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This Week in Finance News: 12 Stories You Need to See
Wednesday, September 20, 2023

A roundup of the week's most newsworthy financial industry press releases from PR Newswire, including the launch of an Xbox Mastercard.

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire. To help journalists covering the finance industry stay on top of the week's most newsworthy and popular releases, here's a roundup of stories from the week that shouldn't be missed.

The list below includes the headline (with a link to the full text) and an excerpt from each story. Click on the press release headlines to access accompanying multimedia assets that are available for download.

    1. Xbox to Launch the Xbox Mastercard, Its First-Ever Credit Card in the US,
       Issued by BarclaysThe Xbox Mastercard has no annual fee and rewards Xbox
       players 5X card points on qualifying purchases within the Microsoft
       Store, 3X across eligible dining delivery and streaming services, and 3
       months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate after the first purchase (for new Game
       Pass members).

    2. Nearly 30% of Americans Prioritize Buying the Latest Tech, Like iPhone
       15, Over Paying Bills"As cool as that new iPhone might be, avoiding
       unnecessary debt is a whole lot cooler. If you can afford to buy it and
       pay it off in a month or two, have at it. If not, make a plan and take it
       slow," said LendingTree's chief credit analyst Matt Schulz.

    3. Morningstar Brings the Evolving Investor to Future ProofMorningstar
       launches new advisor-centered research, business intelligence solution
       for home offices, and the next step for its AI chatbot Mo.

    4. First Citizens Bank's Annual Forecast Finds Small Businesses Confident,
       Undeterred By Economic OutlookThe ninth annual First Citizens Bank Small
       Business Forecast found 79% of owners to be somewhat or very confident
       their small businesses will experience growth over the next 6-12 months,
       citing bank loans (57%), business credit cards (49%) and non-bank loans
       (25%) as the key funding proponents supporting expansion.

    5. Uber and PayPal Expand RelationshipThis deal expands their areas of
       partnership to include additional processing through PayPal Braintree,
       alternative domestic debit network routing across a range of geographies,
       instant driver and courier payouts to PayPal and Venmo, and custom
       support for new lines of business.

    6. Mubadala Commits $1 Billion to Blue Owl Capital's Technology Lending
       Strategy"This mandate reflects the depth of our direct lending
       capabilities within the technology sector and our ability to deliver
       differentiated solutions that enable our clients to meet their investment
       objectives," said Doug Ostrover, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Blue Owl.

    7. Finseca: September is Life Insurance Awareness MonthLife insurance is
       often overlooked, despite it being a fundamental component of a sound
       financial strategy. Whether you're looking to cover your final expenses,
       pay off debts, provide for your family, or leave a legacy to your loved
       ones - life insurance can help fulfill each of these goals.

    8. BitPay Adds Support for PayPal USD (PYUSD) Stablecoin"When adding a new
       cryptocurrency for merchants to accept we look at many factors, but among
       the most important is its payment utility and community involvement.
       Supporting PYUSD encourages mass adoption of cryptocurrency payments from
       PayPal's enormous customer base," said Stephen Pair, CEO of BitPay.

    9. GOODLES® Raises $13M in Series A Funding Round Led by Leading
       Consumer-Focused Investment Firm, L Catterton"We are excited about this
       partnership with L Catterton - the best-of-the-best when it comes to
       scaling consumer brands. The influx of capital to keep up with demand,
       coupled with the ability of our extraordinarily creative and
       results-oriented team to produce unconventional and joyful executions,
       positions us perfectly for continued success," said Jen Zeszut,
       Co-Founder and CEO of GOODLES.

    10. New Report Finds Public Pensions Play a Critical Role in Delivering
        Retirement Security for Older Americans While Reducing Wealth Inequality
        by Race and Gender"This new report is a clear indicator that pensions
        play a major role in closing this financial gap and ensuring all
        Americans - especially Blacks, Latinos, women, and those without a
        four-year college degree - have a better shot at a secure retirement,"
        said Dan Doonan, NIRS executive director.

    11. KeyBank Awards Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership with
        $300,000 Grant to Increase Affordable and Sustainable HousingStudies
        show Indianapolis' families spend an average of 46 percent of their
        income on housing and transportation. Through the ETOD program, INHP is
        promoting housing choice and affordability while also providing access
        to jobs, education, healthcare, food and cultural amenities - all needed
        for economic mobility.

    12. Home Insurance Prices Up 21% as Homeowners Are Left to Deal with Climate
        Change, Turbulent MarketThe analysis, which is based on internal
        Policygenius data from more than 17,000 policies renewing from May 2022
        to May 2023, also found that in every state (plus Washington, D.C.)
        analyzed for this report, the average premium increase was higher than
        the year before.

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