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October 23, 2015

Headline News from - October 23, 2015

What I'm Reading...

  • This weekend your editor will be reading Other People's Money: The Real Business of Finance by John Kay, a visiting professor of economics at the London School of Economics. From the book's description: "In a dazzling and revelatory tour of the financial world as it has emerged from the wreckage of the 2008 crisis, Kay does not flinch in his criticism: we do need some of the things that Citigroup and Goldman Sachs do, but we do not need Citigroup and Goldman to do them."
  • How about you? What are you reading? Drop me a quick note and tell me about it:

On the Web

  • Take Your Brick-and-Mortar Store Online: Square Now Integrates with Ecwid - Square Blog - "But here’s what’s extra cool about Ecwid: You can use it to sell your goods not only on your website but also on any other platform (think: Facebook, Tumblr, other online marketplaces)."
  • Global Payments (GPN) held its annual Investor Day earlier this week.
  • Payment Cards Center Updates Consumer Credit & Payments Statistics - "The Payment Cards Center (PCC) Consumer Statistics page provides updated statistics related to consumer credit and consumer payments. The PCC compiles statistics on a quarterly basis that are relevant to researchers, reporters, and others interested in consumer credit and payments."
  • What VCs Really Think of Banks - LendAcademy - "Investments into FinTech startups recently quadrupled, growing to over ~$12 billion in 2014 from ~$3 billion in 2013. It appears 2015 is on track to dwarf the previous year..."
  • Have you noticed Amazon Web Services? - New York Times - "Amazon had more operating income from Amazon Web Services, its business renting computing and software applications, than it did from combined sales of goods in the United States and internationally."

On the Wires

  • It's a slow day for press releases - presumably everything interesting is now waiting to be announced next week at Money20/20 in Las Vegas! Have a great weekend and trip to the conference - if you're going! Several partners from Glenbrook will be attending.
  • Statement by CFPB Director Richard Cordray on RushCard Prepaid Card Incident - "Today, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray issued the following statement in response to the RushCard situation, a prepaid card owned by UniRush LLC, in which many consumers have indicated that they have been unable to access funds in their accounts for more than a week..."
  • Visa Checkout Brings Simplified Online Shopping to Brazil - "In the US, shoppers made purchase more often when using Visa Checkout compared to customers using other payment options,” says Percival Jatoba, vice president, products, Visa do Brasil. “With this streamlined approach to payments, merchants and financial institutions see higher conversion rates which ultimately brings new customers and drives higher sales."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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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:!

August 13, 2015

Headline News from - August 13, 2015

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On the Wires:

  • Samsung Announces Launch Dates for Groundbreaking Mobile Payment Service: Samsung Pay - "Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., unveiled today that Samsung Pay, a secure and easy-to-use mobile payment service that can be used to make purchases nearly everywhere cards are accepted, will launch in Korea on August 20 and in the U.S. on September 28. Samsung plans to roll out the service in the U.K., Spain and China, with partners to be named in each market."
  • Synchrony Financial Enables Private Label Credit Card Benefits Through Samsung Pay - “We continue to make our cards valuable to consumers, retailers and merchants and are pleased to securely offer the benefits of our private label credit cards through Samsung Pay,” said Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “Through our ongoing innovation and strategic partnerships, we have developed a mobile platform that we can rapidly integrate with providers’ wallets while preserving the value of Synchrony Bank’s private label credit cards and patented Dual Cards for whichever mobile wallet our partners and customers choose.”
  • Samsung Joins the Visa Digital Enablement Program - “Samsung Pay is now one more way consumers can make secure payments based on tokens -- technology that is quickly becoming the standard for safe mobile payments,” said Jim McCarthy, Executive Vice President of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at Visa. “Similar to how Samsung Pay is reaching mass merchant acceptance on day one, VDEP is making it easy and cost-effective for payment providers, financial institutions and technology companies like Samsung to take full advantage of token technology and bring secure mobile payments to consumers everywhere.”
  • Discover to Bring Samsung Pay to Cardmembers - “Discover remains committed to providing cardmembers with simple, convenient and versatile payment options,” said Diane Offereins, Discover’s president of payment services. “Adding Samsung Pay expands our ability to offer innovative and secure mobile payment services, enhancing the customer experience that cardmembers have come to expect from Discover.”
  • Heartland, VersaPay Help Merchants Move to Electronic Invoicing - "Heartland Payment Systems and VersaPay have announced they are collaborating to help merchants improve their accounts receivable through a cloud-based software solution utilizing the Heartland Portico™ Gateway and VersaPay ARC® platform."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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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:!

