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.

Worldpay buys Cobre Bem Tecnologia

Worldpay Group announced that it has acquired Cobre Bem Tecnologia payment solutions. Worldpay’s eCommerce division will further strengthen its global reach, giving its customers access to a wide range of payment products in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Mexico. Cobre Bem is a payment service provider that offers single point access to popular local payment methods in Latin America, including eight different credit/debit card types and more than 20 banks for direct online transfers, direct debit and Boleto Bancario. Cobre Bem will continue to operate its current business model, and the existing Cobre Bem management team will join the senior leadership of Worldpay’s eCommerce business unit. In addition, Worldpay has committed to further investments in Cobre Bem’s technology and product offering, as well as to bringing Worldpay functions such as Relationship Management, Corporate Support and Implementation to Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires – guaranteeing a consistent customer engagement model around the world.

Ukash signs up Betfair

Ukash announced Betfair has signed up to their popular service which enables customers to use cash to transact online with Betfair. Betfair customers who pass strict verification processes will be able to make cash deposits into their account through Ukash vouchers, which are available from over 50,000 sale points in the UK, with a reverse process being available to make cash withdrawals. The service is available on both desktop and mobile. Ukash enables players to spend cash securely online with unique 19 digit codes to pay directly on thousands of websites that accept Ukash transactions worldwide.

MasterPass Lauches in New Zealand

MasterCard announced the New Zealand launch of its ground-breaking digital payments technology MasterPass this week. MasterPass is the digital platform from MasterCard that gives shoppers a seamless, secure and speedy checkout – regardless of where they may be and what device they may be using. MasterPass eliminates the need for consumers to enter detailed shipping and card information to complete their online shopping at MasterPass merchant sites.

SoFi Funds $500,000 in Loans

Social Finance peer-to-peer lending refinanced more than half a billion dollars in student loans, with the number of schools represented having grown nearly 800% to more than 550 universities over the past year. SoFi has streamlined the lending process with a pain-free online application, mobile document upload, and helpful customer service via text, email, or phone. Borrowers can combine their Federal and private loans into a single monthly payment, and customize payment terms to fit their lifestyle. Unlike traditional lenders, SoFi borrowers become members in a powerful community with programs to reach life milestones such as entrepreneurship support, job placement assistance, unemployment protection and exclusive access to new financial products.

Vantiv 1Q 2014 Results

Vantiv, Inc. announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. Revenue increased 8% to $537.6 million in the first quarter as compared to $498.0 million in the prior year period. Net revenue increased 6% to $288.5 million in the first quarter as compared to $272.9 million in the prior year period, primarily due to a 6% increase in transactions. On a GAAP basis, net income attributable to Vantiv, Inc. was $28.1 million or $0.18 per diluted share during the first quarter, compared with $26.1 million or $0.18 per diluted share in the prior year period.

VISA Europe Card Not Present

While the U.S. and Canada rack up huge Card-Not-Present (CNP) fraud losses, Europe is much better managed, particularly in the UK. Visa Europe reports that its overall fraud rate is a mere 4.5 basis points (bps) of Gross Transaction Volume (GDV). However, the CNP fraud rate is 10 bps in the UK, compared to 63 bps on France, 27 bps in Germany, 22 bps in Italy and less than 10 bps in the UK.

Western Union Reports First Quarter Results

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Western Union 1Q/14 revenues increased 2% compared to the prior year period, or 4% on a constant currency basis. Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C) revenues increased 3%, or 4% constant currency, while transactions increased 9%. Transaction growth continued to benefit from the previously implemented pricing actions in key corridors, as well as strong performance…

Wells Fargo takes commercial card portfolio to Europe

Responding to the needs of its growing multinational customer base, Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) announced it has expanded its commercial card portfolio to Europe by offering the European Commercial Card, where commercial card transactions in pound sterling or euros will now be easier to process, track, and report. Supported by MasterCard, one of Wells Fargo’s longtime credit card partners in the United States, the Wells Fargo European Commercial Card can be used in 37 million outlets worldwide. The European Commercial Card solution balances enhanced controls and local, regional, and global management oversight with international traveler convenience through a global card expense reporting tool via Wells Fargo’s Commercial Electronic Office® (CEO®) portal. This tool permits company financial officers and their employees the ability to monitor commercial card transactions, such as travel expenditures (e.g. airfare, hotel, rail), use data for local, regional or global strategic sourcing opportunities, and maintain visibility over expenses.

Bank Negara Indonesia Launches JCB Platinum Card Issuing

PT JCB International Indonesia, subsidiary of JCB International Co., Ltd., the international operations arm of JCB Co., Ltd. (hereinafter collectively “JCB”), and Bank Negara Indonesia (“BNI”) are pleased to announce the launch of the Kartu Kredit BNI JCB Platinum card. BNI was the first bank in Indonesia, established by the government in 1946, and now has a nationwide network of 1,694 outlets spread throughout 34 provinces and 384 counties in Indonesia and 11,175 ATMs serving the Indonesian people. BNI is one of the top ranked in the credit industry as well, having issued 1.7 million cards to consumers and acquiring credit transactions at 40,000 merchants. JCB cards are today issued in 16 countries with 83 million cardmembers and accepted at 24 million merchants in 190 countries and territories around the world. JCB entered into the Indonesian market in 1983 to expand JCB card acceptance and JCB card issuing to residents of Indonesia was launched in 1996. JCB and BNI signed an issuing and acquiring license agreement in May 2013, culminating in the launch of the new Platinum card.

IXcellerate is Certified PCI DSS Compliant

IXcellerate announced that Moscow One Datacentre achieved the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) certification, the most thorough global payment-card security standard within the industry. This worldwide information security standard was set up by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council to protect sensitive information and avoid possibilities of a fraud. Verizon, an internationally recognised leader in security and technologies that need to be protected, issued this prestigious certification to Moscow One Datacentre. Since any organisation that handles card data is required to meet PCI DSS, a failure to comply can be costly not only for an organization but also for its clients.