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

Vodafone Launches SmartPass

Vodafone Germany is launching its new mobile wallet with the integrated Vodafone SmartPass Visa payment application. The Wirecard Group will be handling all technical and financial services for the Vodafone SmartPass card solution from Vodafone. This includes issuing both plastic and digital Visa cards for the wallet through the Wirecard Card Solutions subsidiary. The Vodafone SmartPass payment app is now being launched in Dusseldorf, where there are already around 800 NFC acceptance points. In the first quarter of 2014, the service will be successively expanded across the whole of Germany. Customers with an NFC-enabled and wallet-certified smartphone receive a SIM card with the relevant NFC function and can then pay with their Vodafone SmartPass credit at all Visa-certified contactless terminals.

Fime Announces Eastward Expansion

Fime has expanded its global network with a new laboratory, allowing EMV payments and NFC stakeholders in to utilise Fime’s global secure chip and mobile device testing, and compliance expertise. FIME, an advanced consulting and test services provider for end-to-end secure transactions, has opened its Japanese operation in order to better service demand from its ever-growing customer base in the Asia-Pacific region. From launch the team will provide mobile payment device testing for compliance to EMVCo Contactless Level 1, MasterCard Mobile PayPass specifications and JCB’s new J/Speedy™ EMV contactless payment scheme. The laboratory will offer consultancy services to support EMV and NFC stakeholders in understanding the secure-chip testing and certification landscape to ensure new products are brought to market successfully and efficiently.

DELINQUENCY SLIDES

Delinquency for bank credit cards has declined to its lowest level in more than 20 years. After peaking at its highest level during the credit crisis of 2008-2009, bank credit card delinquency has decreased by more than 400 basis points to 2.45% in the third quarter, according to the Federal Reserve. RAM Research projects a further decline in the fourth quarter to 2.35%. Citibank reported credit card accounts 30 days to 89 days past due declined 13% from one-year ago to 0.94% in the third quarter.

First Data Analysis Shows November DVG Up 4.4%

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] First Data released its SpendTrend analysis for Oct. 31, 2013 through Dec. 2, 2013 compared to Nov. 1 through Dec. 3, 2012, tracking same-store POS data by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks at U.S. merchant locations. November dollar volume growth of 4.4% marked a downtick…

MasterCard Introduces Payroll Card Standards

MasterCard released new standards designed to help employees take full advantage of the benefits of having their paycheck electronically deposited onto payroll cards. The payroll card standards require employers and payroll card providers to offer cardholders greater insight on how to access their pay through educational resources and increased transparency of any fees. Additionally, the standards ensure the employee has a fee-free way to access their pay and check available balances.

Fiserv Survey Shows mPayment Use Doubled from 2012 to 2013

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The latest Fiserv Billing Household Survey shows consumers are paying their bills in more ways than ever before, with the number of consumers paying bills from smartphones and tablets growing significantly. Gen Y in particular prefers a variety of channels and immediate payment options, and uses the mobile channel to manage…

Fundtech taps Federal Reserve Bank on ACH Compliance

Fundtech global transaction banking solutions deployed Federal Reserve’s FedGlobal(R)ACH Payments as a part of Fundtech’s ACH solutions. Fundtech provides customers with access to the Federal Reserve Bank’s disclosure capabilities for International ACH Transactions (IAT). Financial institutions face challenges in complying with Regulation E of Section 1073 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Protection Act. The FedGlobal ACH Payments service facilitates disclosure requirements and error resolution for financial institutions involved in the outbound, cross-border transfer of funds. This service complements Fundtech’s ACH solutions which automate ACH processes and provide ACH processor connectivity.

Central Payment/SpotOn to Sponsor Holiday Program

Central Payment and SpotOn have contributed $60,000 to sponsor GLIDE’S annual holiday Grocery Bag Giveaway (December 18), Zach and Matt Hyman, co-founders and co-managing directors announced. In the three years that the companies have participated in the annual event, they have provided more than $140,000 in donations. Employees from both companies also works on a regular basis in the San Francisco-based organization’s kitchen, which annually serves more than 2500 meals per day to the city’s poor, homeless and hungry. During the year, the companies also established a matching contribution program which allows them to increase the support for nonprofit organizations by making commensurate donations to match those made by employees or sales representatives to a nonprofit.

TSYS Releases Importance of 3D Secure with EMV

TSYS released its white paper titled “EMV is Not Enough: Considerations for Implementing 3D Secure.” The paper considers the impending U.S. migration to Europay, MasterCard, and Visa (EMV) chip to combat fraud, but concludes that there are additional steps issuers must consider to mitigate fraud risk. This report concludes that there are clear lessons to be learned in the U.S. from the UK’s introduction of EMV ” and the resulting rise in card-not-present fraud. The paper discusses how the increase in card-not-present fraud coupled with the growth of e-commerce should lead issuers to consider deploying a risk-based authentication on the 3D Secure protocol. 3D Secure, the paper indicates, is a robust and effective method for providing information to issuers and online merchants to combat fraud while simultaneously providing a smooth and interruption-free shopping experience to cardholders.

LogRhythm Announces Latest PCI Compliance Client

LogRhythm announced Noodles & Company deployed its Security Intelligence Platform to meet PCI-DSS compliance requirements, which require very close monitoring and control over credit card information and auditing to prove that such data is protected. LogRhythm’s Security Intelligence Platform stands apart from first-generation log management and SIEM solutions by fully integrating log management, SIEM, file integrity monitoring, host forensics and network forensics with advanced analytics. The solution enables organizations to harness the wealth of security-related information embedded within everyday systems, applications and network log data.

SPOTPAY FEATURED IN NYC STORE

This holiday season, WIRED, a Condé Nast brand, is bringing a unique retail experience to New York City. The annual WIRED Store features SpotPay(TM) in addition to the hottest electronics, rare objects d’ art, apparel and accessories, musical instruments, kitchen gadgets, adventure gear, and much more. Located in the heart of the Meatpacking District, at 353 West 14th Street, the Store will run from December 4th through December 22nd, on Tuesday-Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Global Payout and CCS Prepay Partner on Prepaid Debit

Global Payout and CCS Prepay UK announce a joint venture agreement to pool their U.S. and International Prepaid Debit card products and resources together to broaden each company’s ability to meet client groups’ card production needs as well as enhance customer services. In mid-November 2013, the parties had signed a product sharing agreement on an EMV Visa International Prepaid Debit Card developed with a partner bank in Europe. By the end of this month, the companies expect to complete joint venture agreements on three more EMV Visa and MasterCard cards, including a globally deployable GPR (General Purpose Reloadable) Card for the retail scene.