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July 28, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 28, 2014

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July 23, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 23, 2014

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  • TSYS Reports Second Quarter 2014 Total Revenues Increased 30.4% - "We set another milestone this quarter with total revenues of over $600 million for the first time in TSYS’ history. It was an outstanding quarter with our consolidated adjusted operating margin improving 357 basis points over the first quarter to 24.94%," said Philip W. Tomlinson, chairman and chief executive officer of TSYS.
  • OT Expands Its M2M and IoT Offer to Application Enablement with Cumulocity - “Connected objects are expected to reach tens of billions by 2020. OT’s comprehensive, robust and flexible M2M offer is designed to help our customers tackle the challenges and seize the full benefits of upcoming Internet of Things growth while addressing the very important security aspects related to IoT. By joining forces with Cumulocity we are extending our offer beyond connectivity and security and moving up the M2M value chain” said Marek Juda, Managing Director of the Solutions Business Unit at OT.

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July 10, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 10, 2014

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  • Learnings from the Bitcoin Workshop - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "We are certainly intrigued by the capabilities of math-based currencies, but think it’s unrealistic to believe that they might quickly overtake incumbent payment systems that already work well for common use cases. We’re far more focused on identifying payments use cases that still exhibit significant points of friction that might be neatly lubricated by the application of MBC technology."
  • "State of Bitcoin Q2 2014 Report Reveals Expanding Bitcoin Economy - CoinDesk - "This State of Bitcoin Q2 report focuses on data and events in the second quarter of 2014 through to the present day."
  • U.S. Companies Step Up Business Conducted in Yuan - Wall St. Journal - "The yuan is making inroads with U.S. firms now because it is becoming more cost-efficient to pay in the currency. American importers can often negotiate better prices with Chinese suppliers if they agree to use yuan to make a purchase."
  • Safaricom opens M-Pesa to its rivals - Mobile World Live - "Other operators are being granted access for the first time to the all-powerful network of agents that underpin the dominance of mobile money service M-Pesa, according to Business Daily."
  • Button Wants To Bring Loyalty Rewards To The On-Demand Economy - TechCrunch - "With that funding, the team hopes to bring new cloud-based tools to mobile app makers that reward users for engaging in apps that they’re already using."
  • How Prepared is Restaurant Industry for end of Swipe & Sign? - Hospitality Technology - "EMV preparedness is on restaurants’ radar, with 70% of those surveyed agreeing that it is important to have a well-defined roadmap for EMV preparedness. When asked about their organization’s current approach to preparing, however, just 26% report having some form of road-map in place; likely due to the lack of a standard."
  • If you don’t have a bank account, how do you manage your money? - Boston Globe (Evan Horowitz) - "The most basic thing to keep in mind is that while these alternative financial services are regulated, they are not subject to the same regulations as banks are."
  • How ACH works: A developer perspective - Part 1 - Zenpayroll Engineering Blog - "I remember when we first started building ZenPayroll, we spent a many weeks struggling to understand how the ACH system works and learning how we can write software to tap into it."
  • How ACH works: A developer perspective - Part 2 - Zenpayroll Engineering Blog - "About 95% of the time, things go exactly as planned. This post will explain the other 5% cases (called ACH returns) and how they are handled."
  • How ACH works: A developer perspective - Part 3 - Zenpayroll Engineering Blog - "Parts 1, 2, and 3 of this series should give a pretty good overview of the ACH protocol at a high level, although for the sake of clarity, much has been simplified in these posts. There are tons more details and nuances that make ACH payments a very interesting problem."
  • Google Ventures launches $100 mln fund to invest in Europe - Reuters PE Hub - "We believe Europe’s startup scene has enormous potential. We’ve seen compelling new companies emerge from places like London, Paris, Berlin, the Nordic region and beyond—SoundCloud, Spotify, Supercell and many others."
  • IBM Wants to Invent the Chips of the Future, Not Make Them - New York Times Bits Blog (Steve Lohr) - "IBM’s research agenda is a recognition that the end of the silicon era of computing, using complementary metal-oxide semiconductor technology, or CMOS, is finally on the horizon."
  • Marc Andreesen and Jim Barksdale on How to Make Money - HBR Idealist - "The tech luminaries on bundling and unbundling in the digital age."

