Financial Services

Increasing competition in the realm of point-of-sale installment plans will push existing buy now, pay later firms to diversify their offerings and target consumers beyond the existing core of Gen Z and millennial users.

Digital-only Chime turns to free cash deposits via Walgreens: Collaborating with the pharmacy chain will help the US neobank’s cost-conscious customers avoid fees for cash deposits and keep it competitive with other banking players that work with retailers.

The solutions can help billers improve payment collection while giving customers a more efficient way to pay their bills.

Woes prompting NatWest’s AML fine include cash-stuffed bags: The UK-based bank’s reputation gets another dent as it’s ordered to fork over nearly £264.8M ($339.5M) after a guilty plea to criminal convictions.

Growth will come from Gen Z’s interest in buy now, pay later (BNPL) and incumbents’ push to outspend and outinnovate competitors.

OnboardConnect uses Equifax data and tech expertise to help organizations onboard new businesses for B2B transactions.

About two-thirds of US consumers want to integrate at least two of their digital activities, according to PYMNTS. Western users also seem receptive toward a bundled experience.

As Dave’s public debut looms, it’s unclear how it will stand out: The US neobank’s expected to bag about $450M at its planned stock market debut in January 2022. The big challenge will be differentiating itself from other digital players.

Freelancer-services fintech cites user-growth plans for dropping neobanking: UK-based Coconut is pivoting from its current account to make other freelancer services more accessible. Open banking will offer other specialized fintechs this option.

In the US housing boom, small and midsize lenders trying to preserve slim profits are an opportunity for AI and machine learning solutions.

Even before business travel fully rebounds, SMBs are seeking out expense management solutions to track corporate costs and manage employees’ spending habits.