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19 FEBRUARY 2019
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article thumbnail Monday, 18 February 2019

Avios partners to bring points to banking app
More transparency for points balanceThis is the first of what Loyalty Magazine understands will be a growing list of current accounts linked with Avios. Read more ...

 
     

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Tough time for wallets

Retirement for Microsoft
Mobile Wallet projections
India KYC problem
Alipay QR code chosen
Microsoft has given up the wallet fight and will be retiring its version on February 28, 2019.
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article thumbnail Card & Payments World | News - ContactlessWednesday, 13 February 2019

Contactless limited by the limit
Huge variation in global cash caps Read more ...

article thumbnail Card & Payments World | News - Company newsTuesday, 12 February 2019

Visa in the lead with new Eathport offer

Visa and Mastercard are in a head to head battle for UK payments processor Eathport, with Visa stating it has raised its to 37p per share, valuing the business at £247 million.
So whatever both payments giants say about their competitor being cash, this bidding war illustrates just were their nemesis sits. Read more ...

article thumbnail Card & Payments World | News - Company newsFriday, 08 February 2019

Target expanding loyalty to fill credit card gap
Programme to provide analytics on non-Redcard customers
Mobile acceptance coming soon

US retailer Target plans to expand its Target Circle loyalty programme that it began in Dallas last April. Read more ...

article thumbnail Card & Payments World | News - Company newsThursday, 07 February 2019

Barclays leads £10m funding round for Bink
*Proposition to provide a marketplace for loyalty programmes back on the agenda

*Lee Clarke and Greg Gormley no longer part of the management team

Barclays has become a minority stakeholder in Bink, having taken part in its recent oversubscribed £10m funding round. A statement said “Barclays and Bink will work in collaboration to deliver a ground-breaking experience for Barclays customers”.  Read more ...

article thumbnail Card & Payments World | News - Fraud and SecurityTuesday, 05 February 2019

Wirecard group announces investigation into accounting fraud
Share price reacts to uncertainty
Wirecard has informed investors that an external law firm has been investigating alleged accounting manipulations by “a member of Wirecard’s finance team” in its Singapore operations since May 2018, The probe still ongoing. Read more ...

article thumbnail Card & Payments World | News - InterchangeTuesday, 05 February 2019

Visa, Mastercard succeed in second try to reach settlement for US$5b plus antitrust deal

•    Fund of more than $5b largest antitrust award ever
•    New settlement resolves conflict of interest issues

Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. have won preliminary approval in their second attempt at at settling antitrust allegations in the class action of over 12 million US merchants. Read more ...

article thumbnail Card & Payments World | News - Company newsMonday, 04 February 2019

First Data partners with AIB to bid for Payzone
Payments consolidation continues
First Data and Irish bank AIB are working together to secure the purchase of Payzone, which is currently valued at more than EUR100 million, according to The Irish Times. Read more ...

article thumbnail Card & Payments World | News - FintechWednesday, 30 January 2019

Shinhan Card achieves first cross-border blockchain transaction
Reward points used for proof of concept

Shinhan Card, which is affiliated with one of the largest financial banking groups in Korea used loyalty points for its first international transaction and a blockchain as a validator. Read more ...

article thumbnail Card & Payments World | News - AcquiringTuesday, 29 January 2019

Curve card widens Amex acceptance and offers double rewards
Aggregator achieves ground breaking merchant proposition


Curve card, the UK based wallet style aggregator has achieved a phenomenal merchant acquiring achievement by offering Amex acceptance at Mastercard accepting merchants. Read more ...

article thumbnail Card & Payments World | News - AcquiringMonday, 28 January 2019

Monzo adds Flux to enhance merchant analytics
Itemised receipts, loyalty points, personalised offers and messaging
Monzo has partnered with fintech startup Flux to bring itemised receipts and loyalty points to its banking app. Monzo is the UK challenger bank that now boasts 1.5 million current account customers. Read more ...

article thumbnail Card & Payments World | News - RegulationThursday, 24 January 2019

UK Payments regulator to probe card-acquiring services
The UK Payment Systems Regulator said on Thursday that it will carry out a market review of card-acquiring services which it suggest are not working for merchants, and therefore not for consumers. Read more ...

article thumbnail Card & Payments World | News - RegulationTuesday, 22 January 2019

Mastercard fined £504m by Europe for competition breach
France fines Google
€400m for GDPR breaches with actions against Amazon, Apple, Google, Netflix and Spotify to follow
Two major fines have been imposed on giants providers of services, with warnings that many more similar actions are in the pipeline. Read more ...

