Blog Posts in 2016

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What Do The Hiccups Of 2016 Mean For Alternative Lending In The New Year?

“Alternative lending is dead,” said Rob Frohwein, co-founder and CEO of Kabbage, “but not because of the hiccups that have occurred in the industry.” LendingClub was the first ...
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Treasurers Watching FinTech Innovation To Get An Upgrade

Capital One’s Treasury Management Group is already looking ahead to how corporate treasurers will face the most modern of challenges in 2017. A new survey from the group published earlier this ...
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Alternative SME Finance Just Might Survive In 2017

Earlier this month, marketplace lending site Biz2Credit released the findings of its most recent small business lending index. The data revealed that SME loan approval rates at big banks were at an ...
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While scandals dominated 2016 banking headlines, innovation may do so in 2017

John Stumpf, CEO of Wells Fargo & Co., waits to testifies before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs in Washington DC, on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. BLOOMBERG Trends to ...
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Chinese billionaire with ambitions to reshape investment models

Shanda founder Chen Tianqiao sets sights on pioneering role in finance Chinese retail investors may be able to dream of Picasso while hanging share certificates on their walls. A Singapore-based ...
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Peer-to-peer lenders morph into traditional banking

Online sites such as Zopa move closer to the market they set out to disrupt The arrival of peer-to-peer companies in the UK a decade ago was supposed to start a lending revolution. As online sites ...
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Banking on change: Tech startups target financial services

Vlad Tenev (left) and Baiju Bhatt co-founded Robinhood, a stock brokerage that does not charge any commissions for its customers to buy and sell shares. Their goal is “to create an international ...
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Online lender files for bankruptcy protection, just in time for Christmas

A Chicago-based online lender filed for bankruptcy protection last week, which would be interesting enough on its own, but the ripples from this particular situation could rock boats elsewhere in the ...
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5 Surefire Ways To Inspire Others More Deeply And Powerfully Next Year

This time of year, many of us are reflecting on the past 12 months, thinking about what we’ve done well and what we’d like to learn from, as well as where we’d like next year to take ...
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IPO Dreams: Fintech Turmoil Is Disrupting SoFi (LC, ONDK)

Financial technology, known as fintech, has been regarded as one of the most exciting growth areas when it comes to technology startups, attracting significant venture capital. Delayed IPO Dreams That ...
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Online Lender SoFi Plans to Compete Directly With Traditional Banks

SoFi’s CFO and president Nino Fanlo (left) with co-founder and CEO Mike Cagney. CREDIT: Courtesy Company Like rebellious teenagers raging against their boring old parents, financial startups ...
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Banking Industry Vet Leaves BoA for Online Lender

A veteran member of Bank of America's legal department has left for the online lending company Swift Financial Corp. Swift, a small business lender based in Wilmington, Delaware, announced on Dec. ...
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BlueVine Grabs $49M In Funding

Alternative lender BlueVine has announced a major venture capital funding round to the tune of $49 million. Reports today (Dec. 14) said BlueVine secured the Series D funding from various investors, ...
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Two Years Post-IPO, Rocky Journey For OnDeck

Two years out, it’s been quite the journey for OnDeck. Back in December 2014, the online lender took to the public markets, raising $200 million, and soon out of the gate the shares were ...
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Linda McMahon Backed Revamp of SBA, Which She Has Been Picked to Lead

Linda McMahon spoke to the media at Trump Tower last month. President-elect Donald Trump has nominated her to serve as head of the Small Business Administration, a cabinet-level position. PHOTO: BRYAN ...
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Use small business credit to fuel your growth

As told by Dennis Zink: Obtaining a small-business loan or establishing a credit line is not always easy these days. In my podcast series - "Been There, Done That, with Dennis Zink" - I ...
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Tech Startups Targeting Financial Services

In this Dec. 11, 2014, file photo, Renaud Laplanche, third from right, Founder & CEO of Lending Club, embraces company CFO Carrie Dolan during opening bell ceremonies of the New York Stock ...
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Karen Mills, Harvard: Regulate, But Allow Online Lending Market Space to Innovate

Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School Karen Gordon Mills along with VP of Strategy at Fundera, Brayden McCarthy, have recently posted a working paper on SME lending. Mills is also the former ...
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Not All SME Loans Are Created Equal

A small business loan by any other name — would it still suit the borrower? Not necessarily. There are several different types of loans a small business owner could pursue when in need of ...
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Why Alternative Lenders Don't Use APRs

If you’ve ever shopped for a small business loan online, you probably haven’t seen annual percentage rates (APRs) used frequently. Instead, lenders will use factor rates, annualized ...
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OnDeck Closes On $200 Million Asset-Backed Debt Facility By Credit Suisse

OnDeck, the online lender for small business, announced it closed on a $200 million asset-backed revolving debt facility. The debt facility is by Credit Suisse. In addition to other funding sources, ...
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Streamlining Your Qualification and Closing Processes with Deal Placement Assistance

Deal placement assistance allows ISOs to secure funding for their clients without spending the enormous time and attention necessary for maintaining a close-knit network of strategic partnerships with ...
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Regulator Will Start Issuing Bank Charters for Fintech Firms

Thomas Curry, head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, says the agency will offer national charters for fintech firms. PHOTO:BLOOMBERG NEWS WASHINGTON—Firms offering online loans, ...
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'Fintech' firms notch win as regulator allows them to seek federal bank charters

The logo of Lending Club, a leading "fintech" company based in San Francisco, on a video screen at the New York Stock Exchange on May 18. (Richard Drew / Associated Press) Upstart financial ...
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U.S. regulator clears way for online lenders to have national charter

U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry answers a question during the Reuters Financial Regulation Summit in Washington May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria Online credit companies and paperless ...
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