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

Servebase Announces New Name

Servebase will now be legally known as PXP. With significant investment over the last three years the organisation is now primed for growth and scalability, which will assist customers in achieving their own business objectives. Therefore, it is logical that in moving into the next phase a new company name was required to reflect the new values, culture, uniqueness and offerings to the payments market. The new name PXP was born out of a simple equation of the core components that are central to what the business is all about: people multiplied by platform, delivers intelligent payment solutions that allow customers to gain strategic advantage for their businesses.

MasterPass Now Available in Spain

MasterPass enables consumers to make online payments in a comfortable, fast and safe way by removing the need for consumers to enter detailed shipping and card information to complete their online purchases. This simplifies and makes more comfortable the process of completing the purchase process of any product from any connected device and delivers an overall better payment experience for consumers. For financial entities, MasterPass is a service that can be easily customized and commercialized and that allows them offering to their clients the option of making payments with digital wallets.

Electra Card Services Inks NMB Bank Processing

ElectraCard Services has undertaken the end-to-end management of NMB Bank credit and debit cards. ECS will offer these services through their world class PCI DSS certified data centre.
NMB Bank Limited, one of the leading commercial banks in Nepal, has been licensed as ‘A’ class financial institute by Nepal Rastra Bank in May 2008. Over the past fifteen years the bank has been successfully providing banking and financial services in the Nepalese financial market. NMB Bank joins over 9 other banks in Nepal that are already running on the ECS payment platform. ECS will provide the Bank a comprehensive debit and credit processing solution on an EMV compliant card management system. This will provide the Bank complete cards lifecycle management and support all networks, including VISA®, SCT and NPN.

MasterCard Shows Europeans Concerned About Interchange Fee Caps

According to a recent Mastercard poll in 13 European countries, 2 in 3 consumers believe that proposals to cap interchange fees would make it worse for them to use their bank cards and 8 in 10 people do not expect retailers to pass on any cost savings through lower prices. The survey looked at consumer views on European Commission proposals to set caps on interchange fees (retailers contribution to the electronic payments systems) and introduce a series of measures that would impact the use of payment cards. It also showed 65% of consumers fear inflexible caps on interchange fees would leave them worse off in terms of using cards while 82% believe retailers would not pass on any cost savings from a reduction in their contribution to the costs of the electronic payments system.

U.S. BANK CREDIT CARD OUTSTANDINGS 2013

In the wake of the 2007 “Great Recession” and the “2008 Credit Meltdown,” consumers fled from credit cards, abhorring debt of all kinds. Consequently, the top five credit card issuers outstandings nosedived by 15.6% since 2009. The Federal Reserve shows overall revolving credit dropped 6.7% over the same time period. However, it appears cardholders are warming back up to revolving credit card debt. Compared to 2012, credit card outstandings among the nation’s top issuers are only down by 60 basis points. Preliminary Federal Reserve figures show a slight uptick of 130 basis points in revolving credit usage last year. RAM Research predicts credit card outstandings will continue to rise in 2014, possibly gaining 200 basis points over 2013.

Yapital and POSPartner Deliver BLE Beacons

Yapital is the first payment system in Europe to integrate BLE technology into its service portfolio, meaning that it can also be used offline. The communication with the point of sale in order to fulfill the payment is “powered by POSCard”, a development of leading POS and EFT specialists POSPartner, a strategic partner of Yapital. Thanks to Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), which creates a wireless connection between the smartphone and the point of sale, customers can make payments easily using their Yapital app even in places where there is no mobile network coverage – for example in shops located in basements or in some shopping centres.

PayPal Shutters StackMob Backend Service

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Paypal is announcing the end of StackMob Backend-as-a-Service, shutting down the StackMob brand, and focusing our team and resources on making PayPal the best global payments platform in the world. The StackMob Platform will cease operation on Sunday May 11th, 2014. Customers will no longer have access to their StackMob accounts…

BNY Mellon launches new global payments infrastructure

BNY Mellon launched its new global payments infrastructure. BNY Mellon’s new global payments infrastructure is designed to deliver significantly enhanced levels of processing efficiency, reliability, transparency and cash management oversight. Focused initially on Euro clearing capabilities for BNY Mellon’s global clients, the new infrastructure will harness and extend BNY Mellon’s established strengths as a processor of US dollar-denominated payments across the extensive array of global currencies that BNY Mellon supports as a major provider of global payments and foreign exchange services. This brings efficiency and information management integration with an open architecture and custom-built modules covering the key phases of payment processing — including payment pricing and charges, account abstracts and lookup, liquidity monitoring and overall process surveillance.

New Cybersecurity Partnership

The leading trade associations representing the merchant and financial services industries announced a new cybersecurity partnership. The partnership will focus on exploring paths to increased information sharing, better card security technology, and maintaining the trust of customers. Discussion regarding the partnership was initiated by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Financial Services Roundtable (FSR), joined by the American Bankers Association (ABA), the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), The Clearing House (TCH), the Consumer Bankers Association (CBA), the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the National Associations of Convenience Stores (NACS), the National Grocers Association (NGA), the National Restaurant Association (NRA), and the National Retail Federation (NRF).

Mastercard and Uber Announce Priceless Valentine Promo

The sky’s the limit for MasterCard cardholders and Uber users who will get the chance to share a personal sky-written message to their loved ones this Valentine’s Day through two unique promotions. Others will be surprised and delighted when they discover they are one of 2000 people that will have the price of their Uber ride paid for by MasterCard as part of its Priceless Surprises campaign. It’s all part of an initiative between MasterCard and Uber to bring cardholders in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas and San Francisco something unique and special this coming holiday. With planes ready to go, MasterCard will sponsor the launch of UberSky, a one day promotion brought to you by Uber giving a limited number of users a chance to deliver a personal on demand sky-writing service, valued at $10,000, to their loved ones for the small price of $500.00. Additionally, on February 14th MasterCard will be offering cardholders up to 2,000 free Uber rides across the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco up to twenty dollars each with the use of a MasterCard.

SRS Announces New Parent Company Name and New Services

SRS|Shareholder Representative Services announced the company will operate two affiliated lines of business ” SRS and Acquiom ” under a single parent company: SRS|Acquiom (srsacquiom.com). One line of business, SRS, manages all post closing activity in private M&A transactions to maximize deal value and safeguard the interests of selling shareholders. The global leader in shareholder representation, SRS reached a new milestone in 2013: engagement on a total of 575 deals comprising $86 billion in aggregate deal value since the company’s founding in 2007. SRS represents 58,000 shareholders including 500 of the top venture capital and private equity funds.

Fiserv Announces Latest DNA Client

Fiserv announced Greenville Federal has selected the DNA account processing platform and a host of add-on solutions to better serve its nearly 12,000 customers. The Fiserv solution set provides the $150 million asset bank with a deeply integrated enterprise platform to improve efficiency and drive growth. DNA from Fiserv is the first open, person-centric core banking platform built for collaboration. DNA was developed using Microsoft’s leading .NET Framework for a state-of-the-art core platform that banks and credit unions can rely on for the long-term. With DNA, Greenville Federal benefits from 24/7 real-time processing, robust retail, mortgage and commercial banking capabilities, as well as a 360 degree view of its retail and business relationships. Integration with DNAweb, Mobiliti and Popmoney will help Greenville Federal offer a real-time digital banking experience with the ability to send and receive social payments.