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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!

June 23, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 23, 2014

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  • The Fed Gets Some Mojo? - PaymentsViews.com (Carol Coye Benson) - "I was delighted to hear that they believe that a new, faster-payments infrastructure may be the best option for our industry."
  • Bitcoin and Charities Were Made For Each Other, They Just Don’t Know It Yet - A VC (Fred Wilson) - "This talk brings together three of the things I have been spending most of my time on over the past year (crowdfunding, bitcoin, and philanthropy). If you want to hear me talk about the things that get me up and out of bed in the morning, come to this."
  • Exclusive: McDonald's Is Secretly Testing Its Own Order-Ahead And Payments App - Business Insider - "McDonald’s is quietly testing an order-ahead and mobile payment app at a tiny handful of its more than 14,000 U.S. locations."
  • BancSouth Wins Big - Bank Lawyer's Blog - "A recent Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in favor of BankSouth bodes well for financial institutions who understand their obligations under UCC Article 4A and take those obligations seriously."
  • Card Wash: Card Breaches at Car Washes - Krebs on Security - "An investigation into a string of credit card breaches at dozens of car wash locations across the United States illustrates the challenges facing local law enforcement..."

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  • Bank of America Changes the Game With Preferred Rewards - “Preferred Rewards is the first program of its kind to offer clients benefits and rewards for everyday banking,” said Dean Athanasia, president of Preferred Banking at Bank of America. “It is the result of deep client research to develop and deliver a simple program that provides clients benefits and rewards they will actually use, and shows them how much we appreciate it when they choose to do more business with us.”
  • SimplyTapp Announces Self-Serve HCE Platform - "We are excited to make this exceptional offering to issuers and application developers; it is consistent the technology built into our agile and scalable platform. HCE is a new and tremendously empowering feature for card issuers, so it is important that the process of 'getting familiar with' and using the new technology be as friction free and open as possible," Doug Yeager, co-founder and CEO of SimplyTapp.
  • Housetab Mobile Application Launches in New York - "HouseTab is the only mobile payment app that provides convenient, multi-functional solutions for both payments and social networking, revolutionizing the social experience for its users."
  • American Express Names Laureen E. Seeger General Counsel - "Ms. Seeger, 52, has served as executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer of McKesson since 2006."

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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!

May 29, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 29, 2014

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  • What’s Your GPA? - PaymentsViews.com (Jay DeWitt) - "Based on knowledge we’ve developed through industry benchmarks, client work, and our own operational experience in the payments business, the GPA program quickly assesses your payments organization and recommends targeted, actionable steps you can take to optimize your payments business."
  • The Cost of Checks in Small Business Payments - Dwolla Blog - "Our latest release of Next Day Transfers allows businesses, government agencies, and non-profits to move funds in and out of the Dwolla network faster than ever, increasing control of your cash flow and reducing billing or procurement cycles."
  • How Should Bitcoin Be Regulated? - Montreal Economic Institute (David Descôteaux) - "This Economic Note presents an analysis of the situation in Canada and in other countries that have adopted regulatory frameworks for Bitcoin."
  • DISH Teams Up with Coinbase to Become Largest Company to Accept Bitcoin - Coinbase Blog - "DISH today announced they are the largest company and first subscription model pay-TV provider to accept bitcoin..."

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  • Bitcoin’s future hinges on a clear legal status - “These clear rules, as well as a tax treatment that allows Bitcoin to be used as a currency, explain why the digital currency is popular in Germany and why this country was one of the first Bitcoin hubs. Canada has so far been quite welcoming to Bitcoin, and in clarifying its own regulatory framework, it should ensure that it remains so,” concludes David Descôteaux.

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April 02, 2014

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March 06, 2014

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March 03, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 3, 2014

Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshop series this spring focuses on three key topics for payments professionals: Bitcoin - Basics and Beyond (March 26), Data in Payments (April 22) and Innovation in Payments (May 8).

