FIFA & VISA

Those looking to follow their soccer team throughout the 2010 FIFA World
Cup tournament can purchase tickets now through FIFA with their Visa
card. By participating in FIFA’s Third Ticket Sales Phase from December
5 – January 22 through FIFA’s Tour Operators Program at one of more than
50 participating tour operators, a list of which can be found at
www.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/ticketing/01/03/02/39/pto_5.8.2009.pdf,
South African fans have easy access to ticket selections. Also, through
FIFA’s “MATCH Hospitality” worldwide exclusive Official Hospitality
Program and Team Specific Ticket Series packages are available for
purchase. Visa is the preferred card for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and
Visa payment cards will be the only payment cards accepted, along with
cash, at all FIFA venues and the onsite stadium merchandise booths.

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CLEAR2PAY & AQUILINE

Aquiline Capital Partners New York-based private equity firm is leading
an investment round in Clear2Pay financial services technology company.
Delivering global solutions for secure and timely electronic payments,
Clear2Pay will have 50 million to fund its next stage of growth and
potential strategic acquisitions with funds combined from current
investors. Clear2Pay one-stop-shop for flexible, scalable and
cost-efficient global payment solutions offers clients the modern
architecture and software necessary to accommodate all of their payment
systems and modify their market propositions efficiently. The investment
from Aquiline is expected to be consummated by the end of this year and
is subject to customary closing conditions.

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Cardlytics Expands its Transactional Platform

Loyalty program provider Cardlytics has expanded its transactional marketing platform for national, local and online
retailers. Cardlytics
is the first platform to target and track both offline and online
consumer redemptions via digitally targeted ads.
Cardlytics provides retail merchants with a highly targeted, “market of
one” approach. This new form of transactional marketing aligns banks and
retail merchants by enabling consumer purchase data to be used for
targeting merchants’ customers – or their competitors’ customers – with
relevant offers. Merchant offers can segment any combination of
targeting parameters, including merchants where a consumer shops, where
the consumer lives, as well as transaction amounts – a level of
precision that does not currently exist in any other marketing channel.
Offers are then delivered to consumers through their online bank
account, with no data ever leaving the financial institution, thus
protecting customer privacy and anonymity.

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GEMALTO ID

Gemalto digital security has surpassed 25 million smart card-based
identity credentials shipped to the U.S. federal government. This total
is evenly split between government identity credentials, used for
securing the identities of federal government employees and military
personnel and for electronic passports (ePassports), used for protecting
the personal information of U.S. citizens traveling abroad. The new
“Gemalto PIV” card has dual contact/contactless technology and doubles
the storage capacity of previous PIV cards to handle larger encryption
keys and store multiple identity certificates on an open platform to
support adding new applications. Meanwhile, the smart card-based “SG
FIPS” is a zero-footprint encrypted secure flash drive with FIPS 140-2
Level 3 certification and meets Military Standard 810-F environmental
standards.

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CashStar Offers Gift Card Actionable Tips

With 46% of online shoppers planning to give gift cards this holiday
season, CashStar, the e-gifting and incentives company, offers retailers
five actionable tips to drive sales for this holiday staple. These
include offering personalized gift card options online; promoting
heavily prior to holiday; building a buzz through social media; using
incentives to entice gift card purchases and tailoring offers by
tracking behavior with data generated from online gift card purchases
for more targeted promotions. CashStar interactive gift card and
incentives company provides e-gifting, marketing and promotions
platforms to help leading brands increase online and in-store traffic
and improve lift.

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Cash Becomes a Trendy Gift Among Americans

Over 95% of American households celebrate more than one gift giving occasion between October and January, with 56% wishing for the gift of cash this season. Survey respondents disclosed that with the gift of cash, 40% would use it for day-to-day expenses; 20% would “splurge” on a gift for themselves; 15% would stash it; and 10% would use it to purchase a gift for someone else or make a donation to charity. This, according to the latest Western Union survey, also showed 52% expect to send a gift to someone who they will not be seeing in person this holiday season, 60% of whom cite the cost of shipping gifts and many cite sending the gift of cash allows gift-givers to easily stay within their holiday budget. To encourage and facilitate the practice of giving the gift of cash this holiday season, Western Union is providing consumers with $50 for a $5 fee when sending the gift of cash within the U.S. through December 26th.

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Associated Bank Offers Surcharge Free ATMs

WI-based Associated Bank is offering surcharge free access to ATMs for its Illinois customers.
Through separate agreements with the STARsf and MoneyPass
networks, Associated’s Illinois customers can use any of more than 2,000
ATM locations in Illinois, as well as nearly 50,000 ATM locations
worldwide, without paying ATM surcharges.
This expanded access to surcharge-free ATM locations is available to
Associated Bank customers with current relationship checking accounts
opened in Illinois. These Illinois customers will not pay any Associated
ATM fees or ATM surcharge fees when they use ATMs in the STARsf and
MoneyPass networks. Customers can find the closest surcharge-free ATM by
visiting www.associatedatm.com.

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Employment Trends Index Edges Up for 4th Month

The Conference Board Employment Trends Index (ETI) increased for the fourth consecutive month. The index now stands at 90.8, up 1.8% from the revised October figure and down 9.4% Y/Y. The Employment Trends Index was driven by positive contributions from five out of the eight components, including Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance, Number of Temporary Employees, Job Openings, Industrial Production and Real Manufacturing and Trade Sales. The eight labor-market indicators aggregated into the Employment Trends Index include respondents disclosing “Jobs Hard to Get” ; initial claims for unemployment insurance; percentage of Firms with positions not able to fill right now; number of employees hired by the temporary-help industry; part-time workers for economic reasons; job openings; industrial production; and real manufacturing and trade sales.

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Veritec to Introduce Visa-Branded Card

Mobile banking solution provider Veritec is rolling out a Visa branded
multi-purpose card.
Veritec’s VSCode is a secure data storage container that holds several
thousand bytes of data.
Having the VSCode on the back of the prepaid card will enable banking
institutions, governments, and organizations to use it as a
multi-purpose financial and secure ID card.
Veritec is registered in Visa Third-Party Agent program as an
Independent Sales Organization and Merchant Servicer and is a developer
of proprietary two-dimensional barcodes called VeriCode and VSCode. The
company’s products include its proprietary 2D barcodes, multi-purpose
financial and ID cards, and PhoneCodes™ products for delivering
electronic tickets, coupons and prepaid cards to consumers.

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