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BancorpSouth to Offer New Prepaid Card through Community Bank Program (Jan. 10, 2013)

Jan. 10, 2013 Tupelo, Miss.-based BancorpSouth Inc. has announced the launch of a new GPR prepaid card targeted at travelers, students and online shoppers. The MasterCard-branded card can be used at retailers, online and for cash withdrawal at ATMs, and features an online account management system that enables reloads over the Web. BancorpSouth said there […]

JP Morgan trade platform promises joined-up thinking

JP Morgan has begun rollout of its new multi-asset class trading platform, JP Morgan Markets, which the firm says will make it easier for clients to bring together different elements such as research and analytics and convert them into successful trades.

Diebold debuts cardless ATM at CES

ATM maker Diebold has developed an ATM that lets customers withdraw cash without using a card – and saves the bank money in the process.

Internet fraud: follow the money

While the internet has provided inumerable benefits, it has also been the field for new types of fraud and rights infringements. If the financing used by people who illegally upload or otherwise exploit content were cut off, might it be possible to combat the spread of their activities?

InComm Moves into E-Gifting with Giftango Acquisition (Jan. 8, 2013)

Jan. 8, 2013 Atlanta-based prepaid distribution and technology provider InComm has acquired Giftango Corp., the Portland, Ore.-headquartered digital gift card fulfillment provider, in a move InComm says is meant to expand the company’s reach into high-volume, e-commerce gift card sales and distribution. “This acquisition opens doors to new and meaningful distribution channels for InComm merchants […]

U.S. Bank Offers Mitek’s Mobile Photo Bill Pay to Customers (Jan. 8, 2013)

Jan. 8, 2013 Customers of U.S. Bank, Minneapolis-based lead bank of U.S. Bancorp, now will be able to set up bill payments by photographing their paper bills using the camera on smartphones and tablets. Mobile Photo Bill Pay could help spur bill pay adoption by eliminating the need to manually enter biller and payment information, […]

In-Store Visits Plummet in Holiday 2012, But Transaction Size Increases (Jan. 8, 2013)

Jan. 8, 2013 After a strong post-Thanksgiving start, in-store holiday retail sales were sluggish this season as an uncooperative calendar and a continued shift toward online shopping dragged down store visits. According to retail analytics provider RetailNext, brick-and-mortar retail traffic was down significantly in the 2012 holiday season, as the number of store visits fell […]

Gift Card Exchange Gets Physical with Coinstar’s Alula Kiosks (Jan. 8, 2013)

Jan. 8, 2013 Coinstar Inc. is introducing a new dimension to the secondary gift card market with Alula, a kiosk service it’s piloting in some supermarkets that enables consumers to immediately convert unused gift cards into cash. The service cuts out steps and speeds up the process of selling unused gift cards through various online […]

“Fragile” US equity market structure needs attention

The recent market data glitch on US consolidated tape C, in which investors were unable to view Nasdaq-listed stocks, highlights the need for regulation on resilience, according to Frederic Ponzo, managing partner at capital markets consultancy GreySpark Partners.

Thomson Reuters debuts FATCA compliance kit

Thomson Reuters has launched a tool to help financial institutions comply with the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, widely known as FATCA, which requires banks to identify their US customers for tax purposes.

Leading with remittances – a new retail banking segment

The remit of the World Bank and the Gates Foundation is to focus on flows of money to developing economies, so much of the publicity is about those and as a result, much of what we understand about remittances is about those markets. And they are not to be underestimated.

Algorithms create new highs (and lows) at Barclays

As we’re broadly in agreement with the view of a character in Carla Lane’s 1970s sit-com The Liver Birds that opera is “just Italians arguing to music”, we’d best pass on this news with as little critical comment as possible. Following the success of oddball opera subjects – Nixon in China, Jerry Springer: The Opera […]

“Lobby wars” will hurt buy-side interests in Brussels says SunGard exec

As the European Commission prepares new rules that will reform Europe’s capital markets, buy-side market participants must be careful to ensure that they are not misunderstood and even side-lined by politicians in Brussels, warns David Morgan, director for trading and client connectivity, capital markets at financial technology provider SunGard.

