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Payments industry steps up to help Hurricane Harvey victims

Hurricane Harvey 2017

Several payments companies have announced efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, including monetary donations, interchange fee waivers and m-POS equipment.

InComm to buy Serve platform, become exclusive Amex prepaid distributor

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American Express and InComm have entered into an agreement for InComm to acquire the exclusive distribution rights of Amex’s prepaid reloadable and gift card products in the US, including Bluebird and Serve, reports Banking Technology‘s sister publication Paybefore. InComm also will acquire the Serve technology platform and other assets related to the American Express prepaid […]

Fintech earnings round-up: 24 July 2017

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It’s been a busy time for second- and fiscal third-quarter earnings reports. Features Bank of America, Amex, Blackhawk Network and Visa. Banking Technology’s sister publication Paybefore reports. Bank of America (BofA) has beaten analyst expectations with earnings per share of 46 cents on revenue of $22.829 billion for the second quarter ended 30 June 2017. […]

SunTec system fits the bill for Amex business travel

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American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has opted for SunTec’s Xelerate billing system for its corporate clients. According to SunTec, its platform can onboard new geographic regions and “weaves data locked in various legacy and modern billing systems” to create relevant offers for American Express GBT’s corporate clients. Michael Konstas, VP of billing strategy at […]

Amex faces state pressure over anti-steering case as US Justice Department backs off

US prepaid consumers not happy

The US Justice Department (DOJ) may have dropped its antitrust suit against American Express, but 11 states want to press on in a case that started in 2010. At issue is the company’s push to prevent Amex-accepting merchants from offering shoppers financial incentives to use other card brands.

US credit cards gain ground on debit, prepaid – Nilson report

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The US purchase volume of credit, debit and prepaid cards increased 7% in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to The Nilson Report. That purchase volume hit $5.648 trillion, with the volume from American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa credit cards increasing 8% year-on-year to reach a combined $3.059 trillion – the first time that figure has topped $3 trillion.

Prepaid gains more love from Canadians

Backbase comes to Canada in style

Reloadable prepaid cards are a hit with Canadian consumers, with 95% of them saying they are satisfied with the products in 2016, reports Banking Technology‘s sister publication Paybefore. The figure represents an increase of 22 percentage points from 2015, and stands as the highest satisfaction rate for all payment tools, according to the second annual […]

Blockchain and Bitcoin round-up: 1 February 2017


The world moves fast, so you need a fast read. A round-up of key events to save you time. PayCommerce, an open cross-border payments network, has completed its real-time, cross-border payment, clearing and settlement testing. It is the first phase of its multi-country global roll out strategy and was done between the US and India. […]

Top ten lending sites in the US – July 2016

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Who is leading the digital way among the lending companies in the US? We have put together some nifty stats for the US top ten online lending sites for the past month (data courtesy of SimilarWeb). We’ll be publishing regular updates on a monthly basis, to track the changes, developments and trends – to bring you a fuller […]

Top ten lending sites in the UK – July 2016

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With digital financial services sharply on the rise in the UK, who is leading among the UK lenders? We have put together some nifty stats for the top ten online lending sites in the UK for the past month (data courtesy of SimilarWeb). We’ll be publishing regular updates on a monthly basis, to track the changes, […]