Chase, Capital One and Barclaycard will team up with three of the wireless phone industry's biggest brands to launch a mobile payment solution that aims to compete with Google Wallet. After operating in stealth mode for months, officials from the Isis project used their blog to announce the first three credit card issuers to confirm [...]
Banks have turned recent consumer lending laws into marketing highlights, according to new research from Mintel Comperemedia. Mintel's analysts say that lenders, after months of battling over elite customers with rewards credit card offers, have ramped up efforts to promote their "plain vanilla" cards with no annual fees and no bonus rewards.
In a statement to [...]
Pittsburgh researchers may have developed a solution for consumers concerned about the security of contactless credit cards. According to Pittsburgh radio station WESA-FM, a team from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering has implemented a physical contact "switch" into the standard EMV specification.
The switch blends into the design of a credit card, breaking [...]
Credit card balances keep creeping up, but researchers from TransUnion say they're still a far cry from pre-recession levels. While Americans carry more debt, their stronger financial habits have shown a five percent decrease in the number of delinquent credit card accounts, according to the credit reporting agency's year-over-year statistics.
TransUnion's Trend Data anonymized 27 million [...]
Unintended consequences from the Dodd-Frank Act could raise prices at retail stores after April 1. That's the deadline Visa and MasterCard set for new rates they charge merchant banks that process credit card transactions on behalf of retail stores, service providers and other businesses. According to a Dow Jones Newswires report, the payment platform providers [...]
For the first time in five decades, American Express surpassed MasterCard in annual transaction volume. According to financial trade publication The Nilson Report, American Express processed $540 billion in purchases during 2011, a 13.4 percent increase from the previous year. MasterCard's own 6.1 percent increase couldn't keep pace, resulting in just $508 billion in transactions.
Bookseller Barnes & Noble is offering a $25 gift card to new cardholders who sign up for its co-branded MasterCard and make their first purchase with the card. The card also has perks for those who regularly shop at the bookstore or at its website.
To earn a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card, customers must [...]
On the surface, banks report some of the lowest credit card default, delinquency, and fraud rates they've experienced since the industry started keeping records. Yet, according to two major credit service firms, credit card issuers have yet to experience the full impact of hidden fraud across the global banking industry.
FICO and Equifax recently hosted an [...]
Some Bank of America customers in upstate New York got a new credit card in the mail recently, but not all were sure why. The bank sent replacement debit cards and credit cards to customers who may have had their financial information compromised by a third party.
A television station in Rochester, N.Y., reported some customers [...]
The Federal Trade Commission stepped up its prosecution of companies portraying high interest personal loans as bad credit credit cards and bill collection services, according to news reports. FTC investigators have traced complaints stemming from telemarketing calls to at least two companies, and investigators promise more details about their alleged fraud in the weeks to [...]
Debt collectors and credit reporting agencies will face new federal scrutiny under a proposal from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, officials announced this month. After signing a pledge with the Federal Trade Commission to avoid doubling up on bank investigations, CFPB Director Richard Cordray issued a statement to reporters about his agency's goal to bring [...]
In a continuation of its support for small businesses, American Express announced recently that it would be giving away $100 in free Twitter advertising to small business credit card holders and merchants. Twitter, the social media juggernaut, has developed an advertising platform just for small businesses that will be unveiled late in March.
American Express card [...]
Successful hacking attempts against smartphones running Google Wallet software have caused the software company to suspend access to customers' prepaid debit cards, according to news reports. In recent weeks, numerous software engineers and security researchers have called attention to vulnerabilities in the Android operating system that could leave Google Wallet accounts open to outside attack.
Federal regulators unanimously approved Capital One's proposed purchase of ING Direct, one of North America's first successful online savings banks. According to news reports, the merger prompted lawmakers and consumer advocates to debate the merits of approving the creation of a new megabank. During a public comment period lasting almost eight months, the deal's critics [...]
American banks and credit unions have already issued over one million credit cards with embedded EMV chips, according to a new report from payment platform operator Visa. In a statement to reporters, company officials noted that customer requests drove a significant ramp-up in the number of cards that supplement a traditional magnetic stripe with a [...]
A modest dip in average spending for Valentine's Day gifts will put more pressure on American men, according to a survey commissioned by Visa Inc. Whether it's a ripple effect from a better-than-expected Christmas season or simply a return to traditional expectations, women in Visa's survey told researchers that they expected to spend less this [...]
American Express is increasing its focus on its cards with annual fees, the company announced in an investor webcast, according to Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch. The company is introducing the new fees as a way to increase its revenue.
Traditional American Express charge cards have always had annual fees, but as the company has attempted to [...]
Citibank has announced it will launch a credit card in China in 2012, the first of its kind in the historically restrictive country. According to CNNMoney, Citibank is not only the first American bank but the first non-Asian bank to win such approval by the Chinese banking authorities.
The China Banking Regulatory Commission will let Citibank [...]
The value of frequent flier miles is coming under fire as Citibank recently issued IRS 1099 tax forms to members who received miles as an incentive to open a checking or savings account. In reporting an assigned dollar value to the miles, the bank is saying those miles represent taxable income. Whether or not the [...]
Now that President Obama has appointed Richard Cordray as director of the fledgling Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the agency has ramped up its efforts to investigate and spotlight Americans' complaints about credit card issuers. The CFPB and the Federal Trade Commission released a memorandum of understanding about how the two government offices will collaborate on [...]
An Arab nation's move to curb its citizens' credit card debt could inspire American lawmakers to cap interest rates, according to a recent Time report. Despite Sharia rules that prohibit Islamic banks from charging interest, many credit card users in the United Arab Emirates pay service charges that amount to a 36-percent annual percentage rate, [...]
Bank of America has announced some new members of its Museums on Us program, now in its 15thyear. The program allows Bank of America credit card or debit card holders the opportunity to visit participating museums across the country for free one weekend each month. Merrill Lynch debit and credit card holders are also part [...]
This month, AT&T became the third nationwide wireless carrier to permit Google Wallet functionality on Nexus-branded Android phones. Sprint openly authorizes eligible users to activate the near-field communication payment chip on their networks, while AT&T and Verizon customers must add the functionality by downloading the Google Wallet app from the Android Market.
Verizon Wireless spokespeople have [...]
In 2008, Barack Obama's campaign staffers changed the way political campaigns leverage technology and social media. The President's re-election campaign hopes to revolutionize political donations the same way in 2012, with help from smartphones and mobile credit card readers.
Reporters from Politico and the Los Angeles Times have already seen Obama campaign staffers in action, using [...]
Mobile payments industry observers have focused most of their attention on smartphones with near field communications technology. However, an Austrian company has dreamed up a way for prepaid debit card users to avoid reaching for their pockets altogether.
LAKS' new Watch2Pay product embeds a contactless EMV chip inside a black fashion wristwatch, enabling the wearer to [...]