MoneyGram Launches mRemittance Solution

MoneyGram global money transfer announced users of iPhone, Android or Windows 8 mobile devices in the U.S. can now use moneygram.com to send money, find MoneyGram locations, estimate money transfer fees and view recent account activity. This allows the company to tap the $50 billion cross-border U.S. remittance market. MoneyGram offers money transfer services worldwide through a global network of more than 310,000 agent locations in 197 countries.

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Fiserv Inks Expanded Partnership Agreement

Fiserv financial services technology solutions announced that United Community Banks has extended and expanded its partnership, and will continue to operate on the Premier bank platform. In addition to new deployments of card services solutions from Fiserv, United Community Banks will implement a host of additional Fiserv solutions, selected for its innovation, integration and scalability. United currently utilizes “Business Process Manager” for new account and process management, “CheckFree RXP” for bill payment, “Popmoney” for person-to-person payments and “Merchant Source Capture” for remote check deposits, along with several other Fiserv solutions.

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FIS Launches P2P Payments Solution

FIS’ “People Pay” solution, offering real-time P2P payments through its own “PayNet” real-time payments network, is now available through a single platform provided by their financial institution. It allows banks to offer a trusted payment services to their customers and drive increased P2P adoption. Beyond traditional P2P models, the next horizon for today’s digitally demanding, fast-moving consumer is paying any person, company or institution in real time – quickly, easily and securely. Users can now send payments directly to a recipient’s e-mail address or mobile phone number while utilizing the institution’s secure online banking Web site. The standalone P2P solution will also be integrated with FIS channel products and core solutions.

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Virtual Piggy Partners for Expansion

Virtual Piggy youth payments partnered to provide its youth-friendly payment system to Digital Stores. Allowing parents to set up a monthly allowance for their children, Virtual Piggy promotes financial management while empowering youth under 21 to make purchasing, saving and other money management decisions for themselves, within the boundaries setup by parents. Digital Stores provides eCommerce services for EMI and Universal Music Group and are direct-to-fan ecommerce site for artists, labels and brands.

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CARD FEE INCOME, AS A % OF TOTAL INCOME – STILL RISING

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] In their series of weekly year-end industry trend reports R.K. Hammer discusses in their latest report how fee income continues to climb higher in terms of top line revenue contribution. For decades, interest income on prime/super prime cards had always contributed the largest portion of the card industry’s revenue streams; just…

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Nedbank Launches New mPOS Solution

Nedbank launched its “PocketPOS” EMV certified mobile POS solution, allowing businesses to process payment card transactions on a smartphone connected to a secure card reader. It is suitable for any business that wishes to accept card payments securely without access to a fixed data or telephone line or where low frequency of card acceptance does not warrant the higher rental cost of a traditional POS device. PocketPOS is designed to operate where EMV ‘CHIP & PIN’ technology has been mandated, and uses a certified secure card reader and advanced encryption to capture and protect the card data and PIN. The “PocketPOS” solution is available as a small device with a secure PIN pad that requires the merchant to capture an email address into the smartphone application or as an alternative device with the ability to print out a physical receipt, much like in the case of a traditional POS.

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GE Capital Partners Penske Automotive on Consumer Financing

GE Capital Retail Bank and Penske Automotive retailer partnered to provide a private label consumer credit card program to customers of Penske Automotive Group dealerships. GE Capital Retail Bank provides financial solutions to retailers to help grow their customer sales and will service the account and manage the credit card program. Qualifying Penske CarCareONE cardholders* can take advantage of promotional financing offers such as six-month deferred interest financing on purchases of $299 or more and 12-month deferred interest financing on purchases of $750 or more.

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RushCard Intros to Underbanked Paperless Tax Refund

The Prepaid Visa RushCard now offers consumers a convenient direct deposit alternative for receiving their income tax refund. With direct deposit to a RushCard, tax filers can now receive their refunds faster, safer, and more conveniently this tax season. The company is also set to participate in the Visa Prepaid 2013 Tax Sweepstakes for Refund Load, where those who enter the sweepstakes or load their refunds onto eligible Visa Prepaid cards are automatically entered to win free family groceries for a year. RushCard users agree that setting up a tax refund directly to their card is easy and effective. Before getting a RushCard, more than a third received their check through the mail (36%) but now, nearly all (90%) of RushCard users who chose direct deposit to receive their tax refund last year plan to do it again this year.

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Jack Henry Adds RDC to mBanking App

Jack Henry & Associates payment processing services announced its app-based iPhone and Android versions of the “goDough” m-banking has added remote deposit capabilities provided by its Remote Deposit Anywhere (RDA) solution. The “goDough” solution offers WAP, SMS, or app-based mobile banking through 610 banks and credit unions have selected. It is currently supporting 99 mobile service carriers. It supports traditional in-branch and online transactions such as balance inquiries, funds transfers between accounts, and transaction viewing; and accommodates all account types, including checking, certificates-of-deposit, money markets, loans, and lines-of-credit. Checks are photographed using smartphone and tablet cameras or scanned using flatbed scanners, converted into electronic transactions, and processed through the ACH or Check 21 image exchange networks.

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Paylevel Deploys Visa Chip Rules on its mPOS

payleven mobile payments unveiled the first pan-European Chip & PIN Mobile Point of Sale (mPOS) solution for smartphones and tablets and confirmed its device is fully enabled to accept Visa credit and debit cards. payleven is the first full Payment Service Provider (PSP) with a Chip & PIN solution and has invested significant time and energy to bring to market a solution which is low-cost, convenient, mobile and secure. Its new device is able to process both Chip and magstripe transactions and also supports PIN. It provides full end-to-end encryption of transaction data, is fully EMV-certified and is Europe’s first mPOS card reader from a full PSP to be certified to the highest PCI level – PCI PTS 3.1.

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Skrill Completes Acquisition of paysafecard

The closing of the acquisition by Skrill of paysafecard.com Wertkarten prepaid payments business. As the European market leader in prepaid online payment, the acquisition of paysafecard represents a hugely significant step forward for Skrill, expanding its position as one of the world’s largest digital wallet providers. paysafecard’s products allow payments without a credit card or bank account at more than 4,000 online stores and more than 450,000 sales outlets in 33 countries across Europe, North America and South America. In 2012, it processed more than 55 million transactions.

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