Friday , February 22, 2019

Electronic Bill Payment

COMMENTARY: Tired of Payments Fraud? Maybe It’s Time to Give Blockchain a Try

On the heels of a robust holiday shopping season come some sobering statistics. The recently released 2018 “True Cost of Fraud” study by LexisNexis Risk Solutions shows a 35% increase in fraud for midsize to large e-retailers over 2017. In the retail sector, the monthly average of fraudulent transactions jumped to 306 from …

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Three Weeks From the Announcement, Fiserv Clients Are ‘Incredibly Positive’ About First Data Deal

Twenty-two days of talking to clients haven’t dampened Fiserv Inc.’s conviction that offering to buy First Data Corp. is the right move. In fact, if anything these conversations seem to have buoyed top executives’ confidence in the proposed $22 billion all-stock acquisition of the big processor. “We’ve spent a substantial …

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Same-Day and P2P Volumes Boom on the ACH While Back-Office Conversions Stage a Comeback

Growth on the automated clearing house network continued apace in 2018’s fourth quarter, boosted by same-day transactions, person-to-person payments, and online commerce. The massive network linking nearly all of the nation’s financial institutions tallied 5.97 billion transactions, up 8.7% from 5.49 billion a year earlier. It was the network’s fastest …

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PayPal Chalks up a Big Quarter As It Decouples From eBay And Ratchets up Venmo

In reporting its performance for the fourth quarter of 2018 as well as the full year, PayPal Holdings Inc. indicated its dependence on former owner eBay Inc. is down, Venmo monetization is up, and active accounts are surging. Meanwhile, the San Jose, Calif.-based company said it is entering a potentially …

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Mastercard’s $648 Million Fine and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/22/19

The European Commission, the European Union’s antitrust regulator, fined Mastercard Inc. €570.6 million ($648.2 million) for restricting merchants’ ability to sign with an acquirer in another EU single-market country with interchange rates lower than rates in the merchant’s home country before December 2015, when regulations capped EU interchange. The Commission …

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Fiserv Stuns the Industry With a Massive All-Stock Acquisition of First Data

In a stunning announcement that surprised many observers, Fiserv Inc. said Wednesday morning it has struck a deal to acquire First Data Corp. with what the parties say will be the biggest ever such transaction in the payments and financial-technology businesses. The all-stock deal, expected to close in the third …

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Growth in Remote Card Payments Far Outpaces Point-of-Sale Payment Growth, the Fed Reports

E-commerce, online bill payments, and other forms of card-not-present payments continued their strong growth last year to capture a bigger share of total card payments, according to newly released Federal Reserve data. The number of what the Fed calls remote payments using general-purpose payment cards grew 22.8% in 2017 from …

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Click2Gov Payment Application for Municipalities Cited in 47 Data Breaches

Click2Gov, a software application popular among municipalities for processing online payments of utility bills and fees, has been compromised in 46 U.S. cities and one Canadian location, according to an analysis released this week by Gemini Advisory. The New York City-based data-security firm estimates 294,929 payment card records have been …

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FIS in Shell Loyalty Deal and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 12/19/18

E-commerce technology provider 3dcart said its merchants can now offer Bread, an online financing service for consumer purchases, to their shoppers. Fidelity National Information Services Inc. (FIS) said consumers can redeem rewards points instantly at the pump at approximately 13,400 Shell stations nationwide through a new agreement between FIS and …

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COMMENTARY: How Virtual Card Acceptance Drives Innovation in Small-Business Payments

In 2018, the acceptance of virtual cards, also known as v-cards, by small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs) increased significantly as suppliers embraced the improved security and convenience of this digital payment method over paper checks. Still, making the leap to fully automated payments remained a challenge for most within this market segment. …

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