Discover Offers Free FICO® Score to Cardmembers

Discover has fully rollout of free FICO® Scores provided on the monthly statements of millions of Discover cardmembers, following the pilot launch to Discover it cardmembers, which occurred in November 2013. The FICO® Scores are based on data from TransUnion®, a world leader in consumer credit information. Discover is the first major credit card issuer to provide free FICO® Scores directly to its cardmembers on their monthly statements. In addition to providing free FICO® Scores to consumer cardmembers, Discover is providing the two key factors explaining what information from a person’s TransUnion credit report influenced his or her particular FICO® Score. Qualified cardmembers who have Discover More, Discover Open Road, Discover Motiva, Miles by Discover and Escape by Discover cards will receive their free FICO® Scores based on data from TransUnion directly on their monthly statements.

JetPay Enlists Former U.S. Bancorp and MasterCard Exec to Launch Prepaid Outfit

JetPay Card Services added Ralph A. Bianco Executive VP, General Manager to lead the Company’s pre-paid card division that will offer Visa branded reloadable cards plus Visa branded and private label gift cards. The prepaid card division will focus on delivering high value low cost products to consumers. The first products launched by this division, which will be announced later this month, will be aimed at consumers with or without a traditional bank account that need a safe and secure way to shop, save or budget for household expenses. Of particular importance is to create products that will be attractive to consumers that have limited access to financial services and who often spend exorbitant amounts each payday to cash paychecks and pay bills. He holds a degree in electro-mechanical engineering from City College of New York and is a graduate of the Executive Program of the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

TIS Concludes 2013, Sets Treasury Trends

TIS offered cloud-based payment transaction systems that include solutions matched to the current needs in mandate management, bank account management, bank transaction management and bank fee controlling. TIS is the leading cloud platform for management of enterprise-wide payment processes ranging from liquidity control to bank relationship management. The SEPA “Out-of-the-Box” solution from TIS processes all major bank connection protocols, channels (Host-to-Host, SWIFT or EBICS) and formats and automatically converts these to conform to the applicable SEPA guidelines. An integrated Direct Debit mandate management system centrally monitors and controls all global mandate processes. TIS was also able to win over many other well-known medium-sized enterprises as new customers in Germany during 2013 to employ the TIS Cloud Platform to centralise their payment transactions.

Xoom Acquires BlueKite

Xoom Corporation announced it has acquired BlueKite for approximately $15 million in cash and equity. BlueKite has built a robust technology platform for cross-border bill payments and mobile phone top ups. This acquisition will allow Xoom to offer adjacent services to their burgeoning money transfer offerings, with the ability to pay bills for their loved ones, as well as top-up mobile phones.

Bank of America 2013

Purchase volume, per average active account, for Bank of America’s U.S and international consumer credit cards increased 6% year-on-year in the fourth quarter. Charge-offs for U.S. cards fell to its lowest level in eight years. However, for the full-year 2013 BofA’s U.S. consumer credit card portfolio average yield fell 29 basis points to 9.73%. On a quarterly basis the U.S. card yield fell 65 basis points. The international consumer credit card portfolio average yield rose 10 basis points to 11.70% on a full-year basis. Comparing Q4/2013 to Q4/2012, the international card yield also fell 65 basis points. Overall card yield was down sharply from the third quarter. The risk adjusted margin for the U.S. card portfolio rose 114 basis points on a full-year basis to 8.68%.

Heartland Payment Systems Posts 4Q/13 Up 22%

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Heartland Payment announced Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings per share from continuing operations of $20.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. Adjusted Net Income from continuing operations were $17.7 million while GAAP net income was $17.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2013. Adjusted Net Income…

MasterCard Names General Counsel, Chief Franchise Officer

MasterCard appointed Tim Murphy to general counsel and chief franchise officer and will sit on the Executive Committee. Murphy, 46, joined MasterCard’s Law department in 2000 and became senior vice president and associate general counsel in 2003. In 2006, Murphy was named group executive, Customer Business Planning and Analysis, and was president of MasterCard’s U.S. Region from 2007 to 2009. Murphy then became chief product officer, responsible for leading the management, development and commercialization of MasterCard’s core payment solutions. Also, Craig Vosburg will assume the role of chief product officer after holding the role of group executive, U.S. Market Development. Mike Cyr, group executive, U.S. Markets Customer Delivery, will now become responsible for U.S. Market Development; and Jennifer Rademaker, group head, Core Products, Europe, will become group executive, U.S. Markets Customer Delivery, and now joins the company’s Operating Committee.

