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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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4 Lessons for Bank Executives from Uber and Amazon on Customer Experience
Businesses such as Amazon and Uber have created successful customer experience models. In this blog, the author shares his common denominators that the financial industry should pay close attention to 1. Be customer experience obsessed. A study found that 68% of millennials have stopped doing business with a brand due to a single poor customer...
Finding New Ways to Lend More to Health SMEs in Africa
“It’s one thing to offer universal healthcare to your citizens. But the next question is ‘okay, where can I go,’” said Bart Schaap, Chief Financial Officer at Medical Credit Fund (MCF). The region suffers from a dearth of healthcare facilities, especially ones that provide quality care. For Schaap, the solution is obvious: “If you want to address...
A New Leasing Market in Haiti Means New Hope for SMEs
An IFC team worked with World Bank colleagues to create a new market for leasing in Haiti and address the problems SMEs have accessing finance. The project exemplifies the Maximizing Finance for Development (MFD) approach: a private-sector solution made possible by public-sector interventions. Team members relied on lessons learned from previous...
Global Remittances Are On The Rise
Global remittances are expected to rise from $468 billion in 2010 to $667 billion in 2019 along with new investment channels bringing in an extra $73 billion a year in Commonwealth countries. Crowdfunding platforms have the potential to make a significant difference for SMEs in developing countries, however rules and regulations around...
EBRD Provides A €10 Million Loan To Sparkasse Banka Makedonija
Through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s Western Balkans SME Competitiveness Support Programme the Sparkasse Banka Makedonija will receive a €10 million loan to boost lending for SMEs. According to the article, the loan is aimed at improving the competitiveness of local companies, with at least 60 percent of the funds aimed...
Bank Interest Rates on the Rise
According to a report by report from the Hồ Chí Minh Securities Company, interest rates have risen by 0.46 percent for short-term loans, they are now 7 to 9 percent and for medium and long-term loans 9 to 12.5 percent. According to the article, this increase is being used in the hopes of reducing money supply to tackle inflation. A strict monetary...
Effective Risk Assessment Models and Alternative Data Proves Beneficial for Retail Lenders
Effective risk assessment is instrumental in the lending business. According to Medici, technology companies are creating risk assessment models with increasingly inclusive variables that are allowing lenders to reach the previously unbankable population. Alternative data can improve risk assessment for retail lenders. According to the article,...
BSTDB Provides US $15 Million Loan to Support  Armenian SMEs
The Black Sea Trade and Development Bank will support the financing of SMEs in Armenia through a US $15 million loan to Ardshinbank. The loan will benefit 100 SMEs and impact 3,600 jobs in Armenia, according to the article. SMEs in Armenia are a key driver and contributor to the country’s GDP, generating up to 40 percent of GDP. “As a development...
MEB Will Lend K250 Billion to Local SMEs
Myanma Economic Bank (MEB) will provide funds to SMEs in the the manufacturing, production and trading, import substitution, recycling and energy saving and services sectors. MEB has a two-step loan with an interest rate of nine percent, a part of their SME loan program. Borrowers able to utilize property as collateral will be able to access K300...
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,...