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February 27, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 27, 2014

Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshop series this spring focuses on three key topics for payments professionals: Bitcoin - Basics and Beyond (March 26), Data in Payments (April 22) and Innovation in Payments (May 8). Offered in a small group setting in the San Francisco Bay Area, registration is now open for each of these workshops!

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February 12, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 12, 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 06, 2014

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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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!

January 20, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 20, 2014

Next Glenbrook Payments Boot Camps: Feb 4-5 in Palo Alto, CA; March 18-19 in New York City. Alternatively, you can request a private Payments Workshop held on-site at your location.

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  • McDonald’s Launches McD App for Smartphones Throughout Northern Nevada Area - "McD App utilizes location-based services to provide consumers with deals and offers accessible direct from their mobile device and has the ability to tailor future offers and deals based on a user’s preferences and purchasing behaviors."

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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!

January 17, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 17, 2014

Next Glenbrook Payments Boot Camps: Feb 4-5 in Palo Alto, CA; March 18-19 in New York City. Alternatively, you can request a private Payments Workshop held on-site at your location.

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  • Retailers Urge Appeals Court to Make Federal Reserve Follow the Law - The Merchants Payments Coalition, a group of merchants fighting for a more competitive and transparent bank-card industry, said today: “Judge Leon struck a blow for fairness with his original ruling. We think the evidence will also prove as compelling to the appeals court. We look forward to that court reaffirming the Durbin Amendment as passed and sending the Federal Reserve back to the drawing board to ensure it actually follows the law.”
  • "NRF Asks Appeals Court to Uphold Order for Lower Swipe Fee Cap - "The National Retail Federation today asked an appeals court to uphold a judge’s ruling that the Federal Reserve set its cap on debit card swipe fees far higher than intended by Congress and that the cap needs to be recalculated at a lower level."
  • Retailers Comment On The Data Security Act - "PIN-and-chip cards are widely used across the globe, and it’s time for the bankcard industry in the United States to adopt that technology to better protect our consumers. We must transition away from 1960s technology and adopt a 21st century system that will help reduce and prevent fraud and protect customers from the threat posed by sophisticated cybercriminals, hackers and data thieves."
  • U.S. Bank Announces Plan to Wind Down Checking Account Advance - "U.S. Bank will begin to wind down its short-term, small-dollar deposit advance product, Checking Account Advance, to align with final regulatory guidance issued by the Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)."
  • FinCapDev 2014 Opens Call for Proposals - “Mobile technology has the potential to expand access to critical financial services and support, improving consumer financial health,” said Jennifer Tescher, President & CEO of the Center for Financial Services Innovation. “That’s what FinCapDev is all about: leveraging that potential and enabling innovators to build products for consumers who want and need better access to high-quality tools and information.”
  • Acculynk Gains Ground in Europe with Secure PIN-Based Authentication Patent Grant - "Acculynk, the first global PIN-debit authentication gateway, announced today that the European Patent Office granted Acculynk patent protection for the company’s propriety process for PIN based authentication over the Internet."

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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!

December 19, 2013

Federal Reserve Releases New 2013 Payments Study of U.S. Payment Trends

FedThe Federal Reserve has published the 2013 Federal Reserve Payments Study that examines noncash payment trends in the United States. The 2013 Study has been expanded to include new information related to various payment initiation methods and unauthorized payments. To provide perspective on consumer and business payment trends over the past decade, the results are compared to previous payment studies conducted in 2004, 2007, and 2010.

