Credit quality continues to improve quarter-to quarter and year-to-year and it appears the bank credit card charge-off plague is quickly subsiding. Tighter underwriting, manageable credit limits, departure of bad credits, not to mention the improving economy, have all contributed to taking charge-offs to historic lows for most U.S. issuers. Charge-offs among the nation’s largest bank credit card issuers fell, on average, by 62 basis points in 2013, to 3.25% at year’s end. After peaking at 10.79% in Q2/2010, charge-offs have returned to levels not seen since 2006 in the U.S.. Discounting the seasonal first quarter contraction in average credit card loans, charge-offs have declined for 14 consecutive quarters.
Capital Bankcard of New York announced today a significant move towards a secure mobile payment with the unveiling of Genius™ Customer Engagement Platform™. Genius enables merchants, agents, and partners to take advantage of the increasing disruption, uncertainty and complexity with payment solutions today and turn these conditions into a competitive advantage that helps their business grow rather than be threatened and hurt by it.
Oberthur Technologies announced the release of the fastest MasterCard dual interface payment card on the market. Chrysalis Fly v3.0 reaches unprecedented contactless performances. Oberthur Technologies’ Chrysalis Fly v3.0 is the first card significantly converging between payment and public transport ecosystems. OT offers banks new revenue streams by promoting the usage of their MasterCard payment instruments for Open Payment in transit network. This innovative usage will bring additional value to cardholders’ payment cards.
Fiserv, Inc. this morning announced that Associated Bank has expanded its mobile banking and payment capabilities and added a tablet banking app with Mobiliti from Fiserv. These changes are in response to customers’ desire to conduct more banking activities via their smartphones and tablets. With the addition of mobile remote deposit capture, branded by the bank as Associated SnapDeposi, customers can now deposit checks by snapping photos with their smartphone camera, while the addition of Popmoney(R) enables them to initiate and accept person-to-person payments directly from their phone. These capabilities are also available in the bank’s new tablet app.
As retailers increasingly look to mobile as a way to generate revenue, fraud threats are impacting merchants to the tune of $283 for every $100 of actual fraud losses through the mobile channel, according to the LexisNexis® True Cost of Fraud Mobile Study released today. Conducted by LexisNexis and Javelin Strategy & Research, the study highlights key fraud issues effecting mobile retailers, while also articulating ways to combat retail fraud. The findings in the study show mobile penetration in the retail merchant channel is rapidly growing. Nearly one in 10 merchants accepted mobile payments in 2013 – an increase of 50 percent per year since 2011. 25 percent expect to begin accepting mobile payments in 2014. The mobile browser and mobile applications represent the dominant acceptance channels with 55 percent and 38 percent of mobile merchants accepting these channels, respectively.
Dynamics announced today that it now offers cardholders the ability to earn Air Dollars on major US and International airlines, as well as allowing them to earn seats on private jet flights through its exclusive reward partner JetLimo. Unlike airline rewards cards, which typically offer consumers 1 mile for every dollar they spend on most purchases, Dynamics ePlate Visa card lets customers earns 1.35% in Air Dollars for every dollar they spend. These Air Dollars can then be redeemed for $250 credits on major US and International Carriers, on any ticket they buy from the airlines websites, without blackouts or flight restrictions, or limited availability of frequent flyer seats. Unlike airline cards, consumers can also choose to earn seats on private jet flights though Jet Limo, a new travel option that makes the benefits of business aircraft travel available at airline fares. Consumers can earn seats on flights they select valued up to $1500, after spending only $12502, making this an over 100% reward.
Thales will be showcasing its high assurance cryptographic solutions for protecting big data, public key infrastructures (PKIs), cloud and mobile payments at this year’s RSA Conference, San Francisco, February 24 – 28, 2014. As organizations increasingly rely on cryptography as part of their data protection strategy and to protect their critical systems, the trustworthiness of these crypto systems becomes paramount. This is particularly relevant in light of recent concerns over back doors, poorly implemented crypto systems, out of date algorithms, weak key management systems and the increasing burdens arising from privacy mandates. Thales can help organizations re-assess and re-evaluate their crypto security and key management infrastructure and deliver solutions that ensure their integrity and trustworthiness.
The SD Association (SDA), a global ecosystem of companies setting industry-leading memory card standards, and the NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today announced a formal Memorandum of Understanding that will enable the two organizations to jointly educate the market and help build the ecosystem for NFC among users of smartSD memory cards. The SDA will work with NFC Forum Special Interest Groups to educate and promote adoption of NFC in conjunction with smartSD memory cards to target vertical markets including consumer electronics, mobile payment, retail, transport and health care. Some of the joint activities under consideration include workshops for target vertical markets, white papers, case studies, consumer research, webcasts, and hosted events or trade shows that demonstrate the business and consumer benefits of using NFC and smartSD memory cards together.
China UnionPay, the national bankcard association in China, reached a number of milestones in 2013 and is now accepted in more than 140 countries and regions and covering more than 10 million POS terminals and 1.1 million ATMs outside of China. Over 24 million UnionPay cards have been issued in about 30 overseas markets. Among major developments last year: The first UnionPay card was issued in Africa; the first time UnionPay has come into cooperation with an international tourism retail group; the first UnionPay credit card is issued in North America; the first time that CUP has cooperated with a local institution in Nigeria to expand the acceptance of UnionPay cards on a large scale; the first UnionPay debit card issued in Australia; and the first UnionPay travel card outside China is issued in Singapore.
Clear2Pay today announces that EMVCo, the EMV standards body has qualified the Clear2Pay EMV Contactless Card and Device Type Approval Level 1 Test Suites. The update of the EMV Contactless Card Test Suite is particularly interesting since it now incorporates EMVCo enhanced scenarios for card emulation in mobile devices testing. Dedicated test scenarios are fundamental because a mobile device that emulates a contactless payment card typically has a more dynamic behavior than a “traditional” chip-based contactless payment card. The enhanced test scenarios simulate ‘real life’ mobile payment behavior (including the UICC) and allow for more extensive testing.
The first mobile wallet was launched in the Dominican Republic by the leading prepaid telco operator (Orange) and the largest bank (Banco Popular Dominicano). M-peso is a mobile money initiative created to cater financial services to the bottom of the pyramid, which represent 72% of the Dominican population (9.4 million, 2010 census). The product was launched after 6 months of preparation and roughly 8 months after the regulators published the framework for virtual prepaid cards and branchless banking. The design, development and implementation of the turn-key solution was handled by GCS International, the same company that has created and commercialized great success the acclaimed regional products tPago® and Citi® Mobile Collect.