The business press have focused this week on Deutsche Bank, amid rumors they will require government action to stay viable in their current circumstances; trigger issue is US government seeking a US$14 billion fine over the 2008-2009 centered subprime mortgage crisis; rumors vary on whether Deutsche and German government are working on a crisis plan and/or considering government financial support; comparisons are proposed to that period's bailout of "too big to fail" Lehman Brothers. Source
UK mortgage loan marketplace platform, LendInvest, has released its 2016 earnings; originations on the platform increased 84% to £320 million for the year ending March 2016; company grew revenue 133% to £32 million with a profit of £3.4 million; leads most of its competitors who have been consistently reporting losses. Source
Bondora has reported that it will not be opening an office in London due to post-Brexit effects; instead it will open a new office in Germany; Bondora CEO, Partel Tomberg, says he is uncertain about European market access in London; Bondora CFO says German regulators including Bafin are increasingly opening up to supporting innovation in the financial sector. Source
Leading marketplace lending platform, Prosper, has launched Credit Card Optimizer; the Credit Card Optimizer is an enhancement to the firm’s Prosper Daily app which was introduced in March 2016 as an aggregator for financial accounts; the Credit Card Optimizer will provide users with their credit card balances and payment notifications; also seeks to provide advice on credit card usage and includes features for managing credit cards by interest bearing balances. Source
Lending Club's CIO, Siddhartha Jajodia, sent a letter to investors on October 14 alerting them of an increase in interest rates; Lending Club says it will increase loan rates by a weighted average of 26 bps with rate changes mostly concentrated in the lower credit quality loan grades; the rate increase follows a previous weighted average interest rate increase of 135 basis points from November 2015 to June 2016; the rate increase is consistent with a lower credit quality trend observed from the platform’s borrowers as well as a higher trending rate environment in the US; additionally the firm also reported changes to credit policy standards and improvements to its collections efforts.
Bitcoin Software Addition 'SegWit' Could Make Digital Currency Faster The Bitcoin community is ready to roll out an enhancement to the digital currency's code base; SegWit (which stands for "Segregated Witness") separates the encrypting of the transaction information from the currency miner's validation signature; currency miners need extensive computing resources and time to prove that a transaction is true and valid, therefore this step has traditionally slowed down the recording of transactions; done with testing, the new SegWit feature could be released as soon as November 15th; it is considered officially adopted once 95% of the Bitcoin software community deploys the code; this could take as little as a month or two, or significantly longer.
Envestnet is an analytics company, Backbase a digital banking platform; their partnership is building upon an existing relationship and will feature a collaboration on the Open Banking Marketplace; the partnership will focus on Backbase customers being offered the suite of tools offered by Envestnet | Yodlee like know-your-customer, cash management, budgeting and a simple overview of multiple accounts from different financial institutions; according to Jouk Pleiter, CEO and Co-Founder of Backbase, “With companies like Envestnet | Yodlee on our Open Banking Marketplace, banks are able to give banking clients the user experience they deserve.” Source