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Terrence Teoh, SME Banking Head at Hong Leong Bank, Said SMEs Should Expand Search for Funding
Interview with Terrence Teoh, SME banking head at Hong Leong Bank, recently named the best SME bank in Malaysia by The Asian Banker. “For SMEs to expand, it is not only funding that is important,” said Terrence Teoh, the head of group SME banking at Hong Leong Bank Bhd (HLB). “Of course funding matters, but on top of that, how you collect your...
How Banks Can Detect Whether Their Customers are Real
To date, there has been no efficient way of uncovering synthetic ID fraud. To crack down on it, every customer seeking credit would have to undergo even more rigorous ID checks than they do already. This Mckinsey article proposes a new approach that, with the help of machine learning, digs deep into vast amounts of third-party data to gauge...
Open Banking’s Next Wave: Perspectives from Three Fintech CEOs
McKinsey reached out to the CEOs of three innovative fintechs—Ping Identity, Plaid, and Tink—for their perspectives on global prospects for open banking. While these firms address varying perceived pain points in financial services and pursue different business models, common themes emerged across the three interviews. The implications for banks...
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...
Nordic Banks Provide SMEs with More Fintech-Based Services
Nordic Banks are shifting their focus toward more technology implementation to gain a competitive advantage against non-traditional fintech competitors. According to the article, several Nordic banks have plans to move their branch services completely online. “Like many banks, we must face the reality of change,” said Timo Ritakallio, OP Financial...
Advisory Programme Will Increase SMEs Access to Finance
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and European Union (EU) launched the Advice for Small Businesses (ASB) Programme to support SMEs in Lebanon. The programme will help foster private sector growth, job creation, innovation, competitiveness, and increase SMEs’ access to finance. According to the article, SMEs in Lebanon...
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...
Medici Outlines the Challenges in the SME Lending Requirements
SMEs are still struggling to curate working capital. Medici examines the glitches in SME lending, automation of onboarding customers and loan origination and how banks can make real change in SME lending. Reported errors in the SME lending: Most of the time, banks refuse to lend money to those whose revenue is less than $2 million. Banks view SME...
SMEs Receive €475 Million in Loan Support from the European Union
The head of the EU delegation to Egypt, Ambassador Ivan Surkoš reported the European Union (EU), with support from European financial institutions will provide €475 million in loans to support SMEs. EU launched the ‘EU Facility for Inclusive Growth and Job Creation,’ which aims to provide an environment of business creation and economic...
Central Bank of Nigeria Emphasizes Increase for Credit Culture for SMEs
During a workshop for SMEs, hosted by the Bankers’ Committee, Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Senior Manager for the Development Finance Department, Chinedu Zephaniah shared that poor business habits and fragile financial systems have made it complicated to support SMEs. “At the moment, we have disbursed N170 billion to support SMEs but the...