Youth Cards Present Marketing Opportunity

Prepaid cards that carry network brands are gaining in popularity primarily as gift cards. Accordingly, 42% of consumers received a network-branded (or open-loop) gift card, compared to 67% who had received a store-specific card. This, according to Auriemma Consulting Group (ACG), also shows prospect parents liked the idea of their child having a card to use in an emergency (64%) and felt the card offered greater security for their child than carrying cash (59%). However, fewer than 10% use a prepaid travel or payroll card.

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MONEYSUPERMARKET.CO.UK

Moneysupermarket.co.uk shows the number of credit cards offering 0%
interest on purchases for at least 10 months increased by 450% during
the past year. The number of cards offering 0% on balance transfers
for 10 months or more has increased by 20%. With a number of providers
hiking their rates since the start of the year, the average rate is now
at 18.7%. The credit card market is braced for further change in the
coming months, as card providers will be forced under new rules to move
to a positive payment hierarchy from January 2011. The new ruling will
allow card holders to pay off their most expensive debts first, such as
cash advances.

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CO-OP to Complete Phase 2 NCR ATM Development

CO-OP Financial Services is nearing completion on phase two application
software to allow members of shared branching credit unions to conduct
nearly all financial transactions at existing NCR ATMs. Currently
operational is “CO-OP Fast Branch” standalone kiosk currently installed
in more than 100 locations while phase two is slated for availability
4Q10. Phase three, meanwhile, will offer additional features and
installable via software on ATMs of NCR and Diebold sometime in 2011.
The shared branch transaction capabilities on the ATM will provide
credit union members full account access as if they were at their own
credit union office.

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AMEX

American Express announced its Cardmembers will be at the Front Of The Line on June 28th to attend the gala Canadian premiere of one of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. On June 23rd at 10 a.m., American Express gave tickets away to Cardmembers for this exclusive event via ticketmaster.ca/amextwilight, which sold out in one minute. The red carpet premiere will feature guest appearances by cast members Bronson Pelletier*, the Canadian actor who plays Jared of the Wolf Pack, and Kiowa Gordon*, who plays Wolf Pack member Embry Call in the film, a gala screening of the movie, and an after party. This special preview event takes place on June 28th, before the movie opens to the public on June 30th, and will be limited to 200 Cardmembers plus a guest on a first come, first served basis.

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Xoom.com Named Best Money Transfer Company

The Inter-American Dialogue released “A Scorecard in the Market for Money Transfers,” showing remittance service providers are offering a wider variety of services and are expanding into more countries. The study measured 16 indicators to conclude Xoom.com is the best company for sending money transfers to Latin America and the Caribbean, outperforming 38 other leading U.S.-based money transfer companies mostly thanks to its transparency and inexpensiveness. Xoom.com also received the highest score for customer satisfaction. Among the 39 companies in the study, Xoom.com is the only money transfer company that does not require an agent or branch location to send money. Customers use the Internet to enter the monetary amount and beneficiary information, select the country and pay partner, pay for the transaction using a checking account or credit card, and even track the transaction.

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MimoMonitors.com Launches USB POS Touchscreen

MimoMonitors.com has made available its “iMo Monster 10” POS terminal touchscreen monitor, expanding the viewing area from 7 inches to a full 10.1 inches of display. Easily portable for tablet style use or mounting, the “iMo Monster” is 1-inch thick, weighs 1.77 lbs. and features a best-in-class 1024 x 600 resolution – offering sharp graphics and clear images for video, graphics, and a full range of business applications. The 10″ Monster is ideal for POS data input and signature capture for retail industries, among others. Supporting both Windows and Mac OSX operating systems, the ‘Monster’ allows users to de-clutter their primary desktop monitor and offload applications.

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UKASH

Ukash online-cash payments has made available its e-cash vouchers at 200 POS terminals operated by epay. Ukash has signed a deal with epay to allow customers in New Zealand to get Ukash vouchers in convenience stores across the North and South islands. Kiwi consumers can now get Ukash vouchers to shop, pay and play online using cash, as the demand for spending safely on the internet continues to rise. A paper voucher will be issued at point of purchase with a code that is redeemable at any site where Ukash is accepted. Ukash vouchers can be combined, split or converted; a convenient way for consumers to shop online across websites from different countries.

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Radiant Systems Launches Real-time POS Monitor

Radiant Systems announced that it has launched “CounterPoint SmartAlerts,” a powerful new tool within its CounterPoint retail product suite. Helping retailers monitor activities within each of their stores by receiving timely alerts via SMS text and e-mail. SmartAlerts analyzes retail POS transactions, customer information and inventory data to help retailers improve operations, prevent fraud and provide better customer service by offering over 20 key performance indicator alerts. “SmartAlerts” enables retailers to easily monitor their businesses at all times so immediate action can be taken based on alerted activity that could affect their bottom lines.

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AmEx Hosts Gala Screening of Twilight Eclipse

American Express announced its Cardmembers will be at the Front Of The Line on June 28th to attend the gala Canadian premiere of one of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. On June 23rd at 10 a.m., American Express gave tickets away to Cardmembers for this exclusive event via ticketmaster.ca/amextwilight, which sold out in one minute. The red carpet premiere will feature guest appearances by cast members Bronson Pelletier*, the Canadian actor who plays Jared of the Wolf Pack, and Kiowa Gordon*, who plays Wolf Pack member Embry Call in the film, a gala screening of the movie, and an after party. This special preview event takes place on June 28th, before the movie opens to the public on June 30th, and will be limited to 200 Cardmembers plus a guest on a first come, first served basis. The entire event will take place at downtown Toronto’s Historic Winter Garden Theatre.

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MoneyGram Expands into the UAE

MoneyGram International money transfer has partnered with National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) to expand into the UAE market. The strategic agreement will make available international money transfer services via mobile phones available for the first time to the bank’s customers all over the UAE. NBAD is the first MENA bank to allow international remittances via mobile phones to more than 200,000 locations across 190 countries around the globe. This will enable NBAD customers to initiate mobile money transfers virtually any time and any where, without the need to go to a retail location.

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Over 44% of Banks Adjust OD Pricing

An astounding 44% of U.S. banks and credit unions have changed their pricing on overdrafts since last year, with 7.1% getting into overdrafts for the first time and 6.4% having altogether stopped this service. Additionally, 6.5% of banks and credit unions surveyed decreased the price of an NSF or overdraft. These findings, according to a national statistical study by Moebs $ervices of more than 2,000 banks and credit unions, the average price of an NSF is $26.25 and for an overdraft is $27.01. Those increasing their prices are charging $29.31 for an NSF and $30.02 for an overdraft. Banks and credit unions decreasing prices charge $23.29 for an NSF and $24.83 for an overdraft.

BANK CHANGES
Increased Price 20.5%
Decreased Price 6.5%
Increased & Decreased 2.2%
Started an OD Program 7.1%
Stopped OD Program 6.4%
Out of Business 1.6%
Made a Change 44.3%
SOURCE: Moebs $ervices

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