Buy-Now, Pay-Later Faces Tougher Rules as CFPB Chief Weighs

Buy-Now, Pay-Later Faces Tougher Rules as CFPB Chief Weighs

The US {Consumer|Customer|Buyer|Client|Shopper|Purchaser} {Financial|Monetary|Economic|Fiscal|Money|Economical} {Protection|Safety|Defense|Security} Bureau {released|launched|introduced|unveiled|produced} a sweeping report warning that the burgeoning “buy now, {pay|spend|pay out|shell out|fork out|pay back} later” {industry|business|market|sector|marketplace|field} {needs|requirements|wants|demands|desires|requires} {fresh|new|refreshing|clean|contemporary|fresh new} regulation to {address|deal with|tackle|handle} {industry|business|market|sector|marketplace|field} {practices|methods|procedures|techniques|tactics}.

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“The report is {less|much less|significantly less|considerably less|a lot less|fewer} {harmful|dangerous|damaging|hazardous|unsafe|destructive} than feared,” Dan Dolev, an analyst at Mizuho Securities, {said|stated|mentioned|explained|claimed|reported} in a {note|be aware|notice|observe|take note}. {While|Whilst|Although|Even though|When|Though} regulators “clearly {identified|recognized|determined|discovered} {important|essential|crucial|critical|significant|vital} {risks|dangers|hazards|pitfalls|challenges|threats}, they are also praising BNPL, which is a {positive|good|optimistic|constructive|beneficial|favourable} {sign|signal|indicator|indication}.” Mizuho {recommended|suggested|advised|advisable|encouraged|proposed} {buying|purchasing|getting|acquiring|obtaining|shopping for} Affirm shares on {weakness|weak point|weak spot}, and shares of the {company|business|organization|firm|corporation|enterprise} rose as {much|a lot|significantly|considerably|substantially|a great deal} as 3.3 {percent|%|per cent|p.c} {earlier|previously|before} Thursday, {before|prior to|just before|ahead of|in advance of|right before} slipping .8 {percent|%|per cent|p.c} at 1 p.m.

Chopra {said|stated|mentioned|explained|claimed|reported} in a {statement|assertion} that some {buy|purchase|acquire|get|obtain|invest in}-now, {pay|spend|pay out|shell out|fork out|pay back}-{later|later on|afterwards} {firms|companies|corporations} “may welcome CFPB examination in {order|purchase|buy|get} to {identify|determine|recognize|discover|establish|detect} {potentially|possibly|probably|perhaps|most likely|likely} problematic {business|company|enterprise|organization|small business|business enterprise} {practices|methods|procedures|techniques|tactics} {before|prior to|just before|ahead of|in advance of|right before} they {create|produce|develop|generate|make|build} {widespread|prevalent|common|popular} {harm|damage|hurt}.” He {said|stated|mentioned|explained|claimed|reported} the {agency|company} is “inviting these {firms|companies|corporations} to self-{identify|determine|recognize|discover|establish|detect} to us if they {wish|want|desire|would like} to be examined. We are {reviewing|examining} our {appropriate|suitable|proper|acceptable|ideal|correct} authorities to {conduct|carry out|perform} {examinations|exams} on a {compulsory|obligatory} {basis|foundation}, as {well|nicely|effectively|properly|very well|perfectly}.”

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By Matt Turner, Jenny Surane

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