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

Fiserv Announces Latest Digital Banking and Payments Client

Fiserv financial services technology announced that Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union (Finger Lakes FCU) enhanced its digital banking and payment capabilities through the addition of multiple solutions from Fiserv. These include Corillian Online® and Mobiliti™ for online and mobile banking, AllData® PFM for personal financial management, and CheckFree® RXP® and Popmoney® for bill payment and person-to-person (P2P) payments. Finger Lakes FCU, which is seeing increased use of its electronic channels, is using the new technology to position the credit union to grow in a competitive market. By offering both Corillian Online and Mobiliti, Finger Lakes FCU delivers a convenient, consistent experience across the online and mobile channels.

U.S. Bank Offers Visa Payment Controls

U.S. Bank is the first bank in the nation to offer Visa Payment Controls, which gives small business owners control over how, when and where their employees’ business credit cards are used. Visa Payment Controls lets small business owners manage how employees can use their cards based on Time of day or day of week, Geographical area, merchant type, and dollar amount. Controls can be applied or removed in real-time, giving business owners complete flexibility over managing their employee card usage.

PayPal Appoints Director of Strategy

Rakesh “Rocky” Agrawal is joining PayPal. In 2013, PayPal processed more than $180 billion in transactions; that’s roughly equivalent to the GDP of New Zealand. Just as important is the response from close friends who work at PayPal as well as VCs. Rockey will help small businesses and entrepreneurs understand online commerce and payments. There is a lot of nuance in commerce that goes beyond just APIs and technical implementation. If you can show a customer how to reduce chargebacks or mitigate fraud and as a result that business is more successful, you become more successful. If you can teach a customer to market better and they sell more, you will be more successful. The best APIs and the prettiest interfaces don’t mean much if your customers are still struggling with the rapidly changing retail environment.

ACI Worldwide Makes Real-Time, Any-to-Any Payments

ACI Worldwide unveiled the next generation of its consumer payments solution, enabling real-time, any-to-any payments. ACI is empowering financial institutions, retailers and billers to reduce payment processing costs, increase customer loyalty and drive new revenues by giving consumers more control over their money and the payment services they value. The company made the announcement at its Disruption in Payments events in New York and London. With the latest version of ACI’s market-leading consumer payments solution, UP BASE24-eps, as the enabling technology, real-time payments facilitate quick, secure, cost-effective and regulated transactions between consumers and retailers, financial institutions and billers. Industry experts believe that real-time payments will accelerate the global economy by eliminating billions of dollars in costs and generating billions of dollars in new revenues each year.

Fiserv, MasterCard Advance Debit EMV Adoption

Fiserv and MasterCard agreed to make MasterCard’s U.S. common debit EMV solution available for the Accel debit network. MasterCard issuers receive flexibility to select and implement network relationships, while merchants and acquirers will continue to route transactions as they prefer, without introducing multiple applications and complicated technology upgrades. MasterCard was the first network to offer its proprietary technology to other U.S. debit networks in an effort to support the migration to EMV and enable the routing of PIN debit transactions over multiple, unaffiliated networks. This decision allows acquirers to brand transactions originating from the Maestro AID (application identifier) for all debit networks that elect to participate. The MasterCard U.S. common debit EMV solution is consistent with the EMV Migration Forum’s recommendations, including a single common debit application identifier (AID) and single application on each card, as well as multiple ways to verify the cardholder’s identity.

MasterCard 4Q/13 Net Revenue Up 12% Y/Y

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MasterCard Incorporated announced 4Q/13 financial results with a net income of $684 million, up 13%. A $61 million after-tax charge related to the opt-outs in the U.S. merchant litigations, the company reported net income of $623 million. Net revenue for 4Q/13 was $2.1 billion, a 12% increase versus the same period…

