Bridging lender's new system set to boost unregulated market

Bridging lender's new system set to boost unregulated market


A leading bridging lender has today announced the launch of a brand new version of its online Key Facts Illustration (KFI) system to make it easier for packagers to submit FSA-regulated deals.

Short term finance provider, Cheval, is allowing distributors access to its lender system which will enable them to produce KFIs and manage loan applications from submission to completion.

Previously, the packager involved with the deal had to rely on the regulated intermediary to prepare the KFI for their client, but with these changes to the system this is no longer the case.

Commenting on the system launch, Gavin Diamond, Finance Director of Cheval, said: “Over the last couple of years more and more regulated deals are coming via the packager channel, but because many are not regulated, this has presented some problems.”

“Now unregulated packagers can log on and prepare a KFI on behalf of the regulated broker, enabling the packager to maintain control of the entire application.  The onus still remains on the regulated intermediary to present the KFI to their client and provide any advice.”

Gavin added that the new set-up has the additional advantage of safeguarding the packager/intermediary relationship, because Cheval need not have any direct contact with the broker.

The new KFI follows Cheval’s recently enhanced Agreement in Principle (AIP), which spells out every aspect of the loan, including the net and gross amount to be borrowed, the interest rate charged, legal and procuration fees levied. In a first for the industry, the AIP also indicates the maximum loan that Cheval could consider based on the information provided at the outset.

Gavin continued: “There has been criticism that some AIPs do not provide all the information that they should. We have moved to ensure that ours has the complete information that any introducer could reasonably expect, all on a single piece of paper.

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