[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Capital One’s 30-day delinquency rate for U.S. credit cards was up to 3.37% in August from 3.09% in July, according to the SEC. This compares to its international business counterpart, indicating a rate down marginally from 4.77% to 4.78%. The US figures are up significantly on delinquencies for all U.S. credit…
All cardholders with MasterCard “rePower”-enabled prepaid cards can now reload their cards at more than 45,000 Western Union Agent locations. With this, MasterCard now has the largest open reload network in the U.S. with over 100,000 locations while its “rePower” network is open to any MasterCard issuer of reloadable prepaid card programs. The partnership made MasterCard the preferred brand for Western Union-sponsored prepaid programs around the world and Western Union the preferred money-transfer provider for MasterCard.
MoneyGram and Gemalto digital security partnered to launch MoneyGram services on Gemalto’s “LinqUs Mobile Money” solution. With this, MoneyGram’s money transfer platform will be integrated with Gemalto’s LinqUs mobile payment platform solution, allowing customers to send international transfers from a mobile phone to one of MoneyGram’s 284,000 locations worldwide or receive transfers directly to their mobile wallet. Gemalto Mobile Financial Services clients, including banks and mobile operators, will be able to connect directly to MoneyGram’s global network and offer convenient and secure mobile remittance services.
Dynamics next-generation payment cards won Best of Show at FinovateFall 2012 with its Triple Interface next-generation payment device, based upon a vote of more than 1,100 financial executives attending the show. Dynamics’ Triple Interface™ product is the first payment device to centrally tie together all three primary payment technologies on a single piece of plastic and in a re-writeable format. For magnetic stripe readers, a card-programmable magnetic stripe – Dynamics’ proprietary Electronic Stripe™ – is included, which can re-write any bit of the magnetic stripe at any time. For EMV contact readers, a card-programmable chip – Dynamics’ proprietary Chip and Choice™ product – is included, which can re-write a contact chip profile at any time. For EMV contactless readers, a card-programmable contactless chip – Dynamics’ proprietary Chip and Choice™ contactless product – is included, which can re-write a contactless chip profile at any time.
Panini global payments solution launched several major initiatives to accelerate growth and leverage its market position as the world’s leading provider of check truncation solutions. The company has experienced exponential growth and plans to extend this trajectory via a coordinated set of strategic activities. Panini has launched a new Product Business Unit to be led by Marisa Campagnoli, an experienced technology and solutions professional who held successful roles at Hewlett Packard and has a track record of achievement during her four years at Panini. The Product BU will help accelerate Panini’s transformation from hardware manufacturer to solutions provider by facilitating market sensing and solution commercialization activities in close collaboration with Sales, Marketing, and R&D. Marisa will report directly to Panini’s CEO, Nicola Aliperti.
American Express has unveiled a series of partnerships designed to create seamless and engaging shopping experiences for consumers that turn unique, curated content into commerce. Timed to the launch of the fall fashion season, American Express is enabling digitally minded shoppers to Fancy, Like and Sticker to find inspiration, connect to fashion and, exclusively for American Express Cardmembers, receive benefits, offers and experiences. In partnership with The Fancy, American Express has created a first-of-its kind brand channel curated by tastemakers and fashion industry insiders that will feature an offer exclusively for American Express Cardmembers. Cardmembers who sync their eligible American Express Card at Sync.AmericanExpress.com could get $20 back on their next purchase of $100 or more on The Fancy.
MasterCard & Citibank launched the PremierMiles and Rewards cards. The PremierMiles USD card for affluent frequent travelers, will be exclusive to MasterCard. Citibank is the first bank to be granted a stand-alone issuing license in China, and last month became the first global bank to issue credit cards in the country in this manner, marking a breakthrough for Citibank. Other foreign banks will need to apply and be approved by the Chinese regulatory authorities if they want to issue credit cards in China on a stand-alone basis. Rewards Card is targeted to the mass affluent and emerging affluent segment of value seekers who are looking for the best deals and maximizing returns from everyday spending.
Euronet Worldwide added Spain and Italy to its portfolio of Independent ATM Deployed (IAD) networks, its first IAD network deployments completed without a sponsor bank and expands Euronet’s position as the fastest growing and most geographically diverse Independent ATM Deployer in Europe. This also marks Euronet’s first EFT presence in these countries which were made possible by the European Payment Service Directive (PSD) e-money license granted to Euronet in 2011. The combination of the PSD license, together with approval for direct membership with Visa and MasterCard, allow Euronet to acquire ATM debit and credit card transactions without the requirement of a sponsor bank. Market entry into Spain and Italy brings Euronet’s IAD presence 10 European countries, including: Spain, Italy, Romania, Greece, Croatia, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Bulgaria.
Q2ebanking electronic banking solutions for banks and credit unions throughout the U.S. naked Mark E. Johnson chief financial officer. Responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s finance, human resources, legal and compliance departments, Johnson will provide leadership and guidance to Q2ebanking’s parent holding company, CBG Holdings Inc. Johnson was the CFO for SumTotal Systems, a Strategic Human Capital Management (HCM) software company providing cloud-based solutions to manage the full employee lifecycle. He was also vice president and business unit CFO at BMC Software, a leader in Business Service Management solutions, where he was accountable for all financial aspects of an $800 million business unit, providing leadership as it achieved its short- and long-term financial objectives.
Inside Secure and TazTag launched the “TazPad V2” seven-inch Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich, or ICS) tablet computer. Available now from TazTag, the “TazPad” tablet combines the EMVCo-certified secure near field communication (NFC) capabilities provided by the INSIDE Secure SecuRead(R) NFC module and Open NFC(TM) protocol stack with biometric authentication capabilities and an extensive array of wireless connectivity technologies to enable solution providers to efficiently support a variety of commercial, professional and consumer mobile applications. The TazPad uses the EMVCo-certified secure element of the SecuRead module to securely store fingerprint images, which can then be compared to those gathered through the built-in fingerprint scanner for authentication purposes.
MasterCard launched its “Mobile MasterCard PayPass User Interface Software Development Kit” (UI SDK) for Android and BlackBerry OS 7 mobile OS. This helps issuers, mobile network operators and third party developers rapidly build innovative new mobile applications that give consumers the speed and convenience of PayPass Tap-and-Go contactless payments – directly from their smartphone. MasterCard is providing a programmer-friendly set of functions that make it easy for application developers to rapidly deliver payment apps to consumers – without having to become smart card programming experts.
Silicon Valley Bank released SVB “PayAbility” online and mobile payments service. Co-developed with MineralTree, SVB PayAbility integrates easily with accounting systems like QuickBooks and allows businesses to save time, streamline processes and enhance the security of their payments function. SVB “PayAbility” addresses a gap in payments services available for small and medium-sized businesses and streamlines communication and offers multiple payment options, such as ACH and checks, and innovative documentation management capabilities.