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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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SMEs Encouraged to Join Value Chains
To increase competitiveness SMEs are urged to join global value chains. According to the article, lack of quality supplier-buyer relations with multinationals is hindering SMEs access to electronics global value chains. A World Bank report says only 300 Vietnamese firms are completely eligible to connect with the world’s production chains...
Financial Products Created with Women In Mind
The largest untapped market in the world is women, according to Women’s World Banking. Financial institutions are failing to ensure their offerings work for women, however three elements with a gender-inclusive design can help counter this issue: Go beyond “gender-neutral” Segmenting by gender during the product design phase Developing the...
Partnerships with Fintechs Boost Competitiveness in Lending
Fintechs understand the importance of access to finance for SMEs and so do companies. With about 95 percent of SMEs contributing as much as 30 percent of the country’s gross domestic product and are employing about 60 percent of the country’s workforce, companies like First Circle are rising to the occasion. The company, which provides business...
Banks Are Unable to Pay Mexican SMEs
Euromoney says SMEs account for nine out of every 10 businesses in Mexico, however only a third have access to finance. “Despite numerous financial institutions operating in the market, financial services penetration remains low,” said Norbert Schneider, principal investment officer for Mexico at the IFC. SMEs in the country are lacking credit...
Scaling Up Financing SDGs Discussed in High-Level Meeting
The UN Secretary General’s High-level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development discussed focus of investments, measuring data for SDGs and vulnerable countries and sectors. According to the article, the meeting focused on: Aligning global financial and economic policies with the 2030 Agenda Enhancing sustainable financing...
MEB Will Lend K250 Billion to Local SMEs
Myanma Economic Bank (MEB) will provide funds to SMEs in the the manufacturing, production and trading, import substitution, recycling and energy saving and services sectors. MEB has a two-step loan with an interest rate of nine percent, a part of their SME loan program. Borrowers able to utilize property as collateral will be able to access K300...
Digitization Could Hurt Relationship Between Banks and Venture Clients, Specifically Women
Approved bank loans to SMEs has decreased by 15 percent over the last 10 years, and roughly 60 percent of all ventures in need of external financing have reported difficulties in accessing financing for their investments, according to an article by the Harvard Business Review. Digitization is proving to have a negative effect on entrepreneurs,...
 IFC and Other Key Stakeholders Advise Government in Philippines on New Law to Support MSMEs
The IFC in partnership with the Department of Finance, the Land Registration Authority, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Trade and Industry, various MSMEs and banking associations to construct a new bill to support MSMEs in the Philippines. The Personal Property Security Act (Republic Act No...
Widening Gender Gap May Affect The Future of Cryptocurrency
In the G7 Executive Talk Series briefing report, the critical role of women in the cryptocurrency sector is examined. According to the report, 95 percent of males are bitcoin users while on five percent are females. One key element explaining the cause of this imbalance is due to the psychological theory that men take more risks than women,...
Blockchain’s Influence on the Insurance Industry
Medici examines the potential blockchain can have on the insurance industry. According to the article, blockchain is the answer to various stress-points throughout the insurance value chain. Areas where blockchain applications are being developed include: claims management and verification, new product and platform development, and record keeping...