November, 2018

Venmo Payment Fraud Led To $40M In Losses

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Venmo , the digital money transfer service owned by PayPal , suffered payments fraud earlier in 2018 that played a role in the company posting losses that were higher than forecasted for the first quarter of this year.

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IBM Open Banking Platform launch: Key takeaways

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In today’s financial services industry, issues ranging from new regulations to unforeseen competitive pressures are placing ever-growing pressure on traditional banking institutions to move toward open banking models. To address this need, IBM introduced the IBM Open Banking Platform.

Smartwatch, bracelets help broaden mobile payment options amid competition

Mobile Payments Today

Consumer demand for smarter wearables is leading watch makers and others to explore new approaches to embedded payment technologies

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Teach children the things that machines cannot learn

Chris Skinner

I often talk about teaching children to learn what machines cannot learn. Our system of education was created in the Industrial Revolution, and is based upon kids being stuffed with facts, stats and dates. They learn to parrot-fashion repeat things, and are tested to see if they can remember.

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What Black Friday Tells Us About The Future Of Retail

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The verdict is in. Black Friday was a boon for online retail.

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Overstock To Sell Retail Biz, Focus On Blockchain

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Overstock is gearing up to sell its retail business, with a deal taking place in the next few months as it focuses solely on its blockchain initiatives.

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Amex’s Small Business Saturday Bests $100B

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On Nov. 24, holiday consumers and small businesses celebrated the ninth annual Small Business Saturday. The event, created by American Express as an offshoot to Black Friday , brought in an estimated $17.8 billion, according to surveys commissioned by the company.

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Cyber crime seen as major risk to mobile shopping during holiday season

Mobile Payments Today

As cyber attackers develop more sophisticated methods of attacking online sites, security experts and retailers are increasingly focused on protecting mobile shopping and payment platforms to ensure a safe holiday season

Banks and Telcos? Two become one!

Chris Skinner

Twenty years ago, I worked on a strategy for the future of banking. My conclusion was that banks would merge with telecommunications firms and become hybrid institutions. Twenty years later, it hasn’t happened. But will it?

Cannabis Cos’ $4.7B In Cash-Based Taxes Overwhelm IRS

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is paying $1.7 million to a Virginia company to handle “large cash payments for processing cannabis federal taxes.”. According to Quartz , the U.S. government collected approximately $4.7

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SWIFT Disconnects From Iran’s Banks

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Months of geopolitical spats that spanned Europe, the Middle East and the United States have seen payments infrastructure at the center of it all.

Microsoft CEO: Data Privacy Is A ‘Human Right’

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently called data privacy a “human right,” urging tech companies to do all they could to protect users from cyber threats.

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Where is the Financial Services Industry in the digital transformation journey?

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At last month’s Money20/20 conference, the event brought over 10,000 people together and hosted speakers from start-up disruptors to incumbent financial institutions, and everything in between. IBM was there in full force. And I had the pleasure of hosting a panel of CEOs three mornings in a row.

Branson isn’t in it for the money; entrepreneurs need to improve the world

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Sir Richard Branson, the British billionaire entrepreneur, philanthropist and visionary, never outgrew his passion to change the world

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Five digital transformation lessons

Chris Skinner

In a final write-up on leadership, there was a fantastic presentation about the lessons DNB had learned in trying to make digital change happen.

Mastercard Leads Investment In Mobile FinTech Mobeewave

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Contactless payment company Mobeewave announced the closing of a $16.5 million Series B funding round, led by NewAlpha Asset Management, Mastercard and Forestay Capital.

Nigerian Presidential Hopeful Wants Blockchain And Crypto To Help Economy

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Atiku Abubakar, a 2019 presidential candidate in Nigeria, said he will support cryptocurrency and blockchain if he becomes the country’s next leader, according to the Daily Post. The push is part of his “Get Nigeria Working Again” proposal.

US Bans Chinese Facial Recognition Tech

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A Chinese company that develops facial recognition technology could be facing a ban in the U.S. According to the Financial Times , the facial recognition cameras are created by Hikvision , one of the world’s biggest CCTV companies, selling video surveillance throughout China and across the globe.

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Boost efficiency through operational innovation in financial services

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Now, more than ever, banks must be smarter and faster. Operational innovation is vital in a highly competitive financial services sector, with a new community of digital banks and other firms vying for market share. CFOs in financial organizations are not taking this challenge lightly.

