Could banks adopting Buy Now Pay Later mean the end of credit cards?
As Buy Now Pay Later becomes more popular, young Aussies are bidding farewell to credit cards and some of the big financial players are taking notice.
While Westpac may have been the first of the big four to make a move on Buy Now Pay Later with it’s investment in Zip in 2017 and card giant Visa announced it’s new instalment option for cardholders this year, CBA have now joined the party and invested $100 million in Swedish fintech Klarna.
Klarna currently operates in the US and Europe and is set to operate exclusively in partnership with CommBank on Australian and New Zealand shores.
But, there has been no official word on the street about Klarna’s launch date here yet, so watch this space as details emerge.
Meanwhile, Latitude Financial also has it’s fingers in the buy now pay later pie.
Recently the financial services powerhouse announced the launch of Latitude Pay, an interest-free credit option for Aussie shoppers which is set to be available next month.
According to a report conducted by ASIC last year, the amount of consumers using Buy Now Pay Later has increased by 1.6 million in two years, with only 400,000 people using these services in 2016 compared to 2 million in 2018.
It also found that 60% of Buy Now Pay Later users are between the ages of 18-34 and 40% are students or working part time.
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