Fiserv financial services technology solutions has introduced its “Revenue Expansion” program to help banks and credit unions impacted by Regulation E, prohibiting overdraft fees for ATM or one-time debit card transactions. With 20-50% of overdraft fee income from electronic transactions at risk, which generate an estimated $30 billion annually, banks and credit unions need subsequently create a strategy to comply. The Fiserv “Revenue Expansion” program offers New Deposit Products, Consumer Liquidity Products, and Cross-Sell, Loyalty and Retention Products. The new deposit products include alternatives to free checking such as incentive or rewards-based checking: relationship or activity-based pricing; card based initiatives such as consolidating PIN networks; increasing debit card penetration, activation and usage; and new consumer payments alternatives such as expedited electronic bill payment and person-to-person payments. Short-Term Consumer Liquidity Solutions directly address the potential impact from Reg E. For consumers who “opt in,” financial institutions can implement dynamic overdraft threshold strategies determined on an account-by-account basis that provide consumers with overdraft limits that match their capability to repay. Cross-Sell, Loyalty and Retention Products, including card rewards, relationship rewards, incentive-checking products and relationship pricing, can drive consumer behavior and encourage long-term retention and greater product usage.Details
Comdata payment innovation has been awarded the “Supplier Excellence Award for Excellence in Collaboration” from Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). Commending Comdata’s customer-focused approach in listening and delivering solutions that meet its business needs, the “Supplier Excellence Awards” recognizes the Company as a top-rated supplier. Comdata has collaborated with CCE on a single-card solution to create companywide synergies throughout its fuel supply chains and the Comdata fuel card management program to provide CCE fuel savings. Comdata also consulted with CCEâs Audit and Compliance department to establish defined business rules that help protect the integrity of the CCE brand, as well as drive compliance and savings.Details
American Express is presenting its “Cardmember-Only Viewing Event” and “Designer Discussion” for Fashionâs Night Out: The Show, runway public fashion show. The event will take place at Alice Tully Hall on September 7 starting at 6 PM and provide style savvy Cardmembers with another way to experience this memorable evening and be part of the excitement at Lincoln Center. Featuring over 150 looks, the exclusive viewing event will offer Cardmembers a spectacular vantage point to view the entire runway production on an entirely new level. To learn more about American Expressâ special access to the world of fashion and other exciting entertainment offers, follow @americanexpress on Twitter, become a fan of American Express on Facebook and visit www.americanexpress.com/entertainmentDetails
Richard Savard has been appointed President and CEO with FSV prepaid debit processing and program management services. Having been a member of FSVâs Board of Directors since mid-2009, he previously served as CEO of NetSpend Corporation TX-based prepaid debit company. He also held senior positions in marketing and financial services for Macyâs, Inc. in both New York City and in Cincinnati, Ohio. TX-based FSV Payment Systems specializes in the delivery of prepaid debit management and processing services, with programs for payroll, rebates, loyalty and promotions and general-purpose reloadable cards for retail, gift and healthcare.Details
American Express and TakePart “Members Project” online initiative for volunteer opportunities to earn “Membership Rewards” bonus points has announced its 5 selected beneficiary organizations. Chosen by the public through online voting, the five organizations will collectively receive $1 million in funding from American Express to advance their missions of serving communities around the world. The five charitable organizations that will each receive $200,000 in funding from American Express are Arts & Culture: StoryCorps; Community Development:Grameen Foundation; Education:Jumpstart for Young Children; Environment & Wildlife: National Audubon Society; Health & Wellness: American Cancer Society.Details
Van Tran, CEO of Veritec, a pioneer of proprietary two-dimensional matrix technology and mobile banking debit card solutions, announced the signing of a partnership agreement with Veterans Healthcare USA. Veritec’s mobile banking software platform processes debit, pre-paid and gift card solutions to debit card issuers and sponsoring organizations. Veritec’s technology can be deployed on both a closed or open loop processing platform. Using Veritec’s Unique Mobile Banking Technologies, the card will allow cardholders to send funds to family members instantly anywhere in the world, receive notification on card usages, and turn a card on or off via phone or Internet.Details
