month on concerns about its transparency, is a signatory to the code, along with Spotcap, Capify, GetCapital, Moula, OnDeck. They will be compliant by the end of the calendar year. The code will be enforced by an independent committee to be set up by the Australian Finance Industry Association. AFIA has helped write the code, alongside the Australian Small Business and Family […]

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