article thumbnail Card & Payments World | News - RegulationMonday, 21 January 2019

PayPal and iZettle takeover probe explained by CMA
The CMA (Competitions and Markets Authority) has issued a statement setting out in more details why it has referred the acquisition of iZettle by Paypal to the competition watchdog. Read more ...

article thumbnail Card & Payments World | News - Company newsMonday, 21 January 2019

Debit implications of Fiserv/First Data deal

The planned merger of Fiserv and First Data in an all shares deal by Fiserv worth US$22 billion could have an especially large effect on the US debit card market, according to advisors. Read more ...

article thumbnail Card & Payments World | News - Company newsMonday, 21 January 2019

Fiserv's and First Data $22B deal is biggest fintech deal so far
Goodbye to First Data name as stock deal creates a mega giant that merges payments and fintech
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Card & Payments World | News - Contactless
Contactless limited by the limit
Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Card & Payments World | News - Fraud and Security
Click & collect fraud rises
Monday, 21 January 2019

Features - Reports/Data
Lack of cash causing problems
Tuesday, 08 January 2019

Features - Mobile/Contactless
Tough time for wallets
Friday, 25 January 2019

Card & Payments World | News - Loyalty/Marketing
Mastercard name dropped from branding
Tuesday, 08 January 2019

Card & Payments World | News - Fraud and Security
Click & collect fraud rises
Monday, 21 January 2019

article thumbnail Features - Reports/DataTuesday, 08 January 2019

Lack of cash causing problems
UK Access to Cash report;
China fines for cash refusal
Since the first plastic credit card, the payments industry has been on a mission to replace cash.But increasingly, there is a body of opinion that the death of cash could lead to major problems, especially for the poor, the unbanked and those in debt.
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article thumbnail Features - Customer InsightThursday, 20 December 2018

Feeling strong? Here are the predictions for 2019

Making predictions for the coming year is always fraught with danger, but this year it is even more complicated – for myriad reasons ranging from political and economic through to technology and changing behaviours. However, there is no shortage of people prepared to take a gamble. Here is a selection of those that caught our eye: Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - Mobile/ContactlessMonday, 03 December 2018

SPECIAL REPORT: Chinese payment giants “light years ahead”
Customer loyalty chief tenet of model
Alipay acceptance at 7-Eleven
US$15.5 trillion in mobile payments in 2017

China has embraced mobile payments with such enthusiasm, the rest of the world appear to be technology deniers. Alipay and WeChat, the main protagonists, score in terms of technology, user friendliness, number of users and ubiquity. Their data analytics are central to everything they do. Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - Fraud and SecurityFriday, 23 November 2018

Analysing behaviour with deep learning is key to stopping fraud
Taking an early approach to risk-management
PSD2 (Revised Payment Services Directive) is driving many organisations to completely overhaul their authentication processes, with the requirement of a second authentication method. But verifying a user is only part of the story; crucial to a business’s longevity and bottom line is detecting, isolating and preventing fraud, from before the user profile is created. Article by Antony Bream, Global Head of Enterprise and New Business, AimBrain Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - Internet PaymentsWednesday, 29 August 2018

India two years on from demonitization: Special Card & Payments World Report
Digital payments building but cash use still growing
Tech giants in fight for market share
Alternative payments to watch
Amazon buys Tapzo
Cabinet approves spending hike for IPPB
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article thumbnail Features - RegulationWednesday, 29 August 2018

If you thought GDPR was bad, watch out for ePrivacy Regulation
New EU rules will have substantial impact on digital marketing, advertising and all things virtual Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - Reports/DataMonday, 16 July 2018

Payments market country report: Greece
– Card payments rocket after capital controls
– Country gets up to speed with PSD2
– Exclusive interview on payment trends in the country with the Hellenic Bank Association
– Extensive market data
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Features - RegulationMonday, 09 July 2018

Potential conflicts between GDPR and PSD2
Unanswered questions on how the two pieces of EU legislation will work together in areas such as explicit consent and incident reporting. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) are both designed to give customers in the EU more control over their data, and to ensure that this personal data is used to support their interests. Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - Innovation/TechnologyWednesday, 09 May 2018

Open Banking – who do you trust?
Post-PSD2, the future strategies of banks are being driven by ‘double fear’ – fear of becoming a dumb pipe and fear of missing out (FOMO). How can they maintain customer trust and deal with the fintech challenge, and what are the opportunities for fintechs themselves?
Mark Palmer of Maverick Planet explains. Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - RegulationWednesday, 04 April 2018

