6 payments trends to watch in 2023
January 10, 2023 – FedNow, embedded payments, deal-making, cybersecurity and more mature BNPL will be dominant themes, among others, in the industry this year.
Innovation in payments will charge ahead in 2023, though not in the same way it has in the past few years. With venture capital firms tightening purse strings and startups floundering, legacy players are likely to pick off some industry small fry.
Meanwhile, other fintechs may close down amid challenging economic conditions, including rising borrowing costs and the threat of a recession.
One new payments area primed to advance in any case is embedded finance, and specifically embedded payments — the practice of bundling payments with a service or product in a seamless sort of way. Companies across the spectrum are considering ways they can employ such tools and they’re likely to move beyond consumer uses to corporate applications as well.
The arrival of FedNow, the Federal Reserve’s real-time payments system, is also expected to spur not only more efficient payments, but also new rails for developing services and inspiring more startups in the industry.
While buy now-pay later mania has cooled since the COVID-19 pandemic fueled online use, it will continue to be a hot theme in the industry as it adjusts to in-store use and new regulations in the offing for 2023.
Meanwhile, regulators won’t be the only ones keeping an eye on consumer safety. Lawmakers and payments companies alike will join in a campaign to beef up cybersecurity in the arena amid the rise of digital payments.