Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley is an analyst of the payments industry on a daily basis for 32 years covering payment cards and payment systems from both the business side and the consumer side. McKinley is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. In his prior position, McKinley has participated in more than 10,000 documented news media interviews, testified as an expert witness in two separate $billion+ U.S. anti-trust trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, assisted the GAO with paymentsIMG_2006 (1).jpeg reports, chaired numerous business conferences and provided C-Suite opinion to a multitude of Fortune 500 companies. In retirement, he has continued developing and funding digital media assets as well as contributing payments related analysis/content to a broad list of online publishers, including CardFlash, CardTrak and CardData. McKinley is also a national certified mentor with the non-profit SCORE organization with a focus on assisting Fintech startups. www.robert-mckinley.com

Wave Crest Group Selected by Advanced Cash

Wave Crest Group Limited, a multi-currency digital payments platform that offers full-service, global solutions, has been selected by Advanced Cash to provide customers with a new payout option: a prepaid MasterCard program.
Around the world, customers use the Advanced Cash payment services platform to perform a multitude of financial transaction types. Freelancers, business owners, and affiliate program managers can pay partners, and receive payments, all through a single account.

NCR Announces Latest Telecom & Technology Client

NCR Corporation and CradlePoint cloud-managed 3G/4G networking solutions for distributed enterprises signed an agreement that provides CradlePoint customers with expanded field service and support globally. NCR, through its Telecom & Technology line of business, will provide on-site installation, hardware maintenance and remote monitoring services that support CradlePoint’s cloud managed networking solutions.CradlePoint’s existing and new enterprise customers with geographically dispersed locations will significantly benefit from access to the more than 13,000 NCR badged service professionals and managed service centers globally.

MasterCard Launches Priceless Campaign In Russia

MasterCard announced the launch of Doing Good in One Touch Is Priceless campaign. As a result, at least 30 million rubles (about $1MM USD) will be donated by MasterCard to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). The funds will support Russian and international oncological research aimed at developing new methods of cancer treatment. Everyone will be able to contribute to the campaign simply by making everyday purchases with innovative contactless MasterCard PayPass® technology at points of sale throughout the country.

FIS Expands Consumer Lending Offering through Acquisition of CMSI

FIS announced the acquisition of CMSI consumer loan origination software and services for undisclosed transaction terms. CMSI is a leading provider of consumer loan origination and portfolio management software to a broad spectrum of financial institutions within the U.S. and Canada ranging from community-based institutions to large, international lenders.

Qatar Islamic Bank Deploys NCR Security Technology

Qatar Islamic Bank and NCR Corporation inked a strategic agreement for the implementation of significant technology projects in 2014. QIB will purchase the innovative NCR Skimming Protection Solution (SPS) in an effort to proactively address today’s ATM skimming challenges and deliver maximum protection and convenience to its customers. As part of this project, QIB will enhance the strength of its IT infrastructure with the use of security firewalls, network access control, data center switches upgrade and the technology refresh of its entire telephony system. QIB will be among the first large financial institutions to move their self-service network to the Windows 7 platform.

Paydiant Finalist for Innovative Mobile Solutions

Paydiant, Inc. today announced that its white-label, mobile wallet solution for merchants and banks has been selected as a finalist in the Most Innovative Mobile Solution category for the MITX What’s Next Awards. Paydiant’s patented, white-label, cloud-based transaction processing platform enables merchants and banks to quickly integrate mobile payments, offers, loyalty, and ATM cash access into their own branded mobile app.

Credit Card APRs Up Slightly From March Figure

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Average credit card APRs are up .1% from the March figure to 15.02% after averaging a meager .04% change over the past year. This throws a kink in the downward momentum seen through the beginning of the year. This also follows a relatively lengthy period of APR stagnation throughout the holiday…

ChinsUnionPay Explosion Still Rippling

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The most popular payment method based on purchase volume were UnionPay debit cards, which for the first time surpassed Visa credit cards and Visa debit cards. Visa’s market share of 39.22% was down 262 basis points. MasterCard’s share dropped 158 basis points to 26.08%. UnionPay’s share grew by 534 basis points…

Google Wallet Powering Best Western Booking

Best Western International today announced that it is streamlining the hotel booking process by working with Google to allow guests to pay for their stay using Google Wallet. The brand will integrate Google Wallet within the Android version of its popular “Best Western To Go®” application and mobile website viewed through a browser on any device, allowing customers to seamlessly complete their reservation through this safe and secure platform. By adopting Google Wallet, Best Western is reducing the amount of steps consumers need to take to complete a mobile reservation.

Visa Announces General Counsel Succession Plan, Appoints Vice Chairman

Visa announced that Kelly Mahon Tullier will join the company as Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. She joins Visa from PepsiCo, Inc., where she was the Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. Ellen Richey, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Risk Officer, and member of the Executive Committee will continue in those roles through September 30, when she will become Vice Chairman – Risk and Public Policy. The Chief Risk Officer and the Chief Audit Executive will report directly to Ms. Richey. Ms. Richey will also lead a newly created function responsible for Public Policy at Visa, which will include ensuring that Visa continues to drive the future of payment security, being our voice with legislators, regulators and clients globally regarding payment system security, and other similar initiatives combining business and policy issues of strategic importance to Visa. She will also be responsible for coordinating global crisis management at the executive level.

FIS Runs GenNow Prepaid Cards, mCommerce

FIS announced a new solution that allows banks and credit unions to compete effectively with alternative financial services. FIS “GenNOW” Financial Services allows financial institutions to capitalize on these customers by providing real-time access to funds via mobile or prepaid cards. The “GenNOW” solution lets financial institutions effectively compete in a disruptive market where their customers are being lured to conduct alternative financial services outside of the traditional banking system. By offering a GenNOW account, financial institutions will be able to capture new revenue and retain customers with state of the art financial services and tools.