Divido, the multinational white label platform for point-of-purchase lending, has today released the findings of its latest research, The Global Lending Report. The report provides insights and trends into the future of the global point-of-sale lending market. Divido surveyed senior decision-makers in the banking/lending space across seven different regions, including the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the Nordics.
Point-of-sale finance is booming
Fuelled by consumer push-back on credit cards and a desire to have more flexibility when it comes to spending, the average U.S. lender estimates point-of-purchase finance will be worth almost $407 million to their individual business over the next 12 months.
Alongside this, U.S. lenders are set to invest an average of $45 million each into their point-of-purchase IT infrastructure over the next year. Across the seven markets, investment into point-of-sale finance is a priority for lenders, with two-thirds planning to invest between $1-500 million in this space over the next 12 months.
The wounds from failed projects are still fresh
Lack of appetite for investment following previous failed legacy IT projects remains a major concern, with 54% of U.S. lenders ranking it as the biggest challenge when it comes to delivering payments technology. Alongside this, in the last 12 months, IT projects for lenders in the U.S. ran over budget on average by $11.7 million.
“Banks are in a tough place. They’re facing competition from multiple directions but can be held back by increasingly expensive legacy systems that limit product development in-house,” said Christer Holloman, CEO and co-founder, Divido. “There is another option, banks can look to use third party fintech companies to release the increasing pressure on internal legacy IT resources. By doing this, they can safely turn their attention to focus on more timely core business issues, such as defending market positioning, addressing regulatory changes and winning new deals.”
Concern around new fintech players
New entrants are a top concern for 75% of lenders. No lenders agreed that they are confident about their ability to compete with these new market entrants, with 32% highlighting the ease at which new entrants can integrate with other businesses’ IT infrastructures, as their biggest concern.
That said, global collaboration among lenders and fintechs is firmly on the rise, with two-thirds stating that would consider partnering with a third party platform provider to deliver services to consumers.
Divido’s lending platform is quick to integrate with, works in multiple markets and with multiple lenders. It is currently available in the U.S, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and the Nordics.
To read the full report and access the different market guides, including the U.S. one, please go to The Global Lending Report.
The Global Lending Report is an independent research project, conducted by Coleman Parkes in April and May 2019. It surveys 700 IT decision makers at financial service providers with over 1,000 employees in the U.S., UK, Nordics, Germany, France, Spain and Italy that offer loan and credit services. Represented in the survey are job titles such as CEO, CTO, COO, CIO and IT Director.
SEC Qualifies DiversyFund to Drop Investment Minimums for Real Estate Fund to $500
DiversyFund, a financial tech company providing everyday Americans with the same investment opportunities as the wealthy, announced today it has received qualification from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to lower the minimum amount required to invest in its commercial real estate investment trust (REIT) to $500.
DiversyFund’s Growth REIT is a fund that allows everyday people to invest in multiple value-add apartment complexes, meaning apartments in need of upgrades. These improvements may include everything from new flooring to putting in a dog park – each enhancement adds more value to the properties than the cost of making the upgrades. About one year after DiversyFund purchases a property, it begins generating cashflow from rents. Then, after 4-6 years, the company is able to sell the apartment complex, typically for substantially more than the purchase price, generating returns for investors.
Historically, to invest in a private, non-traded commercial REIT like this one, individuals had to have a net worth of at least $1 million (excluding primary residence) or an income exceeding $200,000 over the prior two years ($300,000with a spouse). The invest minimum typically required to participate in these deals would range from tens of thousands to around $250,000.
“We believe that everyone deserves the choice to build their wealth,” said Craig Cecilio, co-founder and CEO of DiversyFund. “During my 20 years of experience managing more than $500 million in assets, I continuously saw the wealthy getting in on deals that weren’t accessible to the average person. After years of watching the rich get richer, I was determined to find a way to include the everyday person in these incredible investment opportunities and leverage technology to make investing simple.”
“We went through a rigorous screening process with the SEC to gain the qualification we needed to open up access to these exclusive deals and make investment minimums affordable for everyday Americans,” said Cecilio. We’re thrilled we can now give people the choice to invest for as little as $500. We’re ready to grow our community of next generation investors and start closing the wealth gap plaguing our society.”
DiversyFund doesn’t charge any platform or management fees and has eliminated third party costs by cutting out all of the middle men and managing every process internally, from purchase to sell. DiversyFund doesn’t make money until its investors make money – after the sale of the properties.
