News & Analysis

Your 90-second guide to the day in tech

- February 4, 2021 4 MIN READ

Happy Thursday all. A big shout out to our Victorian readers, who suddenly find themselves masking up again indoors. 40-15.  Today’s column might take 120 seconds, but there’s lots of juicy stuff to talk about.    1. BrexNPL? There could be a day of reckoning coming for the wild west of BNPLs, in the UK… Read more »

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Zip raised an extra $26.7 million from its eager shareholders

- January 18, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

Buy-now-pay-later fintech Zip has nearly doubled the amount it raised in its Share Purchase Plan (SPP), issuing more than 10 million new shares worth $56,739,524. Zip (ASX:Z1P) set out to raise $30 million through the SPP, but also accepted an extra $26,739,524.95 in oversubscriptions from eligible shareholders, who could subscribe for up to $30,000 worth… Read more »

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Fintech

Humm teams up with fintech Douugh for US BNPL tilt

- December 1, 2020 2 MIN READ

The former Flexigroup, now rebranded as Humm, the name of its BNPL product, is launching a US line of credit, marketed as a BNPL solution in the highly competitive US market in a joint venture with fellow ASX-listed fintech Douugh. The proposed JV will result in “Douugh powered by humm” as a “BNPL” solution involving… Read more »

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Afterpay shares crashed through the $100 barrier after announcing a savings account deal with Westpac

- October 20, 2020 2 MIN READ

Shares in Melbourne-based buy-now-pay-later fintech Afterpay are up more than 5% in the first hour of trade this morning to top $100 after the company announced it had signed a deal with Westpac to offer savings accounts and cash flow tools to its Australian customers. The partnership will allow Afterpay (ASX:APT) to provide Westpac (ASX:… Read more »

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BNPLs just had a massive win over the ACCC when it comes to financing home solar installations

- September 15, 2020 3 MIN READ

Consumer fintech FelixGroup (ASX: FXL) – rebranding under its BNPL name, Humm – has scored a major victory over the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in the fight for a slice of the renewable energy sector by buy now, pay later providers. The Australian Competition Tribunal issued a summary determination today rejecting the consumer… Read more »

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Swedish fintech Klarna is now the world’s 4th most valuable fintech after US$650 million raise

- September 15, 2020 2 MIN READ

Swedish buy now pay later (BNPL) fintech Klarna is now Europe’s most valuable fintech – the 4th most valuable globally – following a US$650 million equity raise that values the business at US$10.65 billion (AU$14.54bn). The latest valuation nearly doubles the US$5.5 billion valuation following a US$460 million raise in August 2019. The round was… Read more »

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CBA copies NAB in the fight against BNPLs offering a Mastercard ‘no interest’ credit card

- September 11, 2020 2 MIN READ

The Commonwealth Bank has launched a near-identical “no interest” credit card just a day after NAB announced it was launching its flat fee StraightUp Card on Thursday. Aside from slightly different monthly fee rates, the only other key difference is that while NAB partnered with Visa, CBA’s “CommBank Neo” is a Mastercard product. Like StraightUp,… Read more »