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October 16, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 16, 2015

What I'm Reading...

  • This weekend your editor will be reading Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Wharton professor Philip Tetlock and coauthor Dan Gardner. From the book's description: "Superforecasting offers the first demonstrably effective way to improve our ability to predict the future—whether in business, finance, politics, international affairs, or daily life—and is destined to become a modern classic."
  • How about you? What are you reading? Drop me a quick note and tell me about it: editor@paymentsnews.com

On the Web

  • How Bad Will It Get for American Express? - Bloomberg - "Costco’s costs to accept credit cards as part of its deal with Amex was about 0.6 percent of every purchase, people familiar with the arrangements say, which was pretty cheap for any retailer, but Chenault offered to cut them further."
  • Worldpay IPO: Putting a Value on Fintech’s Future - Wall St. Journal - "Investors in the IPO seem to be pricing Worldpay on profitability before the ongoing costs of building its own better systems, which it has been doing since being bought from RBS by private equity groups, Advent International and Bain Capital."
  • FBI EMV gaffe is the latest setback for payments security - Computerworld - "What the FBI said is that PIN is far more secure—which is without debate—and it encouraged shoppers to use a PIN instead of signature. Therein lay the problem."
  • The Numbers Behind Square's Payment Business - " In 2014, the company processed payments worth $23.8 billion, generating revenue of $850 million. As many other companies in the late startup stage, Square has yet to become profitable, having posted a net loss of $154 million in 2014."

On the Wires

  • Barclaycard US And Priceline.com Extend Long-Term Partnership Agreement - "The priceline.com rewards Visa card provides us with another way to reward our customers for their loyalty and offers incremental value for everyday purchases," said Ben Harrell, Senior Vice President at priceline.com. "We are pleased to continue our ongoing relationship with Barclaycard as a benefit to our customers."
  • Daon and USAA Reach 1 Million Enrollments in Mobile Biometric Authentication - "USAA is very excited with the advanced rate of biometrics adoption we have seen," said Rick Swenson, assistant vice president of enterprise financial crimes management strategy and analytics. "Reaching the milestone of 1 million enrollments is a strong testament of our members' preference to use a biometric when authenticating."
  • Synchrony Financial Reports Third Quarter Net Earnings of $574 Million or $0.69 Per Diluted Share - “The approval we received from the Federal Reserve is a major milestone in our journey towards being a fully independent company. The third quarter marked another period of strong performance with the signing or renewal of several significant partnerships, continued advancement of our mobile wallet strategy, solid financial results, and ongoing deposit growth through our fast-growing online bank,” said Margaret Keane, President and Chief Executive Officer of Synchrony Financial.

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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!

October 15, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 15, 2015

On the Web

  • Hip to be Square - Om Malik - "About two years ago I wrote a piece about design is not just pretty websites but instead it is about the entire experience. Square was among the examples I cited. I looked over the S-1, read through the whole thing and it was good to see that even as it [has] become a billion dollar revenue company, the soon to be public SQ hasn’t forgotten that vital lesson."
  • Payments Startup Square Discloses IPO Plans - Wall St. Journal - "Square said sales rose 54% last year to $850.2 million and are on a pace to exceed $1 billion this year."
  • The Crucial New Business Unit Hiding in Square’s IPO Filing - Re/code.net (Jason Del Rey) - "The division, dubbed “software and data products,” consists of a variety of new products that aren’t tied directly to Square’s credit card processing business."
  • Bain Capital, Advent International Reap $4.9 Billion Profit From Worldpay - Wall St. Journal - "Two Boston-based private-equity firms have earned a combined profit of about £3.2 billion ($4.9 billion) in cash and stock from their five-year-old investment in Worldpay Group PLC..."
  • UK Government Highlights Benefits of Blockchain Tech - CoinDesk - "During her speech in London yesterday about the government's technology drive, Harriet Baldwin MP said the government is working to create the right regime for digital currency businesses..."
  • RBS to pilot product based on blockchain technology in 2016 - ComputerWeekly.com - "RBS would not provide details of the likely service due to the commercial sensitivity of the project, but John Lyons, head of strategy and commercial services for RBS’s payments business suggested it is “on the fringes of payments”"

