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LendIt Europe 2015 takeaways

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More than 750 attendees were visiting the largest online lending event in Europe – LendIt Europe 2015 – this week in London. The conference was split between platforms and investors and was represented with 45 countries, making it very diverse. We have summed up some of the takeaways for you. Institutional investors are increasingly more…

Who are the customers of alternative finance?

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Traditional financial institutions do not serve the customer well when it comes to borrowing. In consumer borrowing, mainstream financial service providers tend to lack flexibility – not only in their opening hours, but in taking a very vertical view of a potential customer. This produces by necessity a black and white view – ‘good customers’…

Recommended reading

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Private investors Lars Wrobbel and Kolja Barghoorn have published a new book “Investieren in P2P-privatkredite” (Investing in P2P-lending). The book is mostly targeted for investors offering an overview of the opportunities that peer-to-peer lending offers. It encourages readers to get started by offering insights into P2P future analysis and strategies for a good profit. In…

Big banks eye alternative finance

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It is over twenty years since Bill Gates famously said, “Banking is essential, banks are not”, and now it has started to happen — traditional banking in the US could very soon lose $11 billion to alternative finance every year according to Goldman Sachs. Many old banks want a piece of the alternative finance growth…

Fintech startups will replace universal banks

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The article by Bondora CEO and co-founder, Partel Tomberg, originally appeared in the European Credit Research Institute Newsletter. Marketplace lending will make universal banks obsolete by giving everyone the opportunity to provide capital directly to consumers and businesses. Every consumer and small business should have an option to find the best service provider for every…

European Peer Lending: Has it Gone Mainstream or the Opportunity is Still there?

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Earlier this year the Centre for Alternative Finance at Cambridge Judge Business School, in co-operation with professional services firm E&Y, released a pan-European study of the alternative finance market. The study, titled “Moving Mainstream”, can be considered the most comprehensive study on the subject released to date. The researchers studied the peer-to-peer consumer lending sector (a…