The 2013 study shows that card payments--credit and debit--now account for more than two-thirds of all noncash payments, while the number of checks paid continued to decline. Other highlights include:

  • The total number of noncash payments, excluding wire transfers, was 122.8 billion, a growth rate of 4.4 percent annually from 2009 to 2012. The rate of growth was down slightly from the previous 10 year (2003-2012) growth rate of 4.7 percent. The total value of noncash payments grew from $72.2 trillion in 2009 to just under $79 trillion in 2012.
  • The number of credit card payments, which had shown a decline in the 2010 Study, grew at an annual rate of 7.6 percent from 2009 to 2012. Debit card payments grew at a rate of 7.7 percent over that same period.
  • Automated Clearing House (ACH) growth slowed to 5.1 percent annually from 2009 to 2012, down from the average annual growth of 10.9 percent over the previous 10 years. From 2009 to 2012, the number of ACH payments as a percentage of total payments increased less than 1 percent while the value of ACH as a percentage of total noncash payments rose almost 10 percentage points, from 51.5 percent to 61.3 percent.
  • The number of checks paid continues to decline, falling to 18.3 billion, less than half the number a decade earlier (37.3 billion). Checks are increasingly being deposited as images, with 17 percent being deposited as an image at the bank of first deposit versus 13 percent as reported in the 2010 Study.
  • The 2013 Study estimates that there were 31.1 million unauthorized payment transactions in 2012, with a value of $6.1 billion.
The study was made possible by broad-based industry support and information sharing.

December 10, 2013

The Impact of Debit Card Regulation on Checking Account Fees

Kansas city fed logo 140x60pxThe Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has published a new article by Richard J. Sullivan which explores the effect that reductions in debit card interchange fees have had on consumer access to free checking accounts. He finds that while some large banks are charging more, many smaller banks are charging less - and on net, consumer access to free checking has increased.

November 13, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 13, 2013

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  • Stress Test Prepares VisaNet for the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Visa Viewpoints - "This year’s “mug number” – as we like to call it – is 47,000 transaction messages per second, which is a huge step forward from 2012’s peak capacity of 30,000 transaction messages per second!"
  • No plastic, no problem: Square does away with deposit limits for U.S. businesses - GigaOm - "Square is eliminating holds on funds taken from payments where no physical card is present."
  • How Big Banks Killed a Plan to Speed Up Money Transfers - American Banker - "The plan, known as Expedited Processing and Settlement, may not have been a step into 21st Century..."
  • EMV: America, What Took You So Long? - Emerging Payments Strategies (FIS) - "So why has the U.S. not embraced EMV sooner? Part of the reason is because our fraud problem, while significant, has typically been among the lowest rates in the world among highly developed economically mature countries."
  • What Android's KitKat means for NFC - Mobile Payments Today (Cherian Abraham) - "HCE means a lot more for private label issuers — who have a very inspired base of merchants looking to bridge the gap between private label cards and mobile — and now there is an alternative to clumsy, costly and complex orchestrations for provisioning cards."
  • The power of love - TMG Blog - "When I switched credit cards recently, I started feeling love the first time I logged into my personal account page. I noticed that things I had purchased only minutes before were already listed, which was something I’d never seen with my previous provider."
  • The challenge of being a Bitcoin trader - Financial Services Club Blog - "There is not attainable indication that the government understands Bitcoin correctly."

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Updates from Glenbrook:

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  • Join Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on December 10-11th in Palo Alto, California!
  • Glenbrook's Jacqueline Chilton will be speaking social media and payments at the W.net Northern California LINC Networking event being held November 14 at Google.
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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Find something interesting to share? Tell us about it: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

August 29, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 29, 2013

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July 01, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 1, 2013

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  • Intuit Announces Next Phase of Structural Moves; Organizational Foundation Now in Place - "The divestiture of Intuit Financial Services reflects Intuit’s strong commitment to intensify its focus on small business and consumer tax. As a result, the company signed a definitive agreement to sell IFS to Thoma Bravo for $1.025 billion, pending regulatory review."
  • Thoma Bravo to Acquire Intuit’s Financial Services Business - "Thoma Bravo’s acquisition of IFS is consistent with our strategy of buying great technology franchises with significant recurring revenue,” said Orlando Bravo, managing partner at Thoma Bravo."
  • TSYS Completes Acquisition of NetSpend - "This is a transformational day for everyone at TSYS and NetSpend, as this deal brings together two companies with a shared vision and purpose that focuses on meeting the needs of people. It also takes TSYS closer to the consumer than we have ever been before..."

