AXIS M-PAYMENT

Axis Bank has announced it will be beta testing a mobile phone payment
solution with 500 customers for full functionality after 3 months. With
this solution, customers are able to conduct payment transactions using
their cell phone in much the same way a credit card would be used.
Atom Technologies is the organization overseeing the Multi Commodity
Exchange of India to enable mobile payments. With this, the company
has developed such products as the Atom card to embed credit card
data for the payment solution and securely store card details and
provide PIN compatibility.

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Capital One Q4 U.S. Card Profits Up 55%

Capital One’s fourth quarter U.S. credit card profits increased nearly 55% year-on-year, but declined about 7% sequentially. Purchase volume in the U.S. remained flat while U.S. managed card outstandings decreased 3% from the year-ago quarter. The number of U.S. card accounts declined by about 50,000 during the quarter, and remained down from the year-on-year figure of 37.6 million accounts. U.S. card net income was $521.9 million, compared to $560.8 million in the prior quarter and $337.2 million for 4Q/06. U.S. managed card outstandings were $52.1 billion for 4Q/07 compared to $53.6 billion one-year ago and $49.6 billion in the previous quarter. Cap One says loan growth was affected by a reduction in marketing of teaser rates to prime customers, and a $600 million portfolio sale in the first quarter. Purchase volume hit $22.9 billion for 4Q/07, compared to $21.5 billion for 3Q/07 and $22.8 billion for 4Q/06. The managed delinquency rate (30+ days) for U.S. credit cards was 4.95% for the fourth quarter, compared to 4.46% for 3Q/07 and 3.74% for the fourth quarter of 2006. The net charge-off rate for U.S. credit cards was 5.40% for the fourth quarter, compared to 4.13% for the third quarter and 3.82% one-year ago. Cap One expects the U.S. Card managed charge-off rate to be in the mid-6% range in the first half of 2008. For complete details on Capital One’s fourth quarter performance, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

COF U.S. CARD NET INCOME
4Q/06: $337.2 million
1Q/07: $495.3 million
2Q/07: $538.3 million
3Q/07: $560.8 million
4Q/07: $521.9 million
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)

[1]: http://www.carddata.com

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IMOBILE

ICICI Bank and C-SAM have launched the “iMobile” mobile banking
solution to allow customers to bank from their mobile phones. The
Mobile Transaction Platform provides an icon based interface, which makes
for easy customer use, providing 40 different services such as banking,
fund transfer, credit card services and bill payments, among others.
Moreover, the new solution will aid the bank in acquiring new
customers, reduce customer support costs, and generate new revenue
streams. “iMobile” operates on GPRS and SMS networks and has
immense growth potential with an Indian mobile consumer population
of nearly 200 million subscribers. ICICI Bank has assets of nearly
Rs. 3649.44 billion and operates in the retail banking market with a
network of over 950 branches and 3,680 ATMs.

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HSBC & IDENTRUST

HSBC Bank has joined the IdenTrust Network for the generation of
a corporate customer identity solution. This will allow users to digitally
sign documents with secure, legally binding authorizations over the
IdenTrust authentication network available at all branches. The
organizations
are also collaborating for the streamlining of bank accounts, management
processes and trade finance services. HSBC Holdings serves over 125
million customers around the world from nearly 10,000 offices in 83
countries with total assets of around US$2,150 billion while IdenTrust
provides identity solutions in various sectors across more than 175
countries.

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FDC & CADOOZ

First Data will be providing cadooz AG with customer rewards,
incentive solutions and electronic card-based products using ‘controlled
loop’ prepaid card technology. First Data will also provide card processing, procurement, personalization and customer service
for the delivery of incentive programs to make offerings more attractive
to consumers, retailers and organizations. First Data Corp provides
electronic commerce and payment solutions through its operations in 38
countries, 5 million merchant locations and 1,900 card issuers while
cadooz was established in 2000 to provide Germans with gift
certificates, is growing in excess of 50 percent per year and is currently
working with nearly 190 German retailers.

