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Traditional vs Non-Traditional Lenders – Who is Winning and Why?

In today’s commercial lending landscape online lenders continue to gain ground over traditional banks.  SMBs are hungry for capital and would often rather pay a high rate for a quick turnaround than a better interest rate and have to wait.  It’s all about time. A traditional business loan application starts by filling out a form.  The …

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Financial Data Sharing APIs

Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy and present a big opportunity for financial institutions, particularly now. Despite years of sluggish growth, we’re currently seeing steady increases in entrepreneurship with signs of continued growth ahead. In fact, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index soared to 108.8 in August – a new record in …

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Taking SMB Lending From Inefficient to Effective

Historically, business lending has been riddled with manual, labor-intensive processes, taking anywhere from 35 to more than 120 days to complete. The process typically starts with the lender requesting a mile-long list of financial reports, including balance sheets and financial statements, bank statements, tax returns, accounts payable and receivable, details about the vendors on those …

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4 Key Areas SMB Lenders Can Improve with Better Financial Data

For too long, lenders have based small-business lending decisions on outdated data points such as FICO scores or tax returns. Unfortunately, this data is often skewed and inconsistent with the health and viability of the business. One of the most valuable assets for SMB lenders, however, is accurate, complete and current financial data. Without it, …

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Financial Data – The Wave of the Future

Technological advances are changing the way lenders service the SMB market. With financial data sharing, lenders are now empowered to make better decisions and provide a better experience for business borrowers. It is truly a win-win. Leading the charge are the financial institutions currently leveraging Validis’ DataShare technology, a financial data extraction tool that acts …

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The Pain Points of “Going Digital” with Data

The benefits of digitization are significant for both lenders and the SMEs they serve. However, for many institutions, “going digital” requires a shift from ingrained legacy processes which can present some challenges. We’ve split these challenges into two categories: technical and adaptive. Technical Challenges Data Access First, lenders must know how to access the data. Automation …

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Dealing with Data Overload

Regardless of whether you are a product- or relationship-oriented SME lender (read our earlier post), data is essential for growth. True, the notion that “Data is King” is old news – every financial institution recognizes the importance of data and the power it has to transform their business. The challenge is that with so much …

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