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December 15, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 15, 2014

On the Web:

  • Google Shopping to Counter Amazon - Wall St. Journal - "Google has approached retailers about creating a “buy” button for its online shopping site that would be similar to Amazon’s popular “one-click ordering” feature, according to people familiar with the discussions."
  • Small Bank in Kansas Is a Financial Testing Ground - New York Times - "The creation of the new bank, and the maintenance of the old one, are the work of a couple who were born in India and ended up in Kansas after living in Silicon Valley and passing through jobs at Google and Lehman Brothers."
  • Why Silicon Valley thinks we hate our wallets - SFGate.com - “In that sense, there’s a little bit of a don’t fix what ain’t broke approach that I would argue for,” said Levchin. “Innovating around the user interface of payments is a little gratuitous.”
  • PayPal expands lending programme to merchants - FT - "Paypal’s merchant lending programme launched last September and has since made more than 35,000 loans at a maximum of $60,000."
  • Square Competitor ShopKeep Giving Away Free Equipment to Accept Apple Pay - Re/code.net - "The free giveaway underscores the fierce competition among young companies such as ShopKeep, Square and Poynt, as well as bigger players like First Data, to get small businesses to ditch their clunky point-of-sale equipment for newer, modernized checkout software and hardware."
  • Perseverance Pays Off: The Lending Club Story - Jeff Crowe - Norwest Venture Partners - "The Lending Club story is a testament to the importance of keeping one’s cool during periods of high stress and not giving up on a great idea."

On the Wires:

  • Stockpile Partners with Yodlee to Offer “Invest Your Change” and “Gift Cards of Stock” for Easy and Affordable Investing - “Our offerings give banks a whole new way to engage with their customers and build a deeper relationship,” said Avi Lele, CEO of Stockpile. “When I was a kid, people gave savings bonds or stock certificates as gifts for graduation, birthdays and weddings, but these days, banks miss out on gift giving and investment. We’re removing the obstacles associated with investing, and making it fun, easy, and affordable for everyone.”
  • American Express Serve® Announces Research Pilot to Encourage Consumer Saving - “Rarely do researchers have the opportunity to test their theories in real world environments, using actual financial products, and directly with their target customers,” said Neal Sample, President, Enterprise Growth, American Express. “We see tremendous potential in enabling researchers to use our Serve software platform to improve the lives of the financially underserved. This is why we established our Financial Innovation Lab, and it’s why we are pleased to be working on this research pilot.”
  • Fiserv Research Reveals Rapid Growth of Mobile Bill Payments, Multiple Billing and Payment Choices Key to Customer Satisfaction - “Mobile bill pay is becoming a go-to-channel alongside traditional bill payment methods, creating a ripe opportunity for billers to rethink and expand their multichannel strategies to help stimulate customer satisfaction,” said Eric Leiserson, senior research analyst, Biller Solutions, Fiserv. “Billers that cast a wider billing and payment net with offerings that meet the diverse needs of their customers extend their reach and build stronger, more loyal relationships with customers across channels.”
  • Fraud-proof Credit Cards Possible with Quantum Physics - "This innovative security measure, known as Quantum-Secure Authentication, can confirm the identity of any person or object, including debit and credit cards, even if essential information (like the complete structure of the card) has been stolen. It uses the unique quantum properties of light to create a secure question-and-answer (Q&A) exchange that cannot be “spoofed” or copied."

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 31, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 31, 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!

October 29, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 29, 2014

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On the Wires:

