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Peer-to-peer lending gains prominence
Press Trust Of India / New Delhi November 07, 2008, 0:10 IST
As the financial turmoil rages on , a relatively new practice of lending and borrowing without intermediaries such as banks
is emerging through online sharing of money.
According to a study by market intelligence and data analysis services
provider Grail Research, ‘peer-to-peer lending’, which refers to an individual or Business Banking
a group lending money to a person in need without any intermediary, is fast Get a Business Checking
emerging and may reduce dependence on banks. Account & Check Card That
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The market size of the country’s informal lending market is estimated to be www.BankofAmerica.com/SmallBusiness
$90-100 billion (Rs 4-5 lakh crore), with rural areas accounting for bulk of the
market. Of this, just 30-35 per cent is supposed to be managed through friends
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This new form of loan is more popular among people, belonging to low-income www.mifc.com Most Popular
groups, who do not have easy access to bank loans.
“P2P lending is one of Web 2.0’s less-appreciated applications. By eliminating Read E-Mailed Commented
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Unlike traditional banks, which are governed by the Reserve Bank of India talent, says Ficci More
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“In the P2P system, the rate of interest at which one takes loans is negotiable.
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Unlike regulated banks’ practice, paper work and credit checks of borrowers
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are not so important here, which ultimately saves time,” Kumar said.
These firms mainly target poorer segments as they do not have access to
formal banking. Moreover, a host of micro-credit institutions operating in India are unable to meet the entire demands of
Traditionally, people prefer banks and other similar institutions as they are considered more reliable than lesser-known
However, a number of P2P lending firms, such as dhanaX, Range De and GlobeFunder, have emerged in recent times but
are in initial stages and need protection and support from the government for accelerated growth, the study said.
The internet plays a major role in the fledgling industry as P2P lending through portals of such companies involves online
sharing of money between users.
“Borrowers put up their profiles and make requests for loans on the portals, which the lenders can view. The entire
process helps the borrower and the lender gets interest rates that are acceptable to both parties,” Kumar said.
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