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Aug
09

Xplora invests US$1m into BLOCKLOAN

Xplora Capital has announced the purchase of USD $1 million (AUD $1.35 million) worth of tokens from BLOCKLOAN – a new blockchain peer-to-peer lending marketplace. Blockchain and crypto are triggering a societal and economic shift before our eyes. Financial institutions are failing to address the market needs. It’s time for a new solution to old problems. Mark Finch, Managing Director of Xplora Capital stated, “As an early investor into BLOCKLOAN and working in the Financial Services space for 20 years we believe in Co Founder’s Michael and Bill’s vision and roadmap for providing the ability for people to access credit on a global scale and better rates than the banks. […]

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Aug
06

Crowd2Fund reduces default rate using AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has helped peer-to-peer platform Crowd2Fund improve its loan recovery rate, according to newly-released figures. Crowd2Fund has seen its default rate drop from 1.42 per cent in June to just 1.04 per cent in July after implementing the AI software from Australian fintech firm InDebted. “It is an amazing piece of technology and completely revolutionises debt recovery,” said Chris Hancock, chief executive of Crowd2Fund. “There is always a great need to competently manage all loans on our platform to ensure that businesses are upholding their obligations to the investors. “This software has allowed us to improve our already stringent recoveries process, and we have seen more timely repayments […]

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May
23

Understanding the SME mindset

In 2017, the number of business owners turning to their primary bank for a loan declined 14%. Scottish Pacific CEO, Peter Langham, explains why brokers are uniquely positioned to capitalise The latest SM Growth Index by Scottish Pacific paints a clear picture of SME owners, their pain points, and their funding needs and intentions. For brokers, these results can help them understand the SME mindset and why it is important to offer a range of suitable funding options, which allow both clients and their brokers to grow. Just over half the businesses polled expect revenue to grow in 2018, and two thirds reported improved cash flow for 2017. Those that are […]

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May
22

Think you’ve innovated? Enter the finder Awards 2018 to show ‘em what you’ve got

We’ve seen our fair share of fintech innovations over the past few years. From robo-advice to peer-to-peer (P2P) lending to Blockchain, innovation has been offered in spades within the Australian marketplace. The finder Awards 2018 celebrates excellence in local business innovation by recognising creativity and impact across key industries including banking, property, retail, travel and of course, fintech. Comparison site, finder.com.au, invites the nation’s most forward-thinking businesses, both big and small, to step forward and showcase their best innovation. From Best Tech Innovation to Best Personal Finance App, there are seven innovation categories now open for submission. These include; Best Tech Innovation Best Online Shopping Innovation Most Innovative Team/Person Best […]

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May
22

Bank limitations create opportunities for non-bank lenders

Winners and losers from new bank regulations Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are the lifeblood of an economy, but given the changes to bank regulations the sector is increasingly a ‘loser’. In Australia, SMEs employ around 70% of the workforce and produce around 55% of business economic activity. However, two key changes continue to push SMEs out of the bank lending market: 1. Cost – under Basel III, banks must hold higher levels of capital against SME lending, including low-risk loans backed by residential or commercial property. This makes lending to SMEs more ‘expensive’ for the banks, and hence they pass the cost onto the SME borrowers. 2. Time […]

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May
22

RateSetter Australia extends green deal

RateSetter Australia has announced an 18-month extension to its green loan marketplace. The UK peer-to-peer lender’s Australian subsidiary is working with the Australian government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to bring clean energy borrowers and investors together. The marketplace was seeded with AUS$20m from the CEFC and provides affordable finance options to Australian homeowners and businesses that purchase approved energy efficient products. In its first year it helped more than 1,000 households and small businesses finance green energy products. “With the support of the CEFC our green loan marketplace has achieved strong traction in its first 12 months,” said Daniel Foggo, chief executive of RateSetter Australia. “Continued reductions in the […]

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May
08

Westpac says fintech partnerships paying off

Westpac’s $100 million investment in the Reinventure venture capital fund is paying off for the bank, according to group CEO Brian Hartzer. Reinventure has made 20 investments in areas including distributed ledger technology, payments, data analytics, digital currencies, social networking and P2P lending. Those investments are increasingly a strategic asset for Westpac, Hartzer told a briefing on the bank’s first half results. “These investments have helped build Westpac’s reputation as a good partner for fintech companies and this is now paying off in our core business,” the CEO said. He cited as an example the launch in April of Presto Smart, which integrates point-of-sale systems with merchant payment terminals. “Presto […]

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Apr
26

P2P lender’s growth due to consumer ‘rebellion’

Peer-to-peer lender RateSetter has attributed its recent rapid growth to consumers actively rebelling against the big banks. The company has just passed the milestones of 10,000 investors and $250million in loans and says it is thanks to the Royal Commission’s scrutiny of the four major lenders. Research amongst RateSetter’s investor base has found that long-term customers of the big four, particularly amongst generation X, are diverting millions of dollars away from their savings accounts and term deposits into longer term P2P investing. The amount invested by these investors has increased by 14% over the last 12 months, with average investment now sitting at close to $40,000. CEO of RateSetter Australia, […]

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