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

Ally Bank Upgrades mApp for Popmoney Payment

Ally Bank expanded its Ally Mobile Banking app to include two new offerings designed to help customers conveniently access and manage their money on the go. Customers can now use their smartphones to send and receive Popmoney payments as well as make recurring electronic fund transfers between Ally and non-Ally bank accounts. Popmoney, a payment service that allows customers to electronically send money to other people, offers a convenient alternative to sending cash or checks to friends and family or to pay service providers. The service allows Ally Bank customers to send money to anyone in the U.S. who has a U.S. bank account – the recipient does not need to have an Ally Bank account. Popmoney has been available to Ally customers since 2011. In addition to using their smartphones for regular Popmoney transactions, users will now be able to view scheduled payments and payment history as well as set up and manage Popmoney contacts in Ally Mobile Banking.

Fiserv Announces TradeFlow Post-Trade Processing

Fiserv multi-asset post-trade processing solution, TradeFlow, is now available for financial institutions operating on Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®, the leading global provider of open source enterprise-class technology. TradeFlow for Linux is designed to meet the demand from wealth managers for secure and scalable financial solutions designed for an open source technology stack. TradeFlow for Linux allows wealth managers to minimize trading risks, reduce operating costs and enhance efficiency across a number of post-trade activities, including trade capture, data enrichment and management, confirmation and affirmation, as well as settlement and clearing. The solution integrates support for central counterparty clearing of OTC derivatives through MarkitSERV, and facilitates the automated import of Standing Settlement Instructions from Omgeo ALERT.

Telenor Deploys WorldPay Payment Gateway

WorldPay alternative payments and Telenor Business Internet Services AS forged agreements by which WorldPay handle payment transactions for Telenor Business Internet Service’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering. Telenor Business Internet Services AS selected WorldPay to provide its payment gateway, acquiring services, alternative payment acceptance, and risk management services. WorldPay will support Telenor Business Internet Services AS as the company increases its global SaaS footprint, first in Hungary with the launch of the Telenor cloud service solution which launched on the 29th of October 2013. WorldPay was selected for the company’s well-established global reach, both with the range of local payment types enabled and the ability to accept and settle transactions in multiple currencies.

Citi Renews Sunoco Private Label Credit Card Program

Citi Retail Services signed a multi-year renewal of its U.S. private label credit card relationship with Sunoco. Citi and Sunoco will continue to improve the customer experience and focus on growing the Sunoco-branded card programs Citi issues in partnership with Sunoco. Citi will also leverage its extensive data analytics capabilities and credit marketing services to further grow sales. Credit products that Citi issues for Sunoco include the Sunoco Rewards Card for consumers and the Sunoco Corporate Card for commercial customers.

MasterCard rePower Cards Walmart-Loadable

MasterCard and Green Dot partnered to allow U.S. cardholders with MasterCard “rePower”-enabled prepaid cards to reload their cards via the Walmart Rapid Reload™ service. Walmart Rapid Reload utilizes the Green Dot® Network to provide cardholders with a fast and easy way to load funds directly to their cards by swiping their cards at any register at participating Walmart stores (not available in VT or WY). Cardholders can add funds directly to their prepaid account by using cash or a pre-printed payroll or government check. Cashier-added funds will be available for use by MasterCard rePower-enabled cardholders within minutes. The MasterCard rePower network is open to any MasterCard issuer of reloadable prepaid card programs.

CashStar Announces Latest Gift Card Program Client

CashStar launched a new gift card program with American grill and sushi bar, Kona Grill, replacing its existing gifting platform with CashStar’s solution. CashStar now powers Kona’s plastic and digital gifting programs, and also gives Kona gift card purchasers and recipients enhanced mobile experiences. Kona Grill’s mobile-optimized purchase pages make buying eGift cards on-the-go via a smartphone simple and easy. Recipients with iPhones or iPod Touch devices running iOS 6 or newer can easily store and redeem eGift cards in Apple’s Passbook app.

Green Dot Approved to to Acquire Walmart MoneyCard Portfolio

Green Dot Corporation announced that its subsidiary bank received required regulatory approvals from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Utah Department of Financial Institutions related to the pending acquisition of the legacy Walmart MoneyCard Portfolio from GE Capital Retail Bank. The consummation of the transaction is subject to closing conditions, including the Department of Justice’s required 15-day waiting period.

ACI Worldwide and VocaLink Extend Relationship

ACI Worldwide announced the nine-year extension of its relationship with VocaLink national payment infrastructure to provide its managed service for 24,000 ATMs. By leveraging the flexibility of ACI’s industry-leading BASE24 and BASE24-eps ATM driving technologies, VocaLink’s complete managed ATM service provides cutting-edge services to its cash machine network and ATM deployer customers in a reliable, cost-effective manner, regardless of ATM type or configuration. The ATM Managed Service enables VocaLink’s customers to offer enhanced capabilities to their ATM end-customers, including such features as ATM Helpdesk, ATM Location Database, ATM Switching, International Card Networks and Mobile Phone Top-Up.

Pakistani Bank Issues EMV Visa Debit Cards

HBL Bank has started issuing EMV Visa Debit Card. IRIS Switch has also been upgraded to support acquiring of Visa EMV cards on the bank’s multi-vendor ATM network. Cards industry in Pakistan is dominated by mag-stripe cards. HBL has taken the initiative to launch chip-based EMV debit card that is currently the most secure card technology in the market. Launched in collaboration with VISA, the chip card uses advanced data protection technology that prevents data theft and open doors to more innovative modes of payments. The EMV debit card scheme celebrates Pakistani craftsmanship and the cards are adorned with different designs from across the nation. While these crafts add color to the nation’s landscape, HBL supports by carrying them on its most secure card scheme.

Allied Wallet #1 Payment Solutions Provider

Allied Wallet online credit card processing and multi-currency merchant services, was voted #1 Payment Solutions Provider by thousands of entrepreneurs, readers, and writers in the United Kingdom according to a survey performed by Start Your Business Magazine. Allied Wallet was announced as a winner in the 2013 Start Your Business Awards at the Gambit Interactive Media Headquarters in Mayfair, London on November 20th, 2013. The event was hosted by Marcus Green, the magazine’s editor; he was accompanied by a judging panel of esteemed business professionals. Allied Wallet was given the award for “Best Payment Solutions Provider” and recognized along with the other winners for their impeccable customer-focused attitude, innovative approaches, and consistency in effort. Allied Wallet gladly accepted the award as the #1 payment solutions provider in the United Kingdom.

Consumer Spending Increasingly Selective, Need Driven

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Chase Announces VIP Lounges for United MileagePlus Card Members

Chase and United Airlines will again kick off the holiday season with a VIP Lounge experience, where Chase United MileagePlus Card members relax and take a break from shopping in two United hub cities: Short Hills, N.J., and San Francisco, CA. From November 23 to December 24, 2013, Chase United MileagePlus Card members are welcome-along with up to three guests-to visit the VIP Lounges at two major malls that features refreshments, gift wrapping, bag and coat check, café seating, flat screen televisions as well as periodic special events exclusively for cardmembers. The VIP Lounges will be located in the Westfield San Francisco Centre, CA, and The Mall at Short Hills, N.J., located just miles from Newark Liberty International Airport, this holiday season. United MileagePlus Club Card members receive exclusive benefits, such as United Club membership; Premier Access travel services; First and Second checked bags free with the purchase of a ticket; No foreign transaction fees; and Luxury hotel and resort collection, while United MileagePlus Explorer Card members receive even more special privileges.