Innovation and Digitization in Credit: A Global Perspective

  • Alex LaPlante, PhD, Managing Director of Research, Global Risk Institute
  • Charlotte Watson, Research Analyst, Global Risk Institute
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ABSTRACT

Digitization and other forms of technological innovation are dramatically changing credit markets around the world, creating opportunities for consumers and new market participants, but also challenges for traditional financial institutions and regulators. In this report, we draw from a wide range of sources to provide a comprehensive overview of the global digital lending landscape. We survey recent growth trends of peer-to-peer (P2P) and other forms of alternative lending that have been enabled by digitization, and compare and contrast the major digital lending markets around the world. We also discuss applications of new technologies like machine learning and blockchain to lending, and highlight the risks that these developments pose for consumers, firms, and regulatory agencies.