Tuesday , January 16, 2018

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More Retailers Offer Virtual Gift Cards, But Could Do a Better Job with Them, Report Finds

  With the holiday season weeks away, more major retailers are now offering so-called virtual gift cards. But few make the experience of buying, sending, and redeeming the digital payment products easy or pleasant, according to a report issued this week. Some 59 of the 100 largest online merchants, ranked …

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Survey Reveals Small-Bank Jitters About Regulation, Fraud, Rapid Change

  Many community bankers say their payment revenues are declining, and they are bracing for hits from higher expenses from complying with regulations and from fraud while at the same time trying to ramp up new services such as mobile payments. The findings come from the Independent Community Bankers of …

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PayPal Plans to Issue a Card for POS Use Starting First Half of 2012

  PayPal Inc., a dominant processor of e-commerce transactions, has made no secret lately of its ambitions to move into the world of brick-and-mortar commerce. The only missing element was a physical token that account holders could use at the point of sale. Now it appears that void will soon …

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CashStar Readies a Mobile App That Taps Bank Rewards Points for Retail Gift Cards

  CashStar Inc. plans early next year to roll out a mobile app that will let consumers tap unredeemed rewards points held at banks to buy digital gift cards from major merchants. The app will also feature location-based alerts to let users know when they are near a merchant issuer. …

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Buoyed by Gift Cards, Closed-Loop Prepaid Grew Faster Than Expected in 2010

  Closed-loop prepaid cards held their own in 2010, growing by 13% in loads to $261.2 billion from $230.3 billion in 2009, according to Mercator Advisory Group Inc.’s newly released industry study. In fact, the closed-loop market, which while bigger in loads but slower growing than the newer, general-purpose or …

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New Debit Card Usage Fees Raise Questions About Their Stickiness

Banks are likely to continue testing debit card usage fees in the wake of the Federal Reserve’s new price controls on debit interchange, though such fees are generating heated debate about whether they make good business sense. “Disincenting consumers to use debit cards I just think is a terrible strategy …

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Volatile Markets Hammer Payments Stocks, But Prepaid Players Most of All

  The wild trading on stock markets worldwide over the past week has left U.S. payments-industry shares battered and bruised, though they made a mild recovery Thursday morning. Worst hit are shares of prepaid card companies, though networks, processors, and money-transfer providers are feeling the pain too. A Digital Transactions …

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