Regulations & Policy


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    Valley Bank unveils payments app for cannabis businesses

    Valley Bank is partnering with a large processor to offer the service, which is similar to using a reloadable Starbucks wallet gift card, Chief Digital Product Officer Stuart Cook said. A "large processor" that's involved wants to remain anonymous.

    By Anna Hrushka • Oct. 27, 2021
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    Discover CEO plans payments push

    Discover's Payments business could have a much bigger impact on the company's bottom line, according to analysts at William Blair

    By Oct. 26, 2021
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    Elavon eyes BNPL arena

    Payments processor Elavon will do what it takes to get into the buy now-pay later market--whether that means buying, building or partnering, said CEO Jamie Walker.

    By Oct. 25, 2021
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    Ransomware activity soars, Treasury finds

    The number of "suspicious activity reports" filed this year has already jumped 30% over the 2020 total, and the agency has tracked billions of dollars in bitcoin payments potentially linked to ransomware.

    By Samantha Schwartz • Oct. 19, 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. 

    By Doug Kantor • Oct. 19, 2021
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    Column

    Celsius, Tether and the 'known known'

    Lender Celsius' admission that Tether accepts crypto tokens in exchange for stablecoins should be a bombshell. Rather, it confirms a suspicion regulators held so strongly that they've already penalized Tether for it. Twice.

    By Dan Ennis • Oct. 19, 2021
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    Coinbase sees single regulator, new framework for crypto supervision

    The approach would keep companies from having to comply with several agencies, which are adapting old laws to new tech, and help maintain the U.S.'s status as a "shaper" of oversight, Coinbase said.

    By Dan Ennis • Oct. 18, 2021
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    Andreessen Horowitz poaches Facebook digital wallet execs

    Two executives who had been working on the Novi wallet project backed by Facebook will pivot to crypto investing for Andreessen Horowitz.

    By Dan Ennis • Oct. 13, 2021
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    Half of CFOs plan to assess digital currencies for business: Gartner

    “Sentiment towards digital currencies appears to be improving among finance leaders,” a Gartner researcher said.

    By Jim Tyson • Oct. 13, 2021
  • Spat erupts over postal banking pilot

    Bank and trade groups derided the US Postal Service's new limited pilot program for financial services, but advocates say it could provide needed services for unbanked consumers and buttress USPS's operations.

    By Anna Hrushka , Robin Bradley • Oct. 06, 2021
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    Card critics call for credit routing scrutiny

    One merchant group has opened up a new front in the battle against Visa and Mastercard, calling for more federal antitrust scrutiny of credit card routing.

    By Oct. 01, 2021
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    Column

    Don't hold your breath for a US CBDC

    Given the vast spectrum of American payment choices and slower U.S. digital advances, any central bank digital currency may be a long time coming. 

    By Sept. 27, 2021
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    Fed won't go it alone on CBDC

    At a press conference Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell emphasized the need for the Fed to work with Congress and the Biden Administration in moving ahead on any cental bank digital currency.

    By Sept. 23, 2021
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    Treasury sanctions crypto exchange Suex to thwart ransomware

    While more legal measures await international cybercrime, the U.S. government is sending interim messages to ransomware gangs.

    By Samantha Schwartz • Sept. 22, 2021
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    Fed finds businesses eager for faster payments

    The Federal Reserve said Tuesday that a survey of businesses last year revealed a majority are eager to make use of faster payments, with many ready to do so now. The Fed doesn't plan to launch its real-time system until 2023.

    By Sept. 01, 2021
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    Crypto ATMs multiply despite challenges to the currency

    The biggest crypto kiosk companies are expanding as the value of bitcoin recovers and more merchants seek a piece of the action.

    By Aug. 26, 2021
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    BitPay CFO: long-time crypto users incentivized to keep spending

    Cryptocurrency is well on its way to “emerge as the next evolution to modern alternative payments,” Jagruti Solanki, CFO of Bitcoin and payment provider BitPay, said Friday.

    By Jane Thier • Aug. 20, 2021
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    Justice, FTC support Fed's debit rule proposal

    The two agencies not only backed the Fed's effort to make sure two unaffiliated card networks are available for debit transactions, they encouraged it to further strengthen the proposal.

    By Aug. 20, 2021
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    Senators raise privacy concerns about Amazon One

    Senators Amy Klobuchar, Bill Cassidy and Jon Ossoff questioned the security of customer data and noted the palm payment tool technology raises additional anti-competitive concerns.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris and Cara Salpini • Aug. 18, 2021
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    PayPal drops BNPL late fees worldwide

    The payments giant will soon get rid of the late fees on buy now-pay later transactions in the U.S., the United Kingdom and France, catching those regions up with other parts of the world where it didn't have them.

    By Aug. 18, 2021
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    Fed weighs debit transaction rule clarification

    Big bank, merchant groups weigh in on Fed rule clarification

    Bank and merchant trade groups weighed in on the Fed's debit rule clarification at the 11th hour, digging in their heels in a long-time battle over whether to ease merchant access to increased debit transaction networks.

    By Aug. 12, 2021
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    Binance.US CEO resigns

    Former regulator Brian Brooks is leaving the crypto exchange as the company faces scrutiny from the CFTC, Justice Department and IRS.

    By Robin Bradley • Aug. 10, 2021
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    Fed weighs debit transaction rule clarification

    Debit rule battle dumps 500-plus comments on Fed

    The Federal Reserve asked for public comment on a proposal to clarify rules regarding the processing of debit card transactions and it's getting an earful.

    By Aug. 09, 2021
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    OCC conducting review of overdraft policies, acting comptroller says

    Acting Comptroller Michael Hsu's remarks come as more banks are revamping their overdraft policies and as Democrats are calling for legislation that would rein in the practice.

    By Anna Hrushka • Aug. 05, 2021
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    Mastercard CEO pushes back against regulatory zeal

    Mastercard CEO Michael Miebach tucked a warning for Washington into a recent discussion with analysts.

    By Aug. 05, 2021