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April 07, 2014

Musings about Bitcoin

PaymentsViews logo 140pxIn an article titled "Bitcoin is like...", Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson muses about comparing bitcoin to the introduction of the printing press:

The printing press freed the written word from the control of the clergy, and let the masses have direct access to books, to the Bible, to politicians’ screeds. Bitcoin has the potential to free money from the control of bankers, central and otherwise."

What do you think? Carol welcomes your comments!

March 03, 2014

Headline News from - 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).

On the Web:

On the Wires:

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:!

February 28, 2014

Headline News from - February 28, 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).

On the Web:

On the Wires:

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:!

January 17, 2014

Last Call: The 2014 PaymentsNews Reader Survey

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Our thanks go out to the many readers who have already shared their opinions and recommendations about PaymentsNews in our 2014 Reader Survey. If you haven't had a chance to participate, we'd love to have you take a minute or two to do so. Your opinions and comments are very important to us and will help us make PaymentsNews more useful to you.

Please take a moment to participate.  It’s quick and easy:  

Thanks again for participating! - we'll be closing the survey over the weekend.

January 13, 2014

The PaymentsNews 2014 Reader Survey

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We’d love to have you participate in our 2014 PaymentsNews Reader Survey!   Your opinions and comments are very important to us and will help us make PaymentsNews more useful to you.

Please take a moment to participate.  It’s quick and easy:  

December 24, 2013

Season's Greetings from Glenbrook Partners!

Season s Greetings Glenbrook

We wish you all the best this holiday season - enjoying good times together with family and friends!

November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from!

Fall Colors 2012
We hope our American readers have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

We've certainly got a lot to be thankful for!

Scott Loftesness @sjl
Editor - @paymentsnews

April 22, 2013

April 18, 2013

Chart of the Week: PayPal's Payment Volume (2001-2013)

PayPal logo 140x60pxHere's this week's chart of the week - PayPal's payment volume ($ Billions) by quarter from 2001 through its first quarter 2013 results reported earlier this week. The last two columns show a bit of seasonality - but, otherwise, a pretty impressive ramp "up and to the right"!

PayPal Payment Volume

Share your thoughts about PayPal's growth - and future growth prospects - by adding a comment below.

Have you seen an interesting chart recently that opened your eyes to new insights? Please tell me about it! Email it to me:

February 05, 2013

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December 17, 2010

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September 12, 2010

What Payments News Means To Me

I've been reading and contributing to Payments News since Scott started the news feed in January 2001. Quite frankly, it's been challenging to contribute something that he hadn't already discovered and posted. But I've always delighted in digging into the far corners of the payments industry that might have escaped his purview. Sometimes the smallest of victories are the sweetest.

As the newly-appointed editor at Glenbrook, I'll be scanning and digesting the day-to-day developments in the payments industry with the same just-the-facts approach. While I have my own thoughts about implications, I'll be leaving my opinions in PaymentsViews.

One of the aspects of Payments News that I personally find valuable in my client work is the historical breadth of the archive. I'll continue to edit with an eye for capturing industry news for the record, tagged by subject, and fully searchable. I know how important this is to Glenbrook's clients and other payment professionals.

I speak for all of Glenbrook when I say we really appreciate your contributions and suggestions. As always, please email them to: And, if you've got news you'd like us to cover on Payments News, the easiest way to get it to us is to email it to:

- Russ Jones

Time to Transition!

After eight years of editing Payments News, I've recently transitioned my role as editor over to my partner Russ Jones.  Russ will now be guiding Glenbrook's efforts to provide a concise "over the shoulder" look at what we're watching in payments-industry news. With Russ in charge, Payments News is in very good hands!

I will continue to be involved in our online activities -  I hope to be writing a bit more for as well as developing some new Glenbrook online services. And, of course, I'll continue in my primary roles as a strategy consultant for Glenbrook and as an instructor in our payments education program! You can always reach me at

I'd like to thank the many subscribers and contributors to Payments News who made my time as editor so enjoyable.  You're the best!

- Scott Loftesness

April 01, 2010

Are You Getting an Apple iPad?

Are you getting an Apple iPad this weekend? We are!

Right out of the box, Payments News should look great on the iPad in the Safari browser viewed in landscape mode. We're looking forward to holding Payments News "in our hands"! We'll be enhancing Payments News even more for our new iPad-equipped readers! - stay tuned!

And, if you're with a financial institution doing new things for/with iPad's, be sure to let us know! We're looking forward to a seeing next-generation online experiences on this device - and want to feature your innovations!

March 31, 2010

Welcome to April - PayPerPal!

Here's an oldie but goodie from the Payments News archives - April 1, 2005 - five years ago - PayPerPal!


