The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Klarna has claimed its buy-now-pay-later model is cheaper for consumers than credit cards and stops them getting into deep debt stating that consumers are better off because it doesn’t charge interest or late payment fees. The global banking, payments and shopping service, has launched its new Shopping app, empowering…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance new business grew by 147% in April 2021 compared with the same month in 2020.  In the first four months of 2021, new business was 1% higher than in the same period in 2020. The retail store and online credit sector…

Sub-prime lender, Amigo has warned that it faces potential collapse after confirming that it will not appeal against a High Court decision that blocked a scheme to cap customer compensation. The firm said it would ‘consider all options’ noting that it is looking at an alternative scheme to manage the costs of customer compensation claims.…

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has published its annual complaints data for the 2020/21 financial year (April 2020-March 2021) with commentary and insight. The overall number of new complaints received increased by 2% to 278,033, compared to the 271,468 complaints received in the 2019/20 financial year. Excluding the number of PPI complaints, the figures reveal a…

Guarantor lender, Amigo’s plan to cap compensation payouts have been turned down by the High Court, which agreed with the Financial Conduct Authority that the proposal was unfair to the firm’s creditors. Mr Justice Miles said borrowers had not been given the necessary information to understand “the basis on which they were being asked by…

The Credit & Collections Technology Awards has confirmed the judging panel for the 2021 event. Launched in 2017, the fifth annual awards seek to recognise excellence in credit and collections technology. The judging panel includes industry association leaders whose expertise includes specialisms from a diversity of different backgrounds, this ranges from consumer and business commercial…

Latest company results from home credit provider Morsese Club have shown that revenue has fallen by 25.1% to £100.2 million due to the impact of pandemic and the firm’s inability to lend to new Home Collect Credit (HCC) customers during the lockdown. Total group customer numbers declined to 180,000 and total credit issued to all…

Provident Financial (PFG) has confirmed that it is closing down its loss-making 141-year-old doorstep lending business. The division employs more than 2,000 people. The news comes as the Group releases its preliminary results for the year ended 31st December 2020, which feature a pre-tax loss of £113.5 million (2019: pre-tax profit of £119 million). The…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) have shown that consumer finance new business grew in March 2021 by 7% compared with the same month in 2020.  In Q1 2021, new business was 17% lower than in Q1 2020. The retail store and online credit sector reported growth in new business of…

Media speculation has suggested that sub prime lender specialist, Provident Financial is preparing to shut its doorstep lending business which has been running for 141 years. The Times newspaper and other national media outlets have reported that Provident was planning to close the division after 141 years and instead focus on its credit card and…

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