A new study has found that borrowers in China are taking out loans from multiple platforms; of 61 online lenders in the study, 44% of their customers borrowed from multiple sources; it is difficult to prevent against this since p2p lenders don’t have access to all of the credit data of their borrowers and there is no centralized place for platforms to share data; the study was done by the Beijing Internet Finance Industry Association. Source
American Banker discusses the evolution of online lending fraud and the industry's vulnerabilities; the combination of synthetic identities and multiple loan inquiries known as loan stacking have increasingly become a threat in the industry; while a number of new systems have been implemented to mitigate fraud the nature of the business makes it more susceptible with fraud prevention solutions becoming more prevalent. Source
There have been several groups formed in the online lending industry but the latest one doesn’t focus on a voice...
An open source movement helped propel technology in the 80s and 90s and industry professionals are speculating on the need for another open source movement in today's current environment; while open source is not favored because of its intellectual property disadvantages it does have significant advantages for innovation; Crowdfund Insider details some of the areas where it is being discussed including third party data sharing and loan stacking; it has also been a topic recently debated at LendIt USA 2017 and is in ongoing development and discussion with the Online Lending Policy Institute, ID Analytics, the Marketplace Lending Association and numerous other industry groups. Source
Online lending alternative credit data solutions provider Clarity Services has announced the release of Temporary Account Record, a solution for mitigating loan stacking; primarily focused on providing alternative credit data for the online lending market, the firm also began developing Temporary Account Record in 2013 to address the issue of loan stacking fraud; Temporary Account Record will complement the firm's data services by providing increased transparency on current loans and pending loan transactions. Source