Digital Payments in India eat into Banks POS Business

paytm-digital-payments-in-indiaThe Indian RBI has bucked the overall Economic Trends and given wide scope for Digital Payment Platform. In this backdrop it is very important to note that PayTM Digital Payment Platform [Wallet using Pre-Paid Cash or Money Added via Debit / Credit Card, has now acquired over 600,000 merchants (compared to 300,000 for SBI, the largest among bank acquirers) within 9 months of launch. PayTM is already conducting ~ 10mn transactions a month (plans to double it over the next few months) with these merchants, compared to Read the rest of this entry »

What Should be your Ideal Credit Utilization Ratio ?

india-credit-utilization-rateCredit Cards are basically instruments introduced to extend per-approved credit line for your spend. While using them one has to be careful about Credit Utilization Ratio and impact on Credit Score. Most of our readers posed me a question on how much Credit can one use on the per-approved credit line of Cards, Personal Loans, etc without affecting one’s credit scores.

Credit Utilization Ratio is the percentage of available credit limit that one is utilizing. For example on a Card with Read the rest of this entry »

CIBIL-Transunion Tracking 525 Million Loan Accounts, Rise of Retail Lending

cibil-tracking-loan-accounts-indiaCIBIL Transunion is India’s Largest credit bureau with with data on 200mn Indian Citizens and 525mn loan accounts in its big data repository. The CIBIL management shared insights on the Rise of Retail Borrowing and Lending.

The strong trend in retail loan growth is aided by healthy growth in new account additions for both private players and NBFCs thus pointing to healthy granularity of the underlying retail loan growth. Even in microfinance space the underwriting trend is good with usage of TransUnion CIBIL/Aadhar helping minimize cases of duplicate lending

Despite steady y-o-y growth in retail segment, the underwriting trend remains good and there seems Read the rest of this entry »

Understand The Interest Free Period On Your Credit Card?

Interest Free Period On Your Credit CardThey say “Necessity is the mother of all inventions”. Credit Cards were born out of the need to provide an alternative to cash. Almost half a century back, when credit cards were introduced, they became an instant hit. Till date, people love to use their “plastic money” for they are universally accepted, quick, easy and relatively safe, help you keep a record of your purchases through monthly statements, great for bill payments and provide a host of other benefits through their loyalty points programs.

Let’s step in to the wonderful world of credit and learn on how to use credit cards to our advantage by Read the rest of this entry »

How Banks Evaluate CIBIL Score and Approve Home Loan Applications ?

CIBIL Loan ApprovalsMany of our readers have written to us to know How Banks Process and Approve Home / Car Loans ? They further have apprehensions that their Loan Applications were turned down despite having good Credit Report and CIBIL Score greater than 800. How do we account for such a case ?

When you apply for a Housing Loan, the following steps are performed by the Lending Bank / Financial Institution.

  1. Collect all necessary Documentation where Income Proof like Salary Slip, IT Returns are of importance to our discussion.
  2.  Collect necessary Processing Fees / Debit to your Account
  3.  Pull a Fresh CIBIL / Experian Credit Report and Read the rest of this entry »

Experian India Catching Up with CIBIL on Customers

Experian IndiaExperian is one of the four credit bureau license holders in India – CIBIL, CRIF Highmark and Equifax being others. In the global pecking order, Experian is 2X Equifax and 4X Transunion globally. In India TransUnion (CIBIL) has a larger presence.

In India, there are two entities, Experian Services India – 100% sub, decision analytics, marketing services (CheetahMail – world’s largest email marketing platform), business information (international reports).

Experian India: (1) 210 mn+ customers (2) 600 mn + address (3) 150 mn+ mn name variations; 60 mn+ identity variations. Credit accounts: (1) 380 mn+ current credit accounts; roughly 2 lines of Read the rest of this entry »