News Roundup

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Every day the LendIt Fintech news team scours the globe for the most important stories of the day to include in our daily newsletter. Then every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we produce our Europe-focused newsletter and on Tuesday and Friday, we produce our bilingual newsletter focused on the Latin American fintech market.

Then every Saturday we bring you our weekly news roundup of the top 10 stories of the week with commentary from Peter Renton.

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Banks are coming under increasing pressure to update legacy systems and provide a more digitized experience to customers, automated bots are another tool beginning to be used; while most banks are still in pilot mode, some are beginning to have wider adoption as they have seen how technology in other areas of the bank have improved efficiency and experience; "The technology works and banks are starting to have more confidence in them," explained KPMG's Managing Director for Emerging Technology Risk Services Kiran Nagaraj, bots can help make interaction with customers more efficient and allow for high-volume, repetitive processes and tasks to be done a lot faster.  Source

According to data from the Bank of England, unsecured consumer credit in the UK increased to 1.9 billion British pounds ($2.34 billion) in November and reported its highest level since March 2005; experts believe UK consumers have been increasing debt to take advantage of the market's low interest rates; P2P lenders have benefited from the increased demand for debt, reporting the highest growth rate in unsecured lending over the past five years, according to a November 2016 PwC survey; in the corporate market, businesses reported lower demand for credit with bank lending to non-financial businesses down 767 billion British pounds ($945 billion) in November.  Source

With open banking set to go live in Europe next month US banks will be keeping a close eye on how the process works; US banks have started to share data with fintechs through different partnerships for different reasons; the time is coming where the industry will have to look at open banking as a regulatory standard and some think the banks should really be the ones to set the parameters; coming up with a potential global set of standards is something that could really benefit all parties involved; “You need to globalize that at consistency so you don’t have different standards for each country in Asia, for example,” said Cynthia Murray, a managing director at Bank of America, to TearSheet. Source.

The new venture called Spring Labs will use blockchain technology in building a network which will allow lenders, banks and data providers to pay each other for access to consumer information; CEO Adam Jiwan gave insight into the problem they are trying to solve stating, “Utility companies or social-media companies or asset managers do not provide data into the existing credit-bureau system. In the existing ecosystem, financial institutions or lenders give up that information to a centralized party — a credit bureau — only for the financial institutions to buy it back in a synthesized form.”; the firm aims to have Avant, the online lender, be its first strategic partner. Source