Banks and Credit Unions Lose Scale on Lending as Fintechs Grow | News

BOSTON, March 15, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Mercator Advisory Group has released an installment loan trend report titled Installment Loans: Fintechs Gaining Ground on Installment Loan Forecasts. $212 billion. The research explains the situation of consumer installment loans in United States and how fintechs and financial companies are now overtaking banks and credit unions when it comes to installment loans. Additionally, this research examines how companies are offering integrated financial products such as CCaaS to enable customers to offer their own credit card product. Using four assessment criteria, general guidance is provided for those seeking a relationship with a fintech provider.

“Banks used to dominate consumer lending, with installment loan products priced well below credit cards, but that’s no longer the case,” he said. Brian Riley, director of the Credit practice at Mercator Advisory Group and author of the research report. “Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) was a wake-up call for credit card issuers. BNPL was a revamp of a merchant funding model used long ago by companies like GECC (now Synchrony) and Household Finance Corporation (acquired by Capital One) Now fintechs are moving in the same direction with installment loans,” Riley says.

Highlights of the research note include:

  • Consumer Debt Trends in the United States
  • Trends in Fintech and Financial Companies vs. Financial Institutions
  • Why banks and credit unions should define the consumer lending space, not follow fintech trends
  • Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats for Established Banks and Fintechs
  • Comparison of revolving and installment loan products
  • Consumer survey data on installment loan users and top fintech lenders

This document contains 28 pages and 9 exhibits.

Companies mentioned in this research note include: Acima Credit, Affirm, American Express, Avant, Bankrate, Blend Labs, Bread, Capital One, Citi, Discover, Equifax, Experian, FIS Global, FICO, Fiserv, GECC, HFC, JPMorgan chase, Jack HenryKlarna, Lending Club, LightStream, Mastercard, NerdWallet, Opportun, Prosper, Regions Bank, Rocket Companies, SoFi, Synchrony, TSYS, Truist, TransUnion, Upgrade, Upstart, Visa, Wells Fargo, Worldpay, Zopa

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