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Community Manager at Funding Societies

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Weina (Kaeley) Tong
Weina (Kaeley) Tong, Community Manager at Funding Societies
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Updated on 19 Jul 2019
Hi Anon! SMEs in Singapore, commonly referred to as the 'backbone' of our society, account to 99% of Singapore companies, and contribute to 50% of the nation's GDP). Local P2P lending platforms offering SME lending, continue to fill this important gap in society -- providing credit-worthy MSMEs with customised financing solutions for their growth, expansion and cash-flow optimisation, with the funds contributed by investors (both individual and institutional) who are of a suitable risk appetite, through debt crowdfunding. P2P platforms, taken together, present an array of funding opportunities to serve these local businesses. In light of your words, the potential for consumer lending via debt crowdfunding does exist, given its prevalence in Europe and the US. In Singapore, however, there exist stringent regulations to protect (consumer) borrowers in Singapore by Ministry of Law (instead of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, which regulates crowdfunding for financial instruments under a different set of regs), which consumer financing/lending comes under. To this end, they have closely regulated this industry, having recently awarded 6 companies with specific licenses) to provide data-driven personal lending (which in itself does not regulate consumer financing through crowdfunding by P2P platforms). Some other inquisitive P2P investors have in fact, like you, discussed the possibility too, alongside one of the representatives from Minterest here)! Assuming the regulatory hurdle is cleared, it ultimately boils down to the platform's chosen target market (e.g. one of Funding Societies' main focuses is to impact societies through the empowerment of SMEs). Hope I was able to address your concerns! Feel free to voice your opinions on this, happy to discuss further.

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Weina (Kaeley) Tong
Weina (Kaeley) Tong, Community Manager at Funding Societies
Level 3. Wonderkid
Updated on 18 Jul 2019
Hi Gabriel, pleased to meet you - your responses & questions have been great learning for me personally! Kaeley here, I'm the Community Manager from Funding Societies! 👋 Have you reached out to the said platform on the slow updates yet? I'd like to share with you a related opinion piece, contributed by one of our investors on our blog - link here! He delved into detail on why a loan default may not result in a 100% wipeout of one's principal. Would love to hear your thoughts on this! Separately, you may also interact with him here on the topic, alongside other FS investors. Do let me know if it helps! :)

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Weina (Kaeley) Tong
Weina (Kaeley) Tong
Level 3. Wonderkid
Updated on 27 Feb 2019
Hi there! Some existing investors have gone into detail on this here! Quoting one of them, "the number of opportunities are less in singapore @ 1 or 2 a month and the interest rate(s) are also on the lower end".
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