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Weekly News Roundup: 15/12

Welcome to our weekly news roundup, of headlines that caught our eye. We’ll bring you a weekly dose of some of the most interesting titles that have surfaced, focusing on the topics of interchange fees, lending, ‘buy now, pay later’, and beyond.
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Join us and Unlimit BaaS’ Managing Director, Jovi Overo in the exploration of some of the biggest headlines of our industry.

  • US banks warned of buy now, pay later lending [source: Reuters]

The cautionary note to US banks about buy now, pay later (BNPL) lending signifies a crucial comment on our economy. Financial institutions should acknowledge the transformative power of BNPL, but address the need for responsible lending. Risk management and consumer protection should be at the forefront as these lending models evolve. This warning underscores the importance of regulatory vigilance, ensuring that payment solutions align with financial stability and customer welfare. Financial leaders must heed this advice. They should bring a balance between innovation and prudence, to sustain the industry’s credibility and contribute positively to the financial well-being of consumers. – Jovi

  • Visa and Mastercard lower Canadian interchange fees for small businesses [source: Payment Expert]

This reduction not only alleviates financial burdens on smaller enterprises but also aligns with the fintech ethos of fostering inclusivity and economic growth. We should applaud this strategic shift, recognising the positive impact on innovation and entrepreneurship. It underscores the pivotal role payment companies, particularly giants, play in shaping the financial landscape. They encourage payment services and providers to stay agile and responsive to industry dynamics. This collaborative effort sets a compelling precedent for industry leaders supporting the resilience of small businesses. – Jovi

Google’s integration of Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) options into its mobile wallet marks a significant evolution in the fintech landscape. This move demonstrates the ongoing fusion of technology and finance, emphasising the demand for seamless and innovative financial solutions. Google’s entry into BNPL is a strategic response to changing consumer behaviours, reinforcing the importance of agility in adapting to market trends. It also signifies the increasing role of tech giants in shaping the future of financial services, urging fintech innovators to continually push boundaries and collaborate to stay at the forefront of this dynamic industry. – Jovi

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