> someone crueler than us might mistake Opera's browser market share for a rounding error these days
That's okay, its difference from Chrome is also a rounding error these days.
Those who remember Opera for its freeware browser may be saddened to note its ever-increasing dependency on fintech revenues, judging from financial figures it shared last night. Opera's full-year sales jumped 94 per cent from $172m in 2018 to $335m in 2019, we're told, with the stand-out being its online money-lending service …
Not a downvoter, but at a guess I'd say it's because Chrome is anything but rock solid.
Atrocious memory hogging performance killing overrated piece of software would be more like it.
It isn't unusual for a mere handful of tabs to result in several GB of RAM usage. With Firefox that drops a third. With Brave it drops a half.
"Origination fees" are charges tacked on at the start of the loan term(as opposed to servicing fees, which are tacked on on a periodic basis). For short term loans, they're frequently the main source of revenue, with the actual interest being a mere pittance(the absurd APRs quoted almost always factor them in); said fees are also frequently taken out of the initial disbursement, meaning a company loaning $100 with a $25 origination fee is only really risking $75.
Oh, of course, sorry. Vast bulk of my experience is at bank/manager/client level not retail. "Origination" is normally used in the industry to mean putting together (slowly, by protracted negotiation) deals which are custom, structured (and typically complex), or/and large (e.g. US$100m+).
But yes I suppose, technically you could apply the term to banging out insta-cash ST microloans. Technically. I guess.
I am a user of Opera in India, and would like to point out something to people who beat up the little company for getting into the financial industry - with "short-term, high-interest" loans. The thing is: in a country like India, with a high growth, high interest rate regime, what may look like extortion to Westerners is very very routine for us. Here are some points:
- Inflation is between 4-5%, so any business that charges less than that is losing money.
- Banks offer savings accounts with 6% interest on savings.
- My credit score is perfect, so my home loan is as low as it can go, at 8.5% per year.
- My bank offers me a personal loan at 14% and its regarded as low. I've avoided personal loans for 2 decades, of course.
- My credit card company charges an interest of 45% on outstandings! This is high, even by my standards.
- Companies like earlysalary offer short-term loans ("payday loans") at 2.5% per month, which is 30% per year, and they have a 98+% payback rate.
In short, 33% may look look like loansharking in slow growth Western economies, but its utterly normal in India.
I have, in all honesty, only glanced at the Hinderburg report and I am uninclined to investigate further (mostly because I have zero intent to be their customer), but the point I am making is that in a credit-starved nation, short-term, high-interest credit from Opera is far better than going to loan sharks.
Looks like extortion to me, but then again in the UK we have payday services charging 2000% per year (As they always have an admin fee for a payday loan meant to be paid back in 30 days, but you still often see you almost have to pay double what you borrowed) and services light Brighthouse.
The sooner they all go under the better.
Interest rate is based on risk - if you are a high risk borrower who has a 50% chance you'll pay back a loan, a lender needs to charge 100% interest just to break even on the initial capital.
If they were overcharging, they would be undercut.
The loans are designed to be short term, eg: 2 week loan to cover short term liquidity crisis, eg: my car has broken down and I need it to get to work, payday is a fortnight away.
In such situations, annual interest rate is a misleading figure.
The choice is either we ban high interest rates and don't allow poor people to have access to credit, or we allow poor people to have access to credit.
In the above example, better that the person can fix their car, go to work and pay it back on pay day.
I'm in favour of restricting their advertising, but the service they provide is a valuable one.
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