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November 14, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 14, 2014

On the Web:

  • Glenbrook’s Retailing Framework - PaymentsViews.com (Russ Jones) - "I’ve been thinking a lot about how payments and payment-related technologies fit into the emerging world of multi-channel commerce or omni-commerce as some people call it."
  • Will Bitcoin replace SWIFT? - Financial Services Club Blog - "We have a technology that is being developed in the open for almost six years now, that has more compute power behind it on a decentralised basis than any open source project in history, and that could fundamentally destroy the banking system … and only a miniscule of bankers are trying to understand it."

On the Wires:

  • Bank of Canada is Keeping a Close Eye on E-Money, Says Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Wilkins - "E-money has the potential over time to alter the fundamental payments architecture around the world and could pose risks both to individuals and the Canadian financial system as a whole. That is why Canada is modernizing its oversight framework for payments."
  • Green Dot Supports CFPB’s Proposed Rules For Prepaid Debit Cards - "Green Dot’s Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve Streit testified yesterday at the CFPB field hearing on the topic in Wilmington, DE. As part of his prepared testimony, Mr. Streit said, “Today the prepaid industry takes another step towards maturity and passes another milestone on its path to long term sustainability and critical mass. I, as a person, and Green Dot, as a company, fully support the CFPB's mission."

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

November 13, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 13, 2014

On the Web:

  • Prepaid products: New disclosures to help you compare options - CFPB - "Last March, we asked you to comment on possible prepaid card disclosures. Thanks to your feedback and additional consumer testing, today we’re proposing new disclosure requirements that consumers would receive before deciding to open a prepaid account."

On the Wires:

  • CFPB Proposes Strong Federal Protections for Prepaid Products - "Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is proposing strong, new federal consumer protections for the prepaid market. The proposal would require prepaid companies to limit consumers’ losses when funds are stolen or cards are lost, investigate and resolve errors, provide easy and free access to account information, and adhere to credit card protections if a credit product is offered in connection with a prepaid account."
  • QuickBooks Survey: More Than 40 Percent of Small Business Owners Identify as Financially Illiterate - "In order to arm small business owners with financial knowledge and understanding, Intuit unveiled a new interactive tool designed to encourage new and emerging small business owners to test and improve their financial literacy."

Updates from Glenbrook:

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

November 12, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 12, 2014

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On the Wires:

  • American Express Launches the New americanexpress.com - "The new website enhances the Card Member’s digital experience by providing increased financial clarity, simplifying online payments, and providing new account and spending insights. Inspired by customer feedback, American Express designers and engineers have created a new design that is sleek, simple and smart."
  • American Express, Brooklyn Nets, and Barclays Center Give Guests the Ability to Pay with Smartphones at Events - "Built on the American Express Serve® platform, Brooklyn eWallet lets guests use their smartphone to purchase food and drinks at any Barclays Center event without reaching for their wallet."
  • Fiserv Names Kevin Schultz Group President - “Kevin brings a strong payments background and intense client focus to his new role,” said Jeffery Yabuki, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fiserv. “We believe his industry knowledge and leadership experience will help us to deliver on the opportunities we see to create new value for financial institutions and their customers.”

Updates from Glenbrook:

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

November 11, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 11, 2014

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Updates from Glenbrook:

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

November 10, 2014

FinCEN Highlights Expectations on Providing Banking Services to Money Services Businesses

FinCen logo 100pxIn a press release this morning titled "FinCEN Statement on Providing Banking Services to Money Services Businesses", FinCEN has reiterated " expectations regarding banking institutions’ obligations under the Bank Secrecy Act for money services businesses."

Noting industry concerns that banks are indiscriminately terminating the accounts of all MSBs, or refusing to open accounts for any MSBs, FinCEN commented:

FinCEN does not support the wholesale termination of MSB accounts without regard to the risks presented or the bank’s ability to manage the risk. As noted, MSBs present varying degrees of risk, and not all money services businesses are high-risk. Therefore, when deciding whether to provide services to an MSB customer, financial institutions should assess the risks associated with that particular MSB customer. A financial institution’s risk assessment should include considering whether customer risks can be managed appropriately and the financial institution should maintain levels of controls commensurate with the customer risks presented. Banks that can properly manage customer relationships and effectively mitigate risks are neither prohibited nor discouraged from providing services to MSB customers, regardless of any MSB’s specific business model.

FinCEN importantly also noted: "However, the Bank Secrecy Act does not require, and neither does FinCEN expect, banking institutions to serve as the de facto regulator of the money services business industry any more than of any other industry. FinCEN recognizes that, as a practical matter, it is not possible for a bank to detect and report all potentially illicit transactions that flow through an institution."

In closing, FinCEN noted: "FinCEN and its regulatory colleagues will continue to monitor trends with respect to the provision of banking services to MSBs and are committed to taking steps to address the wholesale de-banking of an important part of the financial system."d

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 10, 2014

On the Web:

  • Cultural Adventures In Payment Systems – Part I - Monday Note (Jean-Louis Gassée) - "This insouciant way of doing business was unheard of in my Gallic homeland. The French (and most Europeans) think that trust is something that must be earned, that it has a value that is debased when it’s handed out too freely. They think an American’s trusting optimism is naïve, even infantile."
  • Can Apple Pay and CurrentC Coexist? - PC World (Tim Bavarian) - "What I suspect will happen is that stores backing CurrentC will eventually cave and also offer Apple Pay, too. There is no reason they should not coexist."
  • Why Facebook Has Entrusted Its Future to the CEO of PayPal - Wired - "The company that controls the messaging platform will control the future of the way we interact with people and, quite possibly, with businesses."
  • Apple Watch set to become gatekeeper to the iPhone - Mobile Commerce Daily - "I am excited for the Apple Watch and believe that it is going to be a game-changer for consumers and marketers alike."
  • Happy Birthday to the FICO® Score! - FICO Blog - "The FICO® Score is 25 years old in 2014. Introduced in 1989, it democratized access to credit by removing many of the barriers to fair lending."

On the Wires:

  • NCR Silver POS to Support Bitcoin - "Bitcoin support, which will be integrated with NCR Silver by the end of 2014, will be free to merchants. After registering with a bitcoin processor, all merchants have to do is activate bitcoin as a payment option in the POS back office within NCR Silver. Consumers, meanwhile, pay using a mobile bitcoin “wallet” app which is available in either the Apple App StoreSM or Google PlayTM store."
  • Citi Convenes Developers from around the Globe to Unveil Innovative Digital Banking Solutions at Citi® Mobile Challenge Demo Days - “Through Citi Mobile Challenge, we are reaching out to developers in a groundbreaking way with the ultimate goal of improving client experiences,” said Heather Cox, Chief Client Experience, Digital and Marketing Officer for Global Consumer Banking at Citi. “This global initiative is the first of its kind in banking. The scope is unprecedented, with several hundred submissions from 62 countries."
  • Borderfree Brings Top U.S. Retailers to Chinese Shoppers This Holiday Season with New Alipay ePass Service - “We believe the time is finally right for retailers to aggressively enter the Chinese market, and Borderfree is actively exploring new ways to help our customers more effectively reach this tremendous consumer base,” said Michael DeSimone, Chief Executive Officer, Borderfree.
  • Drive Mobile Banking Adoption by Focusing on Three Key Areas Says Fiserv White Paper - "Titled “Exceeding the Mobile Adoption Benchmark: Effective Strategies for Driving Greater Adoption and Usage,” the complimentary white paper provides proven, actionable strategies to optimize mobile banking investments, with a focus on the three key areas of product investment, marketing and frontline staff engagement."

Updates from Glenbrook:

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

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