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Banks have not experienced a significant deterioration in asset quality of their MSME exposure, supported by various policy measures.
China has the largest green loan balance in the world, estimates place its green loan balance at $3.3 trillion by end of 2022
Some countries in Asia Pacific posted stronger growth in bank lending to small businesses between 2019 and 2021 as compared to the period from 2017 to 2019
Dennis Khoo, author and former UOB TMRW head, in this wide-ranging interview discussed the lessons from setting up one of the first digital banks in Southeast Asia, the imperative for incumbents to start a digital-only bank experiment and offers a road-map to it.
Licensed digital banks and P2P/marketplace platforms focused on alternative business lending to SMEs are overcoming operating and market challenges to scale and sustain their businesses. Leading players are charging ahead with more comprehensive service solutions and expanding regionally.
The rapid digitalisation of MSMEs, emergence of new digital-native business models and niche segments have become a key focus area for financial technology
Digital and incumbent banks face growing threats from big tech and payment platforms that are evolving into full-scale financial services players. Latest forecast derived from BIS data, predicts that alternative financing will surpass $1 trillion by 2023.
Better returns in the alternative finance sector and an increase in transparency attracts more non-institutional investments particularly in online platform lending
While fintechs may take some market share away in specific niches, the partnerships, analytics, and value-add that leading banks are developing can keep head of the game. Banks that fail to keep up could lose a significant share of their SME business