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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NRF Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Review Swipe Fee Ruling

The National Retail Federation told the U.S. Supreme Court that the debate over debit card swipe fees is “of staggering importance” and asked the justices to review a ruling that left the Federal Reserve’s cap on the billions of transactions conducted each year at 21 cents rather than reducing it to a lower level. A petition asking the Supreme Court to consider the case was filed today by NRF, the National Association of Convenience Stores, the Food Marketing Institute, the National Restaurant Association, NRF member Boscov’s Department Store, and NACS member Miller Oil Co., all of whom were plaintiffs in the original lawsuit. While lower than the average of 45 cents before the cap was set, NRF argued that the 21-cent figure included costs that went beyond those allowed under the legislation and filed suit against the Fed in U.S. District Court in 2011 along with other retail groups. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned Leon’s ruling, citing “ambiguity” in the 2010 law and saying the Fed based the cap on a “reasonable interpretation” of the measure.

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