Vestmark Honored with Silver Stevie® Award at 2019 American Business Awards® Gala
Vestmark is proud to have received the Silver Stevie® Award in the FinTech Solution category as part of the 17th Annual American Business Awards®, in recognition of the VestmarkONE®platform’s recently launched advanced options trading and risk management module.
Mark Peabody, Senior Vice President of Product Management, accepted the award on Vestmark’s behalf at this year’s American Business Awards gala last week at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
This options module, available on the VestmarkONE® platform, provides an innovative trading and risk management capability that enables advisors to scale options trading and more efficiently use options strategies across all types of advisory programs. With this tool, hundreds or even thousands of accounts – across an entire book of business – can be traded at once, without impacting accounts following models, avoiding false rebalancing alerts and model drift notifications. The module also includes several automated risk management functions to help advisors and firms balance the risk of trading options. For more details, visit https://www.vestmark.com/solutions/vestmark-one/options-trading-and-risk-management.
Over 3,800 nominations of public, private, for-profit, and non-profit U.S. organizations of all sizes, and from a wide variety of industries, were submitted to American Business Awards® categories this year. More than 200 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award® winners. For a full list of 2019 Stevie Award® winners, and to obtain more information about the American Business Awards®, visit https://stevieawards.com/aba.
In selecting the VestmarkONE® platform for its award, the panel of judges lauded the platform as an “impressive product and innovative usage of technology,” and described “VestmarkONE’s New Options Module, one of the best products in its category that allows users to provide options trading across platforms.”
“I commend our teams at Vestmark for their ongoing commitment to developing and enhancing leading edge technology solutions for financial advisors and institutions,” said John Lunny, CEO of Vestmark. “This innovative options trading and risk management module in the VestmarkONE® platform makes it possible to scale the implementation of sophisticated portfolio management strategies for clients and accounts of all sizes. We are honored that our peers recognize the impact this innovation can have on the wealth management industry.”
Carson Crosses $10 Billion in Assets; Sets Sights on Deepening Value to Partner Firms
Carson Group, one of the fastest growing financial services firms in the country, today announced the firm has surpassed $10 billion in assets under management. Hitting this milestone highlights Carson’s status as a top-ranked RIA and coincides with several other recent breakthroughs for the organization.
- Carson Partners, which include 108 firms and nearly 230 advisors within its ecosystem, now collectively serves more than 27,000 families across the U.S.
- Signed net new assets from incoming advisors have risen to $1.45 billion year-to-date.
- 215 Carson stakeholders now support the firm’s various advisor coaching and partnership offerings, 49 have joined in 2019 alone.
- The organization will begin construction this month on its 200,000-square-foot, Omaha-based headquarters, which is slated for completion in late 2020.
“This has been a monumental month for the entire Carson family; not only in memorializing how far we’ve come in the last decade with asset growth but also in what we’re doing now to prepare for the next chapter,” said Ron Carson, founder and CEO of Carson Group. “We’re laying the groundwork for what I believe will be a 100-year company. We’re not plotting a quick and profitable exit or looking to sell; we’re building something bigger than ourselves here. Something we intend will forever change the world of financial advice for the better.”
Carson is constantly looking to expand and improve the ecosystem it offers partner firms. By doing so, it’s experienced tremendous growth in a time of change in the profession. From the recent Regulation Best Interest Rule to industry consolidation and an aging advisor population, the organization provides financial advisors a path to navigate disruption.
Due to Carson’s fast-paced growth, proactive moves are being made, including a plan to hire between 30 and 40 additional stakeholders through the end of 2019, releasing further iterations of client-facing technology and tools to enhance the experience advisors are providing, and expanding departmental support to ensure advisors are well-equipped to take advantage of the competitive landscape for attracting new business.
“We aim to build – and become – that fast-growing, innovative hub for financial services, because we know our competitive advantage is that we can move faster and do more for our clients, for less,” said Aaron Schaben, Executive Vice President of Carson. “Every decision we’re making right now – and every new partner we consider – must always bring us a step closer to doing what’s right for our clients. Advisors are seeing Carson deliver on that promise, and that is what most excites me as we look ahead to our future growth.”
In addition to being a mainstay in the Barron’s annual list of top wealth management firms, Carson Group remains among the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies, has been recognized for two consecutive years by InvestmentNews as a top-50 firm for Best Places to Work for Financial Advisors, and was awarded a Best Places to Work in FinTech by American Banker.
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