Thursday, 26 Mar, 11.43 am The Free Press Journal

Amid, 21-day coronavirus lockdown, experts see the demand for online financial services

India has shown a moderate increase of 7 per cent when it comes to availing online financial services during this period of social distancing, a report has revealed.

India is currently going through a 21-day lockdown that was imposed by Narendra Modi-led central government, as part of its plan to battle the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

Although the central government implemented demonetisation in 2016, whcih has seen the rise of e-payment sertivices such as PayTM and Google Pay, not too many people avail fintech services in the country, and prefer to opt to do this via an agent. This probably is one of the reasons for the number to not be highger than 7 per cent, we feel.

The report, however, states that the lockdown of almost 100 million people in 80 cities across the country has slowed the trend. The company explains it with the limit in basic needs, which people put the highest significance during the quarantine. Still, if it lasts longer than expected, it may affect the demand for online loans the other way round.

Several Indian banks already provide paper-free loans - particularly personal loans. Personal loans in fact, if availed, can be directly credited into your account if you have a good credit score.

The study put forth by Robocash Group has further stated that 41 per cent of Asia's customers have used remote financial services. Among the latter, online financing solutions were mentioned most often, with 23% of all responses in Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines and India. E-commerce took second place with 16%. Meantime, tools allowing digital payments of utility bills and other services, as well as online banking apps, got similar results - 13%. Digital and mobile wallets to make received 10% of responses. Remarkably, both open data sources and in-house records of the company have confirmed these findings.

The own statistics of Robocash Group in Vietnam and Indonesia have also demonstrated an increase in demand for fintech financing. In comparison to the first half of March, the average daily number of new customers in these countries has grown by 38% and 52%, respectively.

In particular, Google Trends shows a significant spike in the search requests devoted to online loans in the Philippines. Driven by the community quarantine in several regions in the country, the trend started on the 16th of March and has demonstrated continued growth since then, reaching the maximum height for the whole time.

Sergey Sedov, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Robocash Group, added: "The pandemic has drawn the lights to the digital space and the opportunities within. Thus, finance sees one of the highest online traffic growths these days. It has smoothed the negative effect on fintech to some extent and granted the industry a chance to show itself to full advantage. At the same time, such constraint conditions give companies an opportunity to fine tune processes to ensure reliability and efficiency of their business operations".

Disclaimer: This story is auto-aggregated by a computer program and has not been created or edited by Dailyhunt. Publisher: The Free Press Journal