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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Source: TransUnion Trend Data
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
MoneyGram International has inked partnership agreements to allow “Univision” MasterCard Prepaid cardholders to load their cards at approximately 35,000 of its agent locations nationwide. The “Univision” MasterCard Prepaid Card provides Hispanic consumers with an affordable alternative to carrying cash or using a credit card and is a cheap, safe and easy way to track and manage spending. MoneyGram provides “Univision” MasterCard Prepaid Card users the first load for free, while subsequent reloads are $3.95. MoneyGram offers reloading for hundreds of prepaid card programs in retail locations in virtually every community including many grocery, pharmacy and convenience store chains.Details
Big Hairy Dog Information Systems and USAePayâs “PaySaber” teamed to allow Nike sales representatives to to scan barcode items, take a credit card or cash payment for the merchandise and print a detail-itemized receipt from anywhere at the New York City Nike World Basketball Festival. Associates assisted and checked out on the floor of the store using the mobile payment “PaySaber” on either the Apple iPhone or iPod Touch to offer all the functionality of a stand-alone point of sale register in the palm of the hand. The USAePay “PaySaber” software works in conjunction with the Big Hairy Dog Retail Pro solution and would update customer details, sales records and inventory quantities so both were always in sync. Based on this successful implementation, Nike Events plans on moving forward with the solution for future events such as the Chicago Marathon, New York Marathon and Nike Womenâs Marathon in San Francisco.Details
Dollar Financial, serving primarily unbanked and under-banked consumers, posted consolidated total
revenue of $610.9 million for its 2010 fiscal year, up $83.1 million or 15.7% year-over-year. Adjusted
EBITDA was $182.2 million for fiscal 2010, for an increase of $43.7 million or 31.6% compared to the prior
fiscal year. For 2Q/10, meanwhile, total consolidated revenue was $159.0 million for an increase of 27.8%
or $34.6 million over the three months ended June 30, 2009. The Company incurred $10.2 million of net
one-time charges, principally related to an $8.5 million net unrealized, non-cash mark-to-market
valuation loss on the Company`s debt and cross-currency interest rate swap agreements throughout the
quarter. The Company continued to implement its store rationalization program, having closed 23 U.S.
financial services stores, 16 of which were located in Arizona with 7 store closures in the State of
Washington. Results were also due in part to the recently acquired Dealers` Financial Services (DFS)
business in the United States, which provides fee based auto lending and insurance services to military
personnel in the United States and contributed $4.9 million of incremental EBITDA for the quarter. With
these results, Dollare Financial is expecting to post adjusted EBITDA of between $205.0 million and $215.0
million in the next fiscal year.