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  • 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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June 18, 2013

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  • 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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June 11, 2013

CFPB Explores Bank Overdraft Fees, Questions Overdraft Protection

Cfpb logo 140x60pxThe US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has published a new report on bank and credit union overdraft practices that it says "raises concerns about whether the overdraft costs on consumer checking accounts can be anticipated and avoided."

The bureau found big differences across financial institutions when it comes to overdraft coverage on debit card transactions and ATM withdrawals, and said that drew into question how banks sell this account feature. The report also finds that consumers who opt in for overdraft coverage end up with more costs and more involuntary account closures.

Consumers need to be able to anticipate and avoid unnecessary fees on their checking accounts. But we are concerned that overdraft programs at some banks may be increasing consumer costs,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray.

“What is often marketed as overdraft protection may actually be putting consumers at greater risk of harm.”

The report titled "CFPB Study of Overdraft Programs" is available here. A fact sheet about financial institution overdraft practices is also available from the CFPB.

June 10, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 10, 2013

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  • 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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June 03, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 3, 2013

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August 29, 2012

December 15, 2011

Chase Makes Checking Accounts Easier to Understand

Chase logo 140px Chase has unveiled a revised summary guide for Chase Total Checking that makes its terms and conditions easier to understand for consumers. Chase collaborated with the Pew Health Group’s Safe Checking in the Electronic Age Project to develop a simple disclosure form.

““Our research shows the median length of the checking account disclosures at the nation’s ten largest banks is 111 pages. This volume of highly technical information makes it difficult for consumers to know how their checking account operates,” said Susan Weinstock, director of Pew’s Safe Checking in the Electronic Age Project. “We applaud Chase for being the first large bank to adopt our model disclosure box and are urging other financial institutions to do the same.”

Chase’s new disclosure form can be found at www.chase.com/clearbanking. The Pew Health Group also issued a related announcement.

April 27, 2011

Pew Finds Checking Accounts Contain Risky Terms and Conditions

Pew 150"One hundred eleven pages. That is the median length of the checking account disclosures consumers are supposed to read and understand before opening an account at any of the 10 largest banks, according to documents analyzed in a new report from the Pew Health Group's Safe Checking in the Electronic Age Project."

April 26, 2011

U.S. Treasury to "Retire" Paper Check for New Recipients of Social Security and Other Federal Benefits

Treasury logo 80pxThe U.S. Department of the Treasury has announced that it is retiring the paper Social Security check for millions of baby boomers and others applying for federal benefits, "a move that will save taxpayers $1 billion over the next 10 years. Beginning May 1, 2011, anyone newly applying for Social Security, Veterans Affairs or other federal benefits will need to choose an electronic payment method – paper checks will no longer be an option."

March 01, 2011

February 24, 2011

Study Says Free Checking is Alive and Well at Credit Unions

Bankrate logo 140pxBankrate's 2nd annual Credit Union Checking Study reveals that free checking accounts are alive and well at many of the nation's top credit unions.

"Bankrate.com found that 96% of the nation's largest credit unions offer a checking account that is free, or can become free with minimal effort," said Greg McBride, CFA, senior financial analyst for Bankrate.com. "Even with continued declines in the prevalence of free checking, it remains within the grasp of most Americans and credit unions are a viable option."
The results of the study can be found here.

August 16, 2010

A Look at Retailer Bounced Check Fees

According to a recent study by Moebs Services, merchants are now charging $30 as a median fee in comparison to $25 in 2009, surpassing what banks charge for NSF fees.

“This is the highest percent increase we have ever seen national retail merchants charge consumers for writing a bad check,” said Michael Moebs, CEO and economist at Moebs $ervices, a national economic research firm based in Lake Bluff, IL. “Retailers’ fees now surpass those of banks and credit unions median fee of $27 for an NSF.”
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July 29, 2010

Internet Crooks Craft Creative Counterfeiting Scam

Check fraud seems so old fashioned these days. But as this story points out, "these hackers got the account information in an unusual way: They broke into three websites that specialize in a little-known type of business — archiving check images online."

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