Financial Services (105)
From Facebook like to interest rate hike
Fidor Bank from Munich promises their customers they will increase their interest rate depending on the amount of likes they get on their Facebook page. The rate will go up by 0.1% for every thousand fans, though the maximum increase is set at 1.5 per cent in 2012.
Why it matters
The bank is seeking to gain attention, especially from potential new customers via social networks. But apart from this, is this a good way of getting a real return on investment for both customers and the bank?
One of the biggest challenges that poor urban entrepreneurs face is lack of access to capital. Banks and financial institutions are hesitant to lend to these individuals due to credit risk and small money lenders charge almost usurious interest rates. State Bank of India has developed a unique model where small sums (sometimes as low as $100) are loaned to individuals who form ‘Self Help Groups’ that together add up to a significant corpus. The bank benefits because the default risk is spread across multiple individuals in same social circle. Additionally peer pressure helps to prevent defaults.
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