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CreditEase CEO Ning Tang on How China’s Fintechs Serve the Underserved

CreditEase - an SME Finance Forum member - founder and CEO Ning Tang recently shared with Mckinsey his perspective on how fintech players, from both within and outside China, can capture the opportunity among small and midsize Chinese businesses and how artificial intelligence (AI) can help. The following commentary is adapted from that conversation.

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Mind the Gap & Fix the Mix: Gender Equality in Private Equity
With more than $3 trillion in assets under management—nearly $800 billion of which is allocated to emerging markets—private equity can be a powerful source of financing, especially for innovative businesses that cannot access bank loans or capital markets. Investors and funds with stakes in these privately owned companies not only help them expand...
Empowering Women to Rise Up in Financial Services Across the Globe
Tracey Davies, President of Money20/20, and founder of the Rise Up initiative, outlines the five ways the program empowers women at work as the initiative comes to Singapore. I have always been a hopeful optimist about the trajectory of women, but as the number of women reaching the top just hasn’t made the progress I expected, I have become much...
Fintech for Women: Scaling the Financial Inclusion Pyramid in Egypt
In a bid to accelerate women’s financial inclusion in MENA, the region with the lowest female economic participation in the world , the DFID-funded Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund ( AWEF ) led a study to understand the scope for Digital Financial Services (DFS) in Egypt, map key constraints to women’s financial inclusion and identify opportunities to...
E-commerce: Helping Djiboutian Women Entrepreneurs Reach the World
Access to finance also remains a problem, where 53 percent of women-led small and medium enterprises (SMEs) do not have access to credit and 70 percent of surveyed MENA female entrepreneurs agree that lending conditions in their economy are too restrictive and do not allow them to secure the financing needed for growth. This is where e-commerce...
Financial Products Created with Women In Mind
The largest untapped market in the world is women, according to Women’s World Banking. Financial institutions are failing to ensure their offerings work for women, however three elements with a gender-inclusive design can help counter this issue: Go beyond “gender-neutral” Segmenting by gender during the product design phase Developing the...
Digitization Could Hurt Relationship Between Banks and Venture Clients, Specifically Women
Approved bank loans to SMEs has decreased by 15 percent over the last 10 years, and roughly 60 percent of all ventures in need of external financing have reported difficulties in accessing financing for their investments, according to an article by the Harvard Business Review. Digitization is proving to have a negative effect on entrepreneurs,...
Widening Gender Gap May Affect The Future of Cryptocurrency
In the G7 Executive Talk Series briefing report, the critical role of women in the cryptocurrency sector is examined. According to the report, 95 percent of males are bitcoin users while on five percent are females. One key element explaining the cause of this imbalance is due to the psychological theory that men take more risks than women,...
How India’s Small Finance Banks Aim to Take Financial Inclusion to the Next Level
India has lended to hundreds throughout the unbanked community and is the largest microfinance market in the world, according to Next Billion. Microfinance in India has its pros and cons. It’s able to reach customers that mainstream financial institutions fail to notice, but it also lacks adequate regulation, making it dangerous for borrowers. The...
Will the Promotion of Arab Women as Entrepreneurs Make a Difference?
One in three start-ups in the Arab World is led by women—a higher rate than in Silicon Valley, according to an IFC article. Improving access to finance and promoting digital platforms are key to helping them succeed. The article says that many entrepreneurs from the region believe that technology is one of the few spaces where everything is viewed...
Women Entrepreneurs in Vietnam Get a Fair Shot with Financing
Commercial Joint Stock Bank (VP Bank) invested in Ho Thi Hai Ngan, a woman entrepreneur looking to expand her electronics shop. With capital as one of the larger challenges faced by SMEs, women are challenged at a much larger rate when “lender biases,” according to the article, are being added to the picture. VP Bank decided to be the change and...