Since 2019, buy now, pay later (BNPL) lending products have experienced rapid growth in transaction volume and garnered significant attention from consumers, researchers, and regulators. BNPL products that use an interest-free, 4-payments-in-6-weeks (4-in-6) structure have been examined closely because of concerns that their unique characteristics might pose risks to vulnerable consumers and other providers of consumer credit.
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