PAYe unveils pay-in pay-out ATM network

PAYe Network is introducing the PAYe USA Network at the ATMIA U.S. Conference 2014: Reinventing the ATM, Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Studios, Orlando, FL February 11th through the 13th. The ground-breaking patent pending PAYeCASH solution bridges the gap in the digital divide between online and mobile payment channels, and bricks-and-mortar payment systems. Historically ATM and POS network operators have been locked into card based payments acquiring relationships that offer few options for generating additional revenue streams. And emerging new payment methods (NPM) have for the most part evolved as alternative payment closed-loop systems with little or no interoperability with traditional legacy payment channels. PAYe Network provides ATM and POS network operators with a universal Omni-channel payments solution that is simple, safe, and convenient and provides ATM and POS network operators with a complete compliance program.

Pay.on and Kount Forge Partner Corporation

Pay.on web-based payment infrastructure systems and Kount SaaS provider of innovative fraud and chargeback prevention solutions agreed on a strategic cooperation. PAY.ON is also integrating the services of the Kount Complete platform and fraud control technology Kount SMB into its infrastructure platforms, thus making solutions from Kount available to all clients around the world – from PSPs and ISOs to acquirers and other financial institutions. At the same time, PAY.ON and Kount are combining their global distribution network to promote the mutual expansion of their client base. Kount offers its customers highly efficient solutions to tackle both sources of loss. In this context, PAY.ON is taking strategic action to further expand its existing fraud management system.

Thales Showcasing Crypographic Solutions

Thales will be showcasing its high assurance cryptographic solutions for protecting big data, public key infrastructures (PKIs), cloud and mobile payments at this year’s RSA Conference, San Francisco, February 24 – 28, 2014. As organizations increasingly rely on cryptography as part of their data protection strategy and to protect their critical systems, the trustworthiness of these crypto systems becomes paramount. This is particularly relevant in light of recent concerns over back doors, poorly implemented crypto systems, out of date algorithms, weak key management systems and the increasing burdens arising from privacy mandates. Thales can help organizations re-assess and re-evaluate their crypto security and key management infrastructure and deliver solutions that ensure their integrity and trustworthiness.

SD Association and NFC Forum Sign Agreement

The SD Association (SDA), a global ecosystem of companies setting industry-leading memory card standards, and the NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today announced a formal Memorandum of Understanding that will enable the two organizations to jointly educate the market and help build the ecosystem for NFC among users of smartSD memory cards. The SDA will work with NFC Forum Special Interest Groups to educate and promote adoption of NFC in conjunction with smartSD memory cards to target vertical markets including consumer electronics, mobile payment, retail, transport and health care. Some of the joint activities under consideration include workshops for target vertical markets, white papers, case studies, consumer research, webcasts, and hosted events or trade shows that demonstrate the business and consumer benefits of using NFC and smartSD memory cards together.

U.S. BANK CREDIT CARD CHARGE-OFFS 2013

Credit quality continues to improve quarter-to quarter and year-to-year and it appears the bank credit card charge-off plague is quickly subsiding. Tighter underwriting, manageable credit limits, departure of bad credits, not to mention the improving economy, have all contributed to taking charge-offs to historic lows for most U.S. issuers. Charge-offs among the nation’s largest bank credit card issuers fell, on average, by 62 basis points in 2013, to 3.25% at year’s end. After peaking at 10.79% in Q2/2010, charge-offs have returned to levels not seen since 2006 in the U.S.. Discounting the seasonal first quarter contraction in average credit card loans, charge-offs have declined for 14 consecutive quarters.