Wednesday , September 19, 2018

Jim Daly

Jim Daly joined Digital Transactions in 2006 after covering payments and merchant acquiring at Thomson Media’s Credit Card Management, Credit Card News, and CardLine publications. Before that, he was a reporter and editor at the daily Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis.

The Numbers Brighten in the First Quarter for Merchant Processor Square

The numbers moved in the right direction for Square Inc. in the first quarter, with gross payment volume up 33% and profitability measures improving. But an analyst urged the merchant acquirer to disclose more data about its fast-growing but potentially volatile loan business called Square Capital. San Francisco-based Square reported Wednesday …

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Fleetcor To Expand Its B2B Payment Footprint With Pending Cambridge Acquisition

Fleetcor Technologies Inc., a big provider of fleet-fueling, payroll payments, and gift card services, said it has a definitive agreement to acquire Cambridge Global Payments, a Toronto-based processor of cross-border business-to-business payments that handles $20 billion annually in vendor and employee payments for 13,000 companies. The purchase price is C$900 …

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Mastercard’s Transactions Grow 17%, Partly Because of More U.S. PIN-Debit Volume

Mastercard Inc. reported Tuesday that it switched nearly 17% more transactions in the first quarter than it did a year earlier. Most of the growth came from overseas, but some of it resulted from more U.S. PIN-debit volume, company executives said. Purchase, N.Y.-based Mastercard said it switched 14.7 billion transactions …

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Perceptions of Card-Not-Present Fraud Need Clarification, U.S. Payments Forum Says

Card-not-present fraud is growing as EMV chip cards make it harder for fraudsters to use counterfeit credit and debit cards at the point of sale, but perceptions about the reasons for the increase may need some clarification, according to the U.S. Payments Forum. “Some of the reports of large rises …

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Nonstop Upgrades

The ATM EMV conversion is only partly done, and now deployers are beginning preparations for Windows 10 only a few years after upgrading to Windows 7. ATM deployers can take solace in the fact that their EMV upgrades are going faster than merchants’ conversion to chip card acceptance. But lest …

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Financial Institutions Still Looking for Legal Certainty as the Cannabis Industry Grows

Whatever their personal feelings are about marijuana usage, the growth of the legal cannabis industry in many states will force bankers and payments executives to examine the business prospects of serving that industry, according to an executive with a regional automated clearing house association. While marijuana remains illegal under federal …

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Retailers Lobby To Save the Durbin Amendment, but the Battle May Already Be Won

Retailers organized by the National Retail Federation and the Merchants Payments Coalition are scheduled to descend on Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to urge Congress to preserve the Durbin Amendment within the ever-controversial Dodd-Frank Act. One close observer of the political and banking scenes, however, believes the amendment will survive despite …

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Data Breaches Fail To Change Consumers’ Usage of Payment Cards, Research Shows

Data breaches are in the news constantly, but they appear to have no long-term effect on consumers’ use of payment methods. Breaches might, however, spur some consumers to switch hospitals, according to researchers. “Payment attitudes and payment behaviors are very, very sticky,” says Claire Greene, a payments analyst at the …

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The CFPB Tweaks Its Prepaid Rule as Showdown Looms Over Its Repeal

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau confirmed last week that it will extend the effective date of its planned rule governing prepaid accounts by six months, until Oct. 1, and indicated it would consider a further extension. The embattled bureau also said it would revisit “at least two substantive issues” in …

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