[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…
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 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 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, 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.
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.
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 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.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Conference Board Leading Economic Index for the U.S. was up 0.1% in June to 95.3 (2004 = 100), following a 0.1 % increase in May, and a 0.1 percent decline in April. The LEI six-month growth rate remains steady, suggesting that conditions in the economy remain resilient. Widespread gains in…
U.S. Bank has added Square to its digital wallet options available to customers via their iOS and Android smartphones. Customers can link their U.S. Bank credit, debit, or prepaid account to the Square application to make purchases from their smartphone. Square wallet can be used at merchant locations that sell with Square. Customers can discover nearby businesses using Square wallet, and pay at the point of sale with their mobile device by simply saying their name. Square’s technology automatically manages the transaction from the customer’s U.S. Bank payment account to the merchant. Transactions are completed without the cashier ever having the customer’s account number and other sensitive data.
Old Second National Bank has teamed with Discover to create the Old Second Debit Card powered by Discover® Debit. Old Second customers will receive the new card in 2014, following a pilot program with bank employees. Discover Debit is managed by PULSE, a leading debit/ATM network, and a subsidiary of Discover Financial Services. Old Second, a PULSE network participant for more than 10 years, has approximately 50,000 debit cardholders. The bank provides full-service banking from Chicago-area branches in Cook, Kane, Kendall, DeKalb, DuPage, LaSalle and Will counties in Illinois. By joining with Discover, Old Second will provide its customers with signature debit cards that provide convenient access to manage and spend their funds, along with security features that give them peace of mind.
Visa and NetHope, a consortium of more than 40 humanitarian organizations, announced the five recipients of the Visa Innovation Grants Program. The grants will help leading development organizations modernize the distribution of payments related to microfinance, agriculture, health, and emergency relief. Every year, billions of dollars in cash payments are distributed to people in need through emergency relief efforts, benefit stipends, conditional cash transfers, microfinance programs, and other development initiatives. Digitizing these payments, through mobile phones or other electronic methods, not only improves security and speeds distribution, it also can promote financial inclusion by providing recipients access to broader financial services, including savings and electronic payments tools. Through the Visa Innovation Grants Program, Visa is awarding $500,000 in grants to increase the long-term impact of development programs through the innovation and adoption of electronic payments.