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Attention Paytm Users: Platform Is Making A Big Shift; Here Is Everything You Need To Know

Paytm delved into the lending space by offering small loans catering to everyday needs such as utility bill payments

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Dec 10, 2023 07:47 IST
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Paytm, a household name for digital transactions, is gearing up for a substantial shift that could impact millions of its users. Renowned for its diverse services, including recharges, bill payments, and the introduction of personal loans through its Paytm Postpaid feature, the platform is now set for a significant change in its lending approach.

Initially, Paytm delved into the lending space by offering small loans catering to everyday needs such as utility bill payments, recharges, and smaller expenses through its Buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) service, known as Paytm Postpaid. However, the company has recently announced a strategic shift in its loan offerings, signaling a departure from these smaller loan amounts.

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The proposed change focuses on pivoting away from smaller loans below Rs 50,000, emphasizing instead the provision of larger, substantial personal and merchant loans. The decision to pivot stems from a deliberate shift in strategy to cater to evolving consumer needs and market dynamics. Approximately 70% of the loans provided through Paytm Postpaid were below the Rs 50,000 threshold. This restructuring aims to concentrate solely on offering more significant personal and merchant loans, signaling a shift in lending priorities.

This alteration aligns with a broader industry trend prompted by regulatory nudges. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has encouraged banks and Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) to exercise caution and restrain from potentially risky lending practices. In this context, Paytm’s decision to transition away from smaller loans echoes a broader industry move to ensure more cautious lending practices.

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The company has previously collaborated with several financial entities such as Hero Fincorp, Aditya Birla Capital, Piramal Finance, and Clix Capital to facilitate its loan services. However, this shift in strategy signifies a renewed focus on larger loan amounts, possibly reshaping how users engage with the platform’s lending services.

For Paytm users, this impending transformation signals a potential shift in their borrowing experience, possibly moving away from the previous ease of settling smaller bills through smaller loans. The company’s strategic realignment is a proactive step to adapt to evolving market conditions and regulatory expectations, emphasizing a greater emphasis on more substantial loan offerings and recalibrating its lending portfolio.

First published on: Dec 10, 2023 07:47 AM IST

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