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Euronet Subsidiary Launches End-to-End Prepaid Solution in Europe (April 24, 2013)

A subsidiary of Leawood, Kan.-based processor Euronet Worldwide has launched a prepaid card issuing, processing and BIN sponsorship solution in Europe. Euronet 360 Finance Ltd. now is offering electronic money and payment services under the oversight of the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). By passporting its e-money license across the Single Euro Payments Area (excluding […]

Boomerang Debuts Online Gifting Service for E-Publishers (April 24, 2013)

Chicago-based social gifting service Boomerang has rolled out a new rewards service aimed at helping online publishers better engage and monetize their users by offering free gift card rewards to online merchants. Boomerang Rewards, an extension of the company’s recently unveiled brand platform, enables online publishers to give customers promotional gift cards to more than […]

Lack of market surveillance systems “significant problem” says IOSCO report

The absence of market surveillance tools in many jurisdictions and regions is “potentially one of the more significant problems facing the markets in light of technological developments, such as the rapid speed of trade execution and increase in order volume”, says the International Organization Of Securities Commissions in its final report on surveillance.

BNP looks to standard Swift messages for improved collateral protection

BNP Paribas Securities Services and Swift are collaborating to enhance the bank’s collateral protection solutions for corporate, buy-side and sell-side clients. The bank has set up “Margin Project”, planning to integrate Swift’s standardised tri-party collateral messages to ensure full compliance with the upcoming regulatory requirements on OTC transaction, mitigation of counterparty risk, asset safety and […]

Amex to Issue EMV Corporate Cards in First Half of 2013 (April 23, 2013)

With the switch from magnetic stripe to EMV-equipped payment cards in the U.S. on the horizon, American Express said it will begin issuing corporate cards with chip-and-signature EMV technology within the first half of this year. The new cards will offer enhanced security by using advanced encryption technology that makes it more difficult for unauthorized […]

Fan-Centric Programs Announced on Both Sides of the Pond (April 23, 2013)

StoreFinancial Services has announced a marketing program designed to strengthen the bond between professional sports teams and their fans, as well as ties between team sponsors and their customers. With the Fan Experience Card program, which features a restricted authorization network (RAN) prepaid card that can be redeemed at any merchant inside or outside the […]

SBI Launches Visa-Branded Prepaid Card for Workers, Students (April 23, 2013)

State Bank of India (SBI) has launched a new prepaid card targeted for use by students and blue collar workers, the bank said. The Visa-branded State Bank Smart Payout Card is available at all SBI branches and can be used for POS and online purchases, as well as ATM cash withdrawals. Cards can be loaded […]

Mobile account takeover: when device ID isn’t enough

Protect your transactions! Protect your login! Protect your mobile channel! Protect your end users! A layered security architecture is now standard for most organisations. The problem, however, with many of today’s layered security solutions is that they do not correlate information between the various layers (security risks, suspicious events, fraud indicators etc.) and thus fail to see the big picture.

Blackhawk Snaps up $230 Million in IPO (April 22, 2013)

Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc. exceeded expectations with its initial public offering launched last week, raising $230 million and bringing its market value based on the IPO price to $1.2 billion. The prepaid card provider and third-party distributor owned by Safeway Inc. priced 10 million of its shares at $23 each, after Blackhawk’s existing shareholders initially […]

Visa to Bring Mobile Banking Platform to Pakistan (April 22, 2013)

Visa Inc. is set to launch a new mobile financial service in Pakistan built on technology the payment network acquired under its 2011 purchase of mobile banking service provider Fundamo. According to a report on the Website of The Express Tribune of Pakistan, the service will use Visa’s VisaNet electronic payments processing network and will […]

Virgin Australia Joins Airlines Adding Prepaid Card for Frequent Fliers (April 22, 2013)

Virgin Australia is joining a growing number of airlines adding a prepaid travel card as a perk for frequent flier customers. Members of the airline’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program will have the option to upgrade their existing Global Wallet membership card to a contactless Visa prepaid card, enabling customers to load funds onto their cards […]

Electronic bonds: fixed income trading platforms proliferate

In contrast to the highly automated world of equities, bond trading is an area of the markets that is still heavily reliant on the telephone as a a trading tool, with person-to-person calls making up the bulk of activity on bond desks.

New Bank Payment Obligation standards launched by Swift

Swift and the Banking Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce have introduced new legal and technology standards for the new Bank Payment Obligation payment instrument. The BPO allows buyers and suppliers to secure and finance international trade transactions.  It provides the benefits of a letter of credit in an automated and secured environment, and […]

Visa Europe Amps up Mobile Payments Service (April 18, 2013)

Visa Europe is adding two new functions to its Personal Payments mobile money transfer service, enabling users to make instant transactions in any European currency. The multi-currency feature will be rolled out across the European Union by the end of this year, Visa Europe said, and will enable payments to be sent and received across […]

MCX Picks Gemalto to Build its Mobile Wallet (April 18, 2013)

The wheels are turning for U.S. merchant consortium MCX, which this week said Netherlands-based Gemalto will build its mobile wallet. MCX, founded last year by major merchants including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Target Corp. and CVS, altogether counts about 30 merchants as members aiming to create a broad mobile payment app streamlining payment and loyalty options […]

Amazon Program Could Enable ‘Anonymous’ Online Payments (Apr. 18, 2013)

With privacy and security concerns among the most important factors for many online shoppers, a plan by electronic retail giant Amazon could enable consumers to make purchases from third parties without disclosing any personal information to the seller. According to a patent filed by Amazon in 2009 and published earlier this week, the system would […]

BCBS: getting back to first principles

At first glance, the Basel Committee’s new Principles for stronger banking risk governance appear to represent another huge change management challenge for global institutions.

