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Fintech

The RBA is getting ready to move the goalposts on a key advantage for BNPLs – stopping retailers adding a surcharge

- October 25, 2021 3 MIN READ

The honeymoon is about to end for the buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) sector when it comes to the fees they charge retailers. As the likes of Zip, Afterpay and Humm have stolen market share from the credit card sector, one competitive advantage they had over alternative payment methods was the support of the Reserve Bank of Australia… Read more »

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ASX

Zip is pouring $70 million into an Indian BNPL

- September 23, 2021 2 MIN READ

ASX-listed buy-now-pay-later Zip is ramping up its offshore presence in one of the world biggest markets, taking a US$50 million (A$70m) stake in Indian BNPL ZestMoney. The six-year-old Indian fintech is the country’s market leading BNPL, with more than 11 million registered users, more than 10,000 online merchants and  75,000-plus physical stores on its customer… Read more »

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Funding

US VC Tiger Global just turned Scalapay, a BNPL from Wollongong, into a unicorn fintech with a $210 million series A

- September 10, 2021 2 MIN READ

Australia has a new unicorn fintech after Tiger Global led a $210 Series A round into European-focused payments fintech Scalapay. Baleen Capital and Woodson Capital also came aboard as new investors alongside existing backers Fasanara Capital and Ithaca Investments.  Scalapay was founded just two years ago by Australians Simone Mancini and Johnny Mitrevski. Its buy… Read more »

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ASX

Afterpay sales doubled to $21 billion in FY21

- August 2, 2021 2 MIN READ

Sales at ASX-listed buy now pay later (BNPL) fintech Afterpay passed $20 billion a year ahead of schedule. The company’s (ASX: APT) continued astonishing growth, revealed in the 2021 financial year figures today, comes as the fintech announced a proposed sale and merger with US-listed payments company Square for A$39 billion. Afterpay posted FY21 underlying… Read more »

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Fintech

Financial counsellors want Afterpay’s Rebel Wilson TV ad pulled for using children to sell the BNPL

- July 29, 2021 2 MIN READ

Peak body Financial Counselling Australia (FCA) has written to advertising regulator Ad Standards asking for Afterpay’s TV ad featuring Rebel Wilson to be banned over its “gratuitous and inappropriate” use of a children. The ad features Wilson sitting in a play room with a young child saying “if credit cards and cash had a baby… Read more »

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ASX

Zip shares crash on results announcement as bad debts jump

- July 22, 2021 2 MIN READ

Shares in BNPL Zip crashed nearly 8% today after the company released its Q4 trading update. The fintech (ASX: Z1P) painted a rosy growth picture, but analyst nemesis UBS said the 4Q volumes “were below expectations” resulting in a  “significant volume miss” compared to forecasts, with US momentum starting to slow. Zip closed at $6.99,… Read more »

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Fintech

Afterpay gets into banking with Westpac, launching a savings app linked to your BNPL account

- July 20, 2021 2 MIN READ

Buy-now-pay-later market leader Afterpay (ASX: APT) is getting into ibanking, launching an app-based no fee deposit account paying 1% interest. The ASX-listed fintech has been granted an Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) by ASIC so it can provide general financial product advice and distribute basic deposit products and debit cards. Called Money by Afterpay, the… Read more »

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ASX

The golden era for BNPL shares is over for now

- March 31, 2021 2 MIN READ

The stellar rise on buy-now-pay-later fintechs on the ASX appears to have halted, with market leaders such as Afterpay falling briefly below $100 a share in trading today amid a three-month low for BNPL stocks. Afterpay (ASX: APT) ended the day up slightly at $101.50, but remains a long way off its mid-February high of… Read more »

ASX

Afterpay is leading tech stocks over the cliff today after upping its raise to $1.5 billion

- February 26, 2021 2 MIN READ

Afterpay (ASX:APT) shares are being smashed today after returning to trade today in a bad end to the month for tech stocks. The buy-now-pay-later fintech called a trading halt to its shares yesterday ahead of releasing its half-yearly results, which included a $79 million loss, despite analyst expectations of a maiden half-year profit, and plans… Read more »