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Square’s Cash App tests new feature allowing users to borrow up to $200 (techcrunch)

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Cash App, the peer-to-peer payments provider from Square, is giving users a manner to get brief-time period loans.

The employer stated it’s handiest checking out the characteristic with around 1,000 customers for now. But it is able to turn out to be extra broadly to be had — and there are probable masses of those who could use the cash, given the state of the U.S. And the international financial system, no longer to say the modern-day uncertainty, approximately similarly stimulus plans.

Cash App is beginning out by means of presenting loans for any quantity among $20 and $two hundred. You’ll be predicted to pay the mortgage again in 4 weeks, in conjunction with a flat rate of five%. (Multiplied over a year, that turns into a 60% APR — which sounds excessive, however at the least it’s appreciably decrease than the common payday loan.)

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If you don’t pay off the mortgage after 4 weeks, you’ll get an extra one-week grace length, then Square and Cash App will start adding 1.25% (non-compounding) hobby each week. You additionally gained it be capable of take out an additional mortgage in case you’ve formerly defaulted.

“We are constantly checking out new functions in Cash App, and recently began trying out the potential to borrow money with approximately 1,000 Cash App clients,” a corporation spokesperson stated in an announcement. “We look forward to listening to their comments and getting to know from this experiment.”

Square has already been expanding Cash App’s features beyond easy peer-to-peer money switch with such things as the Cash Card (a loose debit card), Cash Boost (rewards) and Cash App Investing. And beyond Cash App, Square has been offering loans to small companies via its Square Capital arm.

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