MOBILE BANXAFE

Banksys, Mobistar, and Gemplus have launched the first national mobile payment application in Belgium. When using the new “mobile banxafe,” the customer will receive a description of the transaction, displayed directly on his/her mobile phone screen. To authorize this, the customer will enter his “mobile banxafe” PIN code, or digital signature, which is then verified by the applet. If the PIN is correct, the signature is sent to the authentication server via the SMS channel, which authorizes the transaction to be processed. Payment commissions are fixed and shared in collaboration with the banking sector, which is responsible for the authorization, risk management, clearing and settlement. Mobistar had a total of 2,305,390 active customers at year-end 2002.

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NB AZ & eFunds

National Bank of Arizona has teamed with eFunds to launch its new core ACH processing system. The immediate benefits of the new system, according to Jorgenson, include automatic re-presentment of NSF returns and an ACH transaction warehousing feature that will allow corporate clients to schedule their file transmissions weeks in advance of settlement dates.  Other benefits include the automation of the bank’s ACH file distribution through multiple windows to the Federal Reserve Bank and the integration of the bank’s ACH Support and Cash Management operations to allow for instant online access to customers’ file information.

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DATAWAVE EXECS

Vancouver-based DataWave Systems says its CFO/Director Marc Belsky has
resigned. John Gunn, General Manager, North American Operations, has been
appointed CFO to replace Belsky. The Company also announced the appointment
of Syd Franchuk as Director of DataWave Systems. Franchuk is President of
National Money Mart Co., based in Victoria, British Columbia, the largest
provider of convenience-based retail financial services in Canada. DataWave
is a developer of prepaid and stored-value programs.

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Top 10 Market Share

Based on year-end credit card outstandings, Citibank, Chase, Capital One, and Fleet made gains in market share last year. The top ten U.S. issuers of VISA and MasterCard, now hold 70.7% market share of outstandings. American Express and Discover, which both lost market share last year, have a market share of 5.2% and 7.7%, respectively. AmEx had a market share, based on outstandings of 8.1% in 2001, while Discover held a 5.3% share. Among the top U.S. VISA and MasterCard issuers, Sears National Bank made the largest percentage move, from 0.8% to 1.9%.

TOP TEN U.S. VISA/MASTERCARD ISSUERS MARKETSHARE
(based on outstandings)
EOY 2002 EOY 2001
1. Citibank 17.6% 16.4%
2. MBNA America 12.0% 12.3%
3. Bank One 11.2% 11.2%
4. JP Morgan Chase 7.7% 6.7%
5. Capital One 7.7% 6.3%
6. Bank of America 4.5% 4.5%
7. Providian 3.0% 5.4%
8. Household Bank 2.6% 2.7%
9. Fleet 2.5% 2.6%
10. Sears National 1.9% 0.8%

Source: CardData ([www.carddata.com][1])

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

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RENMINBI CREDIT CARD

Shanghai Pudong Development Bank and First Sino Bank are teaming to issue the first renminbi-denominated credit card in mainland China. However, the new card is primarily targeted at Taiwan business people in the China. First Sino Bank, an affiliate of Taiwan’s Bank SinoPac, is also owned by Hong Kong-based Lotus Worldwide and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank. Earlier this year, Citigroup acquired a 5% interest in Shanghai Pudong Development Bank in an effort to enter the Chinese credit card market, with plans to issue a co-branded local currency card later this year. In March, Citigroup received permission to carry out foreign currency transactions, enabling it to expand its consumer operations. Citigroup first launched consumer banking operations in China in 2001. Only 20 million consumers carry credit cards in China.

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January Rebound

Consumer revolving credit was up sharply in January compared to last January and the previous two months. Revised figures issued Friday by the Federal Reserve also showed that total consumer revolving credit ended 2002 at $712.9 billion, a 1.6% gain over 2001. However, in January, consumers added $4.5 billion to revolving credit, a 7.6% annual gain. The strong January gain was preceded by a 1.4% drop in November and a 6.5% decline in December. In January 2002, revolving credit increased at an annual rate of 1.8%. Bank credit card debt at the end of the fourth quarter was $660.9 billion or roughly 93% of total revolving credit, according to CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]). According to the government figures released Friday, American consumers were $1.739 trillion in debt, exclusive of home mortgages during January. Overall, consumer credit increased 9.1% in January.

