Exchange Corporation K.K. (www.exchange.co.jp) â€œExCoâ€ announced the launch of its social lending service. The Aqush platform empowers both individuals with extra money and credit-worthy borrowers. By connecting these two groups, credit-worthy people can borrow money more easily and at a better rate than they would get from a lending company, and retail investors can invest in loans that provide a higher return on investment than available from time deposits or money market accounts. Continue reading →
Aqush.jp has launched Aqush Tomo, a p2p lending service to facilitate loans between friends and family members. Aqush is a service of Exchange Corporation K.K., which states it’s mission as “… to leverage innovation and international best practices to pioneer ‘Social’ financial services in Asia. Our goal is to bring transparency and choice to markets and assets that previously were illiquid, opaque and tightly controlled, by empowering people to legally and securely deal directly with each other.”
Aqush offers a framework that helps borrower and lender in creating loan documentation and repayment plans.
Features of the “Basic Service” are
Creation of promissory notes and repayment schedules
Interest rates mutually agreed between borrower and lender
Three types of repayment supported â€“ Amortized, Interest Only and Fixed Payment with Balloon.
Repayment management and tracking using online tools, document backup and email-remainders
The fee for the “Basic Service” is 8,800 Yen (approx. 88 US$)
The “Plus Service” adds additional features:
Professional review by Aqush staff
Repayment processing – payments are made and tracked through an Aqush account
The “Plus Service” is priced at about double the “Basic service” plus a small fee for handling each repayment.
Russell Cummer, Executive Director told P2P-Banking.com:
AQUSH TOMO, is a Family and Friends loan documentation and management service …. We are the first service of this kind in Japan ….
We will also be launching a full-service P2P lending exchange, “AQUSH Market”, this summer to cover both the friends and family and true P2P aspects of social finance in Japan.
Aqush is an alternative spelling of the Japanese word for handshake, “Akushu”.
(Sources: forum post, press release, company management)