2023 Financial Predictions, World Economic Forum Recap: The Latest Finance News Trends

A look at the finance industry news from PR Newswire in January and February that you might have missed.


Finance News Trends, January-February 2023


By Victoria Douglas, Rocky Parker | Published March 8, 2023


Over the course of January and February, PR Newswire distributed 7,590 finance-related press releases. Our team monitored the headlines and noticed a few recurring storylines.

Everyone loves a year-end list, but as the year kicked off, many companies were also sharing their predictions for 2023 and how inflation and a possible recession were shaping their decisions. January also saw corporate and government leaders return to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum. Rising inflation around the world was one of the main topics – part of a “polycrisis” that attendees addressed.

We also spotted several announcements from the buy now, pay later sector, which experienced a growth spurt over the holidays.

Below, we take a closer look at those trends as well as some of the most-viewed finance releases so far this year.


Top Releases

These were some of the most-read finance releases of the two-month period:

  • Updates from FTX continued to be among the most popular finance releases. In mid-January, the company shared the latest updates since its chapter 11 filing, including the identification of approximately $5.5 billion of liquid assets.
  • WWE shareholder news was a big draw for readers as Vince McMahon announced changes to the board ahead of important media rights negotiations.
  • Las Vegas Sands announced that it will be developing a multi-billion-dollar flagship hospitality, entertainment, and casino project on Long Island, New York.
  • In early February, BMO completed its acquisition of Bank of the West, adding 1.8 million customers and 500 branches to the company’s portfolio. 


Finance News Trends

Below, we dig into some of the recurring finance news trends from the first two months of 2023.


2023 Predictions

The beginning of the year was full of 2023 financial predictions. Whether it was consumers’ spending plans for the new year, the expected effects of inflation and a potential recession, or how CEOs are feeling about the state of their businesses, companies’ releases varied widely.

During January and February, PR Newswire distributed dozens of releases that mentioned “predictions.” Here are a few of them:

What do you think? Will these predictions prove true?


World Economic Forum Recap

The 53rd World Economic Forum convened in Davos, Switzerland, and brought together leaders in government and business from around the world. This year’s focus was “cooperation in a fragmented world.”

Over several days in January, leaders gathered to address solutions to the “polycrisis,” which consists of the ongoing pandemic, the war in Ukraine, rising inflation, and food insecurity. Among the takeaways, leaders seem cautiously optimistic about the economy. The International Monetary Fund’s managing director, Kristalina Georgieva, told the AP that the economy is “less bad than we feared a couple of months ago.”

Over the two-month period, PR Newswire distributed nearly 100 releases mentioning the forum in the U.S. and Canada. Here are just a few of the releases that caught readers’ and journalists’ eyes.

  • Digital payments: The Universal Digital Payments Network launched in Davos has “the potential to drive down the cost of digital payments and accelerate adoption by banks and businesses of all sizes.”
  • ESG data: The Valuable 500, a coalition of CEOs and their companies innovating for disability inclusion, released a white paper calling for the inclusion of disability data in corporate ESG reports.
  • Digital economies: Another report released in Davos came from the Digital Cooperation Organization. Its Bridging the Gap Report takes an in-depth look at the challenges facing nations, especially smaller and developing nations, to gain equal access to digital economies.
  • DEI targets: An updated framework for the Hispanic Promise debuted at the forum. It aims to help companies effectively engage and invest in Hispanic employees, consumers, suppliers, and the community.
  • Race for talent: ManpowerGroup published its 2023 trends report, "The New Human Age," ahead of the World Economic Forum. The report found that 75% of companies reported talent shortages and companies are eliminating degree requirements and looking to older workers to fill positions.


Buy Now, Pay Later Services

In our previous trend roundup, we mentioned the surge of buy now, pay later technology being used during the holiday shopping season. With rising inflation, the option to pay just a quarter of the bill (or less) at the register seemed like a no-brainer to consumers. The popular form of payment offers a new way to purchase just about anything, including travel and healthcare.  

The loan option promises to essentially change the way people shop and was one of the hottest trends of the holiday season.

But despite a projected CAGR of 21.7% from 2022-2029, the BNPL sector seems to be hitting a few speedbumps. “The industry is now facing an existential crisis, as profits remain elusive, valuations plummet, competition increases and regulators ask tough questions about the lending practices behind B.N.P.L.,” the New York Times reports.

Over the first two months of 2023, PR Newswire distributed nearly 60 releases related to the BNPL sector, a slight decrease from the previous two-month period. Here are a few examples:

  • Bluedot released its 2023 retail predictions, which included one for BNPL. “To attract younger customers, especially Gen Z, we'll see retailers put more emphasis on BNPL both online and in-store to help ease consumer cost restraints,” the company said.
  • Credit monitoring tool ScoreSense released its holiday spending report, which found that respondents aged 25-34 were more likely to use credit cards or buy now, pay later financing for their holiday purchases.
  • BNPL provider Uplift announced its solution would be available to travelers booking a cruise with Margaritaville at Sea.
  • Ingenico and Splitit announced their partnership to deliver a global, one-touch, no-interest BNPL service at the point-of-sale terminal.
  • According to VantageScore, some consumers are struggling to make on-time loan payments and are carrying higher balances - likely in response to a higher cost of living.


Personal Finance

The National Financial Educators Council estimated the total money lost by financial illiteracy totaled over $436 billion in 2022. In today’s economy, financial wellness and literacy have become more important than ever and according to a KeyBank survey, Americans want to become more aware of their financial state. 

Based on the press releases that are crossing the wire, more and more individuals and companies are becoming aware of and focused on financial equity, which ensures all individuals have equal access to financial services and professional opportunities that can help them generate greater wealth.

In recent months, PR Newswire has distributed financial wellness content related to credit repair, financial education, and financial literacy for women and students

Here are some other financial wellness releases that caught our eye: 

  • A Debt.com survey found that financial issues are leading to more marital problems.
  • Cayman Kelly issued an important call during Black History Month about the ongoing racial wealth gap.
  • Edward Jones reported 93% of Americans view financial wellness as important, but 43% do not feel financially stable.
  • According to TIAA Institute: 'Longevity literacy' may be key to better retirement readiness.
  • TD Bank offered a new lending program focused on providing more equitable access to credit for Black entrepreneurs.



Inflation and fears of a possible recession continue to have an impact on how consumers are spending and saving and how companies are planning for the year ahead. The team will continue to watch these trends, as well as others in the coming months, like tax preparation and the use of AI in financial technology.


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About the Authors

Vicki Douglas headshotVicki Douglas is a Senior Content Specialist with Cision PR Newswire. She started in 2007 and currently assists the onboarding team, is responsible for content curation, and is an earnings content specialist. Her hobbies outside of work are swimming and yoga.



Rocky Parker headshotRocky Parker is the Manager of Audience and Journalist Engagement at Cision PR Newswire. She's been with the company since 2010 and has worked with journalists and bloggers as well as PR and comms professionals. Outside of work, she can be found trying a new recipe, binging a new show, or cuddling with her pitbull, Hudson.