Tagged: consumer spending

Buy Now Pay Later or BNPL Market in Southeast Asia Is Growing Rapidly with Fintech Firms like Grab, Razer Offering Flexible Purchasing Plans

Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) services are being widely-adopted in Southeast Asia. BNPL service providers allow consumers to pay for products via flexible instalment plans. Major Fintechs offering BNPL options in the Southeast Asian region include Grab, GoJek, Razer, Oriente, among others. BNPL lets people… Read More

Digital Travel Platform Agoda Partners with Buy Now, Pay Later Fintech Atome to Offer Instalment Plans to Malaysia and Singapore Consumers

Agoda, a fast-growing online travel platform, has teamed up with Singapore-based Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) platform Atome in order to provide flexible instalment plans for accommodation bookings. These payment options will first be offered in Singapore and Malaysia, and then rolled out to several… Read More

Many Buy Now, Pay Later or BNPL Fintechs in Australia are Not Properly Regulated, which Poses Serious Risks, Industry Exec Claims

Grant Halverson, CEO and MD at McLean Roche Pty Ltd, has noted that Fintech-related risk has increased dramatically this year and has been “aided by ‘free’ central bank money, exuberant VCs, private equity and run away share markets.” Halverson pointed out that Australian Buy Now,… Read More

Financial Management App Provider Digit Adds Automated Investing Tool

San Francisco-based Digit, a financial management and savings company, recently added an automated investing tool to its app. Digit describes itself as a financial wellness expert that has assisted its customers with automatically saving around $5 billion and paying down more than $150 million in… Read More

Survey Shows Buy Now, Pay Later Services Might Lead to UK Consumers Going into Debt due to Financial Mismanagement

A new survey from Capco has revealed that consumers must receive proper information and educational materials so that they can responsibly use Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) platforms and services. According to the study, BNPL services must also be regulated properly. Capco’s research found that… Read More

Chase Bank Enters Buy Now, Pay Later Market with Flexible Payment Plan Options for Purchases Over $100

JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), the largest bank in the US and sixth-largest in the world in terms of assets, is reportedly planning to enter the rapidly evolving Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) market. Chase revealed that it will be offering its credit card customers the option… Read More

Alliance Data Agrees to Acquire Buy Now Pay Later Firm Bread in a $450 Million Stock and Cash Deal

Alliance Data (NYSE: ADS), an established payments, marketing, and loyalty company, has reportedly agreed to a $450 million stock and cash acquisition of Bread, a popular Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) firm. According to a release, the transaction is valued at around $450 million, of… Read More

Contactless and Digital Payments Continue to Rise in India while Retail Spending Nearly at Pre COVID Levels: Report

Retail spending and activity levels in India have now recovered to around 90% of pre- COVID-19 levels after dropping to around 55-65% of their average back in April 2020. The pace of the adoption of digital services across major channels has accelerated due to the… Read More

Majority of Pakistani Consumers to Make Digital Payments for Online Purchases, Instead of Visiting Physical Stores, Even After COVID: Survey

Visa (NYSE: V), the global leader in digital payments, recently published the results of its survey which aimed to assess the impact of COVID-19 on consumer behavior in Pakistan. Visa’s Stay Secure survey reveals Pakistani consumers’ general views about conducting digital transactions, their preferences and… Read More

US Online Lending Sector May Have Performed Better than Expected, with Many Borrowers Making Timely Repayments

The online or digital lending sector has been criticized for its inability to scale effectively or to be able to endure challenging environments like those created due to COVID-19. However, it now appears that overall credit quality, through online lenders, has performed better than some… Read More

Consumer Spending in India Is Significantly Lower due to COVID-19 related Uncertainty, UPI and Digital Payments Also Decline as Lockdowns Eased

The COVID-19 outbreak and nationwide lockdowns in India have forced many local residents to re-evaluate how they conduct business and manage their finances. An analysis performed by ETMoney reveals that the overall spend by India’s residents between March and June 2020 dropped by around 40%,… Read More

Banking Challenger Current, which Serves US Consumers Overlooked by Incumbents, Introduces Points Rewards Program on Debit Card Purchases

Current, an established US-based banking challenger serving Americans “overlooked” by traditional banks, revealed on August 4, 2020, that it is launching a points rewards program for all its members. Current claims that it’s now the first US mobile bank to offer points rewards on purchases… Read More

Fintech Firm Affirm Partners with Shopify to Offer Buy Now, Pay Later Installment Plans for Merchants

Affirm,  a point of sale credit provider that is currently working with over 2000 merchants, has teamed up with digital commerce marketplace, Shopify, to offer “Buy Now, Pay Later” installment options for merchants. Approved “Shop Pay” customers will have the option of splitting their total… Read More

Visa to Expand into Installment Payments Business, Currently Working with Partners ChargeAfter, Commerce Bank, Tsys

Payments giant Visa (NYSE: V) is reportedly set to enter the emerging installment payments sector. Visa’s management said the firm is currently working with several partners on various initiatives in the US. Installment payments, where consumers at the point-of-sale are able to pay off their… Read More

Digital Bank Current CEO Stuart Sopp Says Fintech Firm will Remain Focused on Spending, as Large Banks Already “Great” at Lending, Deposits

Stuart Sopp, founder and CEO at digital bank Current, says that the COVID-19 outbreak has shown how his company serves employees whose roles are considered essential during the global pandemic. Sopp told Banking Dive that his members’ addressable market has increased considerably in size and… Read More

Indian Digital Payments Platform Simpl Reports 30% Increase in Transactions Involving Purchase of Essentials, After COVID-19

India-based digital payments platform Simpl has reported a significant increase in transaction volume for online orders of daily essentials. The company claims there has been a 30-35% increase in the number of transactions involving the purchase of essential items. The change in consumer spending habits… Read More

Digital Bank N26 Reveals that Americans Are Saving About $220 per Month Due to Isolation Measures Following COVID-19 Outbreak

N26 Inc., the US-based subsidiary of digital bank N26 GmbH, one of the fastest-growing mobile-based banks in Europe, has published its global and US-specific research report, which reveals the impact that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had on the neobank’s finances. The all-digital bank reportedly… Read More

COVID-19: US Consumer Sentiment in March 2020 Experienced 4th Largest Monthly Decline in Almost Five Decades

The Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (MSCI), a monthly telephonic survey that aims to capture and assess the sentiment of US-based consumers, recorded the fourth-biggest monthly decline in almost five decades driven by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The MSCI is used by investors as a way… Read More

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