Union Budget 2019: Startups Are Ready To Lead The Next Growth Wave Of India

Unemployment has been a raging issue in the country in recent times Incentives like ‘Skill India’ and ‘Digital India’ can really change India’s future Extension of benefits to rural areas is expected In less than two days, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman going to present her maiden budget on July 5 at a time when India’s economic growth […]

RBI Issues Clarification on Data Localisation: Can Payments Industry Breathe at Ease?

Issuing a clarification on the directive related to data localisation, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said all payments-related data must be stored in India, however, under special circumstances, a copy of the data can be stored abroad. An RBI statement said, “For cross border transaction data, consisting of a foreign component and a domestic […]

Borrowing from a P2P platform? Here’s what you need to know

– Check if your P2P platform is registered with the Reserve Bank of India. While many online lending platforms offer quick loans, only a few of them have received the NBFC-P2P registration from RBI, making it a safer and credible platform for both investors and borrowers. – Make sure you check for any extra charges […]

Is fintech reeling under new challenges?

The super exciting fintech segment in the start-up ecosystem has been encountering a host of challenges in the recent past. Following a move by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to start a regulatory sandbox for the beta-testing of new fintech products in a controlled environment prior to their release, comes the issue of a […]

LenDenClub: One of India’s First P2P Lending Networks Bridges the Credit Gap for the Country’s Working Class

  The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. Human research and labor is merging with artificial intelligence, blockchain technology is being refined almost daily, and the global economy is more important than ever. Emerging and fast-growing economies are poised to reap the benefits of these latest developments if they can position themselves strategically in the global market […]

With Regulatory Sandbox, RBI Looks To Create Innovation Test Lab For Fintech

India’s fintech space is going through an evolutionary phase. Fintech startups especially in payments, insurance and lending have brought the banking services to every consumer’s mobile. Acknowledging the recent innovations by fintech startups, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has now released a draft ‘Enabling Framework for Regulatory Sandbox’ that will allow fintech startups to […]

Poll promises good, but startups flag bad delivery

In a nation where unemployment has been brewing for years and everyone aspires to be an entrepreneur, political parties have tried to hit the right note with voters by promising to support the start-up ecosystem if they win. Both the BJP and the Congress have promised a wide range of initiatives, but startups say the […]

#Elections2019: What Indian Start-ups Want from the Next Leader?

The elections are around the corner and everyone is ready with their agenda. While the political parties are doing their utmost to sound convincing to the masses and even to themselves, the Indian start-up community is also ready with their requirements and the list of things they want for the advancement of their sector. The […]

P2P Lenders to the Rescue of MSMEs

The Indian Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector is massive. There are more than 60 million MSMEs in the country. The sector contributes 30 per cent to the country’s GDP and employs over 100 million people. And yet, often it is declined formal credit that helps keep businesses up and running. According to an […]

P2P lenders develop new ways to build trust

With peer-to-peer (P2P) lending not taking off the way micro finance and NBFC ventures have, many are coming up with innovative schemes to instill more trust in the system and attract a bigger audience. A big challenge for them is to convince normal middle-class households to lend to strangers. To help them overcome that, P2P […]

Women from small towns queue up for P2P loans

23-year-old Riteshwari from Ghaziabad wanted to start a beauty salon. She hit a roadblock when she tried to raise funds from her bank. Even though she had a savings bank account with the bank and her income tax returns in place, the bank asked her to open a current account. The cumbersome process made her […]

P2P lenders give thumbs up to budget 2019

A slew of tax sops in budget 2019 would have a positive impact on the P2P industry, believe leaders of the emerging industry. “This will have a positive impact on credit supply, put downward pressure on the lending rates and attract more creditworthy borrowers to P2P lending. We want the government to ease taxation on […]

Budget 2019 and How Fintech Players Can Play a Major Role in Bringing Loan & Credit Products to Indians

Fintech has become a buzzword of sorts in India over the last couple of years and for good reason. The rise of alternate lending platforms, digital payment providers, new avenues of investment and easier access to banking services for a vast majority of unbanked and underserved Indians has created a solid niche for this sector […]

P2P industry expectations from Budget 2019

Attracting angel investments “Our industry definitely needs proper solution on Angel Tax. It will help to boost start-ups whilst attracting angel investments sans tax implications,” says Bhavin Patel, Co-Founder & CEO, LenDenClub. From this Budget, we also “expect appropriate initiative by the Central government on KYC mechanisms for the fintech space.” Patel says the P2P […]

How are interest rates set on P2P platforms?