Chinese NFC Takes another Step Forward with ZTE, China UnionPay Pact (Jan. 7, 2013)

Jan. 7, 2013 Telecom network and equipment provider ZTE Corp. has been selected by Shanghai-based card network China UnionPay (CUP) to provide mobile payment services to CUP cardholders. As part of the deal, ZTE—the world’s fifth-largest maker of telecom equipment—plans to develop an NFC-based mobile phone. The firms also said they would explore the development […]

Report: Despite Smartphone Penetration, Mobile Banking Lags (Jan. 7, 2013)

Jan. 7, 2013 Financial institutions and mobile wallet vendors will encourage consumers to use mobile payments over the next few years through hybrid solutions intended to bridge the gap between the physical, online and mobile channels, according to a recent report by Javelin Strategy & Research that outlines financial services trends in 2013, as well […]

Heartland Nabs Payroll Firm (Jan. 7, 2013)

Jan. 7, 2013 Payment processor Heartland Payment Systems has acquired Ovation Payroll, a Rochester, N.Y.-based payroll services firm. In addition to bolstering Heartland’s payroll business, the acquisition brings Ovation’s affinity partner network under Heartland’s umbrella, providing Heartland with “high quality sales leads that can be leveraged throughout the Heartland sales force,” the company said. With […]

Gift Card Weekend Site Draws 1 Million-Plus Consumer Visitors (Jan. 7, 2013)

Jan. 7, 2013 Publicity and news stories touting Gift Card Weekend on Jan. 4-6 drove more than 1 million unique visitors to its Website, suggesting a dramatic uptick in consumer interest in the second annual event, according to Kansas City, Mo.-based Gift Card Impressions, which created the concept. The event’s success has prompted Gift Card […]

Starbucks Sells Square Card Readers to Boost Small Business (Jan. 4, 2013)

Jan. 4, 2013 Customers now can purchase a Square mobile payment card reader along with their venti Caffè lattes and blueberry scones at all of Starbucks’ 7,000 company-operated stores in the United States. Square enables anyone with an iPhone, iPad or Android device to accept credit and debit cards with its card reader that plugs […]

Tagit, Smartlink Offer Smartphone-Based Banking in Vietnam (Jan. 4, 2013)

Jan. 4, 2013 In a bid to capitalize on the rapid growth of smartphone use in Vietnam, Singapore-based mobile banking provider Tagit is partnering with mobile switch operator Smartlink to launch a new platform that will enable Vietnamese banks to launch cost-effective smartphone-based financial services, the companies said. By partnering with Smartlink, Tagit gains access […]

mPowa Eyes Global Expansion (Jan. 4, 2013)

Jan. 4, 2013 Mobile payment provider mPowa is starting the new year in expansion mode, as the U.K.-based company unveils plans to enter new markets, including new cities in the U.S. and India. mPowa, which offers merchants a card reader that plugs into a mobile device for payment card acceptance, is competing with Square—the market […]

NYC Startup Banks on Virtual ‘Kurrenci’ (Jan. 4, 2013)

Jan. 4, 2013 New York City-based startup Kurrenci has developed a virtual currency it says will help online retailers earn and retain customers by using a unique discounting method. Kurrenci’s platform is based on the company’s eponymous virtual currency, which can be purchased or earned online by users, and then exchanged for goods at participating online […]

Celoxica debuts HFT futures trading tools

UK technology company Celoxica has launched a new futures trading platform, which it says will make automated trading strategies even faster and more efficient.

Unbundling tops banking reform recommendations

Global investment banks need to stop focusing on easy opportunities and start innovating, according to a new report by US business consultancy AlixPartners – even if that means unbundling services and embracing smaller financial institutions as allies.

Justin Bieber to Promote New BillMyParents Prepaid Card (Jan. 2, 2013)

Jan. 2, 2013 Bieber Fever is spreading beyond music and fragrances to prepaid cards. Pop star Justin Bieber soon will be promoting a MasterCard-branded prepaid card offered by BillMyParents Inc. The San Diego-based provider of payment solutions targeted to teens, young adults and their parents, announced late last year that Bieber will act as “brand […]

FIs Continue Daily Deals Push as Chase Nabs Startup for $35 Million (Jan. 2, 2013)

Jan. 2, 2013 JP Morgan Chase & Co. will pay $35 million to acquire San Francisco-based daily deals startup Bloomspot Inc. in a bid to bolster the local merchant discounts the bank can offer its Chase credit card customers. Bloomspot, which competes with daily Web deals titan Groupon Inc. as well as other city-specific deals […]

The Hottest Payments Topics of 2012 (January 2013)

January 2013   By Bill Grabarek, Senior Editor If anyone thought last year couldn’t compare with the events of 2011, they quickly were proved wrong as 2012 turned out to be every bit as transformational. In the U.S. market, we saw a fledgling federal watchdog agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), go from crawling […]

MasterCard signs 10 PSPs for PayPass Online

Ten UK payment service providers have committed to MasterCard’s PayPass Online by MasterCard, part of PayPass Wallet Services, allowing them to accept electronic payments across multiple channels.