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

Paragon Announces Solution Licensing

Software Group software solutions and services to financial institutions has licensed ATMulator Plus and FASTest from Paragon Application Systems. Software Group is using ATMulator Plus and FASTest to enhance the ongoing development and testing of their UnderTree Route switch system. Using ATMulator Plus and FASTest, Software Group can create unlimited virtual ATMs to use for device, function and regression testing. With Paragon’s solutions, they can also develop and test customized ATM configuration files.

ElectraCard Announces Latest Prepaid Card Client

ElectraCard Services (ECS) announced that the student prepaid cards program at Chase Bank, Kenya has been launched on the electra platform. ECS is the technology and processing partner for the program and leverages its PA-DSS certified electraPREPAID platform to provide a seamless, safe and secure solution. Chase Bank has partnered with UNISCOO (University Students Community Organization) to offer the MasterCard prepaid card to its members. The UNISCOO card will allow users to top up and shop at any MasterCard enabled physical or online merchant. Topping up the card can be done at any Chase Bank Branch as well as through M-Pesa and Airtel Money at no additional cost. The Card is aimed at giving the user an easy way to manage funds that is both convenient and secure.

Acleda Bank Now Accepting JCB cards

JCB International, the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., has started JCB merchant acquiring operations with ACLEDA Bank Plc. (“ACLEDA”). With this launch, JCB cards will be accepted at over 650 locations throughout the country. Cambodia is a rapidly growing country with more than 6% of annual economic growth rate since the beginning of 2000s, and increasing attractiveness as a new investment destination as well as other Mekong region countries. It is expected that there is growing demand for acceptance of payment cards from business visitors and tourists coming to Cambodia.

Fiserv Introduces Secured Risk and Budgeting Capabilities

Fiserv announced that its Vantage Risk and Budgeting Manager application is available as a hosted software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution via the Intelligent WorkplaceSM web portal. Vantage Risk and Budgeting Manager via Intelligent Workplace from Fiserv efficiently integrates risk and budgeting processes into a performance management framework to provide a unified view of the key data needed to manage business. It links interdependent business functions – asset/liability management, budgeting and planning, management reporting – to help banks and credit unions make better decisions based on powerful insights into business performance. Vantage Risk and Budgeting Manager gives other managers the means to collaborate and provide input for their specific budgeting responsibilities through its distributed budgeting capability.

ACI Worldwide Partners to Mobilize Payments Monitoring

ACI Worldwide announced the availability of Prognosis 10 for Payments, developed by Integrated Research and powers ACI Payments Service Management to deliver integrated performance management for ACI payments and fraud management environments. Cloud-enabled Prognosis 10, the next generation of this flagship payment service management solution, provides new options for in-depth monitoring and analysis of transactions, applications, IT infrastructure and payment devices to deliver deep business intelligence. Capabilities include mobile access, an intelligent 360⁰ view across the entire payments ecosystem and business Insight to understand and react immediately to potential issues.

Oxygen8 Intros Multi-Channel Card Payment

Oxygen8 announces the launch of Oxygen8PAY e-commerce, mobile and IVR card payment solution designed to simplify merchants’ card payment operations through a range of communication channels. Complementing and integrating with Oxygen8’s current portfolio of products, such as mobile marketing platform Evolve and its Web Page Builder tool, Oxygen8PAY provides a full service proposition to businesses looking to engage with customers across multiple channels. This offers a simplified method of paying for products without the need for costly human resource. As a PCI compliant solution, Oxygen8PAY also holds a highly robust infrastructure with established policies and processes in place to ensure optimal security. It includes a flexible and scalable cloud platform, multi-device capabilities and trusted global payments with a real-time dashboard which can be viewed on any device.

Citi 2013

The bad stuff is declining and the good stuff is rising for Citbank-branded bank credit cards. For the fourth quarter Citi North America reported a 16% decline in charge-offs, a 14% decrease in delinquency while purchase charge volume rose 4% and the net credit margin rose 1%, year-over-year. Meanwhile, Citi’s North America retail store credit card business posted a 14% increase in purchase dollar volume, with a 17% rise in the net credit margin, offset by an 8% drop in charge-offs, year-on-year.

TSYS Reports 2013 Adjusted Cash EPS Increased 17.8%

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] TSYS posted 4Q/13 total revenues of $600.8 million, an increase of 25.4%. For the year, total revenues were $2.1 billion, an increase of 14.0%. Total revenues for the quarter and year were negatively impacted by currency translation of $3.8 million and $20.6 million, respectively, as well as a decrease in reimbursable…

i2c Clients Win Awards for Prepaid Excellence

i2c clients Banco do Brasil Americas and SE Giftcards were each awarded a Paybefore Award for their innovative prepaid programs. The awards are presented annually by Paybefore, whose publications are the leading source of industry information for the global prepaid and emerging payments community. The companies use i2c’s global commerce and prepaid processing platform to power their programs. A judging panel comprised of prepaid industry experts selected this year’s winners from a record number of applications. Banco do Brasil Americas won in the “Better Way” category for using prepaid to achieve significant process improvements. The bank’s multi-currency scholarship disbursement card has accelerated funds availability for cardholders and simplified the process of sending and receiving scholarship disbursements globally.

Oink Payments Accelerates Beyond 1 Million Consumers

Virtual Piggy and Oink announced that over 1 million users have signed up for their family wallet solution to shop online. Oink online payment technology allows teens and tweens to shop in a manner compliant with the FTC and other international regulations. The majority of Oink consumers are teenagers, with over 80% in the United States. Oink currently offers several online shopping and gaming destinations, and will be adding additional leading brands and secure in-store purchasing in the near future.

Fundtech Appoints Head, Cash Management

Fundtech announced it has hired Michael F. Jackson, Head of Americas Cash Management, brought on to lead Fundtech’s cash management business in the Americas as the company invests in and expands the business in this market. Jackson brings to Fundtech more than 25 years of experience in financial services, in areas including product strategy and product management, enterprise application software development, professional services, customer support, and bank operations. He was most recently Vice President of ACI’s Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment (EBPP) group. Before joining ACI he held various senior roles with S1 Corporation, including General Manager of the firm’s Americas Channel where he was instrumental in the design and development of S1’s Corporate Banking Application.

Mocapay Reissues Technology Patents

Mocapay reissued its cornerstone patent that offers merchants a single-use, perishable token for mobile transactions. This mobile payment methodology ensures the security of sensitive consumer information for any type of transaction while providing merchants with the marketing intelligence to better understand and influence customer-spending behavior. Additional patents have also been recently issued including the payment card emulation or “spoofing,” mobile marketing messaging and gift-a-friend patents. The original cornerstone patent was approved in 2010 and was recently reissued. The technology assigns each transaction a single-use and/or perishable token or code, which is then delivered to the mobile phone of the consumer authorizing the transaction in one of the most secure methods in the industry.