DCI Promotes a Sales Executive

KS-based bank technology provider DCI has promoted regional sales manager Matthew Court to VP, Sales. As vice president, Court is responsible for the strategic management of a nationwide sales team to handle the sales growth of iCore, the company’s bank processing and management solution. Court joined the company in May 2006 as regional sales manager for Southern California, Utah, Nevada and Texas from Experion Systems, where he served as director of Sales, Western United States. DCI is a provider of full-service bank technology and processing solutions to the financial industry.

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PRIVATBANK & HYPERCOM

PrivatBank has purchased 11,000 Optimum T2100 and M2100 card payment
terminals from the Hypercom Corporation. PrivatBank chose the Optimum
Terminals based on the extensive technical support provided by Servus
Systems
Integration (SSI), Hypercom’s distributor. PrivatBank’s servicing network
consists of 2,475 branches throughout Ukraine, has nearly 12 million
personal
accounts and has 12.5 million issued cards. Hypercom solutions furnish
businesses in more than 100 countries with payment products and services.

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CrossCheck on eProcessing Network Gateway

CrossCheck, Inc., the nation’s third largest check approval and guarantee service provider, announced that their check guarantee service is now compatible with eProcessing Network’s Payment Gateway. The “ePNPlugIn Financial Software Payments Module for QuickBooks” allows merchants to consolidate their Internet, Mobile and POS transactions using QuickBooks. Merchants can now utilize their current relationship with CrossCheck and approve their check transactions directly within QuickBooks. CrossCheck partners include the nation’s top bank card acquirers which process over 49 percent of the nation’s bankcard volume.

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Chase ATMs Dominate Houston & Dallas

Chase and Cardtronics expanded their multiyear branding agreement adding more Chase ATMs in Texas. Chase will add its logo on 423 ATMs located in Walgreens drugstores across Texas. Chase has begun the installations and will complete the effort by the end of this year. When all installations are completed, Chase will have the most ATMs in Houston and Dallas. The additional ATMs expand Chase’s statewide ATM network to 1,263 machines. Chase already had 840 ATMs across the state, including 53 cash machines inside Walgreens stores in Dallas and Austin. The new agreement will increase Chase’s Walgreens locations to 476 stores across Texas. The additional ATMs will expand Chase’s long-standing relationship with Walgreens to more than 1,800 ATMs nationwide.

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QUALYS & ASIAPAY

Qualys and AsiaPay have signed agreements for the distribution of Qualys
PCI DSS network data security requirements and compliance
management solutions. AsiaPay will deploy the solution with its suite of
secure, scalable, function-rich, real-time multi-currency, multi-channel
and
multi-lingual payment processing technologies on credit and debit cards for
financial institutions and retailers. AsiaPay will also offers fraud
detection
and 3D-Secure technology for a comprehensive payment service. In
addition to distributing “QualysGuard”, AsiaPay will also utilize the
solution
to deliver PCI certification and PCI-related services to its own clients.
QualysGuard security is a widely used on-demand security solution
that performs over 150 million IP audits per year.

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FDC’s STARsf Adds Allpoint ATM Access

First Data’s “STAR Network” surcharge-free service has hooked-up with the nation’s largest surcharge-free ATM network. “STARsf” will now offer its financial institutions access to more than 32,000 surcharge-free ATMs through Cardtronic’s “Allpoint Network.” Cardholders of any “STAR” member enrolled in the “STARsf” service receive unlimited surcharge-free access at participating ATMs. First Data has about 5,400 financial institutions on the “STAR Network” for PIN debit card processing, fraud prevention services and ATM terminal driving and monitoring. There are approximately 154 million cards carrying the “STAR” logo. The “STAR Network” provides cardholders access to 315,000 ATMs and 1.7 million retail locations.

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HALIFAX BANK CREDIT CARD

The Halifax Bank of Scotland(HBOS) has introduced a student
credit card designed to help younger consumers manage finances.
The card offers students a 17.9% APR, up to 59 days interest free
if there is no balance carry-over, no annual fees, fraud protection,
“Student Current Account” featuring up to GBP2,750 interest free
overdraft until 1 year after graduation and a choice in designs.
Included with the card offer are discounts including a 5GBP at
firebox.com, 10% off at HP Stores and 25% off Lonely Planet
Guides.

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BORDERLESS BANKING

Lloyds TSB Offshore Limited is making it easier for U.S. customers to
open bank accounts in the U.K. with its “borderless banking service.”
The service is designed to eliminate delays for U.S. students, travelers
and
retirees in the U.K. while providing an account offering USD, euro and
sterling currency. This is in response to recent research showing that it
typically takes 3 months for an American to open a British checking account
citing identity verification. Furthermore, transferring cash to Europe
from the
U.S. can cost $40 per transaction and it can often take six weeks to clear a
check issued in Europe with an American bank. To avoid these
inconveniences,
the “borderless banking service” establishes the relationship with U.S.
Citizens
prior to their European arrival, making identity verification much
easier and
allowing for access to the same banking services available at their
domestic
financial institution. In addition, Lloyds is offering new International
Account
customers 3 months fee-free banking.

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CB Economic Indicator Points North

The Conference Board reports that the Composite Index of Leading Economic Indicators rose 0.4 percent in July, following a 0.3 percent decline in June, and a 0.2 percent rise in May. Six of the ten indicators that make up the leading index increased in July. The positive contributors were index of consumer expectations, vendor performance, average weekly initial claims for unemployment insurance (inverted), real money supply, stock prices, and manufacturers’ new orders for consumer goods and materials. The negative contributors were building permits, manufacturers’ new orders for non-defense capital goods, and interest rate spread. The average weekly manufacturing hours held steady in July. The lagging index stands at 128.9 (1996=100) in July, with three of the seven components advancing. The positive contributors to the index were commercial and industrial loans outstanding, ratio of manufacturing and trade inventories to sales, and ratio of consumer installment credit to personal income. Based on revised data, the lagging index increased 0.5 percent in June and increased 0.3 percent in May.

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Target’s Credit Card Profits Soar 34%

Target reported that its pre-tax credit card profits for the quarter ending August 4th increased 34% over the year-ago quarter. Credit card outstandings for the quarter increased 14% year-on-year, approaching $7.0 billion. Target’s second calendar quarter pre-tax credit card profits were $163 million, compared to $143 million in the prior quarter and $122 million one-year ago. Target reported that its total credit card receivables, which include its VISA and “Guest” cards, were $6.906 billion as of August 4th, compared to $6.510 billion for 1Q/07 and $6.041 billion one-year ago. Delinquency (60 days+) for 2Q/07 increased to 3.5%, compared to 3.4% one-year ago. Charge-offs, as a percentage of period-end receivables, declined to 7.4% for 2Q/07 compared to 7.7% in the prior quarter and 8.3% one-year ago. Target’s credit card unit had net revenues of $348 million in 2Q/07, a 18% increase over 2Q/06. For complete details on Target’s latest performance, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

TARGET CARD LOAN HISTORICAL
2Q/06: $6.041 billion
3Q/06: $6.148 billion
4Q/06: $6.711 billion
1Q/07: $6.510 billion
2Q/07: $6.906 billion
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)

[1]: http://www.carddata.com

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