  • Visa Inc. Reports Strong Fiscal Fourth Quarter Adjusted Earnings Per Share Growth of 17% and Full-Year 2014 Adjusted Earnings Per Share Growth of 19% and Announces a New $5.0 Billion Share Repurchase Program - "Our enviable competitive position, strong business model, and great talent helped us deliver adjusted EPS growth of 17% for the fourth quarter and 19% for the full year in the face of continued tepid economic growth and a strengthening dollar. More importantly, the underlying metrics which will drive our revenue growth over the longer term are strong and getting stronger," said Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc.
  • Poynt Introduces World's First Smart Payment Terminal - "Consumers carry connected supercomputers in their pockets while in-store technology still centers around a glorified calculator," said Poynt founder and CEO, Osama Bedier, former head of Google Wallet and long-time PayPal senior executive. "Solving for that disparity, we borrowed from the best in mobile technology to make the payment terminal smart and help small businesses rise to meet growing consumer expectations."
  • Cardlytics Raises $70 Million in Funding - "Led by Discovery Capital, this funding brings Cardlytics’ total venture funding to just over $170 million. Cardlytics intends to use the funds to continue to extend and expand the breadth of the company’s capabilities to make all marketing more relevant and measurable. Morgan Stanley acted as adviser on the deal."
  • U.S. Bank Simplifies B2B Electronic Payments - "The Payment Plus basic payment instruction file transmits payment instructions from the customer to U.S. Bank though a simple CSV (common separated value) file that is easy to use and fast to set up. Because it requires the completion of substantially fewer information fields than the standard payment instruction file, typical users won’t need dedicated IT resources to program it."
  • 2013 FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households - "The survey addresses a gap in the availability of comprehensive data on the number of unbanked and underbanked households in the United States."
  • CARDFREE Partners with Taco Bell® For New Mobile Commerce Application - “Taco Bell is not only one of the largest QSRs in the country, they are one of the savviest marketers out there,” commented Jon Squire, founder and chief executive officer of CARDFREE. “We are extremely proud to be working with them on what is bound to be a game changer for the industry."
  • First Data Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results - “Our results this quarter demonstrate how we are developing innovative products and solutions, collaborating with global brands and strengthening our balance sheet, all while continuing to grow our business,” said Chairman and CEO Frank Bisignano.
  • NRF Statement on Mobile Payment Services - "Merchants large and small make business decisions every single day based upon what makes the best sense for the business, their associates and most importantly, their customers. The payment systems they decide to implement are no different. Data security is paramount, but so is flexibility, cost and ease of use."
  • ShopKeep Introduces the ShopKeep Gift Card - "ShopKeep, the cloud-based small business technology provider trusted by more than 10,000 small business owners to manage retail shops and restaurants with iPads, today announced that it is expanding its product offering to include the ShopKeep gift card."

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!

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.

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!

July 10, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 10, 2014

On the Web:

  • 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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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!

February 13, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 13, 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.

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • Nok Nok Labs Delivers on Vision for Modern Authentication - "Nok Nok Labs, founded by Ramesh Kesanupalli, the visionary behind the FIDO Alliance, has launched the S3 Suite to enable organizations to support a broad variety of authentication technologies from a single, unified infrastructure."
  • Mastercard and Uber Offer Priceless Surprises This Valentine’s Day - "With planes ready to go, MasterCard will sponsor the launch of UberSky, a one day promotion brought to you by Uber giving a limited number of users a chance to deliver a personal on demand sky-writing service, valued at $10,000, to their loved ones for the small price of $500.00."
  • Citi Introduces New Way to Use ThankYou® Points - "With ThankYou Select and Credit, available ThankYou Points can be used to cover purchases in certain categories made with an eligible consumer Citi credit card that participates in ThankYou Rewards."
  • Synaptics and Nok Nok Labs Work Together to Enable the Future of Mobile Authentication - "The new joint solution will allow Synaptic's Natural ID Fingerprint Sensors to interact with the NNL(TM) Multifactor Authentication Client (MFAC), providing a fully integrated FIDO Ready(TM) solution for smartphone manufacturers looking to add strong, seamless authentication to Online Services from their mobile devices."

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!

January 27, 2014

US Postal Service Explores Providing Non-Bank Financial Services

The US Postal Service's Office of Inspector General has published a new white paper titled: "Providing Non-Bank Financial Services for the Underserved". From the Executive Summary:

The Postal Service is well positioned to provide non-bank financial services to those whose needs are not being met by the traditional financial sector. It could accomplish this largely by partnering with banks, who also could lend expertise as the Postal Service structures new offerings. The Office of Inspector General is not suggesting that the Postal Service become a bank or openly compete with banks. To the contrary, we are suggesting that the Postal Service could greatly complement banks’ offerings.

They conclude the introduction by writing: "There is a clear market need for innovative financial products, and millions of families would benefit from more affordable solutions. The Postal Service could be exactly what they are looking for."

January 22, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 22, 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.

