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Wise CFO to depart the firm next year
Wise CFO will depart the money transfer firm next year, PayPal’s Venmo introduces accounts for teens, and Australia plans to regulate the Buy Now Pay Later industry
JPMorgan held its Investor Day 2023 yesterday, and the company’s chief, Jamie Dimon, said that he has no plans to retire anytime soon. I want to be like Jamie, so here is my statement: I have no plans to stop writing these emails anytime soon! Anyways, enough about me:
Wise CFO will depart the money transfer firm next year,
PayPal’s Venmo introduces accounts for teens, and
Australia plans to regulate the Buy Now Pay Later industry
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Wise CFO to Depart Next Year
Matt Briers, the Chief Financial Officer of the money transfer firm Wise (LON: WISE), has announced that he will step down from his position by March 2024. Briers, who joined Wise in 2015 after his tenure at Google, had previously taken a leave of absence due to a bike accident, resulting in the appointment of a temporary interim CFO. The company has initiated a search for a new CFO, and Briers will continue to serve in his role until the next year. Earlier this month, the company’s co-founder and CEO, Kristo Kaarman, announced that he will take an extended sabbatical to spend time with his family between September and December this year. During his absence, Wise's Chief Technology Officer, Harsh Sinha, will assume the role of CEO on an interim basis. The company’s stock declined 3.70% on the news.
Venmo Introduces Teen Accounts
PayPal’s Venmo introduced Teen Accounts, which allow parents to create Venmo accounts for their teenage kids between the ages of 13 to 17-years-old. Venmo Teen Accounts will have no monthly fee and include a Venmo Teen Debit Card. With Teen Accounts, parents can monitor transactions, manage privacy settings, and send money to their teenagers. Teens themselves can send and receive money, withdraw cash, and track their spending within the Venmo app. Venmo will be rolling out Teen Accounts to select customers starting in June and expects the service to be widely available in the coming weeks. Venmo's closest competitor, Block’s Cash App, launched the service for teenagers already in November of 2021. The service saw an immediate adoption that even got the attention of Wall Street analysts.
✔️ Introducing the Venmo Teen Account
✔️ Venmo Teen accounts are coming next month
✔️ Venmo targets young consumers and parents with new teen accounts
✔️ Square’s Cash App opens up to teens ages 13 to 17 with parental oversight
Australia Plans to Regulate BNPL Firms
The Australian government has announced plans to regulate Buy Now Pay Later finance firms under the country’s credit laws. The new regulation will require BNPL firms to adhere to responsible lending obligations, hold Australian credit licenses, and meet minimum standards on conduct and products. The new laws will affect companies like Zip, Block’s Afterpay, and Klarna. According to Bloomberg, Zip is better positioned to meet the requirements of the new regulation since it already holds an Australian credit license. The move towards regulation will put additional pressure on the business models of BNPL companies, which have been challenged by the rising cost of funding and rising defaults. The proposed regulation is expected to be introduced into the parliament by the end of the year.
Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Fintech companies are on a roll this year. While everyone’s discussing the rally in Nasdaq, the performance of many Fintech companies dwarfs the index. Thus, Upstart (NASDAQ: UPST) is up 114%, Nubank (NYSE: NU) is up 86%, and Coinbase (NASDAQ: COIN) is up 81%. Will they hold?
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