Wallaby Financial Announces Credit Card Database

Wallaby Financial credit card optimization solutions made available its CardBase and The Card Guide. CardBase leverages Wallaby’s industry-leading independent database of more than 2,000 U.S. credit cards to help consumers make informed choices. Covering more than 450 banks and hundreds of distinct rewards programs, CardBase is the most comprehensive credit card database in the US. Separate web pages containing information on each of these cards will be available to consumers at walla.by. The Card Guide offers consumers a similarly unique set of resources to make better use of credit cards. The guide provides practical and fast-paced advice on topic areas like credit scores, making sensible choices when finding and using credit cards, types of card programs, loyalty and reward programs.

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Westpac NZ Deploys IBM Cloud

IBM announced Westpac New Zealand has selected IBM’s private cloud technology to support its goal to be New Zealand’s leading digitalbank. The new five year agreement is part of an extensive services and technology contract which includes Westpac migrating some of itsbusiness critical IT systems into IBM’s state-of-the-art Auckland datacentre, enabling enhanced customer service. The agreement supports Westpac as it embarks on a significant transformation from a traditional bank to one that uses cloud computing enabling it to address key market trends such as social and mobile adoption to influence the way consumers prefer to bank today. Westpac is also one of IBM’s long-term strategic outsourcing clients.By adopting IBM private cloud capabilities to develop and test tools within a dedicated environment, Westpac will be able to deploy new online and mobile banking services faster and across multiple devices and platforms in response to customer demand. As customers’ digital footprints expand and the bank’s security demands change, IBM is helping Westpac respond with enhanced online security features, such as the ability to manage identity and access through a single user ID.

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GECU Deploys NCR for Digital, Physical Banking

GECU is bringing convenient, intuitive, and easy-to-use services across both its digital and physical channels through the innovative technology of NCR. GECU credit union provides its members with online and mobile digital banking services from Digital Insight, an NCR company, while also installing NCR Interactive Teller in new neighborhood branches. GECU has agreed to renew Digital Insight’s suite of SaaS solutions including Online Banking, iOS and Android mobile and tablet banking, Remote Deposit Capture, FinanceWorks and Purchase Rewards.Financial institutions are continuing to adopt mobile services as mobile banking becomes more popular. According to a Digital Insight study1, mobile consumers access their financial information 66 percent more frequently than online, non-mobile consumers. Additionally, consumers using online, mobile and tablet log in approximately 30 times a month compared to consumers who only use online banking and log in less than 10 times a month.2

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Payza Launches Bitcoin in 190 New Markets

Payza payment platform and services for ecommerce has taken the lead in the international Bitcoin market. The company is offering members the opportunity to withdraw funds from their Payza eWallets directly into their Bitcoin wallet. The Bitcoin payments are based on the exchange rate of both U.S. currency and Bitcoin value at the time of transfer. Payza consumer exchange rates will be locked in at the moment of the transaction. All transactions, no matter which of the 21 currencies Payza currently handles, will be completed using the U.S. dollar currency rate at the time of the transaction.

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Prepaid Card Mall Volumes Gaining

New research examines the size and diversity of prepaid loads through card malls hosted in third-party retailers’ locations. The convenience and variety of cards offer consumers a way to buy gifts, access financial services, and obtain cell phone service. The total dollars loaded through card malls grew at a pace of 19% in 2013. This growth indicates the importance of the channel to shoppers and shows why prepaid providers should consider card malls as part of their overall prepaid distribution strategy. The report estimates of the market size in the United States for prepaid loads made through card malls hosted by other retailers and the diversity of cards and services prepaid card malls despite common perception as gift card malls. Prepaid card mailings include offerings from American Express, the Blackhawk Network, Discover, epay, Euronet WorldWide, Green Dot, InComm, MasterCard and Visa.

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LendProtect Partners Engaged on Installment Lending

LendProtect and Engaged partnered on short-term and installment lending for the underbanked consumer. LendProtect is the leading provider of real-time underbanked consumer data and risk scoring solutions and Engaged CRM is a secure loan sourcing platform built specifically for the financial sector. LendProtect has offered specialised credit risk data in the UK longer than any other company in the industry. The company provides real-time data regarding loan performance, payments, consumer stability and employment, which is not available from the mainstream credit reporting agencies. The data is analysed in order to provide instant lending decisions using a proprietary comprehensive scoring platform. LendProtect also provides instant, secure access to a prospect’s electronic banking statement which is instrumental in providing a more accurate affordability assessment. Consumers also benefit by receiving access to additional borrowing options.

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