Payments Performance Covid-19

Payments Performance Facing Huge COVID-19 Impacts

Payments performance for both networks and issuers are poised to face the profitability challenges of 40 years ago as the coronavirus impacts rage through all levels of life. The likely impact of the first two quarters of this year will wipe out profitability for 2020 and if COVID-19 extends into the third quarter, the impact…

Sub-Prime Cards

Sub-Prime Cards Consumer Debt Soar – Rate Caps?

Sub-prime cards are gathering more steam as a major deal closes. Credit card debt skyrocketed in December by a record 14%. Majority of Americans want a 36% rate cap. Women in Payments recently recognized exceptionally talented leaders and rising stars in Fintech and Banking. Despite years of warnings, those computers inside your computer remain disturbingly unprotected.…

AR VR Music

AR VR & Music For Cards While Plaid & Honey – Buzzes

AR, VR & music are on the menu for 2020 courtesy of Mastercard while Visa ponies up $5 billion for a hot fintech consumer app. Interest in biometrics for payment cards may emerge this year after a sleepy 2019. The IRS has crypto-to-crypto transactions on the radar this tax season, according to Bankcenter and CardBuzz.…

B2B Cybercrime Fintech

B2B & Cybercrime & Fintech EOY 2019 Update

B2B market in Japan is ripe for development as it begins to tap into modern online payment methods. In the U.S., personalization is becoming a bigger part of overall B2B performance. In 2019, data breach was most hurtful to Capital One branding, blockchain platform Nuls was hacked, and Mastercard and RiskRecon team for all out…

Shanahan to Continue to Steer CardConnect Post-FDC Acquisition

The deal is done. First Data (FDC) and CardConnect have completed their acquisition agreement. CardConnect is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of FDC and CardConnect shares will no longer be traded on the NASDAQ. CardConnect CEO Jeff Shanahan will continue to lead CardConnect operations and will serve as an Executive Vice President and as a member…

Vantiv & Chase Chases a Worldpay Play for $10B

Worldpay Group confirms it has received preliminary approaches from Vantiv and JPMorgan Chase Bank in relation to the potential acquisition of the entire issued, and to be issued, share capital of Worldpay. Any deal is expected to be valued in the US$10 billion range. The companies now have 28 days, or until August 1, to…

Credit Card Account Acquisitions Driven by Sub-Prime with Low Credit Limits

The number of new credit card accounts (those opened in the previous 24 months) rose to 88.1 million, driven in part by a 16% increase in new subprime accounts. Even with this increase, subprime accounts continue to comprise roughly one-fifth of total open accounts — equivalent to 2012 levels. According to the American Bankers Association’s…

Vantiv + Paymetric = B2B Payments Expansion & Cross-Selling Opportunities

Vantiv has inked a deal to acquire Atlanta-based Paymetric for an undisclosed amount but set to close by June 30th, pending U.S. antitrust clearance. Paymetric automates B2B payment workflows within enterprise systems, including SAP, Oracle, Hybris, Salesforce and more. Paymetric also tokenizes payments data within these systems in order to enable secure storage of customer…

Citi Unloads its Merchant Acquiring Customer Portfolio

Wirecard recently inked a deal to purchase the customer portfolio of Citi’s merchant acquiring business in 11 markets in Asia Pacific (APAC). The purchase includes the entire customers for merchant acquiring services in Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, India, Australia and New Zealand. The portfolio comprises a long-standing and reputable client…

Accenture Deal Provides Integrated Customer Experiences Globally

Accenture has acquired, one of the UK’s largest independent agencies renowned for blending creativity, digital and data to develop campaigns that help brands better engage with consumers. The Karmarama acquisition strengthens the ability of Accenture Interactive, part of Accenture Digital, to create and deliver integrated customer experiences to brands in the UK and beyond. Based…