Business Loans

Oct
10

Why the parliamentary inquiry was good for fintech

Discussion of data sharing, small business loan rates and investment troubles spell increased opportunities for fintech. The parliamentary inquiry into banks saw CEOs of the Big Four – Westpac, ANZ, NAB and Commonwealth Bank – grilled about a range of issues pertaining to their bank’s conduct. While the line of questioning taken by House of Representative economics committee did not directly relate to fintech, the answers and defences at the four inquiries reveal several interesting points that relate to the fintech sector, for both banks and fintech companies. Data sharing Westpac and NAB were questioned over the sharing of customer data in order to increase competition. This is a key […]

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Oct
04

Valiant announces partnership with Octomedia to launch Inside Small Business LoanConnect

Leading fintech business loan marketplace, Valiant and Inside Small Business publisher Octomedia, announced the official launch of an exclusive partnership to bring business loan solutions to Australia’s small business community.   The partnership is a major Australian publishing first which delivers an exclusive business loan search and application portal as a co-branded offer: Inside Small Business LoanConnect.    By dynamically accessing Valiant’s panel of 35+ leading lenders, Inside Small Business LoanConnect compares small business owner’s loan requests to the lender’s credit criteria. Matching works instantaneously through Valiant’s proprietary marketplace technology – saving business owner’s time and stress.   Valiant Co-founders, Alex Molloy and Richard Cotton expressed excitement for the new […]

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Sep
06

Australian FinTech, Media Partner for LendIt Europe

Australian FinTech is delighted to be a Media Partner for the upcoming LendIt Europe conference, taking place on October 10-11, 2016 in London.   We’re very excited to be part of this event and encourage you to attend if you have not already registered.   As a LendIt Europe media partner, we are able to offer you an exclusive discount on LendIt Europe 2016 passes. Use the promo code AF16VIP when registering to receive 15% off your ticket.   Register Now: http://bit.ly/29ZSvTm   Partnered with the P2P Finance Association, LendIt Europe is Europe’s largest conference for the online lending community, with 1000 attendees expected in 2016.   Confirmed speakers include: […]

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Aug
29

Just don’t call us payday lenders

More than 20,000 Australian small business owners have trouble accessing finance (Deloitte Access Economics). Are they denied access because they aren’t good candidates for loans? Yes, in some cases. However, a significant number (37%) of these businesses are denied finance because they don’t have collateral (be it a home or considerable assets) to secure a loan against. Interestingly more than 40 per cent of rejected applications examined by the NSW Business Chamber were for amounts less than $100,000 – it seems traditional providers aren’t interested in small loans, or small business. Archaic systems and processes which serve the interests of incumbent big business are being dismantled in the current global […]

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Aug
26

Fintechs ‘on the front line’ for brokers

A recent meeting has highlighted that when it comes to serving customers in the third-party channel, “there’s a space for everyone”, and that fintechs can act to bolster and expand the businesses of their broker counterparts. The meeting last week was attended by both brokers and fintechs in Sydney and asked the question: “Disintermediation and diversification: what impact will fintech have on finance brokers?” On the night, founder and CEO of uno Vince Turner highlighted that technology has firmly entered it’s “third wave”. “The first wave was simply building the internet. HTML, dial-up, all this kind of stuff in the ‘90s,” Mr Turner explained. “The second wave was building an […]

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Aug
23

SMEs need protection from online Payday Lenders

In 2015, online SME lending in Australia was around $250m, up from a zero base two years ago. Growth will continue exponentially and online SME lending will become a significant alternative source of funding for Australia’s SMEs. Online lenders perform an important role by lending to thousands of SMEs that would otherwise struggle to attract support from a bank. I am a big supporter of this sector but am concerned that many SMEs don’t understand what they are getting themselves into when they borrow from some lenders that could be more accurately described as SME payday lenders to SMEs. These concerns together with suggestions as to how the interest of […]

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Aug
19

The Pulse of Fintech

‘ The Pulse of Fintech ’ is a quarterly report created by KPMG along with KPMG Enterprise’s Global Network for Innovative Startups and CB Insights (the ‘go to’ name for insights related to venture capital investment) which launched on August 17th, 2016. The series analyses the latest global trends in venture capital investment data on the fintech sector. Given the significant interest in fintech globally, and its ongoing evolution in terms of market drivers, technologies and potential use-cases, KPMG and CB Insights are partnering to bring you the pulse on fintech investment globally. Each quarter, we’ll highlight key fintech deals, issues and challenges around the world, in addition to key […]

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Aug
11

The fintechs targeting SMEs

Fintech companies have increasingly started targeting SMEs looking for ways to finance their businesses, but fintechs shouldn’t expect a revolution without a few setbacks. At least, that’s the view of some of the industry’s own experts and participants. With the market having had a few years to run its course, digital lenders, payment platforms and other financial technology firms have been given a warning: change, or face extinction. The changing face of fintech In lieu of more banking alternatives, fintech companies have increasingly started targeting more specific niches. It’s these businesses – not just those offering simple loans – that will end up surviving a glut of entrants, experts say. […]

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