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    Busting the myths on FedNow

    Jessica Cheney, a vice president at Bottomline Technologies, aims to dispel myths about the meaning and impact of the coming Federal Reserve instant payment system.

    Jessica Cheney • Sept. 27, 2022
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    QR code resurges for payments

    “Businesses that have consigned QR technology to the tech graveyard would be wise to give it another look,” writes Mike Storiale, Synchrony’s VP of innovation development.

    Mike Storiale • Sept. 22, 2022
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    Consumers need credit card reform

    “It's not just merchants at the mercy of the oligopoly,” writes Ed Mierzwinski, a senior director at the Public Interest Research Group. “Consumers all pay more at the store and more at the pump.”

    Ed Mierzwinski • Sept. 2, 2022
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    Blaming cards for high gas prices doesn't make sense, trade group argues

    The leader of the Electronic Payments Coalition tells people looking to blame credit and debit card companies for higher gas prices to find a different scapegoat.

    Jeff Tassey • July 25, 2022
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    BNPL will evolve as providers tweak the model

    “Challengers frequently believe BNPL 1.0 is what it is, and will not evolve,” writes Brian Shniderman, CEO of Opy, a U.S. subsidiary of Australian payments fintech Openpay. “But it can, and very recently, it has proven that it will.”

    Brian Shniderman • July 20, 2022
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    Banks and fintechs don't need to fight

    “Rather than competing with one another, banks and fintechs are increasingly partnering,” writes Modern Treasury CEO Dimitri Dadiomov.

    Dimitri Dadiomov • July 12, 2022
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    Don't abandon stablecoins over Terra, CFO says

    Fintechs and financial services players will "be the driver of innovations and regulations that enable stablecoins, crypto and other digital assets to scale," argues Metallicus Chief Financial Officer Irina Berkon.

    Irina Berkon • July 6, 2022
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    From a payments CEO: 5 discriminatory behaviors that need to go

    “Until the industry addresses this blatant lack of advocacy for women in leadership, it will continue to foster a culture where women can’t thrive,” says Stax CEO Suneera Madhani.

    Suneera Madhani • June 30, 2022
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    Friendly fraud: How should fintechs view the risks?

    With friendly fraud, fintechs don’t always consider the whole picture when it comes to fraudulent disputes.

    Sarah Mirsky-Terranova • June 21, 2022
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    Card fees: the price hike nobody is talking about

    "The Visa-Mastercard duopoly controls about 80% of the market share, allowing them to raise fees indiscriminately and with no formidable opposition," contends Doug Kantor, general counsel for the National Association of Convenience Stores.

    Doug Kantor • June 17, 2022
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    Visa's CEO braces for legislation

    Visa CEO Al Kelly said Sen. Dick Durbin is contemplating new legislation that would impose more pricing restrictions on the card industry. Kelly didn't elaborate and Durbin has been mum.

    Lynne Marek • May 31, 2022
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    Are restaurant operators eating too many fees?

    "I’ve been disappointed to see how the payments industry is constantly looking for ways to profit off of small businesses in sneaky ways," says Copper CEO Dickson Chu.

    Dickson Chu • May 16, 2022
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    FTA pushes for remittance fee reform

    "We urge Director Rohit Chopra to update the CFPB’s outdated remittance rule and take on the high cost of international payments," the Financial Technology Association says in this op-ed piece.

    Penny Lee • May 2, 2022
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    Retail has a checkout problem...and speed alone won't solve it

    The speed of one-click checkout isn't the answer to every cart abandonment problem, says one payments tech executive. There are other factors for retailers to consider when determining whether the checkout experience is convenient for the customer.

    Yvan Boisjoli • April 19, 2022
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    Waiting for action on hidden cross-border fees

    An executive with the cross-border payments company Wise Payments calls on the federal government to expose the hidden fees buried in international remittance transactions.

    Rina Wulfing • April 18, 2022
  • 3 ways banking and finance could blur in 2022

    New relationships have taken root in the space between banks and other financial service providers, writes Fabrizio Burlando, executive vice president of consulting at Mastercard.

    Fabrizio Burlando • March 21, 2022
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    Decline of cash spotlights swipe fees

    "At a time when the economy is still building back from the pandemic, these rising fees desperately need to be brought under control, and the rapid move toward an all-electronic economy with little cash makes the need to do so all the more urgent," writes National Retail Federation Vice President Leon Buck.

    Leon Buck • Feb. 16, 2022
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    Fintechs won't replace traditional banking

    "The biggest battle traditional banks face is customer satisfaction," says Galileo Financial Technologies Chief Revenue Officer Seth McGuire. "Digital-only and standalone digital options have sky-high satisfaction scores."

    Seth McGuire • Jan. 28, 2022
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    Card reward programs are the rising tide to lift all boats

    The chairman of the Electronic Payments Coalition argues "Americans— regardless of income—love their credit card rewards programs." And the programs benefit consumers and merchants alike, he contends.

    Jeff Tassey • Jan. 11, 2022
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    Payments are becoming invisible. Here's why that's a good thing.

    "The next great evolution will see payments fully disappear into simplified, holistic commerce platforms," according to a U.S. Bank payments executive. That new era "will be here faster than you think."

    Shailesh Kotwal • Jan. 4, 2022
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    For hourly workers, the paycheck is the enemy

    The magnitude of financial precarity in America is staggering. This is why employers have a responsibility for the financial health of their workers.

    David Baga • Dec. 8, 2021
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    Payments trade group rebuts retailers

    The Electronic Payments Coalition says it wants to set the record straight: "Expanding the Durbin Amendment would be a disaster for consumers and small businesses."

    Jeff Tassey • Nov. 11, 2021
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    Retail groups urge credit swipe routing changes

    Retail and merchant trade groups have long pressed policymakers for regulatory changes to reduce card interchange fees. Now, they're urging that routing of credit card transactions be regulated just as debit transactions already are. 

    Doug Kantor • Oct. 19, 2021
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    New fintech tools must address demographic gaps in usage

    "While overall fintech usage is up across all demographics, there were gaps in the usage of certain types of tools," says Brian Gilmore, a director at the non-profit Commonwealth. There is "a rich opportunity for fintechs and financial services providers to better serve financially vulnerable consumers."

    Brian Gilmore • Aug. 9, 2021
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    Creating financial inclusion in banking and payments

    "A bank account opens up a consumer’s access to not only their own money and a lack of fees, but it is essential to creating long-term financial health," argues one Washington advocate attuned to unbanked issues.

    Devina Khanna • July 21, 2021