LENDING & CREDIT, RETAIL BANKING | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Millennials are snapping up Asia's short-term online loans

They are the top borrowers in India, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Over two in five (44.7%) of short-term loans in Vietnam were issued to Gen Y or millennials aged 25 to 30 years old, making the age group the top borrower for short-term loans in the country, according to a research by financial holding firm Robocash Group.

The age group is also the top borrower for short-term loans in India (38%), Indonesia (34.6%), and the Philippines (29.1%). Meanwhile, the study noted that Gen Z or those aged 18-24 years old made up the second largest age group of borrowers in countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia and India.

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“The younger age of borrowers in Vietnam, for example, can be explained by the rapidly growing confidence of the young people in the level of financial well-being. In the Philippines, the reason for the older age of borrowers probably lies in the high level of digitalisation of the population, which involves all age categories,” the study noted.

In a previous study, Robocash noted that In only 48.9% of Indonesians had a bank account in 2017, but 54.8% borrowed money, thereby making it a target market for alternative lending platforms.

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