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Despite BNPL’s Popularity, Overspending and Missed Payments Remain Top Issues, Bankrate Finds

Consumer demand for buy now, pay later loans may be high, but consumers are still at risk of overspending when using BNPL to finance a purchase or missing a payment. A survey released Thursday by Bankrate LLC reveals that overspending and missing a payment are two of the most common …

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Mastercard Realigns Units and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 4/9/24

Mastercard Inc. announced an organizational realignment that centers on core payments, commercial and new payment flows, and services. Jorn Lambert will lead core payments as chief product officer. Raj Seshadri will head commercial and new payment flows as chief commercial payments officer. Craig Vosburg becomes the chief services officer in charge …

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Mobile Wallets and Contactless Payments Growing in Popularity, NFC Forum Says

Consumers are not only favoring contactless payments more, they are relying more on their mobile wallets to initiate payments, according to the NFC Forum’s bi-annual Near Field Communication Usage and Adoption study. The study, conducted by ABI Research, reveals that 95% of respondents have left their physical wallets at home …

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PayPal And Venmo’s Visa+ Entry Could Aid Interoperable P2P Payments

Enrolling PayPal and Venmo into the Visa+ interoperable peer-to-peer payments system may help foster even more P2P transactions, an analyst says. Visa Inc. earlier this week announced the two P2P wallets from PayPal Holdings Inc. had been enabled in the United States for Visa+. Users can sign up for a …

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Wallets Aren’t Prepaid Cards, Says a Federal Judge in Opposing Fee Disclosure Rules From the CFPB

For the second time, PayPal Holdings Inc. has prevailed against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This time, the case involved the Bureau’s effort to require PayPal to make disclosures regarding its fees associated with digital wallets. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled Friday that wallets are not prepaid cards and …

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With a Lower Cost and a No-Chargebacks Promise for Merchants, Pay by Bank Emerges as a Fiserv Priority

Pay by bank is not a new electronic-payments concept—consumers have been paying utility bills with their bank accounts for years—but the promise of lower fees and reduced merchant headaches is energizing the service, and work is at hand developing new use cases. Witness Radial Inc., an e-commerce platform adopting Link …

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PayPal, Amazon, Apple, And Walmart Are Among the Big Winners in the Interchange Deal

The transaction-cost savings and tender steering provided for in the big interchange settlement reached earlier this week will be worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually for major merchants and the big mobile-wallet providers, according to estimates provided to Digital Transactions News by San Carlos, Calif.-based payments researcher Crone Consulting. …

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Ant’s Deal With Air Asia and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/29/24

The big digital-payments platform Ant International said it will support local payment methods and payment orchestration for Capital A Berhad, owner of AirAsia. Tink, a payments provider acquired by Visa Inc. in 2022, has agreed to provide pay-by-bank payout options in Europe for checkout platform Payop. Adyen NV will process online and offline …

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Visa’s AI-Powered Trio and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/27/24

Visa Inc. announced three technologies leveraging artificial intelligence and aimed at controlling fraud risk, including Visa Deep Authorization, real-time account-to-account payment protection, and extension of Visa Advanced Authorization and Visa Risk Manager to non-Visa card transactions. The services are expected to launch by mid-year. Cantaloupe Inc., a specialist in payments for …

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Breeze Taps Barclays and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/26/24

Breeze Airways unveiled a credit card cobranded with Barclays US Consumer Bank. The card offers triple points on purchases of airfare and other items, including in-flight items. The Brussels-based financial-messaging body Swift said early testing of its early-stage central bank digital currency shows financial institutions can process a variety of transactions through CBDCs …

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Digital Wallets: Users Are Happier, But Adoption Still Lags Among Consumers And Merchants Alike

Customer satisfaction with digital wallets is on the rise, which is helping propel consumer adoption and usage, according to J.D. Power’s newly released 2024 Digital Wallet Satisfaction Study. Despite the increase in customer satisfaction, though, the study found wallets providers still have work to do to raise adoption among both …

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As Apple Opens up to Outside Payments, Big Tech Protests the Cost

Apple Inc. early Thursday said it has “fully complied” with a federal court ruling requiring the technology giant to permit app developers to process payments outside of Apple’s own system. The response came after five major technology companies on Wednesday filed a petition with the court protesting that Apple’s compliance …

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Digital Wallets A Powerhouse And Other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/21/24

Digital wallets accounted for $13.9 trillion in payments volume last year, or 50% of e-commerce and 30% of point-of-sale spending, according to Worldpay’s Global Payments Report 2024. This will grow to more than $25 trillion by 2027, or 49% of combined point-of-sale and online volume, the report forecasts. Automated clearing house …

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Galileo Expands Its BNPL Program And Other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/19/24

Galileo Financial Technologies said it expanded its buy now, pay later platform to enable banks and fintechs to offer new installment plans post-purchase through the consumer’s existing debit or credit card. North American Bancard launched Payment Links on its platform. These are links merchants can adopt to direct customers to a payments …

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As McDonald’s Recovers From a Global Outage, It Looks to Prevention And Accountability

McDonald’s Corp. on Sunday showed signs it had largely recovered from a widespread system outage that began early Friday and shut down service, prevented card payments, and scrambled digital orders for hours at thousands of restaurants around the world. Now, the company is seeking the cause and promising to hold …

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How the CFPB’s Mobile Wallet Rule Is Raising More Questions Than Answers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released its proposed rule on mobile wallets back in November, and comments on it closed Jan. 8, but that doesn’t mean the proposal isn’t still stirring up discussion as lawmakers, payments experts, and technology firms wrestle with its implications. The rule, which would define so-called …

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A New Mobile Wallet Is Set to Emerge for Electronic Games in Bars And Restaurants

With the proliferation of smart phones, mobile wallets have been specializing in recent years as businesses find ways to work them into their payments stream and consumers find the devices impossible to leave behind. Now, mobile payments are coming to the world of electronic games in bars and restaurants. TouchTunes …

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Elavon Lands BMO And Other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/14/24

Processor Elavon, a unit of U.S. Bank, said it will provide a payments platform to BMO. In addition to payment services for credit, debit, and digital payment transactions, Elavon’s services to the bank include customized merchant processing services, omnichannel acceptance, fraud management, and dynamic and multi-currency conversion. Processor Stripe Inc. added support for Apple …

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MEA Picks CPI Push Platform And Other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/13/24

Payment card technology provider CPI Card Group Inc. said it will provide its push-provisioning platform to customers of MEA Financial Enterprises LLC, a financial-services software provider. The CPI technology will allow cardholders to “push” their card credentials into digital wallets through a mobile-banking app. Canadian payments-technology provider VoPay International Inc. said it will expand …

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Mastercard Adds Subscription Tools; Recurly Sees 71% Growth in Software Subscriptions

Mastercard Inc. released Smart Subscriptions, a service to help issuers provide subscription-management tools to their cardholders. In related news, Recurly Inc., a subscription-services provider, released its consumer software subscription benchmark report. The Smart Subscriptions service builds on Mastercard’s Subscriptions Control product, released in 2023, to provide spend analysis, a way …

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