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May 07, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 7, 2015

On the Web:

  • PayPal co-founder raises $275 million to reinvent credit - "Banks and financial institutions have not created products that serve younger generations in the most efficient way, according to Max Levchin, the co-founder of eBay-owned payments giant PayPal."
  • BitBeat: Day After FinCEN Bombshell, Ripple Labs Addresses Concerns - Wall St. Journal - "Even with these clarifications, questions and speculation will continue to percolate around FinCEN’s dramatic action against the second-biggest digital currency in market capitalization terms."
  • Visa Moves At The Speed Of Money - Forbes - "None of which seems to faze Visa’s chief executive, Charlie Scharf. In time, he says, would-be Visa disruptors all discover–just as Internet upstarts PayPal, Square and Uber did–that it is simply easier and more economical to work with his leviathan than fight it."

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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 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 6, 2015

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  • Pitney Bowes Expands Cross-Border Ecommerce Capabilities with the Acquisition of Borderfree - “The acquisition of Borderfree not only makes sense for our clients, it accelerates our strategic vision to grow our company through expansion of our digital commerce businesses,” said Marc B. Lautenbach, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pitney Bowes. “The combination of Borderfree’s cross-border ecommerce capabilities with our own solutions expands our portfolio of offerings and extends our global reach."
  • FinCEN Fines Ripple Labs Inc. in First Civil Enforcement Action Against a Virtual Currency Exchanger - "Ripple Labs willfully violated several requirements of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) by acting as a money services business (MSB) and selling its virtual currency, known as XRP, without registering with FinCEN, and by failing to implement and maintain an adequate anti-money laundering (AML) program designed to protect its products from use by money launderers or terrorist financiers."
  • Tipalti Expands International ACH Global Payments Coverage - “As our network economy customers continue to expand their international partner and supplier footprint to new markets, we will continue to provide more and more payment options around the world to support our clients’ rapid global growth,” said Chen Amit, founder and CEO of Tipalti.
  • WEX Inc. Introduces FlexCard, the New Revolving Fuel Card for Small Businesses - “Although many businesses are enjoying lower fuel prices today, our research shows that nearly half of businesses’ operating costs are fleet related and about half of that is for fuel,” said Peggy Watson, WEX’s vice president of North America fleet product and marketing. “For 30 years, WEX has helped businesses manage fuel and vehicle services expenses, and this customized solution addresses small businesses’ need for cash flow flexibility.”
  • AcceptEmail, Western Europe’s Leader in Consumer Bill Payments, Opens for Business in New York - "AcceptEmail is the market leader for consumer remittances in Western Europe. IntelligentHQ.com named the company one ofEurope’s 50 Hottest FinTech Companies in 2014 for its smart email and mobile billing solutions. Companies that send AcceptEmails experience up to 50% quicker payments, 70% lower billing and reminder costs, and 20% improved customer satisfaction (net promoter scores)."
  • Seamless Distribution AB: SEQR to Be Launched in the US This Summer - "SEQR has received a warm welcome here in the US, because of its value propositions for both the merchants and consumers. Having seasoned market industry personnel on staff has also been key to actively cultivating our partnerships and together we have developed the services to fit the local market, says Kenneth Douglas SVP Business and Partnership Development for SEQR in the US."
  • Smart Payment Association (SPA) releases total market estimate 2014 figures - "In 2014, over 2050 million chip payment cards were shipped across the world. The figure was reached just three years after global shipments exceeded the one billion mark in 2011."

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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 18, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 18, 2014

On the Web:

  • Square Is Resurrecting Wallet, Its Pay-By-Name Mobile App, And Giving It Away - ReadWrite - "Square is "retiring" Wallet but its putting its key feature—the ability to pay in stores by saying your name, without taking out a wallet or even your phone—inside Square Order."
  • Silicon Valley Bank -- At The Core Of A Tech Network - Forbes - “We are doing something very, very different. We help them build a sound, scalable operating infrastructure that they would go to an investor and say they have worked with Silicon Valley Bank and the bank has looked over its fraud and compliance.”
  • Amazon Confirms Rollout of One-Hour Delivery Service - Wall St. Journal - "The service, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is available in parts of New York, though Amazon said it would expand to other cities next year. Amazon will charge $7.99 for delivery within an hour, though two-hour delivery is free..."
  • Billing and Payments — a potted history - FastMail Blog - "As a credit card merchant, an important thing is the chargeback rate — that is, the percentage of your payments that the cardholders dispute with their bank. If this rate gets too high, then the payment gateways deem you to be risky, and they will charge much higher fees, or cancel your account completely."
  • Complex Solutions to a Simple Problem - Krebs on Security - "The main reason so many of these newfangled technologies are even being proposed is that the United States lags 20 years behind Europe and the rest of the world in adopting chip/smartcard technology in credit and debit cards."
  • Lawsky Outlines Revisions to New York's BitLicense in DC Speech - CoinDesk - "Ben Lawsky announced the latest revisions to the draft BitLicense today in Washington, DC, announcing a host of changes in response to reactions from its public comment period."
  • Payments startup Tipalti moves HQ to Palo Alto from Southern California - San Francisco Business Times - Tipalti also hired Rob Israch as chief marketing officer as the company "prepares for significant revenue growth."

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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 19, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 19, 2014

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  • Most People Are Only Thinking About Compliance - Bitcoin Foundation Blog (Jim Harper) - "Without prevention of real-world harms to target, banks will manage a different risk, which is the risk of regulatory action. The incentives to “de-risk” entire business lines, including digital currency, will remain strong. Risk aversion in financial services was the top threat to Bitcoin’s success identified in the study we released earlier this year."
  • United Airlines deploys iPads for airport purchases funded by miles - Mobile Commerce Daily - "In total, nearly 6,000 iPads will be stationed around the New Jersey airport’s Terminal C in a bid to elevate the airport experience with sophisticated technology, dining and design."

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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 11, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 11, 2014

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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 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

December 19, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 19, 2013

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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 04, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 4, 2013

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August 27, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 27, 2013

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June 26, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 26, 2013

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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!

April 21, 2013

A Look Inside FinCEN from Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery

FincenThe Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is part of the US Treasury Department where it reports to the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. FinCEN’s mission is to "safeguard the financial system from illicit use and combat money laundering and promote national security through the collection, analysis, and dissemination of financial intelligence and strategic use of financial authorities."

Last week, FinCEN's Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery spoke at the National Cyber-Forensics Training Alliance's CyFIN 2013 Conference in Pittsburgh. In her speech, she reviewed the activities of FinCEN in detail - from where it gets its data, its analysis process, and the upgrades it's been making to further improve its capabilities to fulfill its mission.

In addition, Calvery discussed FinCEN's work with respect to emerging payment systems - including "crypto-currencies" and virtual currencies, along with discussing FinCEN's work addressing account takeovers - particularly of small business accounts - and dealing with third-party payment processors. She's also leading FinCEN's efforts to form stronger partnerships with industry, regulatory, law enforcement, and international partners.

Director Calvery's speech is frankly a "must read" for anyone involved in emerging payments initiatives in the US. A PDF version of her speech is available for download from the FinCEN web site.

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