MBNA PLATINUM

MBNA Ireland has seen a surge in applications for it’s new Platinum credit card and it’s no surprise when you look at the marketplace. As a result, 0% and low interest rate deals have become rare spectacles for the credit card user. It is this backdrop that makes the Platinum offering from http://www.MBNA.ie that much more desirable as card-holders have been used to a marketplace where zero percent deals were a thing of the past. The card from the Bank of America subsidiary comes with 10 months interest free borrowing on balance transfers as well as a substantially below average 14.9% APR (variable). A mere 2 years ago, such an offering wouldn’t have stood out from the crowd or even be worth mentioning but in today’s market, where card interest rates are at an average of 18.6%, a 0% offer with 14.9% APR is worth the hype.

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DBS EXEC

Sebastian Paredes is set to assume the role of CEO with DBS Hong Kong. Bringing with him 25 years’ experience, Paredes has successfully built franchises across multiple markets. He was most recently President Director of P.T. Bank Danamon, Indonesia, successfully solidified the bank’s position in retail, SME and commercial banking, and made inroads into new businesses such as consumer finance and micro lending, where he has served since 2005. He oversaw the bank more than doubled its loan book, expanded its customer base from 2 million to 5.2 million customers and grow revenues by over 240%. He also spent 20 years at Citi, with stints in South America, Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. Between 2002 and 2005, he managed 11 markets as CEO of Citigroup South Africa and regional head of Sub Saharan Africa, and increased the franchise’s net income significantly in a volatile and changing environment.

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CALLATAY & WOUTERS

Callatay & Wouters is launching a guide which looks at the drivers for and benefits of payments standardization and provides advice to financial institutions on best practice payments solutions to manage this change. The guide addresses such initiatives as SEPA and the Payment Services Directive (PSD), which are reshaping the industry, encouraging new market entrants, enhancing competition and, ultimately, improving customer service for consumers and corporates alike. Banks’ payments business is coming of age and has never been so important to the future success of the organisation as a whole.

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CFIB

The Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry in Canada was made official and has been adopted by all the major card brands, which the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and its 107,000 members are looking forward to. Leveling the playing field in the payments sector, following two years of massive merchant fee hikes and unfair practices on the part of some card brands, banks and card processors, the new Code is based heavily on proposals by CFIB in 2009 and gives merchants new powers in their dealings with the major card brands. Provisions of the Code currently in effect include a new power for merchants to cancel a contract without penalty within 90 days if unscheduled new or higher fees are imposed.

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Payvment API Helps Retailers Import Facebook Inventory

Payvment Facebook shopping has unveiled its new application programming interface (API). This allows retailers to easily import inventory to its Facebook page in order to offer these items for sale to Facebook’s half billion members, whom are 41% more likely to recommend a consumer product and 28% more likely to continue using it. A Facebook Fan spends $71.84 more per year than a non-Fan and is worth on average $136.38. Payvment enables retailers to offer Facebook Fan discounts – a powerful way for retailers to build a fan club, and increase loyalty and sales. If a user “likes” a retailer’s Fan page, they can offer an immediate discount that is built right into the Payvment shopping cart. Payvment’s “Share” feature gives Facebook users the option to tell their Facebook friends about an item they like in your store via their Facebook News Feed. It also includes a link back to one’s Facebook store.

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Semtek and RBS WorldPay Offer End-to-End Security

Semtek and RBS WorldPay payment processing have inked multi-year agreements to supply end-to-end security services and infrastructure for US merchants. Semtek’s “Cipher Decryption Service” (CDS) is being installed on RBS WorldPay’s host systems to capture transactions that have been encrypted in multiple formats. POS encryption occurs entirely within the Tamper Resistant Security Module of the payment device or at the encrypting read head and no decryption occurs until the transaction is within the RBS WorldPay host environment. The “Cipher Security Solutions” involve POS device encryption applications, software security, and network services, create a continuous security loop originating when a card is used to when a transaction is complete.

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Bank Freedom Joins the MoneyPass ATM Network

Bank Freedom is now offering surcharge-free ATM access through the MoneyPass ATM network, giving prepaid cardholders access to over 19,000 nationwide surcharge-free MoneyPass ATMs. Previously cardholders paid a surcharge-fee to the owner of the ATM machine every time they withdrew cash. Surcharge-fees can range between $1 and $3.50 per ATM transaction. Now when a Bank Freedom prepaid cardholder uses any of the 19,000 plus nationwide MoneyPass surcharge-free ATMs they will save the $1 to $3.50 surcharge-fee charged by the ATM owner. Bank Freedom provides financial services in the prepaid card industry for the estimated 60 million underbanked Americans while MoneyPass is a network of Elan Financial Services, one of the nation’s leading providers of comprehensive ATM and debit card processing solutions for financial institutions.

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GCA Obtains Dismissal of Federal Anti-Trust Litigation

The federal anti-trust litigation commenced by Sightline Payments against Global Cash Access Holdings innovative cash access solutions and data intelligence for casinos has been dismissed. The judgment concluded Sightline Payments’ allegations were not supported by sufficient facts to establish a plausible entitlement to relief and Sightline Payments’ allegation concerning GCA’s market share, patent rights, agreements with vendors and its agreement to disassociate itself from Sightline’s President were all insufficient to support antitrust claims. Judge Pro dismissed Sightline Payments’ Complaint in its entirety.

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Duane Reade Stores Carry College Pre-Paid Gift Cards

Duane Reade stores are now carrying “JustAsk” Pre-paid Gift Cards, providing college kids deals every time and saving parents money. In fact, 93 percent of customers save more than the cost of their pre-paid cards after only two service requests! Not only that, JustAsk personal savings assistants can save students time and effort and they’re available 24/7 by telephone, e-mail, online, or smartphone. In addition, JustAsk services include a host of online resources such as how-to videos, recipes, local news and events, local Yellow Pages and TV listings. There is also an “Ask a Question” search engine, which should come in very handy for college students away from home. It comes in denominations of $10 and $20.

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Jack Henry 2Q/10 Total Revenue Up to $228mm

MO-based Jack Henry & Associates reported that second quarter total revenue was up to $227.8 million from the $191.9 million in the same quarter a year ago. Gross profit increased to $95.1 million compared to $79.3 million in the fourth quarter of last fiscal year. Net income rose 14% compared to the prior fiscal year to $117.9 million. For the first half of fiscal 2010, total revenue of $393.2 million was generated compared to $373.3 million for the first half of fiscal 2009 while Total revenue increased 12% compared to the prior fiscal year to $836.6 million and gross profit increased 15% to $345.1 million. Net income rose 14% compared to the prior fiscal year to $117.9 million. For complete details on Jack Henry’s latest performance visit CardData (www.carddata.com).

REVENUE
2Q/09 $191.9M
3Q/09 $182.3M
4Q/09 $210.9M
1Q/10 $215.5M
2Q/10 $227.8M
source: CardData.com

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Chartis Enhances Security For Privacy and Data

Chartis is expanding “Specialty Risk Protector” professional liability and data network security insurance solution developed by its Executive Liability division, to give customers access to additional protection for critical network security and privacy risks, greater flexibility in managing data breach events, and new tools to prevent losses. Drawing on experience with network security and privacy liability exposures, the Chartis insurers are now offering a variety of cutting-edge enhancements to Specialty Risk Protector. This includes assessments levied by credit card associations as a result of security or privacy breaches.

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