For many students, student loans are a part of the college experience: 43% borrow (or currently borrow) federal student loans and 12% borrow (or currently borrow) private student loans, according to the College Ave Student Loans survey of 1,019 undergraduate students conducted by Barnes & Noble College InsightsSM. Of those borrowing, only half (49%) feel confident they can repay their student loans.
While the majority of students that borrow (86%) understand taking out student loans means they will repay more than they borrow, only about 1 out of 3 (37%) fully understand the financial terms associated with them. More than two-thirds (69%) do not know what the monthly amount will be on their first student loan bill.
“Our survey highlights that though student loans play a significant role in helping students achieve their college degree, more can be done to help educate students on responsible borrowing,” said Joe DePaulo, CEO and Co-Founder of College Ave Student Loans. “Through our clear and helpful online resources and calculators, College Ave Student Loans strives to make student loans as simple and easy-to-understand as possible and help students understand their monthly payments when they graduate.”
The College Ave Student Loans survey also finds that students expect to take on most of the responsibility of repaying their student loans. More than half of students (55%) plan to pay back their loans without help from parents. And, college students graduating with student loan debt are motivated to enter the workforce. More than half (58%) say this will motivate them to land a job faster. Nearly half (43%) will look for a job where student loan repayment is part of the benefits. And, around 1 in 3 (36%) plan to work two or more jobs to help them pay off their student loans.
Borrowing for college can be a confusing process that can leave students with a financial responsibility for the years to come. To help students who plan to borrow for the upcoming school year, DePaulo offers the following tips to help families borrow smart:
- Borrow federal loans first. Federal loans in the student’s name offer certain protections and benefits – such as income-driven repayments and public service forgiveness – not typically offered with private loans.
- Don’t borrow more than you expect to make in your first year of your professional career. By doing so, you help ensure your student loan payment vs. income ratio is kept at a reasonable amount.
- Be aware of automatic deferment. Some loans, such as federal, automatically defer payments while you are in school. But paying down loans while in school – even as little as $25 a month – can help you save money over the long run. Check your repayment for each loan, and if you can afford to, ask your student loan servicer how to make payments on your loan while in school.
- Make sure there are no additional fees. Some loans come with origination, application or even early repayment charges – extra fees that College Ave Student Loans does not charge its borrowers. Make sure to read the fine print and ask your student loan servicer if you are unsure.
- Apply with a co-signer that has strong credit. Applying for a private student loan with mom or dad? Choose the parent with the strongest credit score and history who can help you net the best interest rate possible. One easy way to check what rates you can expect without pulling a credit report is with the College Ave Student Loan Credit Pre-Qualification Tool.
- Sign up for automatic payments. Planning to start paying off your student loan while in school? Consider signing up for automatic payments. You’ll often get a discount on your interest rate when you’re making automatic payments, and you’ll know that your payments are being made on time each month. Not all student loan servicers offer this benefit – make sure to ask.
SOURCE College Ave Student Loans
360Quadrants Recognizes IBM, Microsoft and Salesforce as Visionary Leaders in the AI in Fintech Space
AI in Fintech solutions are used by enterprises to perform finance-related tasks that traditionally require human intelligence. These solutions leverage AI-equipped technology to allow the financial sector to design better investment strategies, swiftly detect anomalies, recognize patterns in data, implement voice recognition, and engage in thorough market analysis. Simply put, the AI in Fintech market hosts vendors that provide AI-enabled Fintech solutions.
360Quadrants the most granular comparison platform has released a quadrant on AI in Fintech Solutions to help businesses make quicker and more informed decisions. The quadrant has IBM, Microsoft and Salesforce sharing space as Visionary Leaders. 360Quadrants are generated post analysis of companies (product portfolios and business strategy). Quadrants will be updated every three months based on market and regional analysis and developments in AI in Fintech.
AI in Fintech Solutions Quadrant Highlights
360Quadrants covers 79 companies in the AI in Fintech Solutions space and places the top 44 of them in a quadrant depending on their quality, reliability, and business outcome. These 44 companies are categorized into Visionary Leaders, Dynamic Differentiators, Emerging Companies, and Innovators.
360Quadrants recognizes Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick, Amazon AWS Alexa, Salesforce Einstein, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite, and IBM Watson Platform as Visionary Leaders; IPSoft Amelia, ComplyAdvantage, Nuance Virtual Assistance, Inbenta InbentaBot, Digital Reasoning Conduct Surveillance as Innovators; Samsung and Microstrategy HyperIntelligence as Dynamic Differentiators; and DataRobot, Razorthink Big Brain, Numenta HTM for Stocks suite, Anodot AI Analytics, Brighterion Smart Agents, Kasisto Kai Banking, Next IT Alme, ZestFinance ZAML, Ayasdi Enterprise AI, Voyager Analytics, AlphaSense and Wallet. AI as Emerging Companies. The 360Quadrants platform provides the most granular AI in Fintech Solutions comparisons between vendors.
Additionally, 360Quadrants has dived deep into research and released a niche region-specific quadrant. This quadrant recognizes the top player in the market in specific regions. The regional quadrant covers North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, MEA, and Latin America. Intensive research was conducted to place companies in regional quadrants based on their developments, presence—both online and physical—and support/reach in specific regions. IBM Watson, Salesforce, and Microsoft are recognized as Visionary Leaders across regions. In the North America and Asia Pacific regions, Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick is recognized as a Visionary Leader by 360Quadrants. Finally, for Latin America and MEA, 360Quadrants recognizes AWS as a Visionary Leader.
