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Entrenching Innovation: The 4th UK Alternative Finance Industry Report
Since 2013 researchers at the University of Cambridge have been tracking and analysing the development of the online alternative fnance market in the United Kingdom. Entrenching Innovation: The 4th UK Alternative Finance Industry Report is the fourth annual industry study, which includes data collected from 77 alternative fnance platforms, as well...
Balazs Topor on Innovation in Digital Banking
Balazs Topor is SME Product & Segment leader at Raiffeisen Bank. He has more than 15 years’ experience in SME banking and in-depth expertise in customer value creation, segment differentiation and product design. Continuing with the SME Finance Forum Interview series , member Strands wanted to address another underserved segment - SMEs - and...
Ning Tang, CreditEase CEO, Talks Innovating by Leasing Cows
Ning Tang, CEO of fintech firm CreditEase (and a SME Finance Forum member) explains how the company is lending consumers cows in a bid to reach those living in rural areas who might have limited access to credit and financing. “We several years ago, we invented something called micro-leasing. Leasing is usually for aircrafts and so on—very big...
IFC, Mastercard Foundation Study Examines Attitudes to Mobile Money in Africa
IFC and the Mastercard Foundation published an ethnographic study on the perceptions and attitudes to digital financial services in Sub-Saharan Africa. The study will increase financial inclusion by helping financial services providers better understand the user of African digital financial services (DFS). The report, A Sense of Inclusion: An...
IFC Invests €15 Million in Private Equity Fund to Help SMEs in North Africa
IFC is investing €15 million in a new private equity fund by AfricInvest, a leading private equity fund manager, to help expand access to finance for small and medium enterprises in North Africa. The investment is part of a larger effort to support economic growth and create jobs. Globally, the Middle East and North Africa region ranks low in...
Member News: Kabbage Delivers $4 Billion to More Than 130,000 Small Businesses
SME Finance Forum member Kabbage, Inc. announced that it has extended over $4 billion to more than 130,000 small businesses, serving the largest customer base than any online small business lender. These landmarks represent an approximate 30-percent increase in total funding and total customers served since the company’s last milestone...
Member News: Mastercard to Expand Technology Hub in New York City
Mastercard jointly announced with Governor Andrew Cuomo that it will add to its New York state operations with the expansion of its New York City Technology Hub. The company will relocate its current tech hub operations to a new Flatiron location at 150 Fifth Avenue and nearly triple its work force through the creation of over 470 new jobs by 2024...
Evolving the Customer Experience in Banking: 'Alexa, Move My Bank Accounts to ...'
A Bain report By Gerard du Toit and Maureen Burns says that many consumers are open to buying financial products from established tech firms, making banks vulnerable. Banks that accelerate development of their digital channels and that mobilize around individual customer episodes, not products, stand the best chance of earning greater loyalty...
Christoph Rieche of iwoca and George Bevis of Tide discuss how they have teamed up to remove these barriers for small businesses and turn their experience from a pain to a pleasure.
Nature and Characteristics of SME Financing and NPLs in Pakistan
The study explores trends in SME financing over the past decade, and reasons that have contributed to high ratio of NPLs. The report includes several factors, such as SME Financing: A Comparative Overview, Breaking Down SME Financing and NPLs and Interventions Supporting SME Access to Finance. The report says, part of the reason for low SME...