Ferguson's book is also available available in the Payments News Bookstore on Amazon.com: The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World.
Klik and Transactis are partnering to provide an integrated payment processing portal "enabling billers, major banks and other financial services companies to efficiently process high volume, highly complex transactions. Klik will offer Transactis' BillerExpress™ suite of EBPP solutions, including BillMail ("push" email billing), under its KliknPay brand offering."
To give you a brief update on Blackhawk, the value of total card sales—this is what we offer in terms of face value of the card—increased 24% for quarter two and that leaves us at 25% for the first half of this year.
The sales of closed loop partner cards are an interesting one to follow because essentially those cards represent the gift cards of a lot of retailers who are going through the same kind of economic events that we are. The sales of the closed loop partner cards increased 22.4% in the quarter and are growing at a rate that is much faster than our partners' own card sales.
Year-to-date we are on plan for Blackhawk, both in terms of face value card sales and earnings."
Harzog takes a comprehensive look at the implications of such a move on US card issuers and their cardholders traveling to Europe - as well as exploring whether the US will eventually need to move from mag stripe-based cards to the Chip and PIN technology deployed in Europe and, increasingly, in other markets around the world.
PayPal's Scott Guilfoyle addressed the outage in a post to the PayPal Blog.
According to the companies, "with these new cards, cardholders will receive exclusive benefits, including Red Carpet Club membership, Economy Plus seating, up to 5,000 or 10,000 miles that count toward elite status, or double and triple miles toward redeeming an award ticket."
Note that these three new premium cards have annual fees ranging from $130 to $375 annually.