People on the Move: Frank Bisignano and Ed Labry, First Data Corp. (May 2013)

The board of directors of First Data Corp., an Atlanta-based payments processor, has named Frank Bisignano CEO. He also joins the First Data board of directors. Bisignano most recently served as co-chief operating officer of JPMorgan Chase, where his responsibilities included overseeing global technology, real estate, operations, procurement, compliance, regulatory control and oversight, resiliency, security […]

People on the Move: Andrew Dodge, eGifter (May 2013)

Social and mobile gifting company eGifter, has hired Andrew Dodge as vice president of sales. He will focus on driving demand among retailers and payment channel partners for the eGifter platform, which enables retailers to add social gifting, group gifting and mobile delivery of e-gift cards to their own Websites, fan pages and mobile apps. Dodge […]

People on the Move: Rob von Behren, Braintree Inc. (May 2013)

Braintree Inc., a Chicago-based e-commerce payments processor, has announced that Rob von Behren has joined the company as lead engineer for its San Francisco office. He will help to advance Braintree’s position in mobile commerce, including its one-touch mobile payment solution Venmo. A long-time systems engineer, von Behren has deep experience in distributed computation, high-performance […]

MTS plans move on US fixed income markets

MTS, the European electronic fixed income marketplace majority owned by the London Stock Exchange, plans to open a platform for US institutional investors, allowing them direct access for the first time.

MCX Ranks Swell with Southwest, More Chains (May 9, 2013)

Momentum continues to build for U.S. merchant consortium MCX, which today announced another batch of diverse merchants joining its mobile commerce effort. Southwest Airlines and Chili’s Grill & Bar are the latest to join MCX, along with other recently added companies, including DICK’S Sporting Goods, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., Meijer and convenience store chains QuikTrip […]

i2c Passes $1 Billion in Latin America, Caribbean Processing (May 9, 2013)

Payment processor i2c Inc. has processed more than $1 billion in payments on cards issued by partner banks in Latin America and the Caribbean over the past year, the company said this week. “We started focusing on [the region] just over two years ago and our $1 billion milestone is evidence of the momentum our […]

Google Wallet Chief Exits Company (May 9, 2013)

Google Inc.’s vice president of payments and wallet has left the company to pursue outside interests, Google confirms. Osama Bedier, who joined Google in 2011 after eight years at PayPal, played a key role in Google Wallet’s recent milestones as well as announcing Google’s purchase of TxVia about a year ago. “We can confirm that Osama […]

Consumers Union Cautions Municipalities about Prepaid Card Fees (May 9, 2013)

As municipalities continue to explore and, in at least one case, implement programs involving government-issued identification that doubles as a prepaid card, Consumers Union this week urged city leaders to be cautious of prepaid cards that might come with “high fees and weak consumer protections.” In letters sent to the National League of Cities, an advocacy group […]

Fed Group Report Cites Collaboration, Tech Advances in M-Payments (May 9, 2013)

Over the past two years, the mobile retail payments landscape has been marked by collaboration across diverse industry players, increased channel and technological convergence, market entry by nonbank entities, and technological innovation and experimentation. Those were among the findings of a new white paper issued by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Boston, which […]

BM&F Bovespa links up to BT Radianz Cloud

Brazilian exchange BM&F Bovespa has joined the BT Radianz Cloud, a financial community that connects 500 member locations in Latin America with BT’s global network.

German banks set standard framework for clearing OTC derivatives

A legal framework for the standardised clearing of OTC derivatives has been established in Germany with the approval of standardised documentation by the German Banking Industry Committee, the Deutsche Kreditwirtschaft. The DK has published the framework agreement, called the CRV – Clearing-Rahmenvereinbarung – for use by German banks and their buy-side customers with immediate effect. The document […]

Java start-up Waratek inks deal with Intralink for Asia push

Java virtualisation specialist Waratek, one of the finalists in the Swift-backed Innotribe Challenge at this year’s Sibos in Dubai, has formed a partnership with Asia market access specialist Intralink to expand into Asia Pacific. As well as the Innotribe final, the Waratek CloudVM for Java offering has been selected for the Fintech Innovation Lab, based […]

CFPB: Gift Card Issuers Must Honor Cards after Funds Escheat to State (May 2013)

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently published a final determination regarding whether the unclaimed property laws of Maine and Tennessee relating to unredeemed gift cards are inconsistent with and preempted by the gift card provisions of the Electronic Fund Transfer Act and Regulation E. In its ruling, the CFPB determined that Maine’s unclaimed property […]

HKMEx goes live on BT Radianz Cloud

Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange has joined the BT Radianz Cloud, a network that the exchange hopes will help better connect it to investors from the outside world.

Banks should prepare for NFC says Celent

NFC is gradually beginning to overcome the obstacles that have held back development. Banks should prepare for the coming upswing in usage, according to a new report by financial research firm Celent.

Discover Inks Global Acceptance Pact with UAE Card Network (May 7, 2013)

Discover Financial Services has signed a deal with Network International to enable acceptance of the Dubai-based company’s Mercury Network cards around the globe. Under the agreement, Mercury cardholders will be able to make payments and access cash over the Discover, Diners Club International, PULSE and other partner networks, paving the way for acceptance in more […]

‘PayTooSwipe’ Touts Global Mobile Merchant Acceptance via EMV, NFC (May 7, 2013)

PayToo Corp. has joined forces with Mobilepaid Ltd. and AnywhereCommerce to offer PayTooSwipe, a mobile payment acceptance solution it is rolling out globally. The concept, building on PayToo’s global wallet targeting unbanked consumers and mobile payment platform, enables any smartphone or tablet to accept payment from all types of cards including magnetic stripe, EMV chip […]