Square 1 Bank Launches Square 1 Asset Management

Square 1 Bank banking partner launched its Square 1 Asset Management. A subsidiary of Square 1 Bank, the firm is a cash management solution designed exclusively for corporations and their institutional investors. Focused on adding value through a client-centered process of understanding risk tolerance and investment objectives and providing individualized investment advice, Square 1 Asset Management offers clients customized solutions tailored to meet their unique corporate cash management needs.

OpenCoin Acquires simplehoney

Simple Honey has been acquired by OpenCoin. Building the “Ripple” protocol for a new virtual currency and distributed open source payment network, OpenCoin will be composed of the simplehoney consumer engagement team to focus on usability. The simplehoney team has successfully launched targeted vertical applications for the travel and shopping categories. At OpenCoin, they will help build a new open source, distributed payments network and virtual currency called Ripples.

March Discover Spending Monitor Drop a Notch

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Discover U.S. Spending Monitor was flat in March, dropping just one half point to 93.3, as consumer confidence in the economy and personal finances slightly declined. The decline in economic and financial confidence was largely driven by consumers ages 18 to 39 and those making under $75,000. However, plans to…

Spindle mPayments Partners TruEffect Advertising

Spindle mobile payments solutions reached an agreement with TruEffect First-Party display advertising technology, integrating its “MeNetwork” mobile marketing platform to TruEffect’s display advertising services. TruEffect will be able to use the Spindle “MeNetwork” platform to deliver location- and time-relevant offers from major retailers and restaurants to consumers through their mobile devices. Subsequently, TruEffect will utilize its sales force and customer relationships in an effort to increase the volume of merchants on the “MeNetwork” platform, which will in turn leverage TruEffect’s First-Party display advertising platform to acquire customers. TruEffect’s technology is designed to enable more efficient delivery of web-based marketing programs, and give advertisers and agencies greater visibility into the effectiveness of campaigns.

Premier Community CU installs Diebold Share ATMs

Diebold and CO-OP Financial Services are launching the credit union shared branching model in the self-service channel. With this, Diebold is installing its “Opteva” ATMs, featuring CO-OP NextGen ATM shared branching solution at Premier Community FCU. The solution enables members of participating CO-OP Shared Branching credit unions access to other credit union accounts or sub-accounts such as a CD or an IRA using Premier Community’s ATMs. Standard ATMs can normally only access accounts linked to an ATM/debit card limiting most transactions to checking and savings accounts. The ATMs further enhance convenience with Diebold’s deposit automation technology. The shared branch ATMs feature deposit automation technology, which allows members – and members of participating CO-OP Shared Branching credit unions – to complete envelope-free cash and check deposits. The ATMs automatically process deposited notes and checks, along with many other transactions, allowing Premier Community members more flexibility at a self-service device.

Experian Acquires Canadian-Based Software Provider

Experian global information services acquired Decisioning Solutions market-driven Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider. To broaden the capabilities and strengthen the global reach of Experian’s originations and customer acquisition software products, this acquisition is to become part of Experian’s Decision Analytics business. The acquisition also extends Experian’s global lead in credit information and analytics by packaging Decisioning Solutions’ powerful and proven multitenant, multilingual software with Experian’s consumer and commercial data, analytical expertise, and identity proofing and authentication technologies, all from a robust and flexible SaaS model. The offering will enable small, medium and large organizations to make secure, on-demand, analytics-based customer decisions so they can achieve and sustain significant growth.

iKaaz Deploys NFC ‘Tap & Pay’ Reader for mPOS

iKaaz mobile payment solutions launched its “Tap & Pay” reader to enable cashless transactions based on NFC technology. iKaaz is making mobile payments faster and has broken this crucial cost barrier and has released a cost effective NFC reader for merchants. iKaaz’s proprietary NFC Reader can be plugged into to any mobile phone to convert it into a mobile POS (point of sale) device and is priced at less than US$ 20 (INR 1000). In order to engage the consumer ecosystem, iKaaz offers consumers an NFC Sticker priced at less than US$2 (INR 75) that convert any mobile phone into an NFC-enabled phone.

Bank of America Names New Market President

Bank of America announced that Adriana Kong Romero has been named market president for Tucson and Southern Arizona. To serve as the enterprise leader in the region, she will work with company leaders to help deliver a wide range of global financial services to more individuals and businesses locally as well as deepen relationships with existing customers. She will also oversee corporate social responsibility activities including philanthropic giving, community development lending and investing, environmental initiatives, diversity efforts, arts and culture projects, and employee volunteerism. Romero is also a senior client manager for Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Business Banking Group in Tucson and Southern Arizona, which provides strategic, integrated financial advice and solutions to small and mid-sized businesses. She has also worked on growing and expanding the healthcare industry focus for Arizona and the Business Banking Central Region. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a B.S. in finance and holds an M.S. in organizational management from University of Phoenix.

First Tech Launches Native Windows Phone Banking App

First Tech Federal Credit Union launched its new Windows Phone mobile banking app, making it the first credit union in the United States to introduce a native Windows Phone mobile banking app complete with integrated mobile deposit and bill pay functionality. First Tech members can now bank from their Windows Phone, iPhone or Android smart phone anytime, anywhere. App features include access to First Tech accounts anytime, anywhere; making deposits with mobile e-deposit; paying bills; transfer funds and finding a First Tech branch. First Tech will launch its new Windows phone app on-site at the main Microsoft campus, giving employees of Microsoft an in-depth look at this new platform.

NCR, MasterCard and ING Expand Contactless ATM Footprint

NCR Corporation global technology company introduced its contactless ATM environments. Working with MasterCard and ING Bank to bring the new technology to customers in Poland, this pilot program was launched in November, allowing ING customers in Poland to quickly and easily withdraw cash from an ATM without needing to insert their card. Financial institutions and retailers are looking for a variety of methods to deliver flexible payment options for their customers. Beyond NFC-enabled devices, NCR has implemented or introduced proof of concepts using contactless cards, 2D barcode transactions, and one-time PINs for ATM transactions alone. The contactless-card enabled machines permit ING customers with VISA and MasterCard debit contactless cards to initiate fast cash withdrawals by holding their card near the ATM reader. Upon a confirmation of their PIN code, customers will have the choice of a cash dispense in common “fast cash” values.

Fiserv Launches Mobile Loading on Prepaids

Fiserv financial services technology launched its mobile loading capability for prepaid cards. Allowing cardholders to safely load immediate, guaranteed funds from a personal or business check using a smartphone’s camera, “Prepaid Source Capture” is made available on the Fiserv “Mobile Source Capture.” This provides prepaid processors the ability to guarantee a check before it is accepted and offer their cardholders a mobile service to increases card load volumes and customer retention. Consumers can make a deposit by downloading their prepaid processor’s app and taking a picture of the front and back of a paper check with a smartphone. They can then securely load the check deposit electronically to a prepaid card – without visiting a bank or ATM. This ultimately reduces risk for prepaid processors by providing real-time verification and instant funding for the consumer. The same report shows growing demand for prepaid cards, especially among unbanked households, which saw usage jump 50 percent in three years.