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China’s P2P Property Lending Growth Six Times Faster Than Banks

By Alfred Liu for the Bloomberg Business,

Peer-to-peer lending for property in China grew more than six times faster than loans extended through banks last year as borrowers took advantage of a less-regulated financing market to take part in the nation’s real estate boom. (more…)

Banks, Cashless, China, Fintech news, InspirAsia, p2p/online lending

March 16, 2016

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A New Kind of Lender: Borrowing From PayPal and Square

By Riena Lisonsky for Fundera Ledger,

When you’re a small business owner seeking capital, being able to get financing from a source you know and trust is a big plus. Two popular payment-processing services that many small business owners rely on now offer small business loans, too. Here’s a closer look at business loans from PayPal Working Capital and Square Capital. (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news, p2p/online lending

March 9, 2016

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LendingClub and the limits of FinTech disruption

By Aaron Back for wsj.com

LendingClub’s new arrangement with its partner bank is a reminder that FinTech can’t disrupt everything. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

February 29, 2016

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Kreditech: A credit check by social media

By Jeevan Vasagar for Ft.com

The analysis begins with the first keyboard strokes of a borrower seeking a loan on Kreditech’s site, gathering clues about personality and identity — such as whether someone types in their name or pastes it in. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, p2p/online lending

February 24, 2016

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Deals: HNA Capital Leads $46M Series A Round In P2P Lender Weijinsuo

Beijing-based P2P (peer-to-peer) lending start-up Weijinsuo has completed a RMB300 million (US$46 million) series A round of financing led by HNA Capital Group Co., Ltd., the financial services arm of Chinese conglomerate HNA Group, according to an announcement (in Chinese). (more…)

China, Deals, Fintech news, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

February 24, 2016

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Loanzen goes where banks fear to tread, helps startups with short-term loans

By Malavika Velayanikal for techinasia.com

One of the pain points for startups in India is lack of access to credit. The usual collateral and other requirements of banks are beyond their means. Banks are also more attuned to financing traditional businesses, not the asset-light, fast-growing internet businesses of today. (more…)

China, Fintech news, InspirAsia, p2p/online lending

February 24, 2016

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Deals: Latvia’s Mintos scores €2M investment for P2P loans marketplace

By Steve O’Hear for Techcrunch.com

Latvia’s , a fintech startup that operates a p2p loans marketplace to let investors invest in various loans from a growing number of loan originators, has raised €2 million in seed funding. Backing comes from Riga-based VC Skillion Ventures. (more…)

Cashless, Deals, Fintech news, p2p/online lending, SME

February 23, 2016

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India’s online financial marketplace BankBazaar expands into Singapore

By Sainul Abudheen K for e27.com

It is also looking at other growth markets in Asia, including Malaysia, the Philippines and the UAE (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, India, Malaysia, p2p/online lending, Philippines, Singapore

February 23, 2016

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The State Of P2P Lending

by  for techcrunch.com

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending became one of the hottest industries in fintech — or any other any industry — in 2015. Companies raised large venture rounds, investors found unicorns and there were even a couple of IPOs. (more…)

Cashless, Fintech news, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

February 22, 2016

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More P2P trouble as Chinese online lender accused of impersonating Jack Ma

By C.Custer for Techinasia.com

Before the lunar new year holiday, China’s massive online P2P lending market was somewhat in disarray. A cloud of doubts were crystallized when a police investigation of Ezubao, previously one of the scene’s top companies, discovered it was a Ponzi scheme. Banks started cutting off ties to the sector, and regulators were circling. The holiday offered a brief respite, but the return to business in China has brought with it more bad news for the sector. (more…)

Cashless, China, Fintech news, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

February 16, 2016

Deals: Student microlending startup Buddy raises $500k from Tracxn Labs, Blume and others

DealStreetAsia: Bangalore-based student microlending startup, Buddy, has raised a Pre Series-A funding round of $500,000 from Blume Ventures, TracxnLabs and angel investors.

(more…)

Deals, Fintech news, news, p2p/online lending

February 15, 2016

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Lending Club Posts Second-Ever Profit as Revenue Doubles

By PETER RUDEGEAIR and AUSTEN HUFFORD for Wall street Journal

Peer-to-peer lender’s loan originations jump 82% (more…)

Fintech news, p2p/online lending

February 11, 2016

Alibaba’s wallet app to give away $120m in live TV tie-up

By Steven Millward for TechinAsia.com

Alibaba and its mobile wallet app Alipay will give away US$120 million to viewers of the Chinese New Year TV extravaganza in China on February 7. (more…)

Cashless, China, Fintech news, InspirAsia, p2p/online lending

February 10, 2016

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China’s P2P lending crisis: second major bank pulls support for payment to P2P lending sites

By C.Custer for TechinAsia.com

On Monday, I wrote that the high-profile Ezubao Ponzi scheme case was likely to have a negative impact on China’s entire P2P lending industry. It looks like that’s already happening. On Wednesday, Sina Tech reported China Merchants Bank has notified third-party e-payment platforms that starting Friday, it will no longer support payments to P2P lending services. (more…)

China, Fintech news, InspirAsia, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

February 4, 2016

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Nigerian Fintech company Interswitch is the African first public startup unicorn

Africa’s first billion-dollar tech IPO on a major exchange may be imminent. Nigerian digital payments company Interswitch will likely go public on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in 2016, sources confirm.

