Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley is an analyst of the payments industry on a daily basis for 32 years covering payment cards and payment systems from both the business side and the consumer side. McKinley is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. In his prior position, McKinley has participated in more than 10,000 documented news media interviews, testified as an expert witness in two separate $billion+ U.S. anti-trust trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, assisted the GAO with paymentsIMG_2006 (1).jpeg reports, chaired numerous business conferences and provided C-Suite opinion to a multitude of Fortune 500 companies. In retirement, he has continued developing and funding digital media assets as well as contributing payments related analysis/content to a broad list of online publishers, including CardFlash, CardTrak and CardData. McKinley is also a national certified mentor with the non-profit SCORE organization with a focus on assisting Fintech startups. www.robert-mckinley.com

ANZ and Government Make mBanking Push

ANZ announced an agreement with the Australian Government to support the increased roll out of mobile banking and financial literacy programs to a further 65,000 Solomon Islanders previously excluded from traditional banking services.
As part of this partnership, the Australian Government will provide additional funding to assist ANZ to improve access to phone banking in remote areas as well as delivering dedicated financial literacy training, with a particular focus on women in rural communities. ANZ goMoney was the first mobile phone banking channel in the Solomon Islands. Since its launch in September 2013, it has attracted 17,000 new customers, including 10,000 customers who had previously never held a bank account.

Kasikornbank Deploys FIS Core Banking

FIS has been selected by Kasikornbank Public Company Limited as the bank’s provider for real-time core banking for deposit products, which needed to replace its existing core banking system. FIS is a dominant force in the provision of core banking solutions in Thailand and is experiencing tremendous growth across the entire region. FIS has the premier core banking solution in the market. It is a fully integrated solution that includes customer, banking product, account and transactional requirements. Loan and deposit products are supported by an extensive inventory of configurable features that are shared across all banking lines of business. FIS supports hundreds of institutions.

SecureNet Payments processor Sets off Across the Atlantic

SecureNet is set to launch an innovative global infrastructure built around its cloud-based PayOS platform, which will allow for fully integrated international payment processing. Merchants of all sizes will be able to accept payments in more than 130 currencies worldwide upon the official launch slated for later this year. International clients will have access to the full breadth of SecureNet solutions currently offered to U.S. businesses, including an omnichannel merchant account, payment gateway, recurring billing, secure credit card storage, award-winning Inventory Management solution and detailed data analytics. SecureNet’s global infrastructure will encompass 25 countries, including the EU, Canada, Australia and the UK.

Transfast and Yes Bank offer NPCI Insta-Deposits

Transfast and YES Bank launched its instant money transfer service to banks. This service operates via the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) core platform. TRANSFAST is the first money transfer company worldwide to be live with NPCI’s Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) capability for international money transfers. This enables TRANSFAST customers to make instant deposits–both online at TRANSFAST.com and at agent locations–to Indian banks from the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Instant transfers are available 24x7x365, even on holidays and during non-banking hours.

Global Payments signs referral agreement with BitPay

Global Payments payment solutions has signed a referral agreement with BitPay bitcoin digital currency. This allows Global Payments to incorporate the cryptocurrency into its product suite and to offer bitcoin payment acceptance to its worldwide merchants. The cross-border demands of global merchants all bitcoin acceptance to reach more customers in more markets, particularly in fledgling economies.

Target Project $148mm in Losses Thanks to Infamous Breach

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Target announced 2Q/14 expectations are projected to include gross expenses of $148 million, partially offset by a $38 million insurance receivable, related to the December 2013 data breach. The Company provided an estimate of costs related to its recently-completed early debt retirement and updated expectations for second-quarter Adjusted1 and GAAP earnings…