News Roundup

This page contains an archive of the newsletters produced by LendIt Fintech.

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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Even Financial has been rapidly growing its business, now reporting over $1.5 billion in loan requests through its technology offerings; firm says loan originations from its services have been growing at a quarterly rate of 205%; the growth has been the result of increased interest in its offerings and expanding partnerships with lending businesses; firm provides technology for publishers seeking to build online solutions that compare lenders; it also offers its technology services to merchants for helping their clients identify the best financing options for purchases.  Source


The P2PFA has added Folk2Folk expanding its membership to nine; Folk2Folk is the only P2P lender in the UK to offer regional branch offices for customers to meet with representatives; the lending platform was authorized by the Financial Conduct Authority in December 2016; it is a secured property small business lender and has lent a total of approximately £134 million ($167.28 million) to small businesses.  Source

Fintech solutions are rapidly evolving and their growth appears to be creating increased market opportunities for innovative fraud; the frictionless payments market specifically has reported a spike in digital financial crime as money launderers find new and innovative ways to steal identities and develop synthetic profiles; the Financial Times also reports on the use of e-commerce for new types of fraudulent activity, noting that criminals can use fraudulent transaction platforms to setup inexpensive e-commerce sites that elicit funds from internet shoppers; with innovative fraud solutions growing fast, the costs of monitoring and mitigating fraudulent activity are becoming an even greater factor for fintech companies.  Source

Sunlight Financial has gained a $130 million investment from Route 66 Ventures for expansion of its residential solar systems lending business; the firm plans to develop new financing products, expand its Charlotte business center and partner with more solar installers; the firm is currently a trusted provider for a network of solar installation companies and offers its credit products through an easy to use online platform.  Source