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

New Members Appointed to Elan Advisory Board

Elan Financial Services added to the panel of credit union leaders who regularly meet to share with Elan their insights into the credit union industry. These include Donna Alley Myers, Vice President, Consumer & Indirect Lending at Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union based in Tennessee; Allan Stevens, Vice President of Lending at Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union based in Pennsylvania and Leslie Bumgarner, CEO at Telhio Credit Union based in Ohio. Elan Financial Services serves 300 credit unions with best-in-class credit card products and rewards that meet the unique needs of every customer. Elan’s end-to-end solution also includes card servicing and marketing as well as branch support.

Allpoint and Discover Deploy Surcharge-Free ATMs

Allpoint Network announced that it has joined with Discover Financial Services to provide millions of Discover cardmembers with surcharge-free access to cash through 43,000 Allpoint ATMs in the United States. Allpoint Network is an affiliate of Cardtronics, Inc., the world’s largest retail ATM owner, and its surcharge-free ATMs are conveniently located coast-to-coast, in destination retail outlets including major discount retailers, as well as convenience, grocery and pharmacy stores”places that are already part of people’s daily routines. As America’s largest surcharge-free ATM Network, Allpoint helps more than 1,200 financial services providers, representing more than 60 million cardholders, save time and money when accessing their cash.

LendProtect UK and Yodlee Intro Underbanked Platform

LendProtect UK underbanked consumer data, analytics and risk scoring solutions on those who are underserved by traditional banking channels in the UK, announces today a partnership with Yodlee Interactive to launch a new service, BankLogic. BankLogic is a platform that enables lenders to seamlessly access bank account information from LendProtect — account ownership, deposits, transaction details and balances — to more accurately evaluate a borrower’s credit risk. Utilising BankLogic, lenders are able to see 90 days of their prospective customers’ banking behaviours, including all deposits and individual transactions to payees. This additional information allows lenders to more concisely evaluate risk involved in the short term loan offering, lower the risk of the loan going into default, more accurately assess affordability for the consumer and increase conversion and profitability.

Intellitix Cashless Payments Serve Harley Davidson Event

Intellitix, the world’s leading RFID solutions company for live events, launched the industry’s most advanced cashless payment system last month. Harley Davidson’s key European event, Open Road Festival, became the first in the world to adopt Intellipay, using RFID for cashless payment across the site, as well as for all access control and social media integration. All attendees including general admission, staff and VIPs were issued with RFID wristbands (supplied by ID&C) which were also used to enter and exit the site, and to instantly post status updates and photos from various sponsor zones and other areas to their Facebook walls. Adding extra security, bike license plate numbers were stored on their owner’s wristbands to ensure only the owners could leave site with the bike.

Average APRs Jump, Erase Improvement

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Average credit card APRs jumped .03% in July to 14.96% after averaging a .04% change over the past year. This stifles momentum to the ebbing 2013 APR credit card averages. This erases the positive momentum gained over the past few months, but follows a relatively lengthy period of APR stagnation through…

Mortgage Group select Fiserv LoanServ Service

Fiserv announced that Gateway Mortgage Group, LLC has selected its LoanServ platform for the company’s mortgage servicing technology needs. Gateway will use LoanServ to enhance its customer experience and grow its home loan servicing portfolio through its retail and correspondent channels nationwide. Using LoanServ, Gateway will be able to perform the full range of mortgage servicing functions including escrow, payment processing, investor reporting and default management. Gateway executives anticipate that the selection of the Fiserv solution will help them increase employee productivity, improve operational efficiency, react more effectively to changes in modification programs such as HAMP and HARP, and streamline the default process with workflow automation that reduces errors and frees up resources for use elsewhere within the company.

Virtual Piggy Partners Fundraising Platform

Virtual Piggy announced that it will provide its youth-friendly payment system to FlipGive, a digital give-marketing platform for brands looking to win hearts and drive sales. The FlipGive platform connects brands to the $200+ billion fundraising market, converting customers into a sales force to raise money. Their give-marketing programs help brands drive sales and create positive social impact in their communities. Current partners included Johnson & Johnson, Lowes, Schwan’s, Aldo and Indigo. Virtual Piggy promotes financial management while empowering youth under 18 to make purchasing, saving and other money management decisions for themselves, within the boundaries setup by parents.

ACH Alert Partners Federal Reserve Bank

ACH AlertBanks and credit unions looking to streamline their Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) fraud prevention and dispute resolution processes now have access to proprietary outsourcing services from ACH Alert. This enhances the industry leader’s ACH and wire fraud prevention capabilities for PRO-TECH and ACH Dispute Xpress. Many financial institutions use a third-party data center to receive their incoming ACH items. In order to use ACH Alert’s fraud-fighting tools, the choices for those financial institutions have been to engage their data center to work with ACH Alert or pull an Information Extract File (a copy of the live data going to the data center) from the Fed and send the data to ACH Alert.

Kuapay Announces New Advisory Board Member

Kuapay, the secure mobile wallet that aims to enhance the transaction experience among consumers, merchants, and banks, announced the addition of the famed financial economist Myron Scholes to its advisory board where he will serve as chairman. Scholes is a Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, and co-originator of the Black-Scholes options pricing model. Scholes brings more than 40 years of extensive experience in finance and economics to Kuapay. He has lectured and written extensively on financial intermediation, including the evolution of transacting, and has been involved in developing transacting and accounting businesses.

EE Implements PrePay Solutions for New Service

PrePay Solutions will be facilitating the payment technology for EE’s “Cash on Tap” service, a ground-breaking mobile payments solution. PrePay Solutions will be providing e-Money issuing, BIN sponsorship, and transaction processing services for the Cash on Tap product. This will be supported through a proprietary mobile application service that enables a mobile App and NFC phone to provide an extensive set of payment options. This includes NFC payments through MasterCard PayPass; Online payments via a virtual MasterCard; and Application via mobile App. “Cash on Tap” can pay for goods and services by simply holding their smartphone over a PayPass contactless payment terminal.

AB Implements ECS electraiTx ATM & Card Payment Offering

ElectraCard Services (ECS) software solutions and processing services for electronic payment systems, announced that AB Bank, the first private sector bank in Bangladesh, has chosen ECS’s electraiTx series – the latest version of the electra payment suite to run their ATM network and process credit and debit cards. ECS has provided AB Bank with their PA-DSS certified electraSWITCH, electraDEBIT and electraCREDIT solutions from the product suite. AB Bank runs a domestic network of 230 ATMs and is looking to rapidly expand their services within the country and expects to double their card users by 2015. They are leveraging ECS solutions to implement a safe, secure and convenient platform for enabling all their payment requirements. The electra iTx series platform is a next generation PA-DSS certified secure transaction platform, built from the ground-up on open standards and industry best-practices to support the service oriented architectures (SOA).

MoneyGram Partners Banco Espírito Santo

MoneyGram announced that it has signed an agreement with Banco Espírito Santo, one of Portugal’s largest banks, and is now offering its funds transfer services at bank locations across the country. The agreement boosts MoneyGram’s presence in Portugal and brings added convenience to both BES and MoneyGram customers. According to the Portuguese Immigration Observatory, the number of Portuguese immigrants increased to nearly three million, with destinations including Angola, France, Brazil and Switzerland. According to Bank of Portugal’s latest figures, the country received nearly $3 billion and sent nearly more than $500 million in 2012. MoneyGram’s services enable customers in Portugal to send and receive funds both domestically and internationally.