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NYC TLC to Monitor Taxi Card Acveptance

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has launched an undercover initiative to measure the compliance of medallion taxicab drivers for accepting credit cards. Drivers who refuse to accept a passenger’s credit card will face a fine between $150 and $350. Drivers will also be fined for using telephone while operating a taxicab and face a $150 fine if they are not courteous to passengers. Effective October 1st, upon their next scheduled inspection all New York taxis were mandated to have technology-based customer service improvements that will include credit/debit card acceptance and an interactive electronic passenger map and information screen. The TLC is the agency responsible for the regulation and licensing of almost 200,000 yellow medallion taxicabs and for-hire vehicles, their drivers, and the businesses that operate and support their industries.

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MASTERCARD BOARD

MasterCard has elected two new Board members. Jose Octavio Reyes Lagunes joins the MasterCard board as a “Class A” director. He is President, Latin America Group at The Coca-Cola Company. Silvio Barzi, also joins the MasterCard board as a “Class M” director. He is the EVP of UniCredit Group, Head of New Markets, and founder and Chairman of UniCredit Consumer Finance, a bank specializing in credit cards and consumer credit. With these appointments the MasterCard Board of Directors includes a full complement of nine “Class A” directors and three directors representing the financial institutions that own MasterCard “Class M” shares. Richard Haythornthwaite, a partner of UK-based Star Capital Partners, serves as non-executive chairman of the board.

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QNB & OLYMPICS

The Qatar National Bank has launched its VISA cardholder promotion,
“Spend & Win a Trip to the Beijing Olympic Games 2008”. With this
promotion, from now until May 31, 2008, the bank will give 6 of its
VISA credit card customers a trip for 2 to the Beijing Olympic Games,
including airline and accommodation. When cardholders conduct
purchases of QR350 and above, they are automatically entered into
the contest, and double their chances with six or more transactions
of QR350 and above throughout a 1-month period.

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IBC Bank Moves 450K Debit Cards to VISA

IBC and VISA have entered into a partnership agreement to convert the IBC portfolio to VISA-branded products. Under terms of the deal, IBC Bank will offer its customers the full range of VISA consumer debit products – VISA check card, Interlink and Plus. IBC Bank also has agreed to switch its processing services to VISA Debit Processing Service (DPS) for all Visa check card, Interlink and Plus transactions. The companies anticipate IBC Bank will begin converting to VISA’s Debit Processing Service and reissue the bank’s portfolio of debit products later this year.

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Northern Trust Joins the MoneyPass Network

Northern Trust has signed an agreement with MoneyPass to become a member of the surcharge-free ATM network, giving cardholders access to more than 12,000 additional ATMs nationwide. Northern Trust had assets under custody of US$4.1 trillion, and assets under investment management of US$761.4 billion. MoneyPass is a network of Elan Financial Services, a provider of comprehensive ATM and debit card processing solutions for financial institutions, Independent Sales Organizations and retailers.

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Discover Offers Bank Products Through AAA

AAA has entered into a partnership with Discover Bank to offer financial tools to AAA’s 51 million members. Through AAA, Discover Bank will offer money market accounts, IRAs and certificates of deposit. AAA members from participating clubs will benefit from exclusive member-only rates with no minimum opening deposit required.Discover Bank is one of the 100 largest banks in the United States and an affiliate of Discover Financial Services.

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Metavante’s PSG 4Q/07 Revenue Rises 5%

Milwaukee-based Metavante Technologies reported fourth quarter revenue of $408.2 million, up 6% from 4Q/06. The Company says the growth was driven by higher volumes in core processing activity and payment transactions, plus acquisitions added approximately 2 points to the growth rate. The net loss for the quarter was $92.8 million including non-cash impairment charges, net transaction-related costs, and incremental interest expense. The Company completed its separation from Marshall & Ilsley on November 1st and is reporting results for the first time as a separately traded public company. Metavante’s Payment Solutions Group posted fourth quarter revenue of $245.8 million, an increase of 5% over 4Q/06. Segment operating income in the fourth quarter was $71.3 million, flat with the fourth quarter of 2006. Metavante recently announced the acquisition of two businesses that will become part of PSG: Nomad Payments Limited and BenSoft Incorporated, known in the market as RepayMe. For complete details on Metavante’s fourth quarter and full years results visit CardData (www.carddata.com).

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