(more…)

Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

January 28, 2016

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The Evolving Nature Of P2P Lending Marketplaces

By Matt Heiman for Techcrunch.com,

In March 2014, The Economist publishedBanking without banks, declaring that peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms were set to disrupt banks and other traditional sources of capital by directly connecting borrowers to individual lenders. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

January 24, 2016

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LendUp Scores $150M For A Credit Card That Won’t Screw You Over

By Josh Constine for Techcrunch.com,

Banks are so greedy that LendUp can undercut them, help people avoid debt, and still make a profit on its payday loans and credit card. Not only is software eating finance, but morality is too.

(more…)

Cashless, Fintech news, p2p/online lending

January 22, 2016

Lufax Completes Fundraising, Valuing Company at $18.5 Billion

By Bloomberg News,

Lufax, a Chinese peer-to-peer lender and broker, has secured its position as the world’s most valuable financial technology startup by completing a fundraising that it said values the company at $18.5 billion. (more…)

Cashless, China, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

January 18, 2016

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TransferWise and YouGov report: “How Tech is democratizing the Financial services sector”

By  for Crowdfundinsider.com

Almost one third of Americans are likely to be using a technology provider and not a bank for the majority of their financial services activity in just five years time, according to a new report launched by TransferWise, the peer-to-peer international money transfer platform. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

January 13, 2016

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The Peer-to-Peer Loan Industry Has Been Getting Slammed

By Tracy Alloway for Bloomberg.com

So far, 2016 has not been a good year for peer-to-peer, or marketplace, lenders. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

January 13, 2016

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Deals: P2P Start-Up Duanrong Completes $59M Series B Round

Chinese P2P (peer-to-peer) lending start-up Duanrong has completed RMB390 million (US$59 million) series B round of financing from pharmaceutical company Furen Group, according to announcements (in Chinese) posted on the company’s Weibo account. (more…)

China, Deals, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending

January 12, 2016

Tracxn Alternative Lending Report

Tracxn Alternative Lending Report (202 Pages) finds that the Alternative Lending space has received a tremendous amount of investment in 2015, symbolizing the growing relevance and popularity of the segment. (more…)

Fintech news, p2p/online lending

January 9, 2016

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Online Financing in China

TechCrunchChina Rapid Finance, which claims to be the country’s largest online consumer lending marketplace, has closed a $35 million Series C round led by Broadline Capital. The round pegs the company’s pre-money valuation of $1 billion. China Rapid Finance is reportedly gearing up for an initial public offering in the U.S. (more…)

China, Deals, InspirAsia, p2p/online lending

July 29, 2015

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Development of Indian crowdfunding and online-lending platforms

E27.CO: Mumbai-based crowdfunding platform for social, personal and creative projects Ketto has raised US$700,000 in funding, led by Pradyumna Dalmia, a member of Calcutta Angels and Sudhir Rao of The Chennai Angels.

(more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, India, InspirAsia, p2p/online lending

July 17, 2015

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Paypal Co-founder New Lending Startup Affirm Gets Into Student Loans For Coding Bootcamps

TechCrunch: Affirm, the lending startup co-founded by Max Levchin, is breaking into student loans for coding, design and business bootcamps from General Assembly, Bloc, Kaplan’s Dev Bootcamp and Metis. The company, which raised $275M this past spring, is branching out from its initial market in online retail. They were originally financing purchases at the point-of-sale online with e-commerce companies like mattress retailer Casper. (more…)

Fintech news, news, p2p/online lending

July 14, 2015

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ZestFinance Launches Basix Online Loans For People With ‘Near-Prime’ Credit History

VentureBeat: Startup ZestFinance today announced Basix, a new program for giving loans online to people with what it calls “near-prime” credit history – those who are ineligible for a loan from a bank by just a little bit. (more…)

Analytics, Fintech news, news, p2p/online lending

July 14, 2015

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SMS Loans Let People Skip Banks in the Developing World

Wired: In 2009, a man named Duncan Chege opened up a modest Internet cafe – if you could even call it that – in Nairobi, Kenya. In the beginning, the cafe, called Vision Computers, had just one machine. After 3 years of committed operation by Chege, that number grew to 8, some of those machines being slow and clunky second-hand desktops. (more…)

Fintech news, news, p2p/online lending

July 14, 2015

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Fintech’s answer to Australian payday problem

TECHINASIA: These are just a few quotes from the media about an industry that has received its fair share of global criticism over the years – the payday lending industry. In Australian media coverage, you’d be hard-pressed to find a positive word spoken about what is described as “the fastest-growing component of Australia’s finance sector” to date. Australia’s leading business publication, the Australian Financial Review, recently reported on Cash Converter’s $23 million double class action settlement, for overcharging customers on interest rates.

(more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, p2p/online lending

July 12, 2015

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The hottest European fintech startups in 2015

EU-STARTUPS: In the last decade, there were a bunch of really successful fintech companies that started in Europe. Companies like Klarna, Adyen or Transferwise (to name just a few) changed the way we do payments or the way we transfer money overseas. By pursuing radical new concepts, these fintech startups became some of Europe’s most valuable companies within just a few years.

(more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks, news, p2p-payments, p2p/online lending, POS/mPOS and online acquiring, Remittances

July 10, 2015

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Self Lender Raises $1.5M To Help Americans Establish Credit

TECHCRUNCH: Former Disrupt Battlefield participant Self Lender has raised a $1.5 million round of seed capital from Silverton Partners, who wrote the full check. The new cash comes after the firm raised a prior total of $535,000 from TechStars, Kickstart Seed Fund, and Galvanize Ventures. To date, Self Lender has raised $2.035 million.

(more…)

Deals, Fintech news, news, p2p/online lending

July 10, 2015