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Zip (ASX:Z1P) share price dives 8% amid US concerns and Sezzle merger rumbles

Here’s what might be driving the Zip share price off a cliff on Friday.
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The Zip Co Ltd (ASX: Z1P) share price is tumbling as the United States puts pressure on buy now, pay later (BNPL) providers. Additionally, reports that talks of a merger with Sezzle Inc (ASX: SZL) hit the rocks are swirling on Friday.

At the time of writing, the Zip share price is trading at $4.11, 7.64% lower than its previous close.

Let’s take a look at all that might be weighing on the BNPL giant’s shares today.

Zip share price tumbles amid heat from Washington

The Zip share price is having a rough day amid the launch of an inquiry by the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

The body has issued orders to 5 major BNPL companies – Zip, Afterpay Ltd (ASX: APT), Klarna, Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL), and Affirm Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: AFRM) – to collect information on the risks and benefits of their offerings.

CFPB is worried about increasing debt, regulatory arbitrage, and data harvesting in the technologically advancing market.

It notes people can enter BNPL loans with multiple providers, leaving them vulnerable to financial hardship.

The body’s concerns mirror those of Financial Counselling Australia. It recently found the number of people approaching Australian financial counselling services with BNPL debt increased more than 50% over the last 12 months.

Additionally, CFPB believes some BNPL providers might be improperly evaluating which consumer protection laws apply to their services.

Finally, it’s concerned by BNPL providers’ ability to retain data on customers’ payment histories. It noted some companies have used this data to create “closed-loop shopping apps” with partner retailers.

CFPB states it working with international partners – some of which are in Australia – to conduct the inquiry.  

Rumoured Sezzle merger reportedly in the bin

Potentially also weighing on the Zip share price today are reports it has both entered and exited merger talks with fellow ASX-listed BNPL provider, Sezzle.

According to The Australian, the companies scrapped unverified discussions of a merger due to a disagreement on valuations.

The publication claims Zip abandoned the talks after Sezzle asked for more than Zip was willing to offer.

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