On the Web:

  • The Value of PayPal and eBay Together - PayPal Forward Blog - "No other payments competitor has achieved PayPal’s success – because no other competitor has a commerce platform like eBay. PayPal is successful precisely because we are part of eBay Inc., not in spite of it."
  • Gang Rigged Pumps With Bluetooth Skimmers - Krebs on Security - "This blog has featured several stories about gas-pump skimmers that were Bluetooth enabled. What’s remarkable is how common these attacks have become."
  • A new way to pay: Dash rolls out more mobile payment tools at restaurants - Macworld - "If you have Dash installed on your phone, the Bluetooth-enabled Dashboard pushes you an alert when you walk into a venue where you can use the app to pay."
  • EBay Says Icahn Proposes PayPal Spinoff - Bloomberg - "The investor is proposing to spin off online payments unit PayPal, one of EBay’s faster-growing businesses."
  • LG Reveals Fingerprint ID Coming to their Smartphones this Year - "LG Electronics has revealed that they'll be integrating fingerprint recognition functionality into their premium smartphones ... later this year..."
  • Argentina restricts online shopping as foreign reserves drop - BBC - "Argentina has introduced new restrictions on online shopping as part of efforts to stop foreign currency reserves from falling any further."
  • Bitcoin Targets Payments Business of Giants Visa to JPMorgan - Bloomberg BusinessWeek - “Perhaps the rise of Bitcoin will put pressure on big banks to get us a more modern payment system,” said Jennifer Tescher, president of the Center for Financial Services Innovation, a Chicago-based research group.
  • Card-Theft Software Grew in Internet's Dark Alleys - Wall St. Journal - "The Reedum malware worked like a Trojan horse by hiding its malicious nature and compromising systems from inside."
  • Priorities for the future - Visa Europe (Nicolas Huss) - "As a membership organisation focused on European solutions for the best interests of all parties in our four‐party model, our continued success is good for the European economy because electronic payments fuel commerce, replace inefficient and expensive cash and fight the shadow economy."
  • Visa to step up marketing of V.me - Marketing Week (UK) - "Jonathan Vaux, V.me commercial director, says it will use “assets” such as its World Cup sponsorship to raise awareness of the service. Ads will push the convenience and security of V.me."
  • T-Mobile Hopes to Shake Up the Check-Cashing Industry, Too - Re/code.net - "Through the combination of a smartphone and a prepaid Visa debit card, T-Mobile (and its banking partner, Bancorp) aims to offer many of the services typically offered through a bank, including check cashing, direct deposit and bill pay."
  • T-Mobile wants to be your next bank The Verge - "T-Mobile's chief marketing officer Mike Sievert says the service could save the "typical household" using a check casher to cash their paychecks "about $1,500 per year.""
  • On the Matter of Why Bitcoin Matters - Medium (Glenn Fleishman) - "As a currency, I have little faith that it will become a replacement for dollars, euros, or renminbi. As a model for a future payment and transaction system, I believe it’s already shown its value."
  • B2B e-commerce gets its own publication - Internet Retailer - "B2Bec News, a weekly e-mail newsletter, will cover technology and strategies that manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors are using to sell online to businesses, government agencies and nonprofits, including universities and hospitals."

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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!

December 16, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 16, 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 06, 2013

What We Can Learn from the Developing World About Payments?

CarolOn our sister blog PaymentsViews.com, Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson has posted a new articled titled "It’s Complicated: What we can learn from the developing world about payments" - based on her participation on Wednesday at Bill Maurer’s IMTFI (Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion) annual conference at UC Irvine.

In developed countries, relatively affluent payments professionals may think that their estate planning, or mortgage financing, or college funding strategies are complicated, and that their “payment life” is simple. ... But all people, poor or not, have ways of dealing with the intersection of money and the complications of life. Assuming that poverty makes this simple is just wrong. The IMTFI researchers are doing a great job of illustrating this.
Continue the conversation with Carol by sharing your comments on her post or contact her directly at carol@glenbrook.com.

November 06, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 6, 2013

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Updates from Glenbrook:

  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • 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.
  • Join our mailing list for updates about Glenbrook events. Follow us on Twitter: @paymentsnews and @paymentsviews

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!

November 05, 2013

MasterCard Launches New Center for Inclusive Growth

MasterCard logo 140pxMasterCard has announced the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth to conduct and support academic research and provide strategic philanthropic investments that further sustainable and equitable economic growth and financial inclusion around the world. More than a billion people live in extreme poverty, and 2.5 billion adults lack access to formal financial services. While progress is being made, inclusive growth can be the difference, especially for emerging markets, between a volatile economy and one that’s sustainable and sensible in its growth over time.

“MasterCard is launching the Center to provide a focus on delivering the research and philanthropic investments necessary to advance inclusive growth,” said Walt Macnee, Vice Chairman of MasterCard.

“With more people from more countries participating in the global economy than even before, MasterCard believes that inclusive growth is key for economic and social progress.”

