Tuesday , July 17, 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.

Pulse Sues ‘Long-Time Monopolist’ Visa Over Post-Durbin Debit Actions, Seeks Rival’s ‘Restructuring’

Over the past several years, during his conference calls with analysts to review Discover Financial Services’ quarterly earnings, chief executive David W. Nelms occasionally took swipes at Visa Inc.’s efforts to maintain its dominant debit card market share in the wake of the Durbin Amendment, which severely undercut Visa’s Interlink …

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Remain Calm: Mobile Pay Will Boom, but It Doesn’t Warrant a Media Frenzy, Analyst Says

Mobile-payments volume will nearly triple from $51.5 billion this year to $141.7 billion in 2019, according to a new report from Forrester Research Inc. That’s pretty exciting news for payments networks, processors, banks, tech specialists, and others with a stake in the budding sector. But wait. Even with all that …

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Major Prepaid Card Providers Give a Polite Response to the CFPB’s Proposed Regs

Some of the nation’s largest prepaid card companies are either giving a public thumbs up to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed regulations for prepaid card accounts or at least not saying they’re spoiling for a fight with the federal government. Steve Streit, chairman and chief executive of Pasadena, Calif.-based …

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Mocapay Seeks Wider Distribution Through a New Link With Merchant Link

By Jim Daly Mocapay Inc., one of the nation’s pioneers in mobile payments, hopes to expand its small footprint through a new distribution agreement announced this week with Merchant Link, a gateway and data-security service owned by JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s merchant-acquiring unit, Chase Paymentech. Founded in 2007, Denver-based Mocapay …

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The CFPB Proposes Strong Federal Protections for Prepaid Card Accounts

By Jim Daly The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday unveiled proposed regulations for prepaid accounts that for the first time would bring to prepaid cards many of the federal protections that currently apply only to credit and debit cards. The CFPB’s plan would limit consumers’ losses when funds are …

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Settle Into the Easy Chair To Read the CFPB’s 870 Pages of Prepaid Card Rules

If you want to print out the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed prepaid card regulations, think again. They run 870 pages in PDF form, so you’ll need almost two reams of paper and plenty of ink. The regulations unveiled Thursday would require so-called “Know Before You Owe” disclosures and aim to …

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Eye on M&A: JetPay Buys ACI Merchant Systems; Heartland Completes Xpient Acquisition

Payment processor JetPay Corp. on Monday reported that it had acquired ACI Merchant Systems LLC, an independent sales organization that works through financial institutions to provide credit and debit card processing to their small and mid-sized business customers. Meanwhile, the big merchant acquirer Heartland Payment Systems Inc. recently bought Xpient …

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Eye on Tech: Small Businesses Snub NFC; Vantiv Completes Durbin-Compliant Debit Transaction

By Jim Daly Results of a merchant processor’s survey released Wednesday claim that only 4% of small businesses have point-of-sale terminals that can accept near-field communication (NFC) contactless mobile payments, and only a small minority currently plan to upgrade their equipment so they can. Meanwhile, payment processor Vantiv Inc. on …

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Poynt Recruits Chase Paymentech and Vantiv To Distribute Its New Terminals

Conspicuously absent from new point-of-sale terminal maker Poynt Inc.’s Oct. 30 unveiling was how the new company’s L-shaped, portable devices would be distributed. The answer to that question came Monday when Poynt chief executive Osama Bedier revealed that two of the nation’s largest merchant acquirers, Chase Paymentech and Vantiv Inc., …

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New York State’s Financial Boss Offers Break for Startups as New York Develops Its “Bitlicense”

In an effort to prevent money laundering, New York State’s top financial regulator made history last year when he proposed that virtual-currency providers obtain a so-called “Bitlicense” to ensure that they have proper controls in place to protect consumers’ money. Now Benjamin M. Lawsky, superintendent of the New York Department …

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