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Weekly Analysis and Opinion Highlights – 21 March 2022

And we’re kicking off the week with new details on crypto, money transfer, fintech funding, payment process, debt crisis and more. Dive into the latest fintech insights and have a great start of the week!

Payments for good – promoting financial inclusion (Fintech Futures)
Vijay Oddiraju, CEO of Volante Technologies, looks at ways the payments industry can provide the rails for inclusiveness. Technological change is essential if inclusiveness is to become a reality. Market trends such as digitisation, ecosystems, and cryptocurrencies can undoubtedly act as enablers but delivering the technical infrastructure to support the underbanked is key if financial institutions are to play their part in providing access to capital. Read more.

War in Ukraine Renews Questions Around Likelihood, Insurability of Cyber War (Insurance Journal)
Since Russia launched a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine on February 24, questions have resurfaced about the likelihood of a global cyber war. While experts say there isn’t a credible threat at this time, the overall cyber threat landscape is leading to caution. “I personally believe that the threat of cyber attacks against U.S. infrastructure and other large-scale cyber disruptions in the United States is greatly, greatly elevated right now, maybe the highest that it’s been in history actually,” said Jon Bateman, a fellow in the Technology and International Affairs Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Read more.

How embedded finance can help brands cater to the needs of Gen Z (Fintech Futures)
Generation Z (those born between 1997 and 2012) grew up with social media and smartphones. They’re coming of age during a global pandemic that’s pushed countless activities online. This cohort isn’t just digital native, it’s digital first. What’s more, members of Gen Z have different relationships with brands than previous generations did. Recent NRF research suggests they’re quicker to switch to competitors when brands don’t live up to their promises or advertised values. Read more.

Here’s why a Warren Buffett fintech stock is exploding today (The Motley Fool)
Markets around the world are reeling from the current situation in Ukraine… and with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains. But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be a daunting prospect during such unprecedented times. Fortunately, The Motley Fool UK analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global upheaval. Read more.

Demystifying the Indian BNPL market (Fintech Futures)
A lot has been said about buy now, pay later (BNPL) in the last few years, especially since its explosion globally in 2021, which was the year of reckoning of sorts for the industry. While the term “BNPL” may seem like the new kid on the block, as a concept it is not something new. It is as old as consumer credit as a concept. Our grandparents may have known it as layaway credit, our parents probably knew it as an installment plan and their following generation may have had a more formal tool in the form of credit cards. BNPL is a credit tool in a new skin that lets customers flexibly split bills at little or no cost at their convenience. Think of it as a newer and cooler sibling of the precursors, if you will, but with a fintech twist. Read more.

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