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November, 2005

  • 3 November

    Wachovia Cuts MBNA Ties As MBNA Shareholders OK BofA Deal

    Wachovia Corp. has announced it is re-entering the credit card business and will end a relationship with MBNA Corp. under which MBNA has issued cards for Wachovia since 2002. The news comes on the same day that MBNA shareholders voted overwhelmingly to approve a $35 billion acquisition of the monoline …

  • 1 November

    First American Buys Govolution, Enters Booming Bill-Pay Market

    Consolidation in the rapidly growing electronic bill payment business continued today with the acquisition of Govolution Inc. by Fort Worth, Texas-based processor First American Payment Systems LP. The deal, terms of which were not disclosed, hands First American an immediate stake in the business of processing taxes, fines, permit fees, …

  • 1 November

    MasterCard Reports Debit Increase Nearly Triple That of Credit

    Reflecting a recent trend in card-based payments, signature-debit card dollar volume on MasterCard International's U.S. network grew at double-digit rates in the first nine months of the year, far outstripping growth in credit card transactions. MasterCard reported today that its signature, or offline, debit cards in the U.S. accounted for …

October, 2005

  • 28 October

    TransFirst Looks to Buy a Bill Processor to Create Card-Based Service

    Noted in recent years for its strategy of buying assets in high-growth processing niches, TransFirst LLC is back in the hunt, this time looking for a bill-payment processor that can help it create a service for small financial institutions that would allow customers to pay bills on the banks' Web …

  • 28 October

    Is Peppercoin Eyeing Opportunities in Hot Contactless Market?

    Could Peppercoin Inc., a processor of micropayment transactions both online and in card-present venues, be eyeing opportunities in the hot market for contactless payments? Though he refuses to comment on whether the company has any such plans, Mark Friedman, the Waltham, Mass.-based company's chief executive, he has clearly watched developments …

  • 27 October

    Chase Brings Contactless Payments to the Northeast Corridor

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. is extending its rollout of contactless payment technology to the populous northeast corridor of the country. Its Chase Bank U.S.A. N.A. said today it will begin sending new cards equipped with chips and tiny radio transmitters to some 2.9 million cardholders this week. In addition, about …

  • 26 October

    Federal Regulators Get Behind Strong Online Authentication

    A new guidance from federal banking regulators calling traditional user names and passwords “inadequate” for online banking could lead to a major push for strong authentication next year. The guidance, released last month by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, recommends what it calls multi-factor authentication, or identification systems involving …

  • 25 October

    Volume Grows for AmEx, As Does Dependence on Acquiring

    U.S. transaction volume for American Express Co. grew nearly 19% in the third quarter, to $89 billion, over the year-ago period, the New York-based travel-and-entertainment company reported. Its U.S. card base increased 10%, to 42 million, of which 31.9 million are so-called basic cards. The U.S. accounts for nearly three-quarters …

  • 25 October

    Survey: Popularity Propels Gift Cards into Consumer Mainstream

    Some 59% of adults, or an estimated 131 million people?either bought or received a gift card over the year from August 2004 to August 2005, a study released today reveals. In part, this has meant that the electronic stored value cards are gaining popularity as gifts for a more diverse …

  • 21 October

    Data Breaches, State Laws Drive Encryption Business for Ingrian

    Widespread publicity surrounding the huge data breach at CardSystems Solutions Inc., coupled with a movement among the states to require disclosure of data compromises, is driving business for companies specializing in data security. “Consumers are up in arms about enterprises not taking security seriously enough,” says Karim Toubba, vice president …

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