March 28, 2010

New Opportunities on Payments News

Thanks very much for reading and subscribing to Payments News. We're in the midst of adding some new features to Payments News that may be of interest to companies in the payments field.

One of the new features we're planning is a new resource library for the distribution/downloading of industry white papers. If your company is interested in learning more about distributing your white papers through Payments News, please contact us at: and we'll be in touch with more details.

Also, after having received many requests from companies wanting to help sponsor Payments News, we're also planning to transition to a new sponsorship model. If you're interested in learning more about our upcoming sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at:

As always, thanks for your readership and support! We always appreciate hearing from you! Send your comments to us at: Charter sponsors will receive special benefits.

Best, Scott

December 30, 2009

Looking Back: Payments News Stats, Top Stories, and Categories of 2009

Our mission with Payments News continues to be helping folks just like us - payments professionals - quickly and easily stay on top of the news of the day. We try to make it easy for you to "read over our shoulder" and get a tightly edited sense of what's important and relevant. That's what we try to do every business day. PN is a daily complement to Glenbrook's other payments education offerings including our Payments Boot Camps and our new Payments Essentials webinar series.

PaymentsNews_logo-140px.gifPayments News once again had a very busy year in 2009 - serving almost 3 million page views to over 2 million unique visitors. Over the year, our daily email distribution subscribers grew by over 1,100 to over 6,500 readers. Over 4,500 readers follow PaymentsNews daily via our RSS feed.

And, over 1,200 readers have been following Payments News in real-time via our Payments News Twitter feed launched late last year. We tweeted over 3,000 news stories in 2009!

This year, we also added a Payments News Facebook page - so you can easily become a fan and follow us on Facebook.

Looking back over the 2009, here are the top 5 most viewed individual news stories posted to Payments News this year:

  1. Chase Launches New Ultimate Rewards Program
  2. Bank of America's Add It Up Offers Cash Back for Online Shopping
  3. MasterCard Launches Priceless Picks iPhone Application
  4. 100,000,000 Accounts in Apple's iTunes
  5. A Look at PayPal's Adaptive Payments

The top 5 most viewed categories/tags on Payments News for 2009 were:

  1. Chase Card Services
  2. Mobile Payments
  3. Citi Cards
  4. Prepaid Cards
  5. Merchant Acquirers

Thanks very much for reading Payments News in 2009 - we hope you're finding it a valuable daily tool. We always welcome reading your comments and suggestions - please send them to us here! We're looking forward to an even more exciting 2010 - and wish you all the best too!

PaymentsViews_logo-140px.jpgAnother highlight of 2009 was the launch of our sister "rants and opinions" blog: in February under the leadership of Erin McCune. An active blogger herself, Erin's worked hard to get all of us at Glenbrook sharing our thoughts on the latest happenings in payments. Perhaps the best example is Carol Coye Benson's series of articles sharing her insights and observations on mobile payments based on interviews she conducted with the leading U.S. and Canadian companies in this market!

Thanks again for your readership of Payments News and Payments Views! Best wishes for a great 2010 from all of us at Glenbrook Partners!

December 28, 2009

Follow PaymentsNews and PaymentsViews on Twitter

Are you active on Twitter? Did you know that you can follow us on Twitter too? Both and have Twitter feeds that you can follow to get real-time updates for our postings:

Follow us and get our updates as real-time tweets!

November 20, 2009

Tips For News Junkies

If you're a payments geek who's always on the lookout for payments-related news, you might enjoy the Payments News section we've recently added to Google News. You can find the new payments news section listed here.

If you're logged into Google News, you simply click to add the section to your personalized version of Google News - and follow more payments news to your heart's delight! There's even an RSS feed - if you prefer following it in your news reader!

Hope this helps you find even more payments-related news! If you prefer a more concise, edited compilation, we hope you'll continue just reading!

November 05, 2009

Be Sure to Follow Payments News and Payments Views on Twitter

Are you looking for real-time updates when new items are posted on and The best way to receive them is to follow our Twitter feeds for and for Over 1,200 payments professionals are now following our two Twitter feeds - if you're an avid Twitter use, feel free to join them!

October 29, 2009

Reminder: How to Read Payments News on Your iPhone

Are you as big a fan of Apple's iPhone (and iPod touch) as I am? If so, here's a reminder about an iPhone edition of Payments News that we've specially tailored for viewing on the iPhone. You can find it here:

September 08, 2009

Summer's Over - and the News is Slow!

There's a relative dearth of interesting payments-related news today. Obviously, the post-Labor Day announcement strategy is a thing of the past in the current economy! If you've got any interesting news to share, please send it to!

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