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With the digitisation of lending, collaborations between entities are common. For instance, regulated entities (REs) like banks or NBFC may partner with:
Can’t use pass-through accounts for fund flow: Disbursals and collections will flow straight from the RE’s bank account to the borrower’s bank account.
BNPL models disbursing to PPI discontinued: BNPL Models that disbursed funds through PPI (prepaid cards, m-wallets) are discontinued. Funds should be disbursed directly to the bank account of the borrower.
Direct disbursals to merchants allowed for specific cases: These use cases include invoice discounting, supply chain financing, consumer durable financing, and even BNPL.
Exceptions for co-lending models: Pool accounts can be still used for for the flow of funds between multiple co-lending REs.
First Loss Default Guarantee (FLDG) use under examination: First Loss Default Guarantee (FLDG) models allow LSPs to offer a first loss guarantee up to a certain percentage of the loan, allowing it to bear some of the risk. Until further notice, arrangements need to adhere to securitisation norms.
Cashfree Payments’ tailored solution enables NBFCs to open and operate Escrow accounts with partner banks and trustees, with a dashboard and API stack for loan disbursements directly to borrowers, efficient reconciliation, borrower identity & bank account verification.
This solution will facilitate both Digital lending and Co-lending use cases and will enable both lenders and LSPs to comply with the recent guidelines on digital lending with minimal changes to their existing workflow. Cashfree Payments also enables lenders to provide seamless repayment options such as e-NACH, UPI AutoPay and identity verification products like Bank Account, GSTIN, PAN, Aadhar verification, thereby giving a full-stack solution for NBFCs and their LSPs.
An escrow account in India is a bank account with conditions on ownership of funds. In simple terms, it is a safe house for assets while the transaction process is still ongoing. An escrow agent is a mediator who holds this escrow account. Consider them an intermediary between the buyer and the seller. Interestingly, an escrow account is not just limited to funds. It can be used for different types of assets like money, stocks, funds etc.
You may need an escrow account in case of:
Here’s where an escrow account in India steps in. It reduces the risk of fraud as it acts as the third party between the two parties. Moreover, it helps control the cash flow between the two parties.
Additionally, since September 2022, escrow accounts have become indispensable for co-lending use cases. According to the digital lending guidelines by RBI, all loan repayment and disbursement must be done directly between the bank account of lender and borrower. This means that no third party pass-through account can be used by banks, NBFCs or lending service providers (LSPs).
However, co-lending use cases are an exception to this rule. In other terms, co-lending players (like banks and NBFCs) can use escrow accounts to pool funds before disbursing to borrowers.
However, if you are a co-lending player (NBFC or fintech), you can directly integrate with full stack digital lending service providers, like Cashfree Payments.
This will allow you to integrate and go-live within 3 weeks.
Moreover, Cashfree Payments’ low code APIs & dashboard access can help you in easy loan disbursement & collections as well, in compliance with RBI’s digital lending guidelines.
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