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Oct
28

Five bank fees likely to disappear thanks to technology

WHEN you look closely, you may be surprised at how many bank fees, charges and costs you incur; as a result of their cosy oligopoly, Australian banks have become the most profitable in the world, collecting $29 billion in profit in 2015 or $1600 from every adult Australian. This financial year, bank profits are expected to top $30 billion after Westpac, CommBank, NAB and ANZ all raised interest rates outside of the RBA cycle, adding an estimated $1 billion to their bottom lines. But have you ever wondered why certain charges exist at all – or what could be done to get rid of them? A new breed of technology-focused […]

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Oct
27

Peer-to-peer lenders attract investors with double-digit returns

Savers are earning almost 10 per cent a year by lending online through banking’s answer to eBay. Peer to peer or P2P lenders, to use their cyber-savvy name, are auction sites for potential lenders and borrowers who bid an amount and an interest rate. The biggest are RateSetter​, aimed at ordinary investors, and SocietyOne​, which caters for professionals. The most common reason borrowers apply for a peer-to-peer loan is to buy a new car. Both run the credit checks for you. Still, it’s a big jump from investing in a government-guaranteed term deposit to an unsecured loan to somebody you don’t know and never will. But so far the risk […]

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Helping Kids Become Financially Savvy

It’s rare to meet a person who has never experienced anxiety about money, at least once in their lifetime. For many of us, it all comes down to a lack of knowledge. But imagine if you were well-educated in the basics of money, from childhood? That’s the intention behind fintech start-up Piggy – a digital piggybank (pre-paid debit card) for 8-18 year olds. Piggy is the brainchild of former investment banker Mario Hasanakos, and Alex Badran, a recent PhD USyd graduate in mathematics. Piggy is a financial education product for families, built around a pre-paid debit card for kids, aged 8-18. They get a card which is useable for wherever […]

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The need to be shrewd in the property boom

It’s said that buying a property is one of the most stressful life events. Further, mortgage lender incompetence, bank and finance problems are in the top 20 most stressful aspects of selling a property. For two people, those frustrations spawned the next big idea to hit the FinTech industry. Mandeep Sodhi, a loyal customer to his bank, thought he had secured the best rate on his home loan. Atul Narang on the other hand secured a better rate on his loan through a broker – but it wasn’t that easy, having already experienced two bad brokers. With this experience, the pair joined forces to bring clarity and simplicity to the […]

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NAB joins with Xero to speed up business loan approvals

National Australia Bank and cloud accounting software firm Xero have linked their technology platforms to allow Xero clients to receive faster approvals for business loans once they allow NAB to tap their live, balance-sheet data. As online business lenders such as Spotcap, Prospa, OnDeck, Kikka, Moula and ThinCats threaten to win over small-business customers by offering risk-based pricing and quicker credit, NAB’s deal with Xero illustrates how the big banks are using technology to become more nimble. NAB and Xero customers are now able to file online loan inquiries to NAB straight from their Xero accounting package, after a secure connection between NAB internet banking and Xero’s accounting dashboard was […]

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Oct
14

Lend2Fund lured to London by friendly fintech regulation

One of the10 fintech start-ups that joined a UK Trade & Investment delegation to London last month has decided to relocate there, suggesting governments and regulators need to lift their game to keep entrepreneurial talent in Australia. Lend2Fund, a marketplace lender for commercial property deals, says Britain’s financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, is more transparent and collaborative than the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. It also says UK financial services licensing is more accommodating towards Lend2Fund’s business model, which creates a digital marketplace to offer commercial property loans to professional investors with debentures. The move also reflects better opportunities for seed funding in the UK, where the Conservative government […]

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Oct
12

Fintech firm GetCapital ties up with China’s Alibaba | The Australian

In its last financial year, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba generated $US394 billion ($537bn) of transactions on its platforms as businesses around the world sourced and sold a bewildering range of goods. It is the sort of number that has not been missed by the swarm of new fintech (financial technology) companies scouring for partners to increase the number of customers. After flying under the radar since its formation in early 2013, GetCapital, a fintech that lends to small businesses, will today unveil a deal with Alibaba in which Australian importers and exporters can get finance on the platform. The company hopes to help businesses that struggle to get working capital […]

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Ex-NAB MD launches fintech disruptor to take on majors

An ex-NAB managing director has launched a new fintech disruptor to take on the major banks, which he says could do what Aussie Home Loans did to the mortgage market in the 1990s. Officially launching on 28 September, Banjo is an online lender providing secured and unsecured loans to the 51% of SME’s who have no business lending product other than an overdraft or credit card.CEO Andrew Colliver – who was most recently managing director, business performance of corporate, institutional & specialised banking at NAB – along with a team of other ex-bankers and fintech experts, has spent the last two years building the marketplace lending platform that promises to […]

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