Tuesday , September 18, 2018

Issuing/Originating

Canada’s Credit Card Interchange Is Going Down, But Will It Make Much of a Difference?

The Department of Finance Canada on Thursday issued its latest merchant-friendly announcement regarding payment cards, this one disclosing agreements with Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. for an average 10-basis-point reduction in credit card interchange for small and mid-size businesses to take effect in 2020. The department also said American Express …

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CPI Card Group’s Results Improve Amid Double-Digit Prepaid Card Revenue Growth

Payment-card maker CPI Card Group said Thursday that new sales from an existing customer boosted its U.S. prepaid debit card revenue 26% in the second quarter. Littleton, Colo.-based CPI also reported that sold its United Kingdom business to private-investment firm SEA Equity for $4.5 million. With revenue of $15.4 million …

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GM Enables More In-Car Payments Options and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 8/8/18

Flow, a cross-border e-commerce platform, has added a cryptocurrency option through an arrangement with BitPay, a cryptocurrency exchange. Through a so-called marketplace update, General Motors Co. is enabling in-dash fuel payments in select Buick models at Exxon Mobil stations. The capability is expected to come to other GM makes, 2017 …

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Eye on Data: Site Linked to the ICBA’s Bank Leaks Data; Report Says Facebook Wants To Display Card Transactions

A Web-site glitch involving The Independent Community Bankers of America’s bank subsidiary exposed personal data about thousands of credit card applicants for more than a year, according to a report. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal on Monday reported that social-media titan Facebook Inc. has asked some of the nation’s largest …

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Discover Veteran Hochschild to Succeed Nelms as CEO

Discover Financial Services announced Friday that its No. 2 executive, president and chief operating officer Roger C. Hochschild, will become chief executive on Oct. 1, succeeding long-time chairman and CEO David W. Nelms. Nelms, 57, Discover’s CEO since February 2004, will become executive chairman at that time before retiring in …

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Will It Or Won’t It? Square Stays Vague on OCC Charter in Second-Quarter Earnings Call

Will Square Inc. apply for a national banking charter, now that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has opened the door to financial-technology firms? As of late Wednesday, the answer remains unclear. “We’re really well-positioned to broaden access to the financial system, which is our core purpose,” said …

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Stripe Enters Issuing and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 7/27/18

Processor Stripe launched Stripe Issuing, a platform to aid merchants creating their own credit and debit cards. The service enables developers and businesses to create physical or virtual cards with a single application programming interface call to the platform. Stripe said it is not issuing cards directly to consumers. Physical cards …

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Mastercard Profit Jumps 33% as U.S. and Global Volumes Grow

Mastercard Inc. posted a 33% increase in second-quarter profit as its worldwide purchase volumes rose nearly 16% and U.S. volume grew 10.5%. New business wins, including cobranded cards, and more customers for existing products drove the higher numbers. “We continue to make excellent progress with cobrands,” Mastercard chief executive Ajay …

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An Integrated Payments Strategy Is Paying Off for TSYS

An integrated payments strategy appears to be paying off for processor Total System Services Inc. (TSYS). The Columbus, Ga.-based company says it signed 45 new integrated payments partners in the second quarter. “Coupled with a strong pipeline of software providers across a diverse set of verticals, we believe this high-growth …

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Many Consumers Shun P2P Payments To Avoid Fees, Though Few Services Charge Them

The impending demise of Snap Inc.’s Snapcash service comes at a time when peer-to-peer payment services are growing rapidly, but many consumers still remain hesitant to use them. Some of these consumers are confused about pricing, new findings from Fiserv Inc. suggest. Fiserv, a Brookfield, Wis.-based financial-institution processor, on Monday …

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