BASE mobile subscribers can now make contactless payments using their smartphone at the supermarket, when filling up their car and in restaurants using the “BASE Wallet” digital wallet – and it is just as secure as using a traditional debit or credit card. This high level of security is made possible by Giesecke & Devrient.
MasterCard UK & Ireland has hired Scott Abrahams to lead its Acceptance team as Group Head of Acceptance UK and Ireland.Scott joins from American Express where he was responsible for customers such as British Airways, Emirates, Air France and Hilton. This new hire will enable MasterCard to continue to implement the technological and innovative solutions needed to make UK and Irish payments easier, convenient and even more secure for both the merchant and the consumer.
Among the Big 4 Visa and MasterCard issuers for the second quarter, Chase posted the strongest gain of 1.4% Y/Y and Capital One came in second place with a 1.0% Y/Y gain. Bank of America and Citibank posted Y/Y declines of 1.7% and 2.9%, respectively. The reason for the sluggish growth is simply more Americans see bank credit cards as bank payments cards. This trend is also confirmed by a recent ABA study which found the share of cardholders who are transactor increased from 28.6% to 29.0% this year, the highest share on record.
Mobile banking users will likely exceed online banking users for the first time by 2019. A new report predicts 1.75 billion mobile phone users will have used their devices for banking purposes by the end of 2019, compared to 800 million this year. The scale of the mobile banking challenge has been confirmed by the decreasing number of branch visits by consumers and also the closure of physical bank branches over the past 12-24 months.
Former top executive of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group joins JCB and is named President and CEO. Ichiro Hamakawa joined JCB in an advisory capacity in May 2014 and was named President and CEO on June 26. He was also named Vice Chairman of JCBI the international operations subsidiary of JCB.
World First has today announced the launch of a ground-breaking new mobile app which will allow clients to make high-speed currency transfers directly from their portable device. The World First Money Transfer App is available to download on iTunes and other app stores for free. It enables clients to manage their international payments on-the-go, so they could be making a secure transfer whilst on the Eurostar from London to Europe, and the money will be in their local account before they arrive.
CU Wallet, a collaborative credit union owned and directed mobile payments technology provider, today reported record growth, signing 65 credit unions representing more than seven million members since the company’s launch just nine months ago. CU Wallet continues to gain momentum, positioning the provider to make a substantial impact on mobile payments.
Seamless’ SEQR mobile wallet expands in Belgium and Finland. The driving force for the increased interest for SEQR is the pure economical advantage. The new technology provided by the mobile payment system enables merchants to cut transaction costs in half.
Capital One reported a 5% year-on-year decline in second quarter after-tax U.S. bank credit card profits to $607 million. The decline was primarily driven by a 14% year-on-year decline in net interest income. However, purchase dollar volume soared while delinquencies and charge-offs hit record lows in the second quarter. Capital One’s net revenue margin declined 164 bps and the average yield dropped 196 bps year-on-year.
Christopher Augustin, a financial services technology innovator whose experience spans nearly three decades at some of the world’s top firms, has joined First Data, the global leader in payment technology and services solutions, as chief information officer (CIO). In his new role, Augustin will lead the company’s software development work, engineering processes and software and application development strategy across the company.
Digital payments are expected to hit $4.7 trillion by 2019. While there was organic growth in the overall transaction levels due to increased purchasing on tablets and mobile, a significant proportion of tablet usage represented migration from desktop activity. A new report says that contactless activity will primarily be driven by card purchases rather than mobile, although it argued that mobile transactions should be boosted by HCE.
Visa announced the launch of Visa Checkout, a quick and easy payment service that enables consumers throughout the United States, Canada and Australia to pay for goods online, on any device. For consumers and online retailers, Visa Checkout offers an easy and secure way to pay online. Enrolling in Visa Checkout is intuitive and simple, and shoppers can use any Visa debit or credit card or even other branded cards to make purchases from a PC, mobile device or within a mobile app. Once enrolled, shoppers simply provide their username and password to complete the payment process — without ever having to leave the merchant’s website. Visa Checkout replaces the V.me by Visa service, first introduced in 2012. Leading payments card issuers, community banks, and credit unions are all participating in Visa Checkout.