Final agreement on Fifth AML Directive proposals
- Consensus on anti-money laundering amendments including prepaid cards and virtual currencies
- The major provisions affecting banks
- Patchy adoption of Fourth AML Directive across EU
- Timeline for adoption of AMLD5
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article thumbnail Features - Innovation/TechnologyMonday, 26 March 2018

Acquiring: Consolidation is coming to a place near you
- How M&A will shake up acquiring as regulation starts to bite
- Industry under threat from multiple marauders
- What benefits can PSD2 bring?
- Starling Bank bucking theft trend


MPE, the ever growing merchant acquirer and processor focused conference that takes place in Berlin every year, was an interesting place to be. Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - Innovation/TechnologyThursday, 08 March 2018

Acquiring potential in an unstable world
To mark International Women’s Day on March 8 we are profiling one of the top payments professionals - Andrea Dunlop - who is justifiably described as one of the “Inspirational Women” in our industry. Andrea is a strong supporter of women in business and recently took part in the march4women in London. As well as being CEO of the acquiring and card solutions division of PaySafe Group, Andrea is also advisory board chair of the Emerging Payments Association. Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - Innovation/TechnologyWednesday, 20 December 2017

Banks face battle to retain control of acquiring
– The wolves at the acquiring door
– Carrefour Group harmonises payments into shopping
It has never been easy to break into payments acquiring and processing. Dominated by the infrastructure pipes of Visa and Mastercard, with American Express an important third, until relatively recently, payments were virtually ignored by governments and regulators, beyond ensuring they were safe. Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - Innovation/TechnologyThursday, 02 November 2017

Money 2020 report: Getting ready for the reinvention of payments
Prime focus on blockchain, cryptocurrencies, AI and AR

Trying to sum up the main trends and discussion points from a conference as massive as Money 20/20 is not an easy task but as always, there are some subjects that gain the biggest audiences and yet again, blockchain was one of them. Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - Internet PaymentsThursday, 05 October 2017

PayPal uses partnerships to build multichannel power
24 separate deals in 18 months expand customer offering both online and in-store Faced with growing digital payments competition from rivals such as Amazon and Square, PayPal is pursuing an aggressive strategy of partnerships to expand its payments offering to consumers both online and offline. Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - RegulationThursday, 10 August 2017

Ten years on, what have we learned?
The financial crash was caused by “creative thinking” and therefore could happen again
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article thumbnail Features - Innovation/TechnologyMonday, 03 July 2017

The business of payments funding part 2: Why payments startups fail
A business model that does not scale and an insufficiently differentiated product  are the biggest barriers to success

Banks are increasingly looking to partner with fintechs and payments start-ups on digital initiatives. Linking with agile and innovative new players can offer tremendous capabilities to major banks in solving problems and driving effective modernisation of operations, technology, processes and services. Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - Innovation/TechnologyMonday, 26 June 2017

The business of payments funding part 1: Sources for funding
There are a variety of funding sources for payments fintechs, but these potential backers are all looking for one thing above everything else – growth

Payments companies received one third of total global fintech investment since Q1 2015.

The US and UK are by far the biggest investors in payments fintechs accounting for around 50% of global deals, followed by India and Japan Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - Mobile/ContactlessMonday, 27 March 2017

Norway Payments Market Report
Norway’s mobile payments market is accelerating fast, but still somewhat behind its Nordic neighbours in terms of development.

DNB’s Vipps and Danske Bank’s MobilePay are the two main competing m-payment offerings in Norway, but a “bridge” is needed to link the Nordic schemes and fight international competition, according to the head of MobilePay Norway. Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - Customer InsightFriday, 24 February 2017

Creating a German payment champion
Concardis, which has a one-third share of the German payment acquiring market, was recently sold by its bank owners to private equity companies Bain Capital and Advent International.

CEO Marcus Mosen explains the reasons for the sale and the company’s ambitious plans for expansion, at home and abroad. Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - Customer InsightWednesday, 25 January 2017

50 days to fix India's demonetisation troubles
Editor Annich McIntosh travelled through India last month, experiencing demonetisation first hand. This is what she found. Travelling through India over the new year, the queues at ATMs, the constant quest for cash and the problem of finding appropriate rupee notes for small purchases and tipping people are some of my lasting memories. Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - Innovation/TechnologyTuesday, 13 December 2016

