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Mastercard Installments gains traction with new global partners and expands its support to small businesses

By Edlyn Cardoza

July 29, 2022

  • BNPL
  • Cross River Bank
  • HSBC
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Mastercard, Mastercard Installments Program, Small Businesses, BNPL, HSBC, J.P.Morgan, NatWest, Cross River Bank, Installment Lending, USAMastercard has announced several new global partners to its innovative Mastercard Installments program and is expanding further to support small businesses in the U.S. Illustrating the demand for buy now, pay later (BNPL) experiences from familiar and trusted brands, several new partners are providing support for the program, including HSBC, J.P.Morgan and NatWest in the U.K.; Cross River Bank, Evolve Bank & Trust, Jifiti, Live Oak Bank, MOCA Financial and WebBank in the U.S.; and Saudi National Bank (SNB) in Saudi Arabia. The program taps the power and scale of the Mastercard network, which connects to millions of merchants globally, to instantly support secure BNPL payments at checkout, both in-store and online.

Martin Wise, Managing Director, Short-Term Borrowing at NatWest, said, “There’s a clear demand for buy now, pay later and we are determined to make it better and safer for our customers. By working closely with Mastercard, we are ensuring responsible measures such as clear affordability checks and useful tools, such as payment reminders to help customers budget, are at the heart of our solution.”

In addition to delivering more payment choices, Mastercard Installments is built on responsible lending practices and supports shoppers with an enhanced set of consumer protections, data transparency and insight-driven programs. Through technology, data and insights, and its consulting expertise, Mastercard is creating a way to provide installment lending at scale.

“We believe no matter how you pay, a foundation of strong protections must be in place,” said Craig Vosburg, Chief Product Officer at Mastercard. “Trust is the currency of innovation. Using a Responsible-by-Design approach ensures that we stay ahead of consumer, merchant and bank needs and expectations, continuously building confidence in the payments ecosystem by providing choice at scale.”

According to new global consumer research from Mastercard’s World Payments Advisory™, nearly a quarter of respondents across 50+ markets have used a BNPL product in the past six months.

  • For BNPL users, “forgetting the payment was due” was the leading reason for missing an installment payment, while concerns about “hidden charges” were cited as a leading barrier to consumer adoption overall. Mastercard Installments addresses these concerns with a suite of unique, innovative services that increases transparency and helps protect consumers and businesses. Mastercard research shows that over 70% of small business owners who have used personal installments are likely to adopt business installments products if they become available.

“Flexible payment options benefit everyone in the ecosystem, and our partnership with Mastercard enables us to connect people in Saudi Arabia to the seamless benefits of Mastercard Installments,” said Majed Hamdan Al Ghamdi, Chief Executive Officer of Retail Bank at the Saudi National Bank. He continued, “Through this initiative, we are providing consumers with enhanced ways to pay when and where they want and in line with their budget needs. Underpinned by the renowned security of the Mastercard network, Mastercard Installments opens up new shopping experiences to consumers across the Kingdom while offering them reassurance, confidence and peace of mind.”

  • Meeting this demand in the U.S., Live Oak Bank, the nation’s small business lender, will support the program, making Mastercard Installments available to its small business customers.

Huntley Garriott, President of Live Oak Bank, said, “Live Oak knows small business customers need flexible financial products that provide security, transparency and scalability so they can grow their business at the pace that suits their needs. We are excited to partner with Mastercard to explore lending solutions through the Mastercard Installments program as it allows us to deliver innovative products from a trusted source while aligning with our mission to be America’s small business bank.”

  • This builds on Mastercard’s ongoing commitment to Main Street America, delivering products and services that help improve operational efficiency, manage cash flow and maximise customer connections with financial tools.

Madhu Kejriwal, Group Head, Unsecured Lending & Partnerships, HSBC Wealth & Personal Banking, said, “Customer expectations have evolved as the payments landscape has advanced, so banks need to find appropriate solutions. Buy-Now-Pay-Later (BNPL) lies at the intersection of payments and lending; it can provide customers with a seamless payment option. However, it’s important to realize that it’s very much a form of credit. HSBC is fully committed to responsible lending, and providing transparency to customers is of utmost importance to us. We want to clearly position any BNPL payment plan as part of a customer’s approved credit line. Our partnership with Mastercard is a crucial element of HSBC UK’s responsible lending strategy, as it enables us to provide customers with access to trusted payment options when they want to budget for larger purchases with affordable payment plans.”

In March this year, IBS Intelligence reported that Mastercard had announced a growing list of leading partners, including BNPL specialists and globally recognised brands, further expanding Mastercard Installments. Mastercard Installments uses the power of the company’s trusted network to make BNPL available to millions of consumers and merchants worldwide.

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