Category: Specialty Finance

The Seesaw Journey of Alternative Lenders During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, struggling SMEs and SMBs have found it more difficult to find the capital they need to survive. At the same time, alternative lenders like fintechs have had to adapt their plans in order to continue being a reliable source of financing. Such creativity will still be needed in 2021 as more opportunities arise.

The Next Frontier: ABL for E-Commerce /Direct-to-Consumer Companies

The transition to a more e-commerce-focused economy has been underway for more than two decades. At this point, it is no longer a trend but a permanent (and dominant) piece of the consumer spending landscape. Such a reliance on e-commerce will continue to call for a reimagining of how asset-based lenders provide capital to businesses that sell their goods virtually. In a Q&A for ABF Journal, Derrick Wong of Pacific Premier Bank spoke with Jessica Bates of Dwight Funding about the ins and outs of asset-based lending to e-commerce brands.

Who’s Next?: Marco Financial Breaks the Mold in Trade Finance

If you haven’t heard of Marco Financial yet, you will soon. The “tech-enabled” factoring startup launched in 2020 with its sights set on the SME and trade financing world, specifically in Latin America. The company currently plays on the lower end of the capital spectrum, with most of its initial deal opportunities below $1 million, but with an impressive executive team, a heavy reliance on technology and the financial backing of some heavy hitters in the venture capital space, the company is poised to grow far beyond its current capabilities.