Sweden is the famous home to several infamous tech giants and unicorns such as iZettle, Bambora and Spotify. It is also very well known for ranking very highly when it comes to gender equality. Yet, for some reason, there is a mismatch between these two facts and in fields such as FinTech women are still greatly under-represented. A 2018 FinTech report by Stockholm School of Economics found only 38% of employees in the FinTech sector in Stockholm are women.
For the second consecutive year, the Financial Times has recognised us as one of the fastest growing companies in Europe. This year we have advanced from 3rd place to 2nd within the FinTech category in Sweden.
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The financial services landscape has been radically evolving for the past decade, and credit scoring is no exception. Once the domain of a small number of credit bureaus, alternative credit scoring is democratising the credit underwriting process for banks and other lenders. This global trend shows no signs of slowing down, especially with the rise of digital-only banks and as more and more people use banking in unconventional ways, e.g. applying for a mortgage online.
Here at Instantor, we’re all about making our service (even) easier for our customers. Over the last 8 years, we’ve been lucky to grow to different parts of the world. And while we’re humbled by the customers who’ve chosen to join us over the years, we are always on the lookout for how we can make the Instantor experience even better.
I am unashamedly a millennial. I engage in many of the behaviours that make my generation distinctly different to the one that came before it. I am highly individualistic, perhaps some would even say narcissistic. I’ve had social media and access to the internet for as long as I can remember. I don’t really recall a time before having a mobile phone. I spent much of my life in education striving to get the qualifications that my parents and teachers had told me I needed. I studied sustainability, and for a while, I dedicated my life to saving the world and volunteering. I am in so many ways a complete cliché.
Getting credit or a mortgage declined is a big concern for many of us. In fact, most of us will need to use credit at some point in our lives, so it’s a big deal when we are declined. That’s why credit scores are important – to improve our chances of gaining access to credit and enabling us to navigate quickly through life’s twists and turns.
This year has been named by Forbes as ‘the year of open APIs’. The implementation of open APIs in all sectors of the financial industry (FI) from banks to FinTechs has exploded around the world. FIs and governments are evaluating how open APIs can encourage industry openness and competitiveness, whilst simultaneously providing consumers with better user experiences.
The name of the game is Open Banking and the UK has been a leader in this expanding global movement: there are already over 22 jurisdictions across the world that have begun to consider, or have implemented their own Open Banking initiative.
In 2018, a concerning 60% of consumers in Sweden abandoned their financial applications. What is even more worrying is that this number has been increasing globally over the past few years. For example in the UK, the number of applicants who abandoned applications leapt from 40% in 2016 to 56% in 2018.
Brand loyalty is decreasing as consumers show a willingness to jump ship in search of the easiest application process. Established financial service institutions can no longer rely solely on consumer trust in an industry that seems to be disrupted daily by the latest tech solutions from challengers and start-ups.
At Instantor we want to contribute to a more inclusive and fair financing market. We do this by making people's financial lives easier and helping organisations to understand their customers’ true financial capacity, using transactional data.
Our client, Lendify – Sweden’s largest marketplace for loans – wrote a great opinion article on how traditional credit assessments need to be updated. How new technology, like our AI credit predictor – Insight – can provide a more accurate and detailed risk analysis for lending organisations and be a force for a healthier lending market. Please enjoy a translated version by us that was originally published in Swedish by Realtid.se in October 2018.