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News & Views Podcast | Episode 152: Support for SMEs, Crypto Carbon Footprint and New US Klarna Card

On this week’s episode of News & Views, The Fintech Times Podcast team speak about Klarna as it opens a US waitlist for a new Klarna card and partners with Expedia Group to expand its services to travellers, whether the government has gone far enough with support for SMEs, and the push back against the growing crypto carbon footprint.

The conversation this week started by analysing Klarna’s latest announcements. Highlighting the importance of flexible payment options, Polly, Tom and Francis discuss why Klarna’s new offering would be so impactful for the US market, all the while spotlighting the necessity of responsible use.

The trio then moved to talk about crypto’s sustainability as Zumo and the Crypto Carbon Ratings Insitute revealed how impactful a crypto carbon footprint could be. The Podcast Team note the fine line that must be walked to enable crypto to flourish while protecting the environment.

Lastly, Polly, Tom and Francis speak about how the government needs to do more to help SMEs. However, Francis notes that not all firms can be saved by the government: while it does have a duty to help firms, ultimately, some simply will not have the right offerings or business models to be saved, even with government intervention.

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Read the articles discussed in this episode:

Klarna Improves US Offering With New Klarna Card and Expedia Group Partnership

Support for SMEs: Has the Government Gone Far Enough?

Zumo and CCRI Partner to Push Back Against Growing Crypto Carbon Footprint


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