Klarna introduces credit opt out

Thursday 25 May 2023 12:20 CET | News

Klarna has launched the UK’s first voluntary credit ‘opt out’, an additional tool in the Klarna app to help consumers save time and money.

The new feature will assist customers in meeting their financial objectives by giving them a tool that allows them to 'pre-decide' not to use credit, for instance, when saving for a certain life event or adhering to a very strict budget.

Klarna launches the UK’s first voluntary credit ‘opt out’, an additional tool in the Klarna app to help consumers save time and money.

To activate the credit 'opt out,' users must go to the 'settings' page in the Klarna app and choose 'deactivate credit'. When credit is deactivated, users are sent to a page with resources and help for individuals coping with debt, and they are no longer able to utilise Klarna Pay in 30, Pay in 3 or Financing products. Customers must contact Klarna's customer care teams to reinstate credit services. The opt-out feature is available in the most recent version of the Klarna App.

Klarna's credit offerings are designed to keep consumers from accruing significant outstanding balances. Unlike credit cards, the firm only loans to people who can afford to repay by performing strict eligibility checks on each transaction, providing a real-time picture of a consumer's financial situation. When a consumer fails to make a payment, Klarna automatically restricts access to credit services to prevent debt accumulation.

Klarna’s latest developments

Klarna has spent the whole year developing new features and enhancing existing ones. It began with the release of its spending overview product, which provides customers in the UK with insights into their spending patterns and control over their finances. Money Story uses the animated 'story' style popularised by social media to expose consumers' spending habits in an interesting and familiar way.

Later, it began to penalise clients in the UK for late payments, imposing a GBP 5 cost. Fees are limited to 25% of the order amount, with a maximum of two fees per order. Customers are offered a seven-day grace period and many nudges before being charged. The company currently levies late fees in a variety of areas, and it claims that penalising late buyers in the Netherlands and Belgium increased on-time payments by 20%.

Klarna has announced new features and improvements aimed at providing consumers with a more personalised buying experience. The new capabilities, which are now being pushed out in select locations like the US, the UK, and Germany, come as the Swedish fintech business continues to change its focus away from being simply a BNPL platform and more toward becoming an all-around shopping destination for its 150 million customers.

Achieving financial goals through the help of fintech

Fintech businesses have transformed the way people manage their finances by providing a wide range of innovative tools and services that can assist customers in meeting their financial objectives.

Consumers can easily access their accounts, manage their spending, and monitor their investments from the comfort of their own homes via mobile applications and web platforms. Fintechs also provide faster account opening processes and user-friendly interfaces, lowering entry barriers and making financial management more accessible to consumers who previously had difficulty obtaining traditional banking services.

Furthermore, modern algorithms and data analytics are used to deliver individualised financial planning and budgeting solutions. Individuals' income, spending, and financial objectives may be analysed using these tools to generate customised budget plans and savings strategies. Consumers may acquire a better knowledge of their financial patterns and make educated decisions to match their spending with their objectives by using tools such as cost classification, spending alerts, and goal tracking.

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Keywords: product launch, credit card, transactions , payments , fintech
Categories: Payments & Commerce
Companies: Klarna
Countries: United Kingdom
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