Online payments on rise in Turkey

A partnership between German and Turkish payments specialists aims to take advantage of Turkey’s rising levels of online commerce, with the help of three Turkish banks.

Bank Group Takes on M-Payment Security with Temporary Card Numbers (July 8, 2013)

July 8, 2013 With security among the most important issues for providers and users of mobile payments, a group of banks is working to develop a new standard to improve mobile transaction security online and at POS. The Clearing House (TCH), a banking association and payments company whose 22 member banks include Bank of America, […]

Six Polish FIs Join Forces on M-Payments (July 8, 2013)

July 8, 2013 Mobile payments in Poland may soon take a major step forward now that six leading Polish banks are working together to develop a mobile device-based, in-store payment system set to debut by the end of this year. The banks involved include Poland’s largest lender, PKO Bank Polski, and together account for 70 […]

Ukraine’s PrivatBank Launches mPOS Card Scanner for Small Business (July 8, 2013)

July 8, 2013 PrivatBank, a Ukraine-based financial institution, has launched a contactless mobile POS offering that enables small businesses to accept card payments by scanning the card using a smartphone and its iPay application. The mPOS service is available to corporate and private customers in Ukraine and Russia, according to PrivatBank, which says it is […]

ABA Endorses Linkable Networks’ Card-Linked Offer Technology (July 8, 2013)

July 8, 2013 Banks are finding more ways to enrich their mobile payments offerings with technology making it easier for consumers to redeem digital coupons with their credit, debit or prepaid cards. Through its Corporation for American Banking subsidiary, the American Bankers Association (ABA) this month endorsed Linkable Networks’ card-linked offer technology designed to distribute […]

NFC mobile payments: overcoming the barriers for banks

The past few years have seen major changes to the way we make low value payments, from pre-paid wallets such as the Oyster Card through to contactless cards in retail transactions – thanks to Near Field Communication devices.

FATCA, IGAs and AML Technology

After a long wait, the first real FATCA implementation deadlines are just around the corner. To meet the new account identification requirements, by 1 January 2014, institutions should be in the process of implementing the necessary upgrades in their onboarding and overall compliance systems and processes.

N.Y. AG Investigates Payroll Card Fees (July 3, 2013)

July 3, 2013 New York’s attorney general is looking into prepaid payroll card programs at some of the state’s largest employers, following a report in the July 1 New York Times, which characterized payroll cards as laden with fees. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sent letters to about 20 employers seeking information about their programs, […]

CFPB Finalizes Rule for Supervising Nonbanks Engaged in ‘Risky’ Conduct (July 3, 2013)

July 3, 2013 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has finalized its rule outlining procedures to supervise nonbanks engaged in conduct that poses risk to consumers. The CFPB may supervise not only nonbank providers of consumer financial products and services, but its authority also extends to a nonbank’s affiliate service providers, according to the rule. The […]

Chicago Nears Launch of Contactless Transit Payment System (July 3, 2013)

July 3, 2013 Chicago area transit riders soon will be able to pay fares with a tap, now that the city’s Open Standards Fare System is set to make its debut in August with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and suburban bus operator Pace. Known as Ventra, the system is a partnership between Cubic Transportation […]

Report: GPR Cardholders Call Customer Service 2.7 Times per Month (July 3, 2013)

July 3, 2013 Prepaid cardholders’ customer service needs vary widely based on the type of card they are calling about, according to new research Contact Solutions LLC, and analyzing those patterns can go a long way toward cutting operating costs, the firm says. Cardholders of large government prepaid card programs make an average of 5.5 calls per […]

BAML boosts Boussuge to head GTS in EMEA

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has appointed Jennifer Boussuge as head of Global Transaction Services for EMEA. Boussuge has been with the company for more than 19 years, during which time she has held a number of leadership roles, most recently as head of global sales for GTS.

Intuit to Sell Financial Services Division for $1 Billion (July 2, 2013)

July 2, 2013 Intuit Inc. has agreed to sell its financial services division, known as IFS, to private equity firm Thoma Bravo for just over $1 billion. The deal, which is still subject to regulatory approval, would cover Intuit’s corporate-targeted Internet banking platform, digital payments, mobile banking and purchase rewards business. Certain assets currently within […]

PFS Introduces Mobile App for Prepaid MasterCard Customers (July 2, 2013)

July 2, 2013 London-based Prepaid Financial Services (PFS) today announced a new mobile app for its PFS Prepaid MasterCard customers enabling users to store and manage their prepaid cards through a mobile digital wallet controlled through a smartphone. The Pocket to Pocket mobile app is initially available for the Apple iOS platform; an Android version […]

Court Says Gap Didn’t Infringe on Gift Card Patents (July 2, 2013)

July 2, 2013  Patent-holding company Alexsam Inc. has been dealt another court defeat in its series of lawsuits against a group of retailers the company claimed infringed on its prepaid gift card patents. Last Friday, a federal jury in Marshall, Texas, ruled that Gap Inc. did not infringe on the technology covered by the patents—which […]

Licuos named Spain’s best startup at Next Bank Madrid

Spanish business to business payment platform Licuos has been named as the winner of Innotribe Startup Disrupt, a competition to find the most innovative financial services startups in the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world.

Treasury’s Koide: Prepaid Has Important Role in Financial Services Revolution, Needs to Ask Hard Questions (July 1, 2013)

July 1, 2013 “We’re only at the beginning of a technology-driven revolution in financial services,” Melissa Koide, deputy assistant secretary, office consumer policy, U.S. Treasury Department, said last week during the NBPCA’s second annual Power of Prepaid conference in Washington, D.C. Koide noted that the prepaid platform has brought powerful and positive innovations to financial […]

It’s Official: TSYS Closes $1.4 Billion NetSpend Buy (July 1, 2013)

July 1, 2013 Payments processor TSYS has completed its $1.4 billion acquisition of GPR and payroll card provider NetSpend Corp., the company said today. First announced in February, the deal was billed as a “transformational event” for TSYS, and gives the Columbus, Ga.-based firm a major foothold in the program management arena, bringing more than […]