GTCR is unloading NYC-based Fundtech to Canada’s D+H for US$1.25 billion. Among its many diverse global banking services and products, Fundtech offers merchant services such as credit card gateways and mobile banking.
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Banque Commerciale Du Congo (BCDC) has inked a deal to issue thousands of MasterCard Debit cards to its customers. The new cards will be targeted primarily at private banking clients and at expatriates living and working in the country.
Countries that have already adopted EMV have experienced a significant increase in online fraud following the migration, and the U.S. is not expected to be an exception. In fact, online fraud increased 21% in Europe in 2012, in part due to the introduction of EMV cards.
Only 58% of students from four-year institutions said they were prepared to manage their money, while 12% of respondents said they never check their bank balances because they are too nervous. Additionally, 16% of student respondents lived paycheck to paycheck and yet only three-quarters stopped spending when their bank account balances were low.
Visa’s average ticket (TIX) per point-of-sale (POS) purchase has been rock solid for the past five years. According to CardData, the Visa average TIX for full-year 2014 for credit cards is $84.18 and $37.57 for debit cards, down 60 cents and up 48 cents respectively, compared to 2010.
The nation’s fourth largest Visa and MasterCard issuer ended 2014 with declining outstandings, below industry average purchase dollar volume (PDV) and a slight uptick in delinquencies, but profits remained flat sequentially. Forecaster RAM Research projects Citibank (Citi) will post $64.1 billion in outstandings and $41.1 billion in PDV for the first quarter.