Weekly Analysis and Opinion Highlights – 21 February 2022

And we’re kicking off the week with new details on banking, partnerships, funding, DeFi, SoFi, neobanks, credit unions, open banking and more. Dive into the latest fintech insights and have a great start of the week!

This $1 Trillion-Potential Fintech Stock Is on Sale Right Now (NasDaq)
In this clip from “The Rank” on Motley Fool Liverecorded on Feb. 7, Motley Fool contributors Taylor Carmichael, Jason Hall, and Matt Frankel discuss which fintech stock they think might be the first to hit a trillion dollars one day and why PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) is a top contender. Taylor Carmichael: Yeah. I love PayPal. This is the one out of the 10 that my family owns is PayPal. This is a near-term hit they took. Personally, I think the reason they took a big hit is because crypto took a hit in December. Read more.

Could SoFi Stock Change Course in Q4? (TipRanks)
SoFi (NASDAQ:SOFI) received its long-awaited bank charter last month, which is not only a significant milestone for the company, but also a solid positive catalyst.  However, it has failed to lift SoFi’s stock price higher. Concerns over credit risk, regulatory uncertainty, and competitive activity have led to a significant sell-off in fintech stocks, including SoFi, noted John Hecht of Jefferies. It’s worth noting that SoFi stock has declined by 46.1% in the past three months. Further, it has lost about 28% this year. Read more.

Pay as a Service Market is Set to Fly High in Years to Come (Digital Journal)
The Latest research study released by HTF MI “Pay as a Service Market” with 100+ pages of analysis on business Strategy taken up by key and emerging industry players and delivers know how of the current market development, landscape, technologies, drivers, opportunities, market viewpoint and status. Understanding the segments helps in identifying the importance of different factors that aid the market growth. Some of the Major Companies covered in this Research are TSYS, First Data, Verifone, Paysafe, Aurus, Ingenico, Pineapple Payments, Agilysys, First American Payment Systems, Alpha Fintech & FIS Global etc. Read more.

Top Three Digital Fraud Prevention Trends for 2022 (Fintech News)
2021 was another memorable year. Organisations that built remote processes in response to the pandemic have spent the past year optimising and strengthening their systems to ensure a positive and secure customer experience. However, with identity theft, payment fraud, phishing, and other financial crimes at an all-time high, the work of digital security is never done. In this article, the three predictions that will shape the security landscape in 2022 were gathered. Read more.

Does Block Have 100% Upside? 3 Reasons This Analyst Might Be Right (Fool)
A JPMorgan analyst moved from not rated to overweight on Block stock after its acquisition of Afterpay. We agree Block stock could go to $200 or more, so here is our stock analysis in 12 minutes. JPMorgan analyst Tien-tsin Huang recently gave Block ( SQ -6.06% ) an “overweight” rating with a price target of $200. Huang says that Block’s acquisition of buy now, pay later fintech Afterpay will boost Block’s gross profit growth to 26% per year on average until 2024. Block should easily be able to achieve this given that it has increased gross profits by 29% on average during the past three years. Read more.

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