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Finastra launches embedded consumer lending solution

Finastra | July 01, 2022 | Read time : 02:50 min

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Finastra today unveiled its embedded consumer lending solution, enabling access to traditional regulated lending options for consumers at point-of-sale (POS). Financial institutions, distributors and merchants will benefit from a platform that makes it easy for their customers to access lending options.

For end consumers, Finastra Embedded Consumer Lending aims to make the buying process as frictionless as possible, providing more options to consumers and an alternative to the Buy Now Pay Later approach, which is often not applicable to high value purchases. For merchants, the BaaS platform provides access to numerous lenders and their specific products. And for financial institutions, Finastra Embedded Consumer Lending provides access to a marketplace of distributors and merchants to distribute their banking products.

Jeannette Kescenovitz, Senior Director, Solution Management, Banking as a Service and Orchestration at Finastra said, "Finastra's Embedded Consumer Lending solution offers financial institutions a direct route to growth by offering loans via a merchant's digital point-of-sale. The solution builds connectivity and relationships between financial institutions and the distributor organizations that embed lending solutions at merchants' point-of-sale."

"Banking as a Service (BaaS) is a vital component of our growth strategy and embedding loans at the consumer point-of-sale opens a new channel to provide financing to customers we couldn't have reached before. This cost-effective solution delivers consumers a safer, regulated alternative when it comes to POS financing. As our trusted partner of many years, Finastra is the ideal orchestrator as we connect and scale on our embedded finance offering."

-Josh Williams, EVP, Chief Banking Officer at Seattle Ban.

Finastra's Embedded Consumer Lending exposes APIs on Finastra's FusionFabric.cloud open platform with which third-party distributors, like Loanstar Technologies, may integrate. Loanstar Technologies offers state of the art technology to connect lenders to borrowers, creating POS consumer loans through their merchant network in numerous verticals. Andrew Turner, CEO at Loanstar Technologies said, Working with Finastra will enable us to scale up significantly, providing access to hundreds of financial institutions, like Seattle Bank, across the US. As a trusted provider of mission-critical financial services software, Finastra will help us connect with the right bank providers to bring billions of dollars of new liquidity to fund POS loans with our merchant customers.

Integrated with Finastra's lending and origination core systems and hosted on Microsoft Azure, the solution enables financial institutions to process POS loan applications, including performing identity verification, decisioning, facilitating e-sign, as well as account creation and funding (through the bank's core banking system). Using APIs and event notification systems, third-party distributors can provide real-time feedback to merchants and consumers on loan status.

About Finastra-
Finastra is a global provider of financial software applications and marketplaces, and launched the leading open platform for innovation, FusionFabric.cloud, in 2017. It serves institutions of all sizes, providing award-winning solutions and services across Lending, Payments, Treasury & Capital Markets and Retail & Digital Banking for banks to support direct banking relationships and grow through indirect channels, such as embedded finance and Banking as a Service. Its pioneering approach and commitment to open finance and collaboration is why it is trusted by ~8,600 institutions, including 90 of the world's top 100 banks.

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