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Effective Risk Assessment Models and Alternative Data Proves Beneficial for Retail Lenders

Effective risk assessment is instrumental in the lending business. According to Medici, technology companies are creating risk assessment models with increasingly inclusive variables that are allowing lenders to reach the previously unbankable population.

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EBRD Provides A €10 Million Loan To Sparkasse Banka Makedonija
Through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s Western Balkans SME Competitiveness Support Programme the Sparkasse Banka Makedonija will receive a €10 million loan to boost lending for SMEs. According to the article, the loan is aimed at improving the competitiveness of local companies, with at least 60 percent of the funds aimed...
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...
Effective Risk Assessment Models and Alternative Data Proves Beneficial for Retail Lenders
Effective risk assessment is instrumental in the lending business. According to Medici, technology companies are creating risk assessment models with increasingly inclusive variables that are allowing lenders to reach the previously unbankable population. Alternative data can improve risk assessment for retail lenders. According to the article,...
BSTDB Provides US $15 Million Loan to Support  Armenian SMEs
The Black Sea Trade and Development Bank will support the financing of SMEs in Armenia through a US $15 million loan to Ardshinbank. The loan will benefit 100 SMEs and impact 3,600 jobs in Armenia, according to the article. SMEs in Armenia are a key driver and contributor to the country’s GDP, generating up to 40 percent of GDP. “As a development...
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...
RBS Steps In to Support SMEs with Brexit
The Royal Bank of Scotland laid away £2 billion to support SMEs with trade finance, term finance and increased liquidity as they handle Brexit. According to the article SMEs rely on EU labour markets and exposure to foreign exchange movements. During this time UK banks have anticipated concerns related to Brexit’s effect on supply chains and...
Support in MENA Regions Shifting Towards SMEs
Efforts towards improving economic growth through SMEs are moving towards the Middle East and North African (MENA) territories, according to the article. Due to the failing oil reserves and revenues, MENA governments have changed their focus towards SMEs for economic growth, through long term programs and plans. According to the article, the SME...
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...
Approach to Enterprise Support is Failing Africa’s SMEs
Despite providing immense financial support for the economy, SMEs still face a multitude of challenges and lack support. According to the article, 72 percent of all startup funding went into only three companies in the region (Africa) in the span of two recent years. Supply and demand are the causes inhibiting SMEs’ access to support. On the...
Closing Africa’s MSME Finance Gap
Africa's Times of News , provided insights to the IFC estimation that Africa’s finance gap for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) stands at $331bn. Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) form the backbone of most African economies and investment in this sector will significantly enhance job creation and wealth development. The informal...