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

E-Revenue Gateway and ElectraCard Launch ePayment

ElectraCard Services (ECS) software and processing solutions for electronic payment systems, powers e-Revenue Gateway (e-RG), a payment processing and electronic transaction switching company, to launch contactless electronic payments in Nigeria. ECS’ PA-DSS compliant platform will help e-RG to launch programs with multiple financial institutions and channels like ATM/ POS/ Internet/ Mobile on the same platform. Contactless, otherwise commonly known as “tap & go” payment cards, are more convenient to use and perfectly aligns to “Cashless Nigeria” initiative of Central bank of Nigeria (CBN). The eRG payment cards offer consumers a choice of debit or prepaid Smart Cards with the first NFC capabilities in the country.

IZettle Now Visa Inc Ready Program-Approved

IZettle announces that its Chip & PIN and Chip & Signature mobile payments solutions has been approved by the Visa Ready Program, making iZettle mPOS solutions software and hardware Visa Ready. This comes after iZettle’s successful enrollment last June in the Visa Ready Program, which is designed to provide innovators with an easy way to collaborate with Visa and quickly introduce Visa-compliant devices, software, and solutions that can be used to initiate or accept Visa payments. Sweden’s Financial Supervisory Authority regulates iZettle, whose services are EMV approved, compliant with PCI DSS.

NRF Applauds Swipe Fee Decision

The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan on U.S. District Judge Richard Leon’s decision that found that the Federal Reserve misapplied Congress’ intent when it implemented required swipe fees reforms:

“From the very beginning, retailers and restaurants knew the Federal Reserve Board of Governors had grossly misapplied the swipe fee law, also known as the Durbin Amendment. They failed to heed Congress’ call to set fee standards that were ‘reasonable’ and ‘proportional’ to the actual cost of a transaction. Instead, the Board manufactured a standard that was two to three times higher than the Fed staff recommended.

“As a result, small ticket transactions, such as those imposed on convenience stores and restaurants, skyrocketed under the misapplied law.

“Congress clearly told the Fed to introduce competition and transparency into the debit card marketplace by making multiple networks available, so as to reduce swipe fees for merchants and their customers. The Fed failed to do so, and the court rightly ruled against them as a result. Today’s decision is the first step in setting these initial wrongs right and will ensure that swipe fee reform is done correctly.”

Fiserv Announces Forum Keynote Speakers

Fiserv announced that General Colin L. Powell (Ret.) will deliver a keynote address at Forum 2013, the annual fall conference for Fiserv credit union clients. Other highlighted guest speakers include Dan Mica, former U.S. congressman and past president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), and Marcus Buckingham, author of seven best-selling books on strengths in the workplace. Forum will be held Sep. 9 – 12 at The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas. Forum 2013 is focused on helping credit unions deliver financial experiences that deepen member relationships and drive growth. In addition to the general session speakers who will provide new perspectives on leadership, innovation and management, Forum 2013 will feature sessions across five content tracks: Digital and Mobile Revolution; Payments Transformation; Member-Driven Experience; Risk and Compliance Impact; and Efficiency, Performance and Analytics.

MasterCard Posts 2Q/13 Revenue Up 15% Y/Y

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MasterCard announced a 2Q/13 net income of $848 million, up 19% from the year-ago period, while net revenue was $2.1 billion, a 15% increase versus the same period in 2012, both on an as-reported basis and adjusted for currency. Net revenue growth was driven by a 13% increase in gross dollar…

Morpho TSM Partner in NFC Program

Morpho (Safran) mNFC platform, product and services provider, announced its partnership with Far EasTone Telecommunications (Far Eastern Group) for Trusted Service Management (TSM) technologies and solutions in the “FarEasTone NFC All Around Trial Program.” As the number one mobile network operator in Taiwan and a leading service innovator, Far EasTone’s vision is to build a nationwide NFC ecosystem by 2014. Users will be able to tap their NFC phones to pay for purchases, take public transportation and use loyalty programs. These transactions will be available at 25,000 PayPass point-of-sale terminals and 10,000 shops. The transactions will be done through Morpho’s Trusted Service Management (TSM) system.

