Pix's Unstoppable Growth in Brazil

Pix's Unstoppable Growth in Brazil
PIX transactions overview

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Brazil's Pix payment system, launched by the central bank three years ago, has quickly overtaken cash and wire transfers, posing a significant threat to credit cards, especially in e-commerce.

Pix's instant payment feature has become a favorite, with usage soaring 74% last year, outperforming credit and debit card transactions by about 23%.

Pix payments take off

This shift is largely beneficial for buyers and online retailers, offering lower transaction costs and improved cash flow.

The system allows seamless transactions by scanning a QR code, reducing the reliance on traditional card payments which involve higher fees shared among networks and processors.

Pix's average transaction cost is significantly lower than those of debit and credit cards, prompting predictions of diminishing credit card relevance.

With new features like recurring payments and installment purchases on the horizon, Pix's dominance in the retail sector is expected to grow, further challenging the credit card industry.

More industry news is listed for you below, including a few very interesting crypto updates that I think are worth checking out.




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🇬🇧 AIM-listed FinTech and consultancy firm Alpha Group International has confirmed its intention to move to the premium list of the London Stock Exchange’s main market as it looks to expand. Alpha Group’s admission to the main market is not expected to be subject to shareholder approval but will require authorisation from the FCA.

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➡️ The revolution of instant payment systems in Asia and Latin America.

In the table below, it is possible to notice that Asian and Latin American economies have differentiated in terms of approach👇

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