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Mobile apps will boost wealth management sector

An analysis of mobile solutions for financial advisors concludes that applications to support client interaction and advisory services “will become one of the most industry-disruptive, but potentially most rewarding” developments in the wealth management sector. This is the main finding of Mobile Apps for Financial Advisors and Wealth Managers by Swiss research company MyPrivateBanking Research. […]

PayPal Buys Mobile App Firm, Adds iPad Merchant App (March 14, 2013)

March 14, 2013 PayPal Inc. is preparing to rev up its digital wallet with the acquisition of Duff Research, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based mobile app development shop, the company announced this week on its blog. PayPal since last year has been putting a heavy emphasis on mobile in all of its new product developments, wrote James […]

i2c Seeks to Improve Methods of Gathering Consumer Feedback (March 14, 2013)

March 14, 2013 i2c Inc. has enhanced its process for obtaining feedback from prepaid card customers by enabling issuers and program managers that use the Redwood City, Calif.-based payments processor’s IVR system or customer service agents to gather customer feedback through mobile text surveys and automated collection of customer voice messages. Low response rates to […]

Western Union to Facilitate Government Disbursements in Haiti (March 14, 2013)

March 14, 2013 Continuing its recent global payments push, money transfer giant Western Union has announced a new program in Haiti aimed at enhancing government aid disbursements to citizens. The service initially will enable aid recipients, such as parents of young children, university students and senior citizens, to receive government payments at more than 600 […]

Polish Bank Debuts Mobile Payments Service (March 14, 2013)

March 14, 2013 PKO Bank Polski has launched a new mobile payment service for use at POS, online, ATMs and for P2P money transfer. The system, known as IKO, is available as a free app for Android and iOS-based smartphones and will soon expand to BlackBerry, Symbian, Java and Windows Phone, according to the Polish […]

Connecting to Consumers: Keys from Payments Innovators (March 2013)

March 2013   By Kate Fitzgerald, Emerging Payments Editor In the mobile landscape, the race to build close ties to consumers is intensifying as a broad range of players vie to become essential to individuals’ shopping, purchasing and daily financial management habits. Though still early in the game, at the Prepaid Expo USA in Orlando, Fla., […]

Viewpoint: Navigating Important Drivers of Prepaid Innovation. First Stop: EMV (March 2013)

March 2013   By Lori Breitzke, E&S Consulting LLC Imagine that tech innovation is like a superhighway. There always are some drivers zipping ahead of the rest at speeds that make the others uncomfortable, while others move at a less frenetic pace. Innovation in prepaid, on the other hand, straddles two different lanes, sometimes remaining ahead of […]

Mobile bill payments to grow rapidly and migrate to tablets

Almost 200 million mobile users will be making bill payments via their mobile by 2017, according to research. According to Juniper Research, there is a growing user acceptance of ‘push’ mobile banking and a sharp rise in tablet adoption that will drive users of transactional tablet banking services. The report also finds that, adoption of […]

Blog: NFC Still Top Dog at GSMA Mobile World Congress (March 2013)

March 2013   By Sirpa Nordlund, Mobey Forum So, where were you in the last week of February? If, like me, you work in the mobile industry, there’s a fair chance you visited Barcelona for the GSMA Mobile World Congress. Over three days, 72,000 visitors from more than 200 countries and all corners of the mobile […]

Discover Partners with Nigerian Processor for Cross-Border Acceptance (March 12, 2013)

March 12, 2013 Discover Financial Services has agreed to a deal with Interswitch Limited, the largest integrated payments processor in Nigeria, to enable acceptance of Discover and Diners Club International cards at Interswitch-enabled ATMs and POS terminals throughout that country. The partnership will expand payment opportunities for Nigerians as well, giving holders of Nigeria’s Verve […]

PayPal Unveils New Developer Tools to ‘Streamline’ Mobile Payments (March 12, 2013)

March 12, 2013 PayPal has announced the release of new development tools that will enable third-party developers to streamline in-app payments, the company says. The new features include a mobile software development kit (SDK), JavaScript PayPal buttons that can be simply integrated into Websites, and new APIs for payments processing and settlement. In 2009, PayPal […]

First Data: Taxes, Weather Slow Consumer Spending in February (March 12, 2013)

March 12, 2013 Higher payroll taxes, federal tax refund delays, high gasoline prices and inclement weather that spanned much of the United States dampened consumer spending last month, according to the latest SpendTrend data released by First Data Corp., an Atlanta-based payments processor. Dollar volume growth slowed to 4.6 percent year-over-year compared to January’s growth […]

Sunrise Consolidates Separate Operations under New Banner (March 12, 2013)

March 12, 2013 Sunrise Community Banks is bringing its three separate local bank operations together under a single bank charter and will rebrand the enterprise as Sunrise Banks, effective April 1, 2013, the company announced this week. Under the new name, Franklin Bank, Park Midway Bank and prepaid issuer University Bank will merge into a […]

Austrian Gasoline Retailer Replaces Paper Vouchers with Gift Cards (March 12, 2013)

March 12, 2013 Ingenico, a Paris-based POS terminal maker, today announced that subsidiary easycash Loyalty Solutions has developed a gift card for gas station company JET Tankstellen Austria GmbH, enabling the Phillips 66 subsidiary to replace paper vouchers. Customers can use the card to pay for gas purchases at the more than 140 JET gas […]

Corporate clients concerned about stability of banking partners

The good news is that 63% of corporate executives are “highly satisfied” with the service they get from their core banking partners; the bad news is less than half of them are confident that their banks are stable and operating securely within their risk parameters. This is making them increasingly interested in the stability of […]

FATCA: joining the KYC dots?

