Spire Payments names Kamran Yazdanjoo head, global product development

Spire Payments appointed Kamran Yazdanjoo Head of Global Product Development. Kamran brings to the role over 25 years’ experience and will be responsible for co-ordinating development activities in Spain, England, Scotland, Hong Kong and Russia, and spearheading the delivery of platforms and applications to support the company’s payment solution strategies. Before joining Spire Payments, Kamran served on the Board of Directors of Cubic Transportation Systems Limited as Director of Open Payments. In this role he led new product innovations and the strategy for open payments including mobile and NFC. Prior to this, Kamran was the Vice President of Global R&D at VeriFone Inc., with responsibility for products and services.

Fico Integrates Fraud Management System in Latest Partnership

Fico partnered with 41st Parameter of Experian to fight fraud on card-not-present (CNP) transactions. FICO is integrating 41st Parameter’s TrustInsight™ with the FICO® Falcon® Platform, which protects 2.5 billion card accounts and is used by more than 9,000 financial institutions worldwide. Authenticating the device being used in a transaction provides yet another layer of detection to the Falcon Platform, which includes proprietary analytics based on more than 30 patents. FICO’s research shows that total card fraud grew 13 percent in the U.S. from January 2012 to September 2013. CNP fraud accounted for nearly half of credit card and debit card fraud during this period. 41st Parameter’s TrustInsight™ solution provides a real-time analysis of a transaction, crowd-sourced from a network of merchants, that produces a TrustScore™ indicating whether the transaction is likely to be genuine and should be approved.

DataCash Partners Phoenix Managed Networks

DataCash – A MasterCard Company, is teaming up with Phoenix Managed Networks (PMN) IT network provider to further enhance its merchant payment solutions with PMN’s enterprise-strength network security and management service.
The combination of industry-leading Chip&PIN payment processing technology provided by DataCash and PMN’s PhoeniXSentry network security and management service, delivers both an affordable and advanced end-to-end managed security service for maximum protection of in-store IT traffic, for retail environments of any size. The PMN solution will allow DataCash merchants to easily and comprehensively protect their Point of Sale transaction data by separating payment and non-payment related internet traffic, thus ensuring the risk of potential data breach is significantly reduced.

ACI Worldwide announces Latest mBanking Client

ACI Worldwide electronic payment and banking systems announced Pearl Harbor Federal Credit Union (PHFCU) selected ACI’s integrated online banking platform for credit unions, WebFederal, to power PHFCU Online, its online and mobile banking and bill payment services. PHFCU is one of Hawaii’s leading credit unions, serving thousands of members across the state. As its business has grown and its customers increasingly embrace online and mobile banking, the credit union recognized the need to provide a seamless, multi-channel experience that continued to deliver outstanding service while maximizing efficiencies. PHFCU selected ACI’s WebFederal online banking solution, which provides customers with a universal, real-time, omni-channel experience.

VerifyValid Announces Latest Credit Union deal

Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU) is partnering VerifyValid electronically-delivered check payments (eChecks). This lets members to quickly and easily receive, manage and deposit VerifyValid eChecks directly into their accounts.
eChecks combine the speed and convenience of electronic payments with the safety, familiarity, and information of paper checks, and can be sent from any computer, tablet or iOS phone. eChecks are currently used by individuals and businesses, such as Grand Valley State University, one of West Michigan’s largest employers, to pay many of its vendors. Additionally, the rate of eCheck usage is increasing nationally through partnerships between VerifyValid and Deluxe Corporation. Financial institutions can offer the VerifyValid eLockbox technology using no new equipment, no software installation, and requires no maintenance or service calls. LMCU can add it to a member’s account in minutes.

Green Dot Supports Visa Prepaid Card Designation

Green Dot Corporation supports Visa’s recently announced designation for consumer reloadable prepaid products in the U.S. The new designation is aimed at simplifying fees, improving consumer protections and creating opportunities for cardholders to improve their financial health. Green Dot Corporation is the largest provider of reloadable prepaid debit cards in America with its products sold in more than 90,000 retail locations nationwide.To qualify for the new Visa prepaid designation, prepaid programs must meet a set of standards outlined by Visa that relate to simplified fees and transparent disclosures as well as superior consumer protections.

Unemployment Rate Sits Unchanged M/M at Record Low

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Payroll employment was up 217,000 in May for an unchanged unemployment rate of 6.3 from the previous month figure. This comes after a 0.4 percentage point drop in April. The number of unemployed persons was unchanged in May at 9.8 million. The unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons declined…

American Express Uber

American Express this afternoon announces a new partnership with Uber and a first-of-its-kind technology integration into the Uber iOS app that allows U.S. Card Members enrolled in the Membership Rewards program to choose to earn 2x points or use points for Uber rides. This is the first time that consumers can use loyalty reward points seamlessly in-app and in real time for on-demand transportation in this way.

DFC Global Stockholders Approve Lone Star Takeover

DFC Global Corp international diversified financial services company serving primarily unbanked and under-banked consumers announced at the Company’s special meeting of stockholders a majority of the outstanding shares of DFC Global common stock voted to approve the acquisition of DFC Global by an affiliate of Lone Star Funds (“Lone Star”). Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc. is acting as financial advisor to DFC Global in connection with the transaction. Pepper Hamilton LLP is acting as DFC Global’s legal advisor. Jefferies LLC is acting as lead financial advisor to Lone Star Funds and Credit Suisse Securities (USA), LLC is acting as financial advisor. Jefferies Finance LLC and Credit Suisse AG are providing debt financing commitments for the acquisition.

Venmo Button

Venmo has developed a way to tip a favorite artist, or donating to a good cause, or other money that enables people to continue doing what matters. The new Venmo Button is a new way to accept tips, donations, and other optional payments. It’s trivial to embed on a web site, and receiving payments is just as frictionless as you’d expect from Venmo.

VeriFone Posts Fiscal 2Q/14 Net Revenue of $467mm

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] VeriFone Systems secure electronic payment solutions announced for the three months ended April 30, 2014 net revenue of $467 million, up 9% from the year ago figure of $430 million. The second quarter financial results exceeded Verifone guidance. This comes as VeriFone approved restructuring plans in order to support its transformation…