“Today, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to define the future more evenly and more equitably, and in a way that’s more sustainable and prosperous,” said Macnee. “We look forward to continuing a dialogue with all interested stakeholders through the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth.”

The Center will work with government agencies, academic institutions, non-profits, foundations and private corporations to create and curate relevant knowledge assets and convene a global knowledge network. As a first step, the Center has created an Academic Advisory Council comprised of thought leaders and innovative thinkers on economic growth and financial inclusion from around the world. Serving as Senior Fellows, they provide strategic counsel and inform the Center’s annual research agenda. The Center’s Senior Fellows include: Fan Gang, Robert Lawrence, Guntram Wolff, Martyn Davies, Ricardo Hausmann, and Suman Bery.

The Center will also focus MasterCard’s strategic philanthropic investments on programs and initiatives that advance financial inclusion through entrepreneurship and economic development. Investments will include a particular focus on empowering women and youth who comprise a large share of those currently excluded from formal financial services.

October 28, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 28, 2013

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Updates from Glenbrook:

  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • 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 Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami, Nov 4-7, 2013.
  • Join our mailing list for updates about Glenbrook events. Follow us on Twitter: @paymentsnews and @paymentsviews

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!

October 16, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 16, 2013

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Updates from Glenbrook:

  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join us for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on October 23rd/24th in New York City!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking at this year's NACHA Global Payments Forum on October 17-18 in New York City. She'll be speaking on the topic "Mobile Payments, Interoperability & Faster Funds Transfer". Elizabeth will also be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami 4-7, 2013.
  • Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson will be speaking at this year's American Bankers Association Annual Convention on October 20-22 in New Orleans. She'll be participating in a panel discussion on The Future of the Payments Industry.
  • Join our mailing list for updates about Glenbrook events. Follow us on Twitter: @paymentsnews and @paymentsviews

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!

October 10, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 10, 2013

On the web:

  • The High Cost, for the Poor, of Using a Bank - The New Yorker (Lisa Servon) - "The answer was surprising: it turns out banks are often costlier for the poor than check cashers and other alternative services."
  • The mathematician's defense of Bitcoin: It's just another option - PBS Newshour - "And this is so incredible because for the first time in history, every transaction made with Bitcoin is known. The block chain is like a global ledger. If you buy something today with Bitcoin, for the rest of time, as long as the Bitcoin network is supported, that transaction is going to be known and archived."
  • Consumers Rack up $1 Billion in Online Spend Per Day, on 188 Days in 2013 - Visa Viewpoints Blog - "eCommerce sales on the Visa network* have surpassed $1 billion a day for 188 days in the first nine months of the year, demonstrating that billion-dollar eCommerce days have become the norm rather than the exception."
  • NFC On Hold or a Go?: Onsite at Money2020 - Credit Union Times - "When asked what the chances that NFC (Near Field Communication) will ultimately prevail as the standard for mobile payments, he scored it a 5, 5 standing for a dead-on certainty."
  • Nordstrom Finds Cash Register Skimmers - Krebs on Security - "The fraud devices in this case resemble small keyloggers that are sold by dozens of stores for approximately $30 to $40 apiece."
  • Pals in Palo Alto - Tomorrow's Transactions Blog - "I'd said at the beginning of the day that we run the Unconferences to get new ideas, and that the best way to get new ideas was to give your ideas away for free."

On the wires:

Updates from Glenbrook:

  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join us for our new series of Glenbrook Payments Boot Camps October 23rd/24th in New York City!
  • Glenbrook's Allen Weinberg and Erin McCune will be at Money2020 in Las Vegas October 6-10 - please reach out to them directly to catch up in person or set up a briefing at the conference. Erin will be moderating an Invoicing, Billing & Collections panel with Bill.com CEO Rene Lacerte, Billtrust CEO Flint Lane and Billhighway Chairman Vince Thomas.
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking at this year's NACHA Global Payments Forum on October 17-18 in New York City. She'll be speaking on the topic "Mobile Payments, Interoperability & Faster Funds Transfer".
  • Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson will be speaking at this year's American Bankers Association Annual Convention on October 20-22 in New Orleans. She'll be participating in a panel discussion on The Future of the Payments Industry.
  • Join our mailing list for updates about Glenbrook events. Follow us on Twitter: @paymentsnews and @paymentsviews

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!