REVOLVING CREDIT HISTORICAL
($billions)
Jan 03 Dec 02 Nov 02 Oct 02 Sep 02 Aug 02 Jul 02
GRWTH: 7.6% -6.5 -1.4% 1.6 3.0 6.2 8.9
$OWED: $717.4 712.9 716.8 717.9 721.3 719.5 717.4

Jun 02 May 02 Apr02 Mar 02 Feb 02 Jan 02 Dec 01
GRWTH: 6.0% 4.1 8.0 4.8 2.2 1.8 -9.7
$OWED: $715.6 712.1 708.7 705.4 705.0 702.4 692.4

Source: Federal Reserve; revised figures as of 03/07/03; For complete historical data visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][2]).

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

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MC ASIA/PACIFIC

MasterCard says Asia/Pacific is its fastest growing region in terms of
merchant acceptance. MasterCard now has 16.5 million merchant locations in
Asia/Pacific, a 54% increase over 2001. Globally, MasterCard acceptance is
up nearly 27% to 30 million locations. Meanwhile, gross dollar volume in
the Asia/Pacific region rose 10.6% last year, to nearly US$223.2 billion.
In the fourth quarter, Asia/Pacific GDV was up 5.2% to US$57.4 billion. The
number of cards issued in the region rose 11.0% to 112.5 million.
MasterCard has 102.4 million card accounts in Asia/Pacific. By country, GDV
was up 23% in Korea, up 15% in Australia, and up 10% in Japan. With over
188.5 million Maestro cards, Asia/Pacific was the second largest Maestro
region at EOY 2002. The number of Maestro cards in the region rose 32.6%
over year-end 2001. MasterCard is also an official sponsor of the 2002 FIFA
World Cup in Japan and Korea. More than 2,300 members leveraged the event,
and the number of World Cup-related affinity cards issued rose 25% compared
with the 1998 games in France.

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DataWave CFO

Vancouver-based DataWave Systems says its CFO/Director Marc Belsky has resigned and has been replaced by John Gunn, General Manager, North American Operations. He has been appointed Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Gunn was DataWave’s CFO prior to Mr. Belsky joining the Company. He has been with the Company for more than five years and has extensive financial and operations management experience.

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Cyberflex Access Award

SchlumbergerSema has received the “Product of the Year Award” from BiometriTech for its “Cyberflex Access” smart cards.  The system authenticates the user by matching the fingerprint to one digitally stored on the SchlumbergerSema smart card. Since this sensitive data is computed directly on the card without the need to rely on the availability or speed of a network for validation, the risk of the information being compromised is substantially eliminated.

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Corillian Promotes Hughes

Corillian has promoted Bill Hughes as EVP of operations. Hughes served as vice president of quality assurance and customer service. As executive vice president of operations, Hughes will manage the development and deployment of all of Corillian’s products and services and oversee engineering, professional services, hosting, customer service and engagement management. Hughes will continue to report to Alex Hart, Corillian’s president and CEO.

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MasterCard Asia/Pacific

MasterCard says Asia/Pacific is its fastest growing region in terms of merchant acceptance. MasterCard now has 16.5 million merchant locations in Asia/Pacific, a 54% increase over 2001. Globally, MasterCard acceptance is up nearly 27% to 30 million locations. Meanwhile, gross dollar volume in the Asia/Pacific region rose 10.6% last year, to nearly US$223.2 billion. In the fourth quarter, Asia/Pacific GDV was up 5.2% to US$57.4 billion. The number of cards issued in the region rose 11.0% to 112.5 million. MasterCard has 102.4 million card accounts in Asia/Pacific. By country, GDV was up 23% in Korea, up 15% in Australia, and up 10% in Japan.

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Smart Golf Card

Toronto-based KESM Transaction Solutions is launching a smart card loyalty program for golf using a Catuity loyalty application and Banksys POS terminals.  The program also allows accumulated “yards” to be redeemed for merchandise, refreshments, supplies or facility use. Additionally, members receive a weekly email with Divot Deals, offers like “double yards” at specific courses or invitations to local tournaments, as two examples. Members can access their program details for each of the 18 courses at a secure link on the Fore! Honors web site.

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