Tighter scrutiny by financial regulators could lead to another shakeout in China's fiercely competitive peer-to-peer (P2P) lending sector and delay the issuing of formal business licenses by a year or two, experts said.
The number of P2P firms, the fastest growing business in the internet finance sector, has decreased to nearly 1,800 by June from a peak of more than 5,000 in 2014, after a two-year rectification storm to curb illegal lending.
A special working group organized by the country's banking regulator had set a deadline, from August 2016 to the end of . . .
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