September 26, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 26, 2013

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On the wires:

  • WorldPay US Announces Purchase of Century Payments - “The acquisition of Century Payments is a vital milestone in our continued US growth strategy,” said Tony Catalfano, CEO of WorldPay US.
  • Parallax Capital Partners and StepStone Group buy IdenTrust - "IdenTrust’s experience and expertise in providing identity management for many of the world’s largest banks, its role as a major identity provider to the US Federal and State Governments, and its growing emergence as an identity solution for the corporate sector make it the perfect company for us to invest in."

Updates from Glenbrook:

  • Join us for our new series of Glenbrook Payments Boot Camps coming this October - 8th/9th in the San Francisco Bay Area and 23rd/24th in New York City!
  • Glenbrook's Allen Weinberg and Erin McCune will be at Money2020 in Las Vegas October 6-10 - please reach out to them directly to catch up in person or set up a briefing at the conference. Erin will be moderating an Invoicing, Billing & Collections panel with Bill.com CEO Rene Lacerte, Billtrust CEO Flint Lane and Billhighway Chairman Vince Thomas.
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking at this year's NACHA Global Payments Forum on October 17-18 in New York City. She'll be speaking on the topic "Mobile Payments, Interoperability & Faster Funds Transfer".
  • Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson will be speaking at this year's American Bankers Association Annual Convention on October 20-22 in New Orleans. She'll be participating in a panel discussion on The Future of the Payments Industry.
  • Join our mailing list for updates about Glenbrook events. Follow us on Twitter: @paymentsnews and @paymentsviews

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!

September 23, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 23, 2013

On the web:

  • PayPal Nears Deal for Braintree Payments - Wall St. Journal Digits - "The deal for Braintree would give PayPal access to data and lucrative transaction fees from Braintree’s expanding network, which currently processes more than $10 billion annually for companies like OpenTable, Uber Technologies and Airbnb."
  • Mastercard, Visa to cut French card fees: watchdog - Reuters - "Both Visa and Mastercard will cut interbank fees to around 0.28 percent of the transaction value from about 0.5 percent currently..."
  • The Real Reason the Poor Go Without Bank Accounts - The Atlantic Cities - "The banking industry needs to develop different fee and service structures designed to accommodate lower income depositors in much the same way banks currently provide VIP treatment to high-net-worth individuals."
  • Financial Education and the Debt Behavior of the Young - Federal Reserve Bank of New York - "More than three-quarters of U.S. households bear consumer debt, yet we have little understanding of the relationship between financial education and the debt behavior of U.S. consumers. In this paper, we study the effects of exposure to financial training on debt outcomes in early adulthood."

On the wires:

Updates from Glenbrook:

  • Join us for our new series of Glenbrook Payments Boot Camps coming this October - 8th/9th in the San Francisco Bay Area and 23rd/24th in New York City!
  • Glenbrook's Allen Weinberg and Erin McCune will be at Money2020 in Las Vegas October 6-10 - please reach out to them directly to catch up in person or set up a briefing at the conference. Erin will be moderating an Invoicing, Billing & Collections panel with Bill.com CEO Rene Lacerte, Billtrust CEO Flint Lane and Billhighway Chairman Vince Thomas.
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking at this year's NACHA Global Payments Forum on October 17-18 in New York City. She'll be speaking on the topic "Mobile Payments, Interoperability & Faster Funds Transfer".
  • Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson will be speaking at this year's American Bankers Association Annual Convention on October 20-22 in New Orleans. She'll be participating in a panel discussion on The Future of the Payments Industry.
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July 31, 2013

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July 09, 2013

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May 07, 2013

CFSI: Financial Technology Trends in the Underbanked Market

The Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) and Core Innovation Capital have jointly produced a new paper "Financial Technology Trends in the Underbanked Market" which highlights recent innovations in mobile technology, computing power, and data availability that are driving the development of products and services for underbanked consumers.

“The emerging trends detailed in this research represent tremendous potential for the financial services industry to engage more fully with underserved consumers in value-driven ways,” said Rob Levy, Director, Research, CFSI.

“Our goal is to provide guidance and leadership as entrepreneurs and innovators begin to capitalize on new technology and develop relevant, sustainable, and scalable strategies for meeting consumer needs.”

The four key trends identified in the paper include:
  • Harnessing Social Networks
  • Solving the Cash In/Out Problem
  • Leveraging Big Data for Better Risk Management
  • Scaling Up by Going B2B2C

The paper has been sponsored by Morgan Stanley.

April 24, 2013

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December 21, 2012

May 17, 2012

Survey Says Millennials Use Alternative Financial Services Regardless of Income Level

Survey graphic 140pxA study released by Think Finance surveyed 640 Millennials who have used some type of alternative financial services product within the last year and earn less than $75,000 in annual income.