mFoundry secure mobile financial solutions now has more than one-million users of its mobile banking platform. With nearly 200 customers, much of mFoundry’s traction in new sales is coming from the emerging middle market of credit unions and community banks who are looking for a cost effective way to deliver the most powerful mobile solution possible. mFoundry’s product is ideally suited for these financial institutions, delivering a highly configurable, scalable solution that supports all mobile modes. Using predefined online banking and core system interfaces, mFoundry and its partners are able to rapidly deploy industry-leading solutions with lower upfront costs and the industry’s fastest time to market.Details
August saw 62% of small business owners indicating the economy is getting worse while 55% expect economic conditions to be unfavorable in the next six months, up 10% from July. With this, the Discover “Small Business Index” plummeted from 83 in July to 73 in August, the lowest in 18 months and the largest one-month decline since November of 2009. Confidence among small businesses slid 17.4 points since last month to a record-low 65.5 points on the index, compared to business-to-business operators who marked 79 on the index in August, down only 2.2 points from July. Most revealing is 75% of small business owners expected a second recession to occur before the country sees a full recovery. Additionally, 17% of small business owners would increase business development spending in the next six months, down from 28% in July; 52% would decrease spending, up from 45 percent in July; 29% donât plan any changes; 78% have no plans to do any hiring; 72% had no plans to add or subtract jobs; and 20% were laying off workers and 6% planned to do some hiring.
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ActivePath 2-Way eMail Banking Systems that enable banking customers to securely communicate and conduct alert-driven financial transactions via email in real time has received Netbankerâs Online Banking Report âOBR Best of the Webâ award. OBR lauded ActivePath for its new, patented online technology that âraises the bar in online/mobile deliveryâ. ActivePathâs 2-Way eMail Banking System adds a secure, transactional component to alerts and other customer communications that simplifies banking for users and gives institutions a whole new way to deliver a full range of secure, interactive banking services at the customerâs convenience via desktop, laptop, and mobile devices.Details
The national credit card delinquency rate of bankcard borrowers 90 days or more delinquent on at least one credit card decreased to 0.92% in 2Q/10, down 17.1% over the previous quarter and down 21.3% over the year ago period. Over the past two years, the closest the delinquency rate has been nearest this figure was in 2Q/08 when it was 1.04%. Credit card delinquency was still highest in Nevada at 1.50%, although its down from the last quarter figure of 1.79%, when the State still led the nation. Nevada is followed by Florida (1.24%) and Arizona (1.11%). The lowest credit card delinquency rates were found in North Dakota (0.54%), South Dakota (0.55%) and the District of Columbia (0.61%). These findings, according to Transunion research, reflects only Alaska showed an increase in credit card delinquency, up 7.4%, while the largest quarter-over-quarter drop in delinquency was found in the District of Columbia, down -28.2%, and Delaware, down -23%. Additional findings show average credit card borrower debt was down since the previous quarter by 4.1% to $4,951 from $5,165. This is down 13.4% from the year ago figure of $5,719 and is lowest average national balance in 8 years.
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PayTrace has deployed transaction processing capabilities on the Chase Paymentech Tampa processing network. Integration and Certification has been completed on the Chase Paymentech Tampa processing network for all of PayTraceâs functionality, including: Moto, E-Commerce, Retail, and Level II and III data processing. This offers more market opportunities by offering the ability to process payment transactions on the network to benefit Resellers with a greater choice or networks.Details
Hypercom is set to attend the 2010 Roth Fall Conference Wednesday, September 1 through Friday, September 3 at the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel in Maui, Hawaii. With this, the Company CFO will participate in a series of one-on-one meetings with investors. Also set to present at the conference is the Hypercom Senior Vice President, Finance, Treasury and Investor Relations. Hypercom global payment technology offers a full suite of high security, end-to-end electronic payment products, software solutions and services.Details