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January, 2018

  • 2 January

    Citing U.S. Government Resistance, MoneyGram And Ant Financial Call Off Their Merger

    Unable to get approval from federal authorities, wire-transfer provider MoneyGram International Inc. and China-based Ant Financial Services Group disclosed Tuesday that they have terminated their merger agreement, almost a year after it was first proposed. In a joint news release, the firms said they’re bailing on Ant’s plan to acquire …

June, 2017

  • 26 June

    Rebounding From 2016’s Fourth Quarter, the ACH Racks up a Robust 6.9% Growth Rate

    As the nation’s automated clearing house network introduces faster payments, it’s also racking up steady increases in transaction volume. The system processed approximately 5.35 billion payments in the first quarter, notching nearly 7% growth over the first quarter of last year and rebounding smartly from a tepid 3.7% growth rate …

January, 2017

  • 6 January

    Wal-Mart And Visa Come to Terms, Ending a Months-Long Ban on Visa at Canadian Stores

    One of the most intense battles yet seen over card-acceptance costs is over. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced late Thursday it has ended its ban on Visa Inc. cards at 19 Canadian stores as of Friday. “We have come to an agreement with Visa which allows us to continue offering Visa …

  • 5 January

    Final Holiday Spending Tally Shows a 12% Increase in Desktop E-Commerce

    U.S. online retail spending through home and work desktop computers in the 2016 holiday season totaled $63.1 billion, up 12% from $56.4 billion in 2015, Internet metrics firm comScore Inc. reported Thursday. “The 2016 online holiday shopping season had another successful year, with desktop growth rates in line with our …

  • 3 January

    Could Consumers Finally Embrace Mobile Payments ‘In a Big Way’ in 2017?

    It’s been said for years, but 2017 finally could be the year for mobile payments, according to Chetan Sharma, a prominent consultant in the mobile-technology space. “Fueled by demonetization in India and the rise of viable mobile-payment solutions worldwide, we expect mobile payments to enter the consumer consciousness in a …