Everybody loves a cheaper loan. But ever wondered what determines the rate of interest on personal loans. There are no fixed interest rates for unsecured loans. The rates vary according to the borrower’s ability to repay and his credit profile. Risk profiling is the most important aspect of peer to peer (P2P) lending. A borrower […]

Budget 2019 demands: Startups seek ease in borrowings, P2P loans, exemption of Angel Tax

The number of formalities, bank or any financial institution perform, become hectic for borrowers. Therefore, they are quickly shifting towards ‘Peer to Peer’ lending. It is a unique platform that lets borrowers and lenders contact each other. P2P platforms are the online based applications or channels that allows investors to lend money to the listed […]

Interim Budget 2019: Here’s How Modi Government Can Promote the P2P Industry

Transaction value in the P2P segment is about $1,123m and this number is expected to grow at CAGR (2019-2023) of 19 per cent Even though the Chinese P2P industry is tumbling, the Indian ecosystem is pretty optimistic about the domestic P2P industry. Time and again, the banking watchdog has introduced directions to protect investors’ interest […]

Investing in P2P Vs Equity MFs, FD and other instruments

2018 was not a great year for equity investors. 2018 was not a great year for equity investors. The Sensex gave around 8 percent returns in the last one year, while the Nifty generated around 5 percent in the year gone by. Fans of fixed deposits didn’t have a great year either. Interest rates on […]

Planning to lend on a P2P platform? Avoid these 5 common mistakes

Lending money to someone, ensuring regular interest payments, and eventually the return of principal on time — it is a tough job. Sure, P2P platforms make the task a lot easier for lenders. However, first-time lenders on these new digital platforms still find the task arduous. Here are a few common mistakes you can avoid […]

Suspension of Aadhaar verification to hit lending of small fintech players

MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 28 Fintech players, especially online lenders in the personal and consumer loans segment, are likely to face slowdown in business following the Supreme Court order that prevents private companies from seeking Aadhaar data for e-KYC and e-signatures. Following the apex court’s order, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), an umbrella organisation for […]

5 ways to reduce risk in P2P lending

Lending money is a risky affair. However, there are ways to minimize the risk. Since peer-to-peer (P2P) lending is a relatively new concept and the RBI regulations for the P2P sector are barely about a year old, here are five effective ways in which you can reduce the risk to ensure getting your money back. […]

Suspension of e-sign mandates to delay loan processing time for fintech startups

Digital lenders faced another roadblock as the National Payments Corporation of India has issued a circular, stating that e-sign mandate products will be suspended with effect from 26 November 2018. The decision was taken by the steering committee of the National Automated Clearing House, regulated by the NPCI. The electronic NACH or e-NACH form gives […]

Sachin Bansal, Kunal Shah to Ashish Kashyap, here is why serial entrepreneurs are crucial to the ecosystem

Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal is believed to back cab aggregator Ola with a $100 million investment after exiting Flipkart post its buyout by Walmart. Recently, Freecharge co-founder Kunal Shah announced his next start-up Cred, a platform to reward creditworthy individuals. Shah follows in the steps of Ashish Kashyap, founder of travel portal Ibibo, who recently […]

Artificial Intelligence & Big Data are believed to be the future powerhouse of Lending – Bhavin Patel

LenDenClub is the new-age P2P platform that aims to foster financial inclusion by leveraging technology to support borrowers with hassle-free loans, even in the remotest parts of the country. LenDenClub currently enjoys a borrower base of over 30000, while a lender base of more than 9000. While the lenders at the platform are spread all […]

Investors turn to P2P lending as other asset classes lose sheen

As the brewing financial and macroeconomic troubles take the sheen out of some asset classes, online peer-to-peer (P2P) lending is becoming an attractive option for high-risk-high-return investors. Disillusionment with mutual funds after the crisis in non-banking finance companies (NBFC), near-death of cryptocurrency market and diminishing returns from other asset classes have seen registrations on P2P […]

Funding the wanderer

Instead of chasing customers for home and auto loans, fintech start-ups have caught on the travel bug that has bitten Indian millennials. Start-ups in fintech and peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms are devising strategies of attracting more millennials towards small-ticket loans ranging from Rs 10,000 – 200,000, which are being mainly utilised towards experiential travel. Entrepreneurs […]

What next after Aadhaar gets SC nod despite judges acknowledging its flaws

In spite of agreeing that profiling undermines civil liberties and surveillance is unconstitutional, the judges reach the conclusion that neither is possible in the Aadhaar system Last week, the Supreme Court of India upheld the controversial Unique Identity scheme or Aadhaar. Following the second-longest hearing in the history of the Indian judiciary, the five-judge bench delivered a 1,448-page judgment more […]

Aadhaar verdict sends fintech players back to the drawing board

The recent Supreme Court verdict on Aadhaar may bring in tough times for the fintech companies who used to conduct eKYC (electronic Know Your Customer) via Aadhaar. Not mandating Aadhaar for the verification process has sent some fintech players back to the drawing board to work out strategies for physical verification, which is usually a […]

Here is Why Flipkart is Keen to Enter the Financial Services Sector

Looks the Indian startup’s ecosystem is smitten by the opportunities fintech industry is benefiting of. No wonder, we have unicorn startup companies such as the Flipkart looking into tap the market. Market buzz says that Flipkart is in the middle applying for an NBFC license to extend the line of credit to its sellers and […]

Thewire.in: What Happens to Firms Like Jio, Paytm as SC Strikes Down Section 57 of Aadhaar Act?

Section 57 gave birth to e-KYC, which allowed companies like Reliance Jio to rapidly acquire new users. Will bringing in a new law allow pvt entities to regain access to Aadhaar? New Delhi: Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday indicated that the Centre would examine whether separate legal backing is needed for Section 57 of the […]

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