Letter From the Editor – July/August 2015

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This story appeared in deBanked’s Jul/Aug 2015 magazine issue. To receive copies in print, SUBSCRIBE FREE

G’day mates,

Merchant cash advance and similar financial solutions have expanded beyond the United States. Canada was always the next logical option but it’s made its way far beyond that, all the way to Australia. And in the land down under, Australian natives are competing with American-based companies for market share. There’s not a lot of information available about the landscape there so we went out and got the inside scoop, fair dinkum!

Speaking of international, the race is on here at home to obtain a national or state bank charter. Loans allow for much more customization than is possible with merchant cash advances, noted Glenn Goldman, CEO of Credibly. But is the industry setting itself up for a stable future or are some companies betraying their roots as a bank alternative by in essence becoming banks themselves?

And even while the crowd cheers for charters, a baffling appellate court ruling in New York State threatens to undermine that strategy completely. If you haven’t heard of Madden v. Midland Funding, we’ve got some information about it inside.

I must note that deBanked celebrated its 5-year anniversary this past July. The world was much simpler when I started it. In 2010, I was able to quantify the industry’s size with ease, but today it’s a challenge to define what the industry even is, let alone calculate how big it is.

Everything is evolving and quickly, but some things still say the same, like when a broker’s commission is pulled back because a deal defaulted. Shouldn’t lenders take full responsibility for their own underwriting decisions? Not all brokers thought so apparently when we asked them. It appears that today’s broker is thinking more like a lender and if long-term growth is one of their goals, they’re probably thinking about becoming a lender themselves. That of course brings us right back to bank charters and court rulings to make that possible.

And if those topics are exhausting to think about, then sit back, relax and let us guide you through the beautiful Australian Outback. From Uluru to a kangaroo, alternative lending is never out of reach.

–Sean Murray

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