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February 07, 2014

Take the San Francisco Fed's Cash Survey!

Do you use cash on a regular basis? The San Francisco Fed is interested in hearing from you. They're conducting a survey on cash usage which takes less than a minute to complete.

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The second edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S." has just been published. It's available in print from Amazon.com and in an ebook version for your iPad.

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February 06, 2014

PayNearMe Closes $20 MM Financing Round

Paynearme 140pxPayNearMe has announced that it has closed a $20 million round of financing led by GSV Capital. August Capital, Khosla Ventures, Maveron and True Ventures also participated in the round. PayNearMe will use the funds to continue expansion into existing categories while launching into new vertical markets.
At PayNearMe, we have made it a priority to level the playing field by making it easy for every consumer to participate in the digital economy, even if they prefer to pay for goods and services with cash," said Danny Shader, CEO of PayNearMe. "Our powerful transaction platform adapts to suit the specific needs of a variety of businesses and organizations that want to accept cash payments remotely."
PayNearMe is the simplest, quickest, and most convenient way for consumers to pay bills and rent, repay loans, buy tickets and make online purchases with cash. PayNearMe caters to the 60M to 100M Americans who need or prefer to pay with cash. To make a PayNearMe payment, consumers simply bring their payment code to one of over 17,000 participating retail locations, including 7-Eleven® stores nationwide, and pay with cash at the register. Additionally, PayNearMe offers the only mobile cash-payment option for consumers.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 6, 2014

The second edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S." has just been published. It's available in print from Amazon.com and in an ebook version for your iPad.

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February 05, 2014

Isis Launches Promotion for Wells Fargo Credit Cardholders

Isis logo 140x60pxIsis has launched a promotion offering Wells Fargo credit card holders "the potential for 20 percent back and a $20 statement credit the first time they tap to pay using the Isis Mobile Wallet® at hundreds of thousands of retail locations nationwide."

Now through April 30, 2014, consumers using a participating Wells Fargo credit card in the Isis Mobile Wallet will receive a $20 credit applied to their statement the first time they tap to pay, along with an additional 20 percent back in statement credits on all tap and pay purchases, up to $100 in statement credits per calendar month.

The 20/20 promotion rewards consumers every time they tap to pay using a participating Wells Fargo credit card at any retail location that accepts contactless payments,” said Ryan Hughes, senior vice president, banking and business development, Isis.

“Our work with Wells Fargo is an example of two brands coming together to offer consumers a new, secure and exciting way to pay.”

In December, Wells Fargo and Isis announced the first phase of an agreement that allows Wells Fargo Visa consumer credit card holders to load their cards into the Isis Mobile Wallet. For a complete description of promotional rules and conditions, visit: www.wellsfargo.com/isis.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 5, 2014

The second edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S." has just been published. It's available in print from Amazon.com and in an ebook version for your iPad.

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February 04, 2014

Federal Reserve Banks Laud Industry Response to Consultation Paper

FedFederal Reserve Bank leadership today "lauded the feedback received from payment system participants to the "Payment System Improvement--Public Consultation Paper," noting that more than half the nearly 200 responses came from non-banks."

"We are thrilled with the number of responses received and with the diversity of perspectives represented by the responses," commented Sandra Pianalto, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and chair of the Financial Services Policy Committee, which issued the paper.

"On behalf of the Reserve Banks, I would like to thank the commenters for preparing such thoughtful and insightful responses. It's critical that all ideas and perspectives are considered as we collectively identify the most promising opportunities to advance the U.S. payment system."

"We are carefully reviewing the feedback that we have received on the consultation paper to identify common themes and issues for future focus, as well as insights into potential solutions," noted Pianalto.

The Reserve Banks released the consultation paper in September 2013 with responses due in December 2013. The paper solicited comments on gaps and opportunities in the payment system; potential desired outcomes, strategies, and tactics to shape the future of U.S. payments; and the Fed's role in implementing the strategies and tactics. Industry feedback was sought as input to the Reserve Banks' decisions regarding future improvement initiatives, which will be communicated in a paper to be published in the second half of 2014. Responses may be viewed at www.FedPaymentsImprovement.org/user-submissions/.

