Klarna responds to Covid-19 & the buy-now, pay-later critics


Klarna responds to Covid-19 & the buy-now, pay-later critics

Alex Marsh, Senior Analytics Director, Klarna UK, speaks to Hannah Wallace, FinextraTV about the impact of the pandemic on public spending and where have we seen a shift in behaviour, how Klarna's lending criteria has changed due to Covid-19, how they are responding to the buy-now, pay-later economy critics and how their merchant and consumer offering has changed in recent months.

Klarna CEO on Buy Now, Pay Later & Russia-Ukraine War

Klarna Chief Executive Officer Sebastian Siemiatkowski discusses fintech, buy now, pay later and the Russia-Ukraine war on “Bloomberg Surveillance: Early Edition.”

Apple boosts buy now, pay later option made popular by Klarna

Klarna CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski speaks to ‘TechCheck’ about welcoming Apple into the buy now, pay later market. He believes Klarna can maintain their hold on the market of everyday products and welcomes other players into their field, which he helps will grow and become more ubiquitous by the end of the decade. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO:

Shares of Affirm, a company that offers lending services for retailers, dropped over 10% on Tuesday after Bloomberg reported Apple plans to offer a competing “buy now pay later” product in partnership with Goldman Sachs.

Afterpay, an Australian company that also offers installment payments for products, fell over 7% on the report. It trades over-the-counter in the U.S.

The report is the latest sign that Apple wants to offer additional financial services through its Wallet app and partnerships with financial services firms. Buy now pay later products allow consumers to buy a pricey product and pay for it over a number of months.

Apple’s most notable financial product so far is Apple Card, a credit card accessed through the iPhone and administered by Goldman Sachs. Apple and Goldman Sachs declined to comment.

Apple has previously offered monthly installment payments with no interest on some of its products bought through the Apple store with an Apple Card. For example, Apple Card holders can buy an iPhone in 24 monthly installments, with the payments being bundled into the minimum credit card payment inside the Wallet app.

“One of the things we are doing is trying to make it simpler and simpler for people to get on these sort of monthly financing kind of things,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in 2019 when introducing the program.

In May, Apple posted a job looking for a lead negotiator who would work with payment partners, which listed BNPL experience as a plus.

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