The devil in retail: Consumer financing may attract closer scrutiny by RBI

The consumer financing business is showing signs of heightened stress

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At end-September 2020, over Rs 9 trillion was stuck in accounts classified in various degrees of delinquent and bad loans

Raghu Mohan
The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) Financial Stability Report (FSR: December 2021) says the retail credit growth model is confronting headwinds: delinquencies have risen, and the new-to-credit segment is showing a dip in originations. It refers to the Bank for International Settlements’ (BIS) observation that in emerging markets, bad loans “typically peak six to eight quarters after the onset of a severe recession.”

Fintech firms — which claim to be smart with technology — are on a podium on which they would not like to be seen. The FSR shows their delinquency levels shot up by 274 basis points (bps)

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First Published: Jan 17 2022 | 6:02 AM IST

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