In concert with the analysis of responses, the Reserve Banks have a number of additional information-gathering efforts underway designed to inform future plans. Two of these efforts will further explore the needs related to faster retail payments described in one of the consultation paper's desired outcomes. They include research on end-user demand for specific payment attributes and an assessment of alternatives for speeding U.S. payments. A third effort involves identifying gaps and opportunities related to payment system security.

The FSPC is responsible for the overall direction of financial services and related support functions for the Federal Reserve Banks, as well as for providing Federal Reserve Bank leadership in dealing with the evolving U.S. payment system. The FSPC is composed of three Reserve Bank presidents and two Reserve Bank first vice presidents.

US Senate Hearing: Privacy in the Digital Age: Preventing Data Breaches and Combating Cybercrime

The full US Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing today titled: "Privacy in the Digital Age: Preventing Data Breaches and Combating Cybercrime". The hearing begins at 10:15 AM ET and will be webcast live. Executives from Target and Neiman Marcus will both be testifying today.

Those testifying today include: Delara Derakhshani, Policy Counsel, Consumers Union; Michael R. Kingston, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, The Neiman Marcus Group; John J. Mulligan, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer , Target Corporation; Fran Rosch, Senior Vice President, Symantec Corporation; Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman, Federal Trade Commission; William Noonan, U.S. Secret Service and Mythili Raman, Acting Assistant Attorney General, United States Department of Justice.

Prepared testimony from the witnesses is available on the Committee's web site.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 4, 2014

The second edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S." has just been published. It's available in print from Amazon.com and in an ebook version for your iPad.

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February 03, 2014

Citi Updates Mobile App to Add Features, Streamline Experience

Citi logo 140pxCiti has announced that its redesigned Citi Mobile® app is now available - "to provide U.S. banking and credit card customers with new and enhanced mobile account management capabilities."

At Citi we want our customers to have remarkable experiences in every way they interact with us and manage their accounts,” said Melissa Stevens, Managing Director, Citi Internet & Mobile.

“Citi Mobile is a vital and growing channel for our customers, so we have reimagined what mobile banking looks like and produced a new app that is designed specifically for how people bank on their phones. We have added new features and intuitive navigation to make Citi Mobile - the first of its kind when it launched seven years ago - an industry leader again and an even easier way for people to manage their accounts on-the-go.”

Citi said the U.S. launch includes a limited beta test of Citi Mobile Snapshot, "a new opt-in feature that enables customers to check deposit and credit card balances and recent transactions without having to log into their accounts." The opt-in feature is intended to help enrolled banking and credit card customers monitor their accounts on-the-go by displaying balances and the 15 most recent transactions without requiring them to log in every time. All account transactions will continue to require log-in authorization. Citi says it is the first major U.S. bank to offer the feature, which is expected to be rolled out to all U.S. customers later this year."

A demo video of the updated mobile app can be found here on Citi’s YouTube channel.

US Senate Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Safeguarding Consumers' Financial Data

The Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance of the US Senate's Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs held a hearing this afternoon on the topic of Safeguarding Consumers’ Financial Data.

Witnesses included Mr. William Noonan, Deputy Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service; and Ms. Jessica Rich, Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission. The witnesses on Panel II will be: Mr. James Reuter, Executive Vice President, FirstBank, on behalf of the American Bankers Association; Mr. Mallory Duncan, General Counsel, National Retail Federation; Mr. Edmund Mierzwinski, Consumer Program Director, U.S. PIRG; and Mr. Troy Leach, Chief Technology Officer, PCI Security Standards Council.

The prepared testimony of each is witness is available for downloading from the Subcommittee's web site.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 3, 2014

The second edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S." has just been published. It's available in print from Amazon.com and in an ebook version for your iPad.

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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!

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