Alaric hires Jan Rees as account manager

Fraud and payments specialist Alaric has hired Jan Rees as account manager to look after customers across EMEA and the Americas. Rees has more than 20 years’ experience in the payments space, including roles at S1, Wincor Nixdorf, Level Four and Logica (now CGI). For the past year he has been working on a consultancy […]

MiFID II is a “dog’s dinner” says former UK government advisor

While HFT may pose a real threat to market stability, the European Commission’s response has been woefully inadequate and shows a lack of understanding of the core issues, says professor Dave Cliff of the University of Bristol and former member of the UK government’s Foresight Project.

Angry TradeTech delegates clash over HFT

A session at Trade Tech in London fell into chaos earlier today, as furious delegates hurled accusations across the table and members of the audience sparred aggressively with panellists.

New York City Pilot Adds Mobile Payment to Parking Spots (April 16, 2013)

New York City is the latest to launch a mobile payment pilot for its municipal parking operations, enabling motorists to use smartphones to locate and pay for available parking spots on streets and city-operated parking lots. The pilot harnesses technology from Vancouver-based PaybyPhone, which provides mobile payment services for parking operations in 180 cities around […]

Global Contactless Transit Push Continues in London, Beijing (April 16, 2013)

The global move toward cashless payments for mass transit continued this week, with news out of two major world cities. London soon could be banning cash payments on its iconic buses, according to the BBC, while Beijing’s subway has debuted a new payment system that uses sound waves to enable ticket purchases via smartphone. In […]

NBPCA White Paper Calls for Cooperation to Address AML Concerns (April 16, 2013)

A proposed plan by the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to check prepaid card balances at the U.S. border to combat money laundering will not significantly help solve illegal cross-border funds transfers, according to a new white paper issued by the Network Branded Prepaid Card Association (NBPCA). Instead, the NBPCA said, the agency […]

Kuwait Airways Launches Prepaid MasterCard for Frequent Fliers (April 16, 2013)

Kuwait Airways aims to increase customer loyalty with a new prepaid MasterCard that provides members of its frequent-flier Al Waha Club with rewards for every purchase using the card. The Baitok-Waha Club card, offered in collaboration with a local bank, Kuwait Finance House, enables cardholders to earn two free miles for every domestic purchase and […]

Fidessa plans ASEAN trading network

Trading technology company Fidessa has partnered with Asian brokers CIMB, DBS Vickers, Maybank Kim Eng, OCBC Securities, Philip Securities and UOB Kay Hian as part of a plan to create a one-stop trading service for all ASEAN markets.

Lawmakers Renew Push to Further Restrict Overdraft, Call for Prepaid Study (April 15, 2013)

Concerned about reports that suggest checking account overdraft fees are on the rise again despite regulatory efforts to curb them, a group of lawmakers led by U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) recently re-introduced a bill to further restrict bank overdraft fees and launch an investigation into prepaid card overdraft protection programs. The Overdraft Protection Act […]

MasterCard Offers Free Service to Block Fraudulent EMV Transactions at ATMs (April 15, 2013)

Another concern about the U.S. migration to EMV was alleviated last week when MasterCard Worldwide announced a solution for ATM operators facing a liability shift this week for fraudulent transactions at ATMs from Maestro cards issued abroad. MasterCard alone has a global chip liability shift for non-U.S.-issued Maestro cards that goes into effect April 19, […]

UnionPay, Intel Team Up on Mobile Payments (April 15, 2013)

China may be one step closer to becoming the one of the largest NFC payments markets. Shanghai-based payment card network China UnionPay (CUP) has tapped tech giant Intel to provide mobile payment services. Under the collaboration, announced last week at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, CUP will use Intel’s identity protection technology for its […]

Vodafone, China Mobile Look to Bring M-PESA to Myanmar (April 15, 2013)

The M-Pesa mobile money transfer service could be coming to Myanmar, thanks to a joint bid by Vodafone and China Mobile. The companies are among 12 groups being considered by the Myanmar government for one of two licenses to operate a mobile network in the Southeast Asian nation, according to a report in the Financial […]

US banks Heritage and Central Valley adopt Fiserv tools

US banks Heritage Bank and Central Valley Bank have adopted an account processing tool called DNA from financial technology provider Fiserv. Parent company Heritage Financial says the platform’s flexibility will help the banks grow.