June 20, 2013

Headline News from - June 20, 2013

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Upcoming from Glenbrook:

  • Summer Camp! - A special summer session of our popular Payments Boot Camp - in Half Moon Bay on August 6th and 7th... Also, an optional half day course on Data In Payments - August 8th, also in Half Moon Bay. Join Carol, Scott and Russ for lively, interactive sessions - register now!
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May 05, 2013

Book: Act of Congress - Inside the Passage of the Dodd-Frank Act

On Tuesday this week, a new book titled Act of Congress: How America's Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn't by Washington Post associate editor Robert G. Kaiser will be published. Based on access that Kaiser had at the time to the bill's main sponsors, the book tells the story of the Dodd-Frank Act and how it was ultimately passed by Congress in 2010.

Today, in an article titled "How Barney Frank foiled the banking lobby to form a new financial watchdog", the Washington Post ran an excerpt from the book discussing the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, the formation of which was a centerpiece of Dodd-Frank.

June 08, 2012

Glenbrook's "Payments Systems in the U.S." now available for the iPad

Cover PSUSv2 225x225 75Glenbrook's "Payments Systems in the U.S." is now available in the iTunes Store for iPad readers. Originally published as a paperback, this is our first ebook edition of this foundational book!

Written by Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness, this book has been very highly reviewed (4.9 out of 5 stars on

Reviewers commented:

  • Without question, the best overview of the payments industry. Essential for payments professionals.
  • Excellent book for payment professionals!
  • An Excellent Primer on Payment Systems in U.S.!
  • This book is great for newcomers to the industry and a great resource for long-time industry professionals. Highly recommended...
If you're trying to get your head around how payments work in the US, this is the book for you! It's easy reading on your iPad. We hope you enjoy it!

July 15, 2009

Book Recommendation: The Art of Making Money

Every once in a while we come across a new book that we think will be of interest to the payments professionals among our readership. (Note: you can find a selection of all of our prior book recommendations in our PaymentsNews Bookstore on

Today, we've got a new recommendation for you to consider - and it's ideally suited to summer vacation reading. The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter by Jason Kersten extends an article that he wrote in 2005 for Rolling Stone about master counterfeiter Art Williams.

The book "details how Williams painstakingly defeated the anti-forging features of the New Note, how Williams and his partner-in-crime wife converted fake bills into legitimate tender at shopping malls all over America, and how they stayed one step ahead of the Secret Service until trusting the wrong person brought them all down. A compulsively readable story of how having it all is never enough, The Art of Making Money is a stirring portrait of the rise and inevitable fall of a modern-day criminal mastermind."

It's a great read! Also available in a Kindle edition from If you're interested in learning more about the book, you should listen to this excellent interview of the author by KQED's MIchael Kransny last week and this article on

January 24, 2009

New Books on PCI-DSS Compliance

With all of the news this week surrounding the payment card data breach at Heartland Payments Systems, we've added a new section to the Payments News Bookstore with several new books covering the topic of PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry-Data Security Standard) compliance. If you're aware of any we've missed, please send us Feedback and we'll add them to the bookstore.

In addition to these books about the subject, the PCI Security Standards Council website is a great starting point for learning more about PCI-DSS.

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