Within our payment products, Credfin offers our partners a Direct Debit solution. This solution provides lenders with the options to set their own timing, amount and frequency on customer’s loan repayments as well as checking the bank balance before processing a payment.
Why we use Direct Debit
Not only is Direct Debit an easy and efficient way of processing customers payments, it is also cost effective and accessible. In terms of cost, a Direct Debit fee for Credfin is significantly lower than a card payment fee. For example, while a payment of $100 would cost around $2.05 to process via card payments, it would cost around $1.00 through Direct Debit. This fee is dependent on the volume we are processing, as the system is tier based.
As 19.8 million people in Australia have a bank account, Direct Debit is widely accessible. All of these factors boil down to Direct Debit being the preferred method of payment.
The Credfin Advantage
With Credfin, we offer our partners our express settlement solution. Some banks’ facilities may take up to 4 days to settle funds, with funds arriving around 1pm. Credfin’s express settlement will settle the funds within 2 days by 6am. The convenience of quick settlement is made possible by the NPP.
The New Payments Platform (NPP) is a platform with the ability to initiate fast payments through open-access infrastructure. Planning to be rolled out by mid-2022, NPP will be integrating PayTo, a service that will fast rail payment systems for real time settlement. Access to instant funds to relend instead of being tied up for up to 2 days will be a game changer. This will also assist the customer, as the credit provider is able to contact the customer immediately if a payment declines.
As this solution is fully automated, our focus is drawn from administration tasks to more important aspects of the business. Our automation includes payments as well as reconciliation.
Flexible payment terms
Our Direct Debit solution has flexible payment terms, allowing fixed and variable amounts. This means that any change in fees, frequency and date are handled with reliability and ease. All the lender must do is notify the customer of the change. After the lender notifies the customer of the change, Credfin is able to drive these changes using our powerful API.
Reduce Payment Failures
Through Credfin’s powerful API, we are able to perform an account balance check before presenting a payment. Our account balance check feature considers the current and actual balance of the account, as there is a possibility the current could be lower than the available depending on pending transactions. If we find that the customer has insufficient funds, we can avoid debiting the customer, resulting in less overdraft fees and payment failures.
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