Equity Bank and Airtel Kenya Ink mMoney Agreement

Equity Bank and Airtel Kenya have entered into a partnership that will offer comprehensive mobile commerce solutions to their customers through Airtel Money. The service, available to all Equity Bank customers with Airtel lines, will enable customers from both Airtel and Equity Bank to access Airtel mobile banking platforms, perform agency cash transactions at Equity Bank branches and also enable Airtel services customers to withdraw money at any Equity Bank countrywide. Airtel Money will also enable customers to pay their utility bills, receive bank transaction alerts, check account balance and receive mini statements, among other services. Airtel Money is fast becoming the preferred way of sending and receiving money across the Kenya and the region with customers widely using to pay utility bills such as electricity, water and pay-television subscriptions. The process is fully automated and reflects in real time providing customers with a faster and more secure mode of carrying out their transactions.

ANZ Launches Fiserv Unbanked mSolution

Fiserv announced that Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) launched an extensive mobile banking and payment service in several nations in the Pacific.
The bank, which has offered Fiserv-supported mobile financial services to its customers since 2006, is now providing mobile financial services to unbanked and underbanked consumers in Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. The bank is using Mobiliti Reach(TM) from Fiserv, which is designed to meet the needs of consumers in emerging markets, to provide these services under the ANZ goMoney(TM) brand. Under the ANZ goMoney brand, Mobiliti Reach from Fiserv enables consumers without a banking relationship to save, send and spend their money – transactions traditionally carried out in cash. Popular transaction types include merchant payments at the point-of-sale, person-to-person payments, mobile phone top ups and more traditional banking services like balance checks and transaction history.

MoneyGram to Acquire Kiosk-Based Money Transfer Business

MoneyGram signed an agreement to acquire Nexxo Financial’s full-service money transfer kiosk business and to become the preferred money transfer and bill payment partner for Nexxo Financial. MoneyGram will acquire approximately 200 kiosks primarily located in California, Illinois and Texas. These kiosks will offer automated, self-service money transfers to MoneyGram agents worldwide allowing consumers to pay bills utilizing MoneyGram’s bill payment network. The move to expand MoneyGram’s use of self-service channels is a strategy in line with recent statistics. The FDIC has estimated that 60 million U.S. residents do not use formal banking channels as the primary method for their day-to-day financial services. This points to a growing need for convenient and affordable means to transfer funds.

TSYS Healthcare Launches HRA Card Functionality

TSYS Healthcare multi-purse benefit card processing introduced innovative and market-leading card functionality for Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), a key component of the consumer-directed healthcare (CDH) space. TSYS’ enhanced HRA functionality, coupled with technology-leading Web services capabilities, brings a complete, real-time HRA solution to the benefit market. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, employers and administrators must look for ways to provide new healthcare coverage options while reducing overall healthcare and administrative expenses. TSYS Healthcare’s new HRA functionality accomplishes both of these objectives by providing debit card access to HRA plans and incorporating a TSYS Healthcare Partnership Model for revenue sharing. TSYS developed a comprehensive solution that allows benefits administrators to provide debit card access to virtually all HRA plans.

AnywhereCommerce mPOS Now Visa Ready

AnywhereCommerce anticipates increased traction in Canada for its mobile point of sale (POS) technologies, due to its participation in the Visa Ready Program. As part of the agreement, AnywhereCommerce’s “Nomad” EMV-capable chip-and-pin device, which enables Canadian merchants to accept payments through mobile phones and tablets, has received the “Visa Ready” designation. Visa Inc.’s Visa Ready Program allows companies like AnywhereCommerce to easily navigate the complexities of the evolving payments ecosystem, and expands access to Visa’s certifications and best practices. AnywhereCommerce will market its “Nomad” product to merchants using the Visa Ready symbol. Supporting both emerging EMV chip-and-pin and legacy magnetic stripe technology, Nomad is a flexible and secure product that is compatible with iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows 7 and 8 operating systems.

Fiserv Posts 2Q/13 Revenue Up 12%

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Fiserv 2Q/13 revenue of $1.14 billion compared to the year ago figure of $1.02 billion for a 12% increase. Meanwhile, 1H/13 djusted revenue was $2.22 billion, compared with $2.04 billion in the same period in 2012 for a 9% increase. Adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations in the second quarter…