Travelex kills off Supercard

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Supercard, a new card and mobile product launched by Travelex and Wirecard last June, is now being sunsetted.

Payments round-up: 18 May 2017

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Words cut. Time saved. A round-up of key events in the payments enclave. Featuring Australian Settlements Limited, IBM, Mastercard, UnionPay International, Visa and Wirecard. Financial services provider Australian Settlements Limited (ASL) has adopted IBM Cloud for its new payments platform (NPP) implementation. ASL provides members, including building societies, credit unions and mutual banks, with settlement […]

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.

FinovateSpring 2017: panel discussion (the conference’s first ever!)

FinovateSpring 2017 panel

FinovateSpring 2017 in San Jose, US, concluded with its first ever panel discussion! “Our panelists will recap the key demos and help put the innovations on display into a broader context,” the conference organisers said.

Middle East and Africa the world’s fastest growing payment cards region


The Middle East and Africa (MEA) is the payment cards region increasing the quickest across the globe, according to research by Retail Banking Research (RBR). According to RBR’s Global Payment Cards Data and Forecasts to 2021, the number of cards in issue in MEA increased by 13% to 611 million in 2015, making it the […]

Mastercard’s $920m acquisition of VocaLink officially closes


Mastercard has officially completed the acquisition of VocaLink with the all clear from the UK’s Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) to buy 92.4% for $920 million. The CMA gave final approval for the proposed set of remedies that address the competition concerns it identified earlier this year. As Banking Technology reported at that time, CMA […]

Thumbs up for Mastercard’s new biometric card


Mastercard has launched its latest biometric card, combining chip technology with fingerprints to verify the cardholder’s identity for in-store purchases. South Africa is the first market to test the evolved technology, with two separate trails recently concluded with Pick n Pay, a supermarket retailer, and Absa Bank, a subsidiary of Barclays Africa. According to Mastercard, […]

Top fintech stories this week – 14 April 2017

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Catch up on Banking Technology’s top five fintech stories of the week – all in one place! Mastercard gets approval to buy VocaLink for $920m Deal expected to close in coming weeks. Bank of England implicated in Libor rigging by secret recording Well, it was secret. FIS sheds Ambit Private Banking business FIS inherited it […]

Quash the queue with WoraPay’s Masterpass coup


We all love food and drink, and mobile service WoraPay has got in-sync and integrated Masterpass, the digital payment service from Mastercard. WoraPay’s service allows customers to buy food and drink, and pay in advance with their mobile. This means customers can order their morning coffee or tea (or whisky if you have a crappy […]

Mastercard AIs up future with start-ups


Mastercard has welcomed five new start-ups to its Start Path Global programme – its initiative to boost its share of the commerce market. The programme is open to all start-ups who focus on banking and payments and have raised a “significant seed” or Series A round of investment. Three out of the five firms joining […]