A new survey of underbanked Millennials – 18-34 year olds who supplement their bank accounts with alternative financial services such as prepaid debit cards or check cashing – challenges the stereotype of alternative financial service users as the poorest members of society who are forced to turn to alternative products. The survey found that underbanked Millennials with mid – high levels of income are using alternative financial services at rates similar to, and in some cases higher than, their lower-income peers.

Lots of interesting numbers.

February 23, 2012

TIO to Launch Cloud Wallet for North America’s Underbanked Population

Tio logo 140x60pxTIO Networks has announced it will launch a cloud-based wallet platform, TIO Wallet, designed to help the estimated 60 million Americans who have limited access to mainstream financial products.

“Finally, a Wallet designed from the ground up to meet the evolving needs of the underbanked consumer,” said Hamed Shahbazi, Chairman and CEO of TIO Networks. “The vast majority of TIO’s $1B worth of transactions per year, support the underbanked marketplace. We know what is important to this customer and are proud to serve them.”

July 20, 2010

Financial Habits of Low-Income Families in Greater Los Angeles

According to a recent report by the Pew Health Group, "Half of low-income families in Greater Los Angeles turn to costly and unregulated alternative financial services (AFS) rather than banks to meet their monetary needs."

Roughly one-third (29%) of the unbanked conduct all financial transactions in cash. The project estimates that there are 300,000 people operating in the cash-economy in Los Angeles alone.
The report, Unbanked by Choice: A Look at How Low-Income Los Angeles Households Manage the Money They Earn, provides a comprehensive look at the financial behaviors and attitudes of 1,000 unbanked and 1,000 banked families residing in Greater Los Angeles. It reveals that both are loyal to their financial service provider and utilize a variety of services on a regular basis. READ MORE »

June 18, 2010

Center for Financial Services Innovation Asks for Prepaid Card Exclusions

The Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) has written to Rep. Barney Frank and Senator Chris Dodd asking that prepaid cards – including government benefits cards, general purpose prepaid cards, payroll cards – be exempt from the fee determination set by the Federal Reserve Board under pending legislation. In its letter, CFSI said that "prepaid cards and, more importantly, the underbanked consumers using these products would be substantially harmed if the products were subject to interchange fee limits. The product structure, which makes them a viable option for consumers to use and for providers to offer, distinguishes them from other debit card products." READ MORE »

May 25, 2010

Q. Is Mobile Money Cheap Enough for the Unbanked?

CGAP's Claudia McKay and Mark Pickens have shared a global pricing study they've completed that examines pricing for services targeting unbanked and underbanked poor people in 10 countries. Their conclusion: "mobile banking and other forms of branchless banking are cheaper than traditional banking, but the gap between the two may not be as wide as some may think. On average, branchless banking is 19% cheaper than banks." A PDF of their presentation is available online. See also this article by Jim Rosenberg on the CGAP blog.

April 06, 2010

Serving the Short-Term Credit Needs of Low-Income Consumers

The Center for Financial Services Innovations has published a new research paper titled "How Should We Serve the Short-Term Credit Needs of Low-Income Consumers?". From the abstract: "Well-structured credit is essential to support a household’s ability to save, build a considerable credit history, and to facilitate crucial investments that can provide a foundation for other wealth-building activities. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of high-quality, small-dollar, short-term credit products in the marketplace today that help consumers to accomplish these goals. This paper explores the challenges these types of products face in order to identify business strategies and public policies that support the development of an efficient marketplace for premium short-term credit."

December 14, 2009

Convenience is Trump

One of Glenbrook's rules about innovating in payments is that "convenience is trump" when it comes to consumer adoption.

Reading Nicole Sturgill's post titled "The Underbanked – Are we making cross-selling efforts or are they just not working?" on the Counting on Currency blog this morning about the FDIC's recently issued report on the Un/Underbanked brings this into focus again:

"The #1 reason the underbanked participants cited was that it was easier to get a payday loan or borrow from a pawn shop than it was to get a bank loan."

December 02, 2009

FDIC Releases Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has released the findings of its FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households, "breaking new ground in gaining understanding of which Americans remain outside the banking system. The survey, conducted on behalf of the FDIC by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, was a supplement to the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey during January 2009. The study, which is the most comprehensive survey to date of the unbanked and underbanked, reveals that more than one quarter (25.6 percent) of all households in the United States are unbanked or underbanked and that those households are disproportionately low-income and/or minority." READ MORE »

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