Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley, with 33 years experience covering payment cards and payment systems, is Senior Analyst/Editor for CardFlash and other payments-related publications. He is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. McKinley served as an expert witness in 100+ litigations including two multi-$billion trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, chaired multiple payments conferences, hired as consultant by Fortune 100 companies and several overseas financial institutions. Full Bio:

Global Payments signs referral agreement with BitPay

Global Payments payment solutions has signed a referral agreement with BitPay bitcoin digital currency. This allows Global Payments to incorporate the cryptocurrency into its product suite and to offer bitcoin payment acceptance to its worldwide merchants. The cross-border demands of global merchants all bitcoin acceptance to reach more customers in more markets, particularly in fledgling economies.

Transfast and Yes Bank offer NPCI Insta-Deposits

Transfast and YES Bank launched its instant money transfer service to banks. This service operates via the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) core platform. TRANSFAST is the first money transfer company worldwide to be live with NPCI’s Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) capability for international money transfers. This enables TRANSFAST customers to make instant deposits–both online at and at agent locations–to Indian banks from the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Instant transfers are available 24x7x365, even on holidays and during non-banking hours.

SecureNet Payments processor Sets off Across the Atlantic

SecureNet is set to launch an innovative global infrastructure built around its cloud-based PayOS platform, which will allow for fully integrated international payment processing. Merchants of all sizes will be able to accept payments in more than 130 currencies worldwide upon the official launch slated for later this year. International clients will have access to the full breadth of SecureNet solutions currently offered to U.S. businesses, including an omnichannel merchant account, payment gateway, recurring billing, secure credit card storage, award-winning Inventory Management solution and detailed data analytics. SecureNet’s global infrastructure will encompass 25 countries, including the EU, Canada, Australia and the UK.

Kasikornbank Deploys FIS Core Banking

FIS has been selected by Kasikornbank Public Company Limited as the bank’s provider for real-time core banking for deposit products, which needed to replace its existing core banking system. FIS is a dominant force in the provision of core banking solutions in Thailand and is experiencing tremendous growth across the entire region. FIS has the premier core banking solution in the market. It is a fully integrated solution that includes customer, banking product, account and transactional requirements. Loan and deposit products are supported by an extensive inventory of configurable features that are shared across all banking lines of business. FIS supports hundreds of institutions.

ANZ and Government Make mBanking Push

ANZ announced an agreement with the Australian Government to support the increased roll out of mobile banking and financial literacy programs to a further 65,000 Solomon Islanders previously excluded from traditional banking services.
As part of this partnership, the Australian Government will provide additional funding to assist ANZ to improve access to phone banking in remote areas as well as delivering dedicated financial literacy training, with a particular focus on women in rural communities. ANZ goMoney was the first mobile phone banking channel in the Solomon Islands. Since its launch in September 2013, it has attracted 17,000 new customers, including 10,000 customers who had previously never held a bank account.


MasterCard takes the lead in the second quarter for U.S. gross dollar volume with a 9.2% year-on-year gain, compared to Visa’s 9.1%, American Express’ 6.0% gain and Discover 6.0% gain. Based on U.S. GDV, VS and MC tied the four networks in Y/Y gains in market share for the U.S., gaining 10 basis points (bps) Y/Y. AX was flat Y/Y and DS decreased by 10 bps.

Diebold Appoints EVP, Software

Diebold announced Alan Kerr has been named executive vice president, software. An experienced software and field operations leader, Kerr will build the strategy for the company’s global software organization. With more than 25 years of senior-level experience, he has held senior leadership positions with several IT software and services leaders. An experienced change management leader, he successfully restructured the sales operations and helped deliver revenue in excess of $3 billion.