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How to Restore Payments Competition

History has shown the two global card networks will never introduce real competition on their own. Time for regulators to intervene. The Fed and the FTC have made a start. The recent clarification by the Federal Reserve confirming that a more than 10-year-old law applies to online debit cards—coupled with …

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Why the FTC Singled Out Mastercard

The Federal Trade Commission announced two days before Christmas it had leveled a preliminary consent order against Mastercard Inc. The order—issued to correct what the agency saw as roadblocks the card company had erected against routing online debit transactions to competing networks—may have surprised at least some observers. That’s because …

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Why the FTC Isolated Mastercard With Its Pre-Christmas Consent Order

When the Federal Trade Commission announced two days before Christmas it had leveled a preliminary consent order against Mastercard Inc. to correct what the agency saw as roadblocks the card company had erected against routing online debit transactions to competing networks, the move may have surprised at least some observers. …

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The CCCA’s Long Shadow

Will Durbin II rise again, bringing joy to merchants but grief to credit card issuers? Potentially, more than $10 billion could be in play if routing choice becomes law. Credit card issuers dodged a bullet in late 2022 with the failure of the Credit Card Competition Act to pass the …

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U.S. Holidays Sales Soar 7.6% And Other Digital Transactions News briefs from 12/27/22

U.S. retail sales in the Nov. 1 to Dec. 24 period, excluding automotive, grew 7.6% compared to the same time in 2021, according to Mastercard Inc.’s SpendingPulse, which tracks in-store and online sales. E-commerce sales alone were up 10.6%. The calculation took account of all forms of payment but was not …

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Debit Ruling? What Debit Ruling?

It was only a matter of time before the two big international card networks responded to a recent Federal Reserve requirement that issuers make at least two unrelated networks available to merchants for debit card transactions. That time arrived at earnings season. During an earnings call with equity analysts in …

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Payment Card Routing Is All Politics

The real winners from the Fed’s latest debit card routing rule aren’t the merchants. And they certainly aren’t the banks. Guess who? In the last decade, the flow of funds across debit card networks has curiously become a concern of Congress and the Federal Reserve.  It all began with the …

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The Processor Reaction

Acquirers are trying to disentangle the many implications of the proposed Credit Card Competition Act. Some doubt the bill’s impact would be good. This road has been traveled before. This time, U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) wants to place restrictions on credit card practices, specifically transaction-routing practices. As Digital Transactions …

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16th Annual The 10 Most Pressing Issues in E-Payments

The payments business has moved on from the pandemic, but it faces a host of other issues. Here’s our annual catalog of the ones causing the most headaches. Welcome to Digital Transactions’ annual catalog of headaches—the problems, pitfalls, and perils facing the business of processing digital payments. We review these …

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Mastercard Will Compete for Debit And Build out New Payment Flows, Its Top Brass Says

Mastercard Inc.’s top executives early Thursday underscored a strategy for the company involving a diversity of payment flows and new network opportunities such as open banking and cryptocurrency. At the same time, the company’s leadership made plain the company will compete for debit volume in the wake of a Federal …

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