SME Times News Bureau | 13 Aug, 2018
can have a significant role in increasing the flow of finances to the micro,
small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector, finds a new survey.
According to the ICCI-IBA
survey carried out for the period January to June 2018,respondents said that
with innovative technologies and business models, fintech platforms enjoy a
competitive edge due to cost-effective operations and fewer regulations than
the traditional finance sector, citing that fintech can have a significant role
to play in MSME financing.
The tie-up between Banking and Fintech can benefit lenders
with additional data, whereby they can enhance market penetration as well as
receive early warning signals with respect to any portfolio deterioration, they
To spread awareness amongst MSMEs about various Government
support schemes, banks can collaborate with Fintech companies as digital
platform can be effectively used to popularize the schemes, the respondents
Responding to a question on bank financing, 67% respondents among participating banks
have reported tightening of standards, steeply increasing from 28% in the last
round of the survey.
Proportion of respondents who have maintained credit
standards fell to 23% from 67% in the last round.
Since RBI had signaled tightening of the monetary policy by
increasing the repo rate in view of expectations of higher inflation, banks had
also increased their lending rate.
Banks have already started offering higher interest rate on
deposits which also increases their cost of funds.
Further, in view of the stress in the asset portfolios,
banks have generally adopted a cautious approach on lending to prevent fresh
slippages. It is pertinent to note that increase in deposit rates would benefit
the millions of depositors who have been getting lower rate for quite some
In the first half of 2018, RBI hiked the repo rate by 25 bps
in June 2018. As per the survey, over
half of the respondents (55%) have increased their MCLR by up to 20 bps during
the period Jan-Jun 2018. Further, 27% respondents increased MCLR by
more than 30 bps. Since then another hike in repo rate by 25bps was announced.