Global Payout and CCS Prepay Partner on Prepaid Debit

Global Payout and CCS Prepay UK announce a joint venture agreement to pool their U.S. and International Prepaid Debit card products and resources together to broaden each company’s ability to meet client groups’ card production needs as well as enhance customer services. In mid-November 2013, the parties had signed a product sharing agreement on an EMV Visa International Prepaid Debit Card developed with a partner bank in Europe. By the end of this month, the companies expect to complete joint venture agreements on three more EMV Visa and MasterCard cards, including a globally deployable GPR (General Purpose Reloadable) Card for the retail scene.

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Swish mPOS Granted Institution License

Swish Payments mPOS provider was granted a Financial Institution license by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA). This allows Swish to operate as a licensed financial institution under the European Commission Payment Services Directive. This marks a major milestone towards Swish’s global expansion by enabling delivery of services within the European market. Swish brought the first low-cost EMV chip-and-signature solutions for mobile payment card acceptance to the Asia Pacific region. Now the company is poised to introduce compelling EMV chip-and-PIN solutions for mobile payment card acceptance in the United Kingdom and Canada in the coming months.

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M-hance Announces Latest Reconciliation Client

Vale Europe reduced the time and cost involved in the completion of its bank reconciliation by implementing an integrated financial management solution from m-hance. This system, m-hance Bank Management, has enabled Vale Europe Ltd to achieve greater compliance and has halved the time it takes to complete its bank reconciliation process through automating a range of manual-based procedures. After reviewing the market, Vale selected m-hance’s integrated Bank Management solution to gain a faster, more accurate and efficient means of reconciling transactions by automating manual administrative processes. The solution’s rule-based matching functionality automatically reconciles transactions within Vale’s m-hance finance system to an imported bank statement to eliminate duplication of effort and reduce errors.

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MasterCard and Commonwealth Accelerate mPayments Adoption

MasterCard will enable Commonwealth Bank of Australia MasterCard cardholders to securely load and store payment account credentials on select flagship NFC-enabled Samsung devices, enabling fast and secure contactless payments. Commonwealth Bank of Australia is the first bank globally to collaborate with MasterCard and Samsung to offer this service to its customers, using Mobile MasterCard® PayPass™ within its CommBank app on the embedded secure element of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Commonwealth Bank customers can now easily add contactless payment functionality to their Samsung Galaxy S4, allowing for contactless payments at the more than 1.6 million MasterCard PayPass contactless merchant locations around the globe. This includes major retailers, convenience stores, grocery stores, pharmacies and taxis – quick payment environments where speed and convenience matter most.

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RBS Fined for Regard to U.S. Sanctions

Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday issued a consent order to cease and desist and a civil money penalty assessment of $50 million against the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (RBS Group) and the Royal Bank of Scotland plc (RBS plc). The order and penalty address unsafe and unsound practices related to insufficient oversight by RBS Group and RBS plc of its U.S. dollar clearing practices and economic sanctions compliance programs. These practices involved transactions that included funds transmissions with entities and individuals subject to U.S. sanctions regulations regarding Burma, Cuba, and Iran. Under the cease and desist order, RBS Group and RBS plc must improve their programs for compliance with U.S. economic sanctions.

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Credit Card GDV

Gross Dollar Volume (GDV) for U.S. Visa and MasterCard branded credit cards is rebounding after six painful years. In the third quarter GDV rose 9.2% year-on-year, compared to 5.8% one-year ago. The September 15, 2008 Lehman bankruptcy and subsequent credit crisis of 2008 and 2009 drove GDV down by more than 16% for two quarters. With the exception of the historically slow first quarter this year, bank credit card GDV has been heading upward, hitting 7.8% in the second quarter, according to CardData.

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Wells Fargo Visa Joins Isis Mobile Wallet

Wells Fargo & Company and Isis®, the mobile commerce joint venture created by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Verizon Wireless, announced the first phase of an agreement that allows Wells Fargo Visa consumer credit card holders to load their cards into the Isis Mobile Wallet®. This launch enables cardholders to securely pay, redeem coupons and present loyalty credentials, all with the tap of their phone. Customers with one of the more than 50 Isis Ready® smartphones available from AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon Wireless can receive an enhanced SIM card from their wireless carrier and download the Isis Mobile Wallet for free from Google Play.

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MC Europe PDV

MasterCard’s credit/debit card purchase dollar volume (PDV) in Europe has been climbing back to levels not seen since 2008. In the third quarter MasterCard reported a 16.6% year-on-year rise, compared to 14.5% in 2012. Interestingly, MasterCard’s European gross dollar volume beat out the U.S. in Q3, $322 billion versus $316 billion. RAM Research estimates MasterCard’s European PDV will decline 40 basis points in the fourth quarter due to general economic statistics for the region.

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CC Annual Forecast

TransUnion released its annual forecasts on two primary consumer credit variables — mortgage and credit card delinquency rates. Credit card delinquency rates (the ratio of bankcard borrowers 90 days or more delinquent on one or more of their credit cards) are expected to rise nearly 10% from 1.51% in Q4 2013 to 1.66% in Q4 2014. Even with that increase, the card delinquency rate would remain far below average historical levels. Between 2007 and 2012, the credit card delinquency rate has averaged 2.38% during the fourth quarter.

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LifeLock Aquires Lemon Wallet

LifeLock, Inc. announced the acquisition of mobile wallet innovator Lemon for approximately $42.6 million in cash. In addition, in connection with the transaction, LifeLock has agreed to issue equity customary for a transaction of this size that will vest over the next three years. In conjunction with the acquisition, LifeLock also launched a new app that utilizes Lemon technology to help consumers manage and protect their digital identity. This transaction marks the next step in LifeLock’s evolution by adding a comprehensive mobile platform to the company’s integrated identity protection services for consumers.

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Commonwealth Bank offers PayPass

Commonwealth Bank, in partnership with MasterCard and Samsung Electronics Australia, became the first bank globally to offer its customers MasterCard® PayPass™ payments capabilities via Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled Samsung GALAXY S4 devices. The world first collaboration1 delivers a next-generation shopping experience and simplifies the ways customers pay for everyday goods and services. The CommBank offering has been made possible by a convergence of hardware, software and mobile banking technologies, which leverage Mobile MasterCard PayPass technology and Samsung’s global NFC payment infrastructure which processes transactions using the CommBank app on Samsung GALAXY S42 (i9505 and i9507) smartphones sold in Australia.

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3D Secure with EMV

TSYS announced the release of a white paper titled “EMV is Not Enough: Considerations for Implementing 3D Secure.” The paper considers the impending U.S. migration to Europay, MasterCard, and Visa (EMV) chip to combat fraud, but concludes that there are additional steps issuers must consider to mitigate fraud risk. This report concludes that there are clear lessons to be learned in the U.S. from the UK’s introduction of EMV ” and the resulting rise in card-not-present fraud.

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