On the Wires

  • First Data Announces Pricing of its Initial Public Offering - First Data (“First Data”) today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 160,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock at $16.00 per share. Shares of First Data’s Class A common stock are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on October 15, 2015 under the symbol “FDC"...
  • FreedomPay Certifies For EMV On First Data For All Card Brands - Ensuring the security of consumer payment data is a top priority for merchants across all industries,” said Chris Kronenthal, Chief Technology Officer of FreedomPay. “Working with leading organizations in lodging, gaming, retail, foodservice, healthcare and higher education to implement PCI best practices including EMV, tokenization and Validated P2PE, FreedomPay is helping merchants secure their payment environment, prevent EMV liability exposure and reduce scope for PCI compliance.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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!

October 14, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 14, 2015

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Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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!

October 13, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 13, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • PayPal Announces “Return Shipping on Us” in the U.S. to Make Online Shopping Easier This Holiday Season - "Today, PayPal announced the expansion of Return Shipping on Us, a service that refunds return shipping costs to consumers on eligible online purchases using PayPal from around the globe. The service will now be available to PayPal users in the United States, in addition to the nearly 40 markets in which it already exists."
  • IDology Announces Strategic Equity Investment in Payfone and Launch of ExpectID Mobile to Enhance Mobile Security and Ease of Use - "IDology is an excellent strategic partner for Payfone as we continue to develop solutions that help businesses fight mobile fraud," said Rodger Desai, chief executive officer of Payfone. "Payfone already exclusively serves as a critical ingredient to the bank consortium that helps traditional banks and FSOs fight fraud, with this new partnership, we are excited to bring capabilities to additional markets such alternative finance and payment gateways, healthcare, medical and retail through IDology."
  • Synchrony Financial Extends PayPal and eBay Consumer Credit Card Programs - “We are pleased to deepen our relationship with these dynamic businesses and continue to meet the evolving needs of PayPal and eBay cardholders for convenient and safe payment solutions and valuable rewards,” said Tom Quindlen, executive vice president and CEO, Retail Cards, Synchrony Financial. “PayPal is at the forefront of digital payments and we look forward to building on our decade of adding greater value and simplicity to cardholder transactions.”
  • Survey Finds Millennials Confident, Yet Chronically Stressed About Money - "A new Bank of America/USA TODAY Better Money Habits Millennial Report released today finds that while 84 percent of millennials are confident in their ability to manage their finances, 41 percent are “chronically stressed” about money."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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!

October 12, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 12, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • Financial market infrastructures rally around ISO 20022 harmonisation plan - "The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), Bank of Canada, Clearstream, Canadian Payments Association (CPA), CLS, Euroclear, Hong Kong Interbank Clearing (HKICL), Russia’s National Settlement Depository (NSD), Southern African Development Community (SADC), VP Securities Denmark and ACH Colombia are amongst the first to commit to the plan for an industry designed framework for ISO 20022 implementation."
  • SWIFT unveils expansion of its financial crime compliance services portfolio - "Sanctions list management will enable financial institutions to access, manage and customise multiple sanctions list feeds on a secure, SWIFT-hosted platform. A new Payments data quality assurance service will help banks evaluate the quality of originator and beneficiary information in the SWIFT messages they send or receive. In addition, SWIFT will continue to expand its Know Your Customer (KYC) offering."
  • SWIFT to deliver a 57% price reduction by the end of 2015 - "This is a reflection of SWIFT's commitment to the banking community," says SWIFT Chairman Yawar Shah. "The co-operative reached its price reduction commitment at the end of 2014, one year ahead of schedule, but maintained the programme, yielding a much higher reduction rate than expected. I congratulate SWIFT for this effort and look forward to the additional price cuts the community will reap over the next five years."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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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