V/M Q1 U.S. CHARGE-OFFS

Among the nation’s top four Visa and MasterCard (V/M) issuers, bank credit card charge-offs are down 48 basis points year-on-year (Y/Y), but up nine basis points quarter-to-quarter (Q/Q). All credit card metrics are seasonally skewed in the first quarter as well as the fourth quarter by a higher denominator in Q4 and a lower denominator in Q1. Nevertheless, bank credit card charge-offs have been marching south throughout 2013.

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PayPal Revenue, User Base Witness Exponential Gains

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] PayPal net total payment volume (TPV) grew 27% with Merchant Services volume up 32% and on-eBay volume up 15%. Revenue grew to $1.8 billion. PayPal gained 5.8 million new active registered accounts to end the quarter at 148 million, up 16%. Global on-eBay penetration increased to 78.9%. PayPal continued to invest…

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Former Swift CEO Joins Payoneer Board

Payoneer, a leading online payments company transforming the way technology companies and SMEs globally send and receive cross-border payments, announced today that Lázaro Campos, the former CEO of SWIFT, has joined its Advisory Board. Campos spent 25 years with SWIFT, including five as CEO. Under his leadership the company nearly doubled volume while maintaining a high standard of operational performance. He will work with Payoneer management as it accelerates development of new products and services in support of its growing global customer base. Mr. Campos is joining Payoneer at a critical time: Payoneer recently completed a Series D financing round of $25 million, and was selected by Google as a payment partner for Google Trusted Stores.

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Real-Time ACH a Reality Within 2 Years

Market experts believe real-time ACH payments will become a reality in the U.S. within the next two years, based on a survey of 120 financial industry professionals. Momentum for faster payments has been accelerating with government call to action for the U.S. to adopt a real-time payment system within 10 years. The results of ACI’s latest survey highlight that the majority of industry professional respondents believe this vision can and will be achieved in far less time. ACI’s survey found 27% of respondents have not made a payment through their mobile device, somewhat surprising given that those surveyed are the same professionals pushing forward the ‘mobile revolution.’ Findings also show 70% believe real-time ACH payments will become a reality within the next one to two years and 92 percent within the next five years, 86% believe real-time ACH will add “significant” value to businesses and corporate bank clients and 34% rated social media’s importance to financial institutions as neutral to not important.

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Citi and Expedia Extend Credit Card Relationship

Citi and Expedia extended their partnership in a multi-year agreement. Through the new agreement, Citi and Expedia Inc., through the Expedia.com brand, will continue working together to provide more value to travelers and cardmembers. Since 2007, Citi and Expedia have worked together to provide the Citi Premier Pass® / Expedia® card, which has helped hundreds of thousands of travelers connect with the people and places that matter most to them.

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PayCargo Announces Next Day Remittance Settlement

PayCargo electronic invoicing and settlement solutions for the ocean shipping industry, and until recently part of a major financial electronic commerce and payment processing firm announced an instant online freight payment and settlement system. PayCargo has enormous flexibility to make decisions on matters such as contract terms, pricing, and geographic reach. As part of the new strategy, PayCargo is expanding into other transportation segments such as Air Cargo, Trucking, Rail, and Warehousing. PayCargo has provided the ocean shipping industry a business-to-business payments solution with tools that create efficiencies by automating the payments process. PayCargo offers multiple financing options, dispute resolution, systems integration, email alerting, and reporting capabilities.

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Cardlytics to Present at Bank Director Growth Conference

Cardlytics will present at the Bank Director Growth Conference in May to demonstrate its Card-Linked Marketing platform. Cardlytics is one of only five companies that the Bank Director Growth Conference selected to present their latest innovations. Each company will have eight minutes on stage to give the audience an inside glimpse into their latest technologies. Cardlytics will highlight an upcoming technology, preliminarily named, ‘Cardlytics SmartPush’. The new feature allows consumers to map offers close to their current location. More than basic geo-location, ‘Cardlytics SmartPush’ will map offers that are relevant to their purchase behavior, not just offers in their immediate geography whether they are at home or traveling.