3 drivers helping bridge the gap to a cashless society

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Veteran payments executive Jason Bohrer says several key consumer trends are pushing us closer to a cashless society, and the financial services industry needs to consider these developments in order to bridge the gap

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What banks can learn from British Airways

Chris Skinner

Something happened to me this week that made me think of big bank friends. It’s a different industry and one that, last month, I said we could learn from:the airlines. So, here’s a sobering, learning lesson.

Real-Time Payments Driving Real-Time Liquidity: Deutsche Bank

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Corporate finance executives seem to be readying for real-time payments, preparing to adopt faster payment capabilities and bracing for changes to their cash flow management strategies as a result.

The Bitcoin Bust And Its Ripple Effects

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It has not been a great week for the price of bitcoin, or really any cryptocurrency for that matter. The price of bitcoin has fallen and stayed below $6,000 for the last four days and no one’s predicting a rally anytime soon.

Australia Gets First Virtual Commercial Cards Via Mastercard, DiviPay

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Expense management company DiviPay is rolling out what it says is Australia’s first Mastercard virtual commercial card for corporate payers, and the first solution in the country that combines payments with expense management automation.

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Thinking Forward: Financial Services and the AI Revolution

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Artificial intelligence is changing the game. According to Stanford professor Andrew Ng , AI is the “new electricity,” already generating billions in value as it transforms industries such as IT, health care — and now financial services.

Banks team with technology firms: panel cites challenges

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A session at the recent Money20/20 conference in Las Vegas attempted to clarify the roles that technology companies are playing in financial services and how traditional financial institutions are working with them

Account opening? Oh, 1-2-3. Easy as A-B-C. Not!

Chris Skinner

There’s nothing like a true story to bring a point home, so here’s my latest one. I’m starting a new venture. It’s a philanthropic thing, thing to do with banking, but because we are seeking sponsorship, we need to open a bank account.

Is India’s ATM Disappearing Act A Digital Payments Boon?

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In India, get ready for new lines. News came this week that as many as half of the ATMs that dot the country’s landscape may be shuttered by March of 2019. The estimate is courtesy of the Confederation of ATM Industry (CATMi), which focuses on the domestic ATM industry.

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Bitcoin Daily: Hublot Unveils Bitcoin Watches; Swiss Regulator Throttles Bank Crypto Trading

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Blockchain , the crypto wallet provider, plans to have an airdrop worth $125 million, Fortune reported. Through the cryptocurrency giveaway, each recipient would receive around the equivalent of around $25 in Stellar.

Amazon Aims To Put Its Digital Wallet In Stores

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Amazon is preparing to enter the mobile payments market, reportedly working to get retailers to accept Amazon Pay as a payment method. The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, reported Amazon wants the service to be expanded beyond making payments online.

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Why 95 Pct Of Consumers App Out When Buying Gas

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Hook convenience store (c-store) customers on a user-friendly mobile experience for fuel purchases, and the benefits will accumulate.

Retailers, payment platforms unveil mobile technologies to raise omnichannel game

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Retailers, payment technology providers and others are rolling out new services to make it easier to complete transactions on mobile platforms

Clash of clans … or new bank versus old bank (Fidor, BPCE) 

Chris Skinner

I was talking with some friends at the most innovative bank in Europe that has stopped getting on my radar for the past few years. I first blogged about them back in 2012, when I met the founder at an event. That bank is called Fidor.

Plastiq Talks Commercial Cards, ePayment Trends

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Adoption of commercial cards in B2B payments has emerged as one of the hottest industry topics of the year thanks to new FinTech innovations and industry leaders like Visa and Mastercard making a push further into the market.

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Where B2B Payments, Banking And Lending Connect

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B2B payments is all too often a waiting game, one that can be damaging to the survival of a small business (SMB).

Blockchain Believers Remain Bullish On B2B Payments Disruption: PayPie

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As the peaks and valleys of blockchain hype continue to rise and fall, more doubt has surfaced over the future of distributed ledger technology, particularly in the area of B2B payments.

FLEETCOR May Be Nearing Western Union Business Payments Buy

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Western Union and FLEETCOR are nearing an agreement to sell WU’s business payments operations to the fleet payments firm, according to reports in PE Hub on Wednesday (Nov.