MasterCard takes controlling stake in mobile remittance service

MasterCard has teamed up with mobile payment solutions provider eServGlobal and Belgacom’s carrier services unit BICS to extend the capabilities of their international mobile remittance platform HomeSend. The three firms have set up a joint venture which uses the HomeSend platform, in which MasterCard will have a controlling share.

Bank of America goes with Earthport for global low-value payments

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has signed a multi-year agreement with Earthport to “significantly expand Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s low value clearing capabilities globally, and to advance the efficiency of its high volume, low value payments”.

2014: a good year for the fraudsters

2014 looks to be a good year for fraudsters as government and law enforcement struggle to come to terms with the issues and the continuing spread of mobile continues to offer them poorly-protected targets.

Amazon Reportedly Buying Mobile Payment Startup GoPago (Dec. 17, 2013)

Amazon may have purchased San Francisco-based GoPago Inc., a mobile payment startup whose technology enables merchants to process card payments so consumers can order and pay ahead with a smartphone, skipping lines at the checkout, according reports from several media outlets.

IOSCO final report calls for “evolving” regulation

The International Organisation of Securities Commissions has set out its final recommendations on the integrity and efficiency of markets, calling for regulators to think deeply about the effects of their regulation and keep monitoring the markets regularly to ensure that changes are taken into account.

Blackhawk Takes iTunes to South Africa (Dec. 16, 2013)

Blackhawk Network Inc., a global prepaid payment network, last Friday announced its first commercial agreement in Africa, which will enable it to offer iTunes Gift Cards in South Africa through a partnership with Johannesburg-based distributor Opengate, a subsidiary of Value+Nettwork.

Wells Fargo Joins Isis Fold (Dec. 16, 2013)

One month after going live throughout the U.S., the Isis mobile wallet has added Wells Fargo to its roster of bank partners, enabling holders of the bank’s Visa consumer credit cards to load their cards onto the NFC-based wallet.

ICE reveals a design for Liffe

IntercontinentalExchange has revealed further details of its plans for Liffe, following its acquisition of NYSE Euronext in November.

Commerzbank connects to Regis-TR ahead of EMIR

Germany’s Commerzbank has just signed up to Regis-TR, the European trade repository owned by German CSD Clearstream and Spanish CSD Iberclear, as part of the bank’s drive to ready itself for the EMIR legislation on OTC derivatives reporting.

Global exchanges get together to address cyber threat

The World Federation of Exchanges has set up a Cyber Security Working Group with a “mission to aid in the protection of the global capital markets” in the wake of a number of attacks on international exchanges over the past few years.

Bank of Beirut installs Misys Sophis toolkit

Bank of Beirut has gone live on Misys Sophis Value platform, which the bank says will help it increase its STP rate, manage trade repository and cross-asset collateral and margin, and better interact with Lebanon’s other banks.

Bitcoin boom prompts banking dilemma

Bitcoin is more traceable but less regulated, less expensive but more volatile, and more decentralised but less accountable, than a regular currency. Feeling confused? That’s not the half of it, according to Ernst & Young.

Companies on the Move: Fiserv Inc., Mobile Payments Awards

Fiserv Inc., a Brookfield, Wis.-based financial services technology provider, recently announced that its Popmoney P2P payments service has taken top honors at the Mobile Money Global Awards and the Mobile Excellence Awards.

People on the Move: Chris Harvey, The Members Group

The Members Group, a Des Moines, Iowa-based card processing and payment solutions provider, announced that Chris Harvey, executive assistant to the TMG CEO, has been named vice president of the Des Moines, Iowa, chapter of the Executive Women International board of directors.

People on the Move: Sébastien Motte, Virtual Piggy Inc.

Virtual Piggy Inc., a Hermosa Beach, Calif.-based provider of e-commerce solutions enabling children to manage and spend money within a parent-controlled environment, has appointed Sébastien Motte to lead business development in the gaming sector for the company.