A recent survey shows more than half of parents with students in grades K-12 are likely to set a budget for back-to-school expenses. College students are focused on items they need – 83% plan to reuse where possible and replenish essentials, and 63% will refer to last year’s spending as a guideline.
American Express second quarter profits slipped year-on-year (YOY) by 3.9% to $1.47 billion due to the significant impact of a stronger U.S. dollar on international operations. However, U.S. Card Services posted Q2/15 net income of $886 million, up 15% from $770 million a year ago.
Myanmar Apex Bank has teamed with MasterCard to develop the local payments infrastructure with the launch of new prepaid card. MasterCard has launched prepaid cards together with Co-operative Bank Ltd, Kanbawza Bank, Ayeyarwady Bank, and Myanmar Citizen Bank with 2C2P, the last of which was also Myanmar’s first smartphone-enabled prepaid card.
The Citi Mobile Challenge in Asia Pacific is coming next month. It is part of Citi’s drive to foster digital and mobile innovation in banking. Registration for the Challenge will begin on August 19, and selected participants will demonstrate their concepts at events in Bangalore, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sydney.