FISERV 2013

The top global provider of financial services technology solutions, Fiserv had an extremely busy 2013 with tons of new deals, product upgrades and new products. New products include ConnectedTeller, CorPoint Mobile, Biller Advantage, Model Management: Reporting, FATCA Manager, Mobiliti Tablet, and LoanComplete Delivery Manager. GAAP revenue for 2013 was $4.81 billion compared with $4.44 billion in 2012. Adjusted revenue was $4.55 billion for the full year compared with $4.15 billion in 2012, an increase of 10%. Here are 95 points of light in Fiserv’s 2013, presented by CardWeb.com

Ingenico and PayEx Partner on mPOS Payment Solutions

Ingenico completed a deal with PayEx to deliver a fully integrated mobile payment solution in the Nordics. In partnership with PayEx’s POS supplier, OpenSolution Nordic AB, Ingenico’s solution will make mobile, on-the-go payments possible. The solution targets the Nordic retail and transportation sectors, both of which have increasing requirements to complete payments on-the-move, and will increase the range of PayEx terminals in use across the Nordics. The iSMP-based solution turns an iPod® or iPhone® into a Chip & PIN PCI approved mobile payment solution, and enables the seller to receive secure payment on-site to boost cash-flow and deliver a more convenient service to customers.

Datacard Group Collaborates to Host EMV Seminars

Datacard Group continued its commitment to educate and consult financial institutions on EMV migration. The company, along with its partners – Visco (Cambodia) Joint Stock Co., Ltd in Cambodia and Omega Computer Corporation in Philippines – will conduct two half-day EMV seminars. Ideal for financial institutions that want to learn about the differences between magnetic stripe and EMV smart card technologies and best practices for EMV migration, the first seminar will take place on March 11th, 2014 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and the second seminar will be on March 13th, 2014 in Manila, Philippines. Experts will discuss security concerns such as risk management, verification security, various types of smart cards and personalization options, as well as benefits and considerations during migration planning, implementation and post implementation.

Western Union Expects to Deploy Pension Payment Service

Western Union announced the results of the trial of its Global Existence Transaction service, a new pension payments product that enables identity checks for overseas pensioners. Conducted in partnership with the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA), the trial resulted in savings of five per cent. Pensions administrators in the UK are required to verify the identity of pensioners that live abroad on an annual basis. Western Union Business Solutions’ Existence service helps administrators meet this requirement and enables them to send payments to overseas pensioners, requiring an annual in-person pick up at a local Western Union retail location. The five per cent figure represents the value of funds saved as a percentage of the total value of pensions that were included in the initial trial, which was conducted in 2013.

Nets Inks Banks to Extended Contract

A new agreement with the Danish Regional Bankers’ Association (RBF) and The Association of Local Banks, Savings Banks and Cooperative Banks in Denmark (LOPI) through their new umbrella company BOKIS A/S ensures that Nets will continue to handle international payment card services for the approximately 70 member banks until 2018. The agreement was signed and puts in place the framework and structure for future new agreements, thus ensuring expedient and flexible implementation of new services. These include a substantially improved fraud management system which is currently being implemented, and contactless international cards that will be issued on the Danish market during the summer.

EMVCo Publishes Tokenisation Framework

EMV Payment Tokenisation Specification – Technical Framework v1.0 has been published by EMVCo. The technical document – which will be of interest to all industry participants including merchants, acquirers, card issuers and new payment entrants engaged in the mobile and digital secure payment ecosystem – is designed to allow market implementers to develop interoperable tokenisation solutions. EMVCo, which is collectively owned by American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, UnionPay and Visa, announced that it would expand its scope to lead the payments industry in its work to standardise tokenisation in January 2014. The new specification will help provide the payments community with a consistent, secure and globally interoperable environment to make digital payments when using a mobile handset, tablet, personal computer or other smart device. This will encourage industry efficiencies and security enhancements for digital commerce. The new specification from EMVCo will maintain compatibility with the current payment infrastructure and will be complementary to the existing EMV Chip Specifications to ensure consistency across all payment environments. Moving forward, EMVCo will actively solicit Associate, Subscriber and public feedback to support enhancements and inclusion of additional use cases. The specification framework will evolve with industry input collected to broaden its applicability and relevance to marketplace needs.