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March 19, 2012

Payments Views - PayPal Takes on Square and the Square Wannabes

GP Logo Horizontal 140pxOver on Payments Views, Glenbrook's Erin McCune blogs about the recent PayPal Here announcement, and her take on what it means to Square and the Square Wannabes.

The story here is simplicity. The merchant fee for PayPal Here transactions is 2.7%. Slightly lower than Square, and about the same as Intuit GoPayments. The big differences is access to funds. Just like online merchants, offline merchants are credited sales into their PayPal account in real-time as purchases complete.

Fiserv to Expand Popmoney P2P Payments Capabilities with MoneyGram

Fiserv logo 60pxhFiserv announced it will be adding MoneyGram’s money transfer services to the menu of money movement options available to financial institutions and consumers through the Popmoney, Fiserv's person-to-person payments product.

“With Popmoney, financial institutions can provide their customers with a faster, easier and more secure way to send and receive money from their bank or credit union accounts,” said Neil Platt, senior vice president and general manager of payments, CashEdge Division, Fiserv. “Working with MoneyGram will allow Fiserv to enhance the Popmoney service with cross-border and cash payment options, and expand consumer choices for managing their money.”

Intuit GoPayment Hits the Campaign Trail

Intuit logo 140pxIntuit has announced that GoPayment has been enhanced for political donations.

“We saw a need to help fundraisers significantly increase their political donations, especially at events or when going door-to-door, when not everyone has cash or checks,” said Chris Hylen, vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Payment Solutions division. “We’ve enhanced GoPayment specifically for campaign donations. With just one swipe, fundraisers can easily increase their donations while collecting all information needed to help them meet their reporting requirements.”

Overdraft Fee Revenue in the U.S. Falls 4.5% to $31.6 Billion in 2011

Survey graphic 140pxAccording to a recent study by Moebs Services, banks received $31.6 billion in overdraft fee revenue in 2011, a decline of 4.5% from 2010.

The Moebs study found that the national median price for an overdraft fee increased to $29, up from $27.50 in 2010. According to Michael Moebs, CEO of Moebs Services, financial institutions increased the prices of overdrafts to cover anticipated costs brought on by the heightened regulatory environment of the FDIC and the implementation of Dodd Frank Act.

These figures reflect the findings of a February 2012 survey of 2,273 banks and credit unions completed by Moebs $ervices, an independent economic research firm.

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