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CRIF and Hong Kong Based FundPark Enter into a Strategic Partnership

CRIF and FundPark, a trade finance platform in Asia focusing on the SME segment, enter into a strategic partnership to provide SMEs with credit risk and trade finance solutions. Thanks to FundPark’s flexible trade finance solution and CRIF’s business information services, it will be possible for SMEs to satisfy their financing needs while minimizing credit risk. Relying on its international ... Read More »

Equifax Launches Commercial Credit Data Sharing Solution to Support SME Lending

Equifax, the consumer and business insights expert, has launched a new solution to support the government Commercial Credit Data Sharing (CCDS) initiative seeking to stimulate competition and encourage new entrants in SME lending thereby addressing the shortfall in access to finance. The new Equifax solution gives lenders a comprehensive picture of a businesses’ financial health to facilitate faster and more ... Read More »

De-risking: Why Banks Are Ditching SMEs as weak as FinTech SMEs — Without Warning

Post-financial crisis regulations have forced banks to become more diligent and aggressive against financial fraud, including money laundering. In response to new rules, financial institutions in the U.K. have heightened their practice of de-risking — that is, withdrawing bank accounts or other financial services from customers deemed to be high-risk.  Financial institutions assure authorities that their increase of de-risking practices ... Read More »

Banks to Pilot new Concept for Blockchain-based Supply Chain Finance

Three international banks, three large corporates and four fintech startups have announced a pioneering project that will explore how blockchain technology can be used to track physical supply chains while unlocking access to financing for sustainable sourcing.  The year-long project will kick off in January and involve Unilever, Sainsbury’s and Sappi together with Barclays, Standard Chartered and BNP Paribas, which will ... Read More »

SME Access to Finance: Amazon Lending & Six Alternative Funding Options for Your Business

Amazon Lending & Six Alternative Funding Options for Your Business Amazon Lending is an invitation-only short-term business loan that helps Amazon sellers fund inventory purchases.  But it’s not something growing sellers can tap for other business needs like marketing, facilities, or staffing.  For these, sellers must turn to funding sources like Payability, savings, or credit solutions. Here’s what to expect ... Read More »

The Microfinance Financial Inclusion Model Appears not to be Working

The World Bank published recently a Policy Research Working Paper 8252 which indicates that Microfinance is not as effective as originally intended. Microfinance is generally seen as a way to fix credit markets and unleash the productive capacities of poor people who are dependent on self-employment. The microfinance sector has grown quickly since the 1990s, paving the way for other ... Read More »

U.S. Risk Climate: Why Aren’t Businesses Borrowing?

There have been all manner of odd developments as far as the economy has been concerned this year. Consumer confidence has been consistently high but until very recently the pace of retail activity has been sluggish. The unemployment rate has been at a twenty year low and that should have triggered inflation by this time but that wage driven inflationary ... Read More »

Duedil and Credit Data Research Join Forces

DueDil, the company information platform, announces that it is joining forces with Credit Data Research, market leader in credit behavioural analysis, to boost access to business finance. The two firms – both participants of the Nesta’s Open Up Challenge – have established a joint initiative to boost the level of information available about private companies and tear down barriers in ... Read More »

Russian Small Business Community is Poised to Take on a Larger Share of the Economic Activity

Small business accounts of 30% of the annual revenue of Russian businesses.  This assessment is based on an analysis by Credinform Russia of financial statements of the fiscal year of 2016. Since the beginning of market reforms in Russia, economists have argued about the important role of small business in the development of the domestic economy, as exemplified by other ... Read More »

Banks Need to Fear E-commerce Company’s Ambitions

Banks around the world have spent the past few years preparing for competition from small, nimble technology startups. It turns out the real threat may be Jeff Bezos and Jack Ma. Financial institutions have parried the threat from fintech firms by incorporating some of their innovations through partnerships and in-house coding teams, according to McKinsey & Co.  In its annual banking report, ... Read More »

Embracing New Technology: More Small Businesses Taking Credit/Debit Payments

Small business owners look like they’re embracing new technologies when it comes to the types of payments their businesses will accept, allowing more in-person credit and debit card payments using point-of-sale terminals. According to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index conducted in early October, 39% of business owners now accept credit or debit card payment, up from 31% in ... Read More »

Lendingkart Finance Partners with CIBIL Marketplace

Fin-tech startup, Lendingkart Finance Ltd. has announced its partnership with Transunion CIBIL, one of India’s leading credit information companies. Through this partnership, self-employed professionals and small business enterprises will now be able to access loans offered by Lendingkart Finance on the CIBIL MarketPlace platform. TransUnion CIBIL maintains one of the largest collections of consumer credit information along with creating information ... Read More »

The US$5.2 Trillion MSME Finance Gap

The International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) has published its latest assessment of the shortfalls and opportunities in financing micro, small and medium enterprises in emerging markets.  According to this assessment the potential demand for MSME Finance is US$8.9 Trillion compared to the current credit supply of US$3.7 Trillion.  This leaves a finance gap of US$5.2 Trillion.  The report can ... Read More »

MAS and HKMA Joined Hands to Promote FINTECH Growth and Innovation

New Developments Helping Trade Finance, Small Businesses The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) signed a cooperation agreement on fintech this week in Hong Kong. The first initiative is a project based on distributed ledger technology (DLT) to help facilitate trade finance cross-border infrastructure. Additional details are expected to be announced in November, said ... Read More »