Global information and insights company, TransUnion, has partnered with South Africa’s biggest financial marketplace, Fincheck, to make the credit application process easier and less frustrating for consumers.

TransUnion Partners with FinTech Startup to Improve Access to Finance for South African Consumers

Jan 18, 2021
Author: Ean Barnard

Global information and insights company, TransUnion, has partnered with South Africa’s biggest financial marketplace, Fincheck, to make the credit application process easier and less frustrating for consumers.

Fincheck is able to make the process of finding the best-suited bank, lender or insurer seamless for consumers due to its deep understanding of the risk appetites of financial institutions. As a leader in the South Africa credit market, TransUnion helps provide a comprehensive picture of each applicant. By combining the strengths of TransUnion and Fincheck, Fincheck will be able to allocate the right lead to the right bank, lender or insurer – saving time for all parties.

Fincheck compares offers from over 80 of South Africa’s major banks, lenders and insurers, allowing consumers to choose the most suitable and competitive form of finance – helping find credit to cover unexpected expenses or making ends meet, responsibly.

Consumers are able to access a free TransUnion credit report on Fincheck, which helps them understand their financial position to make better, more responsible financial decisions. This report is easy to understand and indicates clear action steps on how to improve their credit score and financial health.

“The TransUnion/Fincheck partnership will assist consumers in managing their finances, especially during these challenging times,” says Hans Zachar, director of emerging markets at TransUnion Africa. “By working with Fincheck we’re helping to increase financial awareness and access to credit.”

Due to the COVID-19-induced economic squeeze, Fincheck is seeing tremendous interest in consumers wanting to improve their credit scores. As this graph indicates, there was increased demand for reports in January (2020) when consumers become concerned about their credit due to an increase in spending over the festive period. But then COVID-19 concerns kicked in later in the year and there was a steady increase in searches in May, June, July and August.

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“Being able to access affordable credit and valuable information in the same place will help South African consumers during these challenging times. Checking the information held on you is accurate before making an application can be an invaluable tool that can help you understand your financial options more clearly. Ultimately, we aim to assist the user with their financial choices and move them toward financial freedom,” comments Michael Bowren, CEO of Fincheck.

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More About TransUnion (NYSE: TRU)

TransUnion is a leading global information and insights company that makes trust possible in the modern economy. We do this by providing a comprehensive picture of each person so they can be reliably and safely represented in the marketplace. As a result, businesses and consumers can transact with confidence and achieve great things. We call this Information for GoodSM. TransUnion provides solutions that help create economic opportunity, great experiences and personal empowerment for hundreds of millions of people in more than 30 countries. Recognized as a leader in the African credit, risk and fraud markets, TransUnion provides consumer reports, risk scores, analytical services and decisioning capabilities to businesses across the continent. TransUnion is the only company in Africa’s IT industry that manages multiple complex databases containing insurance, cellular, consumer, commercial and auto data assets. In addition, we manage leading African databases in property and deeds, qualifications and telecommunications.

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Fincheck is a financial comparisons website that organises information to assist the borrower in making their best financial decision.

Fincheck gathers information from numerous banking partners and presents it to the borrower in a simple, understandable way. Lenders benefit from an additional market place and extensive customer reach. Loan amounts vary from lender to lender. Fees, interest rates, loan amounts and credit scores influence the repayment terms. Lenders require personal details to control their risk and assist the government to combat theft, money laundering, terrorism. Fincheck does not endorse any particular product or company. We are an independent company. The information shown and provided is an opinion, based on numbers and must not be seen as advice or consultation.