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Spindle unveils cloud-based POS and retail management platform

Spindle announced the availability of Yowza!! POS cloud-based, comprehensive POS and retail management platform.The new solution is a component of Yowza!! Merchant, a suite of tools that allow merchants to conduct and manage a full range of business functions, including inventory management, order processing, workforce management, payment functionalities, marketing and other core business operations from an iOS and Android device. Yowza!! POS serves as a cloud-based central management console for small, medium, and larger merchants, giving them instant visibility into a number of mission-critical operations, including inventory across multiple locations, scheduling, and accounting functions. Yowza!! POS is latest offering from Spindle’s line of advanced mobile commerce solutions, which includes mobile marketing solutions for merchants and consumers, as well as advanced and secure mobile payment processing capabilities.

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CARTES America 2014 to Address Payment, Security and Identification

The keynote speakers at CARTES America 2014 will share their deep industry experience and vision for online, mobile and contactless payment, and digital security and authentication solutions at the upcoming conference and exhibition, May 13-15 in Las Vegas, Nev. The five keynote presenters are Patrick Gauthier, head of emerging payments at PayPal; Ben Milne, CEO and founder of Dwolla; Dominique Piotet, CEO of Rebellion Lab; Steven Singer, CEO of ABnote; and Patty Walters, senior vice president of merchant products at Vantiv. The three-day conference is organized into a series of session tracks, with a roster of more than 80 speakers and more than 50 educational programs and presentations, addressing the key issues and market opportunities across the mobile payment, identification and biometrics, mobile security, near field communications (NFC) and Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) deployment markets. CARTES America 2014 attendees can choose from a one or three day full conference pass or a one or three day event pass.

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Square launches Pickup, Register Offline, and Inventory Tracking

Square announced three new ways for sellers to drive more customers to their business and simplify their operations. Square Register is a powerful service offering sellers of all sizes and kinds easy, yet sophisticated technology for creating the best customer experiences and running their business.Research shows that food and beverage is the second most popular category among purchases made on smartphones. And studies show that more people are preferring to use their smartphones to pay for their purchases. Square is helping local business owners match these trends and connect with customers.The new pickup feature on Square Market integrates perfectly with Square Register so sellers can fulfill customer orders in-person and online. Now sellers can run their rush hours efficiently and provide a better customer experience. The pickup feature is available to all sellers at a competitive 8% processing fee per order with an introductory offer at 2.75% through July 1, 2014. Consistent with all of Square’s tools, access and setup are free, and sellers receive payment the next business day.

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oti Expands Mass-Transit Ticket Machines for Pre-Paid Phone Card Refill

On Track Innovations NFC and cashless payment solutions, has expanded the capabilities of the 84 transit ticket vending machines operated by its electronic ticket systems subsidiary, ASEC S.A. Integrated oti NFC contactless card readers now allow travelers and commuters to easily use any NFC-enabled credit/debit card or mobile device to recharge their pre-paid phone cards issued by Mobile Network Operators (MNO) in Poland. Currently supported pre-paid cards include those issued by T-Mobile, Heyah, Play, Plus, Orange, NJU Mobile and Lycamobile. The machines accept traditional credit/debit card and cash payments and will also support oti’s new WAVE device that makes any mobile device NFC-capable. The ASEC automated ticketing network has enabled more than 62 million trips on the Mazovia Railway. Revenues generated from this new capability for refilling pre-paid phone cards are included in the estimated $4.7 million transaction fees revenues for the Mazovia Railway System over five years as was announced by oti in April 2013.

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Monitise Appoints Non-Executive Director

Monitise announced Tom Houghton has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director. Visa Europe’s new nominated director to the Board of Monitise, Tom heads the Core Payments division of the business. He joined Visa in 2011 as its Head of Processing, which accounts for 35% percent of the business’ overall revenue. Tom has spent a lifetime working in the payments industry, starting out in the retail sector. He worked for a major US merchant retailer running development and deployment for in-store point-of-sale systems, merchandising, inventory, and distribution applications. He then moved to electronic payments group ACI Worldwide, where he spent 21 years in a variety of roles in both North America and Europe, leading product management, product development, customer support, sales and services divisions.

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