Fintechs

The COVID-19 economic crisis shows we need a better way to fund  SMEs.

The COVID-19 economic crisis shows we need a better way to fund SMEs.

Many small business owners are already in dire financial straits and sadly it will get worse when the life support provided by JobKeeper and bank forbearance is turned off in September. The Covid-19 economic crisis has highlighted deficiencies in the way SMEs are able to access debt finance primarily through the big four banks. This […]

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Pricing transparency is the elephant in the room issue for non-bank SME lenders.

Pricing transparency is the elephant in the room issue for non-bank SME lenders.

Borrowing from a non-bank SME lender will cost more than borrowing from a bank and to be clear, so it should. Non-bank lenders have higher cost of funds, they take more risk and very often they don’t take hard assets as security which means if the borrower fails, they usually face a 100 per cent […]

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Prospa shows why small businesses need non-bank SME lenders but challenges still remain

Prospa shows why small businesses need non-bank SME lenders but challenges still remain

The continued impressive growth achieved by Prospa post last year’s aborted IPO coinciding with the fall out from the Banking Royal Commission highlights just how important non-bank lenders have become for the future of Australian small businesses. Prospa is the dominant player in the online small business lending sector and the first to IPO. The […]

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Borrowing from a fintech lender

Borrowing from a fintech lender

We are pleased to publish this easy to understand and independent guide to what SMEs need to know when considering whether to borrow from a fintech lender. Fintechs are playing an increasingly important role in enabling SMEs to access funds to maintain and grow their businesses but borrowing from a fintech is different to borrowing […]

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Code of Lending Practice launched by fintech SME lenders

Code of Lending Practice launched by fintech SME lenders

Fintech lenders Capify, GetCapital, Moula, OnDeck, Prospa and Spotcap have collaborated with the Australian Finance Industry Association, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, theBankDoctor.org and FinTech Australia to produce a Code that will improve transparency and disclosure in this important alternative source of debt funding for Australian SMEs. The Code will inform SMEs […]

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Prospa, ASIC & the conundrum of Unfair Contract Terms law

Prospa, ASIC & the conundrum of Unfair Contract Terms law

The aborted Prospa IPO raises questions not just about the online SME lender’s compliance with UCT but also ASIC’s role in applying and enforcing this law which came into effect in November 2016. In its prospectus Prospa said “we have reviewed our loan contract in relation to UCT in July 2015 and again in September […]

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Prospa IPO exposes lack of transparency in the unregulated non-bank SME lending market.

Prospa IPO exposes lack of transparency in the unregulated non-bank SME lending market.

Prospa’s impressive growth trajectory is set to receive a boost when it becomes Australia’s first online small business lender to list on the ASX. But the prospectus exposes issues of transparency for the acknowledged market leader in what is a largely unregulated market. Propsa will raise $146m of new capital of which $100m will fund […]

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Improving transparency in the fintech business lending market

Improving transparency in the fintech business lending market

theBankDoctor, Kate Carnell & Fintech Australia have published a detailed report on improving transparency in the fintech business lending sector. This project has been twelve months in the making and represents a line in the sand on industry self regulation which is needed to ensure this rapidly emerging sector fulfills its potential of becoming a […]

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Shining a light on the SME fintech lending market

Shining a light on the SME fintech lending market

theBankDoctor.org, Kate Carnell, the Australian Small Business & Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) & Danielle Szetho, CEO of the industry association Fintech Australia (FA) have published a detailed report on improving transparency in the fintech business lending sector. This project has been twelve months in the making and represents a line in the sand on industry […]

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Thinking of borrowing from an online  lender?

Thinking of borrowing from an online lender?

Find out what you need to know by watching this webinar conducted by theBankDoctor for Tyro Payments. Small business owners around the world are flocking to the new breed of online lenders who offer fast and friendly access to funding but there are risks involved and in this webinar we talk about the factors small […]

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