New data from listed technology group Altron’s financial technology (fintech) unit shows that short-term credit extension, a key financial instrument for low-income households and small businesses, fell 12.3% between the first quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of this year.

Altron on Thursday launched a new index, called the Altron Fintech Short-term Credit Impact (Afsci), which was created in partnership with Keith Lockwood, an independent economic consultant and faculty member at business school GIBS. ..

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