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

Swift upgrades Bankers World reference data directory

Swift launched launched Bankers World Online directory online query tool which has been significantly upgraded to provide more data coverage, a wider breadth of financial information (including data from Reuters, Dun & Bradstreet, and Moody’s), and new intuitive features and functionalities. The service is part of the SWIFTRef portfolio, an industry-wide platform for global payments reference data. The new Bankers World Online service includes essential reference data, such as Business Identification Codes (BIC), International Bank Account Numbers (IBAN), Legal Entity Identifiers (LEI), national bank codes and more that are used to facilitate international payments and to fulfil new reporting requirements. It also includes important financial information from market data vendors and credit rating agencies, including credit ratings, shareholder information, balance sheet information, cash flows, and many more data sets about customers, suppliers and service providers.

IndiSoft and Bluefin Partner on Integrated Payments

IndiSoft and Bluefin Payment Systems partnered to offer a fully integrated payment and security solution for IndiSoft clients. IndiSoft clients using the company’s RxOffice platform will have access to Bluefin’s PayConexTM payment processing platform which includes tokenization and transparent redirect security features, as well as Bluefin’s PayConexTM point-to-point encryption (P2PE) solution. Bluefin specializes in integrated cloud-based payment and security solutions for independent software vendors (ISVs) and SaaS providers. Bluefin recently introduced the first, and to date only, PCI-validated solution for P2PE in North America. PayConex P2PE encrypts credit and debit card data in a secure point of entry device, ensuring that clear-text cardholder data does not reach the merchant’s POS systems and networks where it could be exposed to malware.

WEX Europe Partners with Conferma

WEX Inc. today announced that WEX Europe Limited has entered into an international agreement with Conferma, an expert provider of Virtual Card Number (VCN) technology for corporate travel and expense. The agreement builds on the virtual card technology and expertise of WEX Europe and will provide Conferma and its clients with business benefits internationally, building on WEX’s strengths in Virtual Credit, Debit and Prepaid payment solutions. The relationship brings a unique prepaid virtual product into Conferma’s suite of payment options for the first time, enabling Conferma’s partners to optimize payments by selecting the payment method that is most appropriate for each transaction type.

Visa Posts Fiscal 2Q/14 Net Income of $1.6B

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Visa announced financial results for the Company’s fiscal second quarter 2014. Net income for the quarter was $1.6 billion, an increase of 26% over the prior year, or $2.52 per share, an increase of 31% over the prior year. These results include a tax benefit of $218 million of which $201…

Diners Club Q1

Payments volume for Diners Club International declined 2% year-on-year and 4% sequentially in the first quarter. After peaking at $7.2 billion in Q4/2012, the international card issued by Discover Financial Services, has experienced a softening in quarterly purchase volume by 9%. Acquired by Discover Financial Services in July 2008, the international payment card has consistently hovered between $6.5 billion and $7.0 billion in quarterly payments volume.

Net Element Raises Capital

Net Element, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Company completed the first closing of $11.2 million from a new investor, Cayman Invest, SA (“Cayman Invest”). Cayman Invest has agreed to fund $11.2 million and in return the Company has issued to Cayman Invest, SA a note that is convertible at or before a maturity date of March 31, 2015 into 15% of the outstanding shares of Net Element. This investment by Cayman Invest is structured as a convertible debenture that does not accrue interest before the maturity date. The $11.2 million raise is part of a larger financing round totaling $30 million that the Company plans to complete this year.

PAAY Partners with USAePay

PAAY and USAePAY today announce a partnership to deliver a safe, fast, and simple online payment service to hundreds of thousands of merchants. PAAY will streamline merchants’ online transactions, allowing consumers to use the wallet to bypass the often lengthy online checkout process. Consumers simply enter their number into the PAAY widget at checkout and the transaction is pushed to their phone where they will review the order and accept by inputting their personal pin.

AllianceData Signs UK’s Largest Home Shopping Retailer

Alliance Data Systems Corporation today announced its Retail Services business, which manages more than 130 private label and co-brand credit programs, has signed a multi-year agreement to provide private label credit card services in the U.S. for three brands of JD Williams (www.jdwilliams.co.uk), the U.K’s largest multi-channel home shopping retailer. The brands include women’s apparel brands Marisota (www.marisota.com), Simply Be (www.simplybe.com) and men’s apparel brand Jacamo (www.jacamo.com).

USAePay Integrates Zuza POS

USAePay is proud to announce the integration of Zuza POS, a customizable point of sale solution, with the company’s secure payment gateway. Ensuring end-to-end security by integrating with the USAePay payment gateway, Zuza also takes pride in setting merchants apart from competitors with added features on their POS software. Along with white-label options, Zuza offers loyalty programs, an informative backend filled with tutorials, and award-winning customer support.

IndiSoft and Bluefin Partner

IndiSoft and Bluefin Payment Systems have partnered to offer a fully integrated payment and security solution for IndiSoft clients. Through the integrated partnership, IndiSoft clients using the company’s RxOffice® platform will have access to Bluefin’s PayConex™ payment processing platform which includes tokenization and transparent redirect security features, as well as Bluefin’s PayConex™ point-to-point encryption (P2PE) solution.