Outlooks 2016

Next year will be full of complex challenges for pay-now product experts, as the last decade has been. Indicators suggest that less effort will be wasted on legal entanglements and arbitrary requirements and more thought and effort will be focused on improving the user experience, improving payment security, and solving real payments problems.

CFPB Tear

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been on a recent tear: hitting a small-dollar lender for illegal debt collection practices; warning colleges to improve disclosure of school-sponsored credit card agreements; and an upcoming proposal to regulate payday-type loans with more severity.

SCA & PSD2

As the European Banking Authority (EBA) develops its Regulatory Technical Standards, and as the EU Member States consider the detail of PSD2, any regulation governing online payments should enable and encourage the e-commerce sector to balance the twin considerations of risk and convenience (otherwise growth would be stifled and costs would increase).

Equens + Worldline

Worldline and Equens are getting married. Equens is a prominent European payment services provider, headquartered in Utrecht, Netherlands, with €305 million 2015 revenue. Equens Worldline Company will become the largest pan-European financial processor, targeting 2016 revenue of € 700 million and OMDA of € 120 million, managing approximatively 100 million payment cards and employing 3,000 experts in payment.