More Americans are expected to 'buy now, pay later' for the holidays. Analysts see a growing risk


November 29, 2023

NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers are expected to use "buy now, pay later" payment plans heavily this holiday season, a forecast that bodes well for retailers but that has credit experts again sounding alarm bells.

The short-term loans often come with consumer-friendly interest rates and allow shoppers to make an initial payment at checkout, then pay the rest in installments, typically over a few weeks, even months. That can be appealing to a shopper buying multiple gifts for family and friends during the holidays, particularly if they're balancing other debt such as student loans or credit cards...

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