Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:
The Future of P2P Lending in China, a new report from Celent finds that the peer to peer lending market in China has grown from $30m in 2009 to $940m in 2012, and will reach $7.8bn in 2015.
Key findings of the report include the fact that in the past five years, banking assets in China have been growing steadily at 20% per year, but the structure of the Chinese credit market has been irrational, Celent says. "For example, bank loans tend to be given to large enterprises, while small and medium enterprises find it difficult to obtain a loan. The future Chinese credit market will become more diverse, so as to facilitate the provision of bank loans; interest rates will be liberalized, and a national credit system will be set up."
The company finds that the peer-to-peer (P2P) lending model is one example of such diversification. "P2P lending relies on internet technology to carry out transactions; it also reduces risks and gives rise to competition in interest rates. In practice, the advent of the internet has influenced the finance industry to a certain degree, especially in the personal and small and medium enterprise financial markets. For example, AliFinance has created new business models in the areas of payments, unsecured loans and risk management through the introduction of Internet technologies."
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