The methodology used to rank AI in Fintech Solutions companies involved the use of extensive secondary research to identify key vendors by referring to annual reports, press releases, investor presentations, white papers, and various related directories and databases. 44 key vendors were shortlisted based on their breadth of product offerings, organization size, and other criteria. The scores and weights for shortlisted vendors against each parameter were finalized post research. After the finalization of ratings, each vendor was placed in the most relevant quadrant based on their score in the product offering and business strategy parameters.
Infinicept Achieves 5X Growth Putting FinTech and SaaS Companies on the Fast Track as Payment Facilitators
As the payment facilitator market continues its trajectory of nearly 80% CAGR, representing $500 billion in total transaction volume by 2021, Infinicept is quickly capturing market share as the first and only open, agnostic payment facilitator platform. Since the company’s launch in 2012, Infinicept has helped fast track over 200 payment facilitators by offering consulting services and products that greatly reduce the time it takes to embed payment acceptance into software offerings. This momentum continues in 2019 as Infinicept records 500 percent growth in revenue and customer acquisition.
Recognizing the potential for further growth, Mastercard has invited Infinicept to join Start Path, a six month program that connects innovative later-stage startups to Mastercard’s global ecosystem.
“Having evaluated 10,000 startups from across the globe, we are always adding ground-breaking entrepreneurs to our network of innovators,” said Amy Neale, Mastercard vice president and global lead for Start Path. “Mastercard Start Path companies today are later-stage startups reaching unicorn status, entering the public markets and co-creating with world-renowned financial services firms to deliver real solutions for consumers.”
As the payment facilitator model matures, hundreds of thousands FinTech and software as a service (SaaS) companies worldwide are realizing they can provide a better customer experience and increase revenues and valuation by becoming a payment facilitator. The main obstacle being the time it takes to become a payment facilitator and the risks that come with onboarding submerchants. Payment Facilitator in a Box was developed by Infinicept to provide companies with the merchant underwriting and back office platform they need to easily get up and running—in weeks, not years.
Infinicept has already attracted customers in a variety of vertical markets who recognize the benefits and return on investment (ROI) this payment model offers. Signed customers include businesses in retail, food and beverage, healthcare, real estate, events and many more.
“Within the healthcare industry, there is a huge demand for a more positive payment experience. Patients expect modern, intuitive payment tools and large health systems need the flexibility to respond to their patients’ financial needs by rolling out consumer-friendly payment options across their enterprise,” said Alan Nalle, Chief Strategy Officer of Patientco. “Leveraging Infinicept’s innovative Payment Facilitator in a Box, Patientco simplifies the complexities of implementing, managing and scaling new payment technology for health systems while providing a superior financial experience that today’s patients expect.”
“FinTech and SaaS companies see the value of integrating merchant acceptance, underwriting, onboarding and back office operations into their products, but in order to do that, they need a supporting platform that reduces the complexities of it and works with any bank, processor, gateway or CRM they choose,” said Deana Rich, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Infinicept. “Achieving 500 percent revenue growth and joining the Mastercard Start Path program confirms Infinicept is on the right path to fill a critical market need for FinTech and SaaS companies. Our engineering team and partners have done a great job delivering a dynamic suite of open and automated services that provide an operational backbone for any company looking to take the simple path to becoming a payment facilitator.”
Guaranteed Rate Appoints Suk Shah as Chief Financial Officer
Guaranteed Rate, one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the nation, has hired Suk Shah as its Chief Financial Officer to accelerate growth. As Guaranteed Rate continues to break monthly volume records, it has been named one of 2019 Chicago’s largest privately held companies, reporting nearly $24 Billionof overall loan volume in 2018 alone.
“Suk is a huge hire for Guaranteed Rate and is a perfect cultural fit,” said Founder & CEO Victor Ciardelli. “With an extensive background as a FinTech CFO, he brings a ton of experience to the company, including areas such as mergers and acquisitions.”
As CFO, Shah will lead and oversee Guaranteed Rate’s focus on profitability and efficiency, while supporting various growth strategies and initiatives. Shah’s presence will enable Guaranteed Rate to expand the company’s product, technology and service solutions that will further enable the business to drive revenue growth and margin expansion across the organization.
“Guaranteed Rate is a pioneer in the digital mortgage industry and is uniquely positioned as an industry leader to drive mortgage volume and revenue through its innovative products and services,” said Shah. “I’m looking forward to joining this highly tenured and passionate leadership team to make a transformative impact for the company.”
Shah joins the Guaranteed Rate team from his former position of nearly five years at a high-growth financial technology company, where he helped raise over $600 million in equity and $4 billion in debt capital. Before that, Suk was the CFO of the US and Canadian divisions of a Global Commercial Bank where he oversaw a $40 billion loan and deposit. Shah began his career with General Electric and spent over eight years with the company in various finance and operating roles, helping to execute business priorities and deliver financial commitments.
Shah has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Information Systems from the University of Illinois and an Executive MBA from Northwestern University. He lives in Hinsdale, Ill., with his wife and two children.
Guaranteed Rate has delivered competitive pricing, mortgage products and unmatched expertise from its top-producing loan officers, helping thousands of customers move into their dream homes. The Company introduced the market’s first Digital Mortgage, creating an easy-to-understand, transparent loan process, which has led to an industry-leading customer satisfaction rating and exponential growth.
SOURCE Guaranteed Rate
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