FATCA compliance might not need a separate programme – it ought to be covered by the same approach as AML, RDR and KYC regulations, among others.

The risks of runaway regulation

While laudable in intention, reforms to Europe’s OTC derivatives markets may be in danger of inadvertently adding so much cost for participants that the original purpose is undermined, according to Anthony Belchambers, chief executive officer at the Futures and Options Association.

Fed Says No Plans to Alter Debit Interchange Limits (March 11, 2013)

March 11, 2013 The Federal Reserve Board last week said it has no plans to change its regulations on debit card interchange fee limits, despite outcry from retail and consumer groups that claim the limits are currently too high. The Fed issued its second biennial report on the debit card market—as required by Dodd-Frank—which surveyed card […]

FTC Takes Aim at Text Spammers, Issues Mobile Payment Report (March 11, 2013)

March 11, 2013 The Federal Trade Commission is setting its sights on the mobile sector. Late last week, the agency filed a series of lawsuits against accused senders of mobile marketing spam and released a report on mobile payments expressing concern over privacy, security and billing issues. The FTC filed eight complaints in courts around […]

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on BSA/AML Enforcement (March 11, 2013)

March 11, 2013 Government agencies must use their full enforcement authority to penalize institutions that run afoul of Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) requirements, especially with the advent of mobile payments, which present “huge potential” for fraud, said Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) during his summation of a hearing last week on BSA compliance. Warner added that […]

The rush to Russia

Infrastructure reforms are intended to turn Moscow into an international financial centre. There is still a long way to go. Also in this issue: Interview: MPowa’s Dan Wagner – closing the m-commerce gap Mixing up the pieces: will seven-day account switching really bring more competition to the UK retail banking market? SEPA readiness: evidence is […]

Competition and fair play dominate retail banking debate

Reforms to the UK’s retail banking industry will help bring greater competition and consumer choice – but more needs to be done, according to delegates at the Westminster Business Forum on the future of retail banking in London this week.

Barclays names new operations and technology chief

Barclays has appointed Shaygan Kheradpir to the new role of chief operations and technology officer.He will join the executive committee of Barclays and report directly to group chief executive Antony Jenkins.

USAA Bank enlists talking mobile banking app

US bank USAA Bank has adopted a mobile virtual assistant called Nina, developed by Nuance Communications, which lets customers interact with their bank account in novel ways that simulate a conversation with a real human.

Expo Keynote: Johnson Says Prepaid Gives Assist to Underbanked (March 7, 2013)

March 7, 2013 Earvin “Magic” Johnson is no stranger to winning—whether on the basketball court or in the board room. During his Hall-of-Fame career with the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA legend racked up five championships and three league MVP awards, but his accomplishments as a businessman might be just as impressive. His Magic Johnson […]

GPR: ‘Just Scratching the Surface’ (March 7, 2013)

March 7, 2013 During a Tuesday session entitled GPR: A Destination or Journey?, panelists at Prepaid Expo USA in Orlando, Fla., discussed whether GPR cards should be a stepping stone to a bank account and other products or if they are sufficient financial tools in their own right. The consensus seemed to be that moving everyone […]

Taking Gift Cards to North and South America (March 7, 2013)

March 7, 2013 On the final day of Prepaid Expo USA in Orlando, Fla., this week, First Data’s Michael Hursta, vice president, prepaid category manager, discussed consumer research that reveals some challenges and opportunities with taking closed-loop gift cards into international markets. In Latin America, First Data looked at five countries—Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, Chile and […]

CFSI Nonprofit Exec: Prepaid Could be ‘Anchor’ for Broad Financial Services for Changing Society (March 7, 2013)

March 7, 2013 “Banklike” card products, such as American Express Co.’s Bluebird, Chase Liquid and Green Dot’s GoBank, that target underserved customers who are disproportionately “young and mobile” are just the tip of the iceberg of innovative new products emerging to serve a changing society, according to Rachel Schneider, senior vice president for insight and analytics for […]

DTCC reports five-asset swap clearing as Dodd-Frank deadline approaches

As the deadline for mandatory swaps reporting approaches for more and more asset types, US post-trade services utility the DTCC has announced that swaps dealers are now submitting OTC derivatives trade information for all five major asset classes into its US swaps data repository, DDR.

Core renewal gets BBVA picked as Model Bank

BBVA Compass, the US operation of the Spanish banking group, has been singled out as Model Bank of the Year in the latest report from international financial research and consultancy firm Celent.