Blockchain & Payments Report
- Comprehensive listing and details of the major blockchain payments providers
- Mixed adoptance picture as central banks hold key to deployments
- Major FIs partner for interbank blockchain payments
- Visa stakes its claim with scheme for 2017
- SEB starts payments network Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - Innovation/TechnologyFriday, 02 December 2016

Barclaycard: 50 years old and not afraid to fail
Exclusive interview with MD global payment acceptance Paulette Rowe From those early days in the sixties when it was one of the first credit card issuers, through the early mobile payments and contactless era and into wearables, Barclaycard has never been afraid to test, or to fail. Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - Innovation/TechnologyMonday, 07 November 2016

P2P Lending Report
- Comprehensive listing and details of of the major global platforms
- P2PFA seeks tougher rules
- Global market tops US$375bn
- Huge commercial opportunities
- Crowdfunding and P2PFrom its beginnings with Zopa in 2005, the peer-to-peer (P2P) lending market has rapidly expanded with global payments estimated to be worth US$375bn in 2015. Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - RegulationThursday, 20 October 2016

Making the best of Brexit
There were two good reasons for attending the Brexit & Global Expansion Summit in London.
Firstly to find out if anyone can shed some light on plans for the UK exit from the EU, and secondly to explore the fierce pace of the “Digital Transformation” that is redefining the payments industry Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - RegulationMonday, 26 September 2016

PSD2 will not be implemented in the UK
- VocaLink planning European base
- Special Q&A with David Yates, CEO of VocaLink PSD2 will not be implemented in the UK, which is in the process of planning its own, very similar Open API rules for payments. Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - Mobile/ContactlessThursday, 22 September 2016

Raphaels works towards role as bankers' banker
Raphaels Bank has added Apple Pay functionality to its prepaid travel card, Cash Passport. This much we know. Where it gets interesting is how they have done it, why, and what happens next for this ambitious and longstanding bank that is turning itself into a fintech company.   Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - Payment SchemesMonday, 01 August 2016

SPECIAL REPORT
Rewards crowdfunding continues to make waves

Plutus Tap & Pay raises £1m in nine days for cryptocurrency product
With the news that Plutus, the London-based cryptocurrency payment platform has raised over £1m in less than ten days of launching a crowdfunding campaign the spotlight is once again on peer to peer lending to fund major projects especially rewards based crowdfunding initiatives. Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - Innovation/TechnologyTuesday, 26 July 2016

Blockchain: Interesting proposition or alchemy?
- The case for and against using the blockchain for payments
- Specific use case examples
- Potential for use as a cash replacement and for everyday retail payments
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Features - Reports/DataMonday, 27 June 2016

ITALY: Country report
Restructuring and sell-offs change payments landscape
Increased confidence boosts card issuance
Charts:
Payment instrument use in Italy by value
Payment cards in use in Italy 2009-2015
Payment instrument use in Italy by volume

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article thumbnail Features - Payment SchemesMonday, 27 June 2016

Why won't M-Pesa work anywhere else?

Mobile money transactions in Sub-Saharan Africa hit US$656m in 2014, and could more than double to US$1.3bn in the next four years, but M-Pesa, which is used by half the Kenyan population seems untransportable to other markets. With the help of Adeniyi Adeyemi of CR2, we ask why?From a standing start in 2007,it is now estimated that over half the population of Kenya use the M-Pesa mobile money service to transact. Yet it was an outright failure in South Africa, and a struggle in most other markets. Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - Payment SchemesWednesday, 06 April 2016

Payments has trouble with descriptions
MERCHANT ACQUIRING REPORT
It used to be fairly straightforward to identify the various parties in payments when mostly it was about cards. There were issuers, merchant acquirers, merchants themselves and of course the end user consumers - but now everything has changed. Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - RegulationThursday, 28 January 2016

Upcoming payments regulation: A checklist
The Second Payments Services Directive and the Interchange Fee Regulation have attracted much of the attention in the payments industry, but there are many regulatory initiatives approaching in Europe that will have global effects on the financial sector. Read more ...

article thumbnail Features - Innovation/TechnologyThursday, 03 December 2015

Disruption, disintermediation and change: Facing up to the challenges
The growth in new and often unexpected technology advances is resulting in a complete mindset change for banks and those tasked with ensuring their survival. Read more ...

Features - RegulationTuesday, 01 December 2015

What cost compliance  under new EU data law?
All companies will be impacted by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) but degree of awareness and cost analysis vary

The EU data law General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR) is due to come into effect in December 2017. The EC intention is to unify data protection within EU with a single law because the current EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC does not sufficiently consider important aspects like globalization and technological developments including social networks and cloud computing. Read more ...

 
     
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