Wednesday , September 23, 2020

John Stewart

Starting as an editor on Bank Network News at Faulkner & Gray, John ultimately played a key role in starting, editing, and publishing many of F&G's flagship publications, including Credit Card Management, Card Technology, Card Marketing, and Collections & Credit Risk. Before co-founding Boland Hill Media, John was a group publisher at Thomson Media responsible for a $10 million division embracing magazines, newsletters, and Web sites.

Third-Party Processors Are Starting to Pay off for TCH As It Seeks to Expand Real-Time Payments

Getting to universal real-time payments in the United States will depend on reaching smaller banking institutions, and on Wednesday The Clearing House Payments Co. LLC may have created the potential to scoop up a significant number of these endpoints via a deal with the major processor FIS Inc. The two …

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How Consumers Struggling with Covid-19’s Impact Have Paid—Or Not Paid—Their Bills

The impact of the economic downturn sparked by the coronavirus pandemic has affected payments of all sorts, but perhaps none so much as consumer bill payments. Indeed, some 56% of consumers said it was harder to pay bills because they’d lost their jobs or had sustained a reduction in income, …

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EVO’s Turn to Visa Direct Casts a Spotlight on the Potential for Real-Time Merchant Settlement

Real-time payment flows are coming to processor settlements with merchants as Visa Inc. enlarges the market for its Visa Direct push-payment service. The latest development emerged this week with EVO Payments Inc.’s launch of EVO Direct Deposit, a service that relies on Visa Direct to credit U.S. merchant accounts. The …

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In the Midst of the Pandemic, Fintechs Launch Services to Speed Wages to Workers

As workers struggle with cash-flow issues that in some cases were worsened by the coronavirus pandemic, banks and fintechs are working to get wages into employees’ hands faster—sometimes in real time. Two such developments emerged this week from Square Inc. and Immediate Solutions Inc., a company that specializes in speeding …

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As FDX Brings Its Membership to 140, Momentum Builds for a Data-Exchange Standard

Momentum behind a standard for the exchange of consumers’ financial data between fintech apps and banks gained strength Monday with an announcement that a trade group supporting the standard has added 39 members since April. The group, the Reston, Va.-based Financial Data Exchange LLC, now claims a membership of 140 firms, …

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TCH Says Its Real Time Payments Network Can Potentially Reach 70% of U.S. Accounts

The years-long effort to bring real-time payments to the United States picked up steam on Thursday with an announcement from The Clearing House Payments Co. LLC that 70% of U.S. deposit accounts can now access real-time capability via agreements between TCH and third-party processors. “What we’re talking about here is …

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Online Gift Card Sales Soar As Pandemic Restrictions Send Consumers to Their Laptops

The pandemic has sparked a huge lift in online gift card sales as consumers make shopping for the plastic part of their e-commerce routine. The number of cards purchased online soared 57% in the first six months of this year compared to the first half of 2019. Some 52% of …

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Eye on Investment: Payments Firms, Melio, Thunes, And Mollie Announce Funding Rounds

Evidence emerged Tuesday that Covid-19 fears are far from suppressing investor interest in payments as two U.S. and two European companies announced funding news. Atlanta-based, an 18-year-old provider of billing platforms, said it has received a “significant growth equity investment” from Primus Capital. The company did not disclose the …

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So Far, a Nice Rise But Not a Wild Runup for Bitcoin Since the May Halving Event

In the nearly four months since it underwent a major downgrade in the incentive it offers miners, Bitcoin has seen its price rise nicely, but holders of the digital currency have not yet, at least, witnessed the wild upswing that followed the last such adjustment. Bitcoin was trading at $10,483 …

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Data Networks Work to Shore up Account Access As Regulators Eye Rules of Their Own

The data networks that connect payments and other financial apps to users’ bank accounts are scrambling to standardize data access by moving to application programming interfaces and away from an older, cruder form of access known in the business as “screen scraping.” The effort comes as financial apps gain popularity …

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