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RBI lens on neobanks amid rapid growth in customers

June 14, 2022

RBI lens on neobanks amid rapid growth in customers
The RBI is taking a tough have a look at the neobank enterprise mannequin the place fintechs plug into a traditional bank’s community and grow to be buyer-dealing with banking service suppliers. 

The concern is that the digital mannequin enterprise can scale up very quick and will develop to be larger than the underlying financial institution in phrases of customers. 

Although neobank customers proceed to be accountholders of the underlying financial institution, the one channel obtainable to those customers is the fintech-owned digital platform. 

There are over half a dozen moderately sized neobanks in the nation that are concentrating on a selected set of customers who don’t want to go to financial institution branches. Although these fintechs wouldn’t have a bankilicensence, they’ve a accomplice whose programs they plug into to supply fund switch companies to customers. These neobanks additionally supply branded debit playing cards. 

Currently, all of the regulatory recognition is the underlying financial institution, which has possession of all property and liabilities. The fintech’s enterprise mannequin is one of partnership, which has similarities to the white-label mannequin used in ATMs. While there’s a financial institution offering the connectivity, the investments are executed by the fintech, which additionally receives the income. 

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