July 18 — Traditional means of obtaining credit can often be slow, awkward and expose consumers to risk as they disclose sensitive information in public spaces. Experian® today unveiled Text for Credit, an industry-first technology that transforms the way consumers secure credit.
July 12 — Visa announced it is launching a major effort to encourage businesses to go cashless. Aiming to create a culture where cash is no longer king, the program will give merchants increased ability to accept all forms of global digital payments. Visa will be encouraging and helping merchants go cashless by using innovation to their advantage in order to stay competitively connected to their customers.
June 29 – FIS, a global leader in financial services technology, and Cardtronics, the world’s largest ATM owner/operator, have announced plans to integrate FIS Cardless Cash access across Cardtronics’ ATM fleet in the United States.
June 28 – NACHA—The Electronic Payments Association and the Payments Innovation Alliance have released a Summary Report from the inaugural meeting of the API Standardization Industry Group. The API Standardization Industry Group, formally created in the spring 2017, will work to further efforts to standardize the use of APIs in the U.S. financial services industry. To that end, the Group is developing a “Playbook” that will serve as a tool to assist financial institutions, businesses, fintechs and other industry stakeholders with the creation of a standardized API ecosystem that can enhance support of the payments and business needs of industry participants.
June 23 – Beth Knickerbocker, acting chief innovation officer for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, has been added to the impressive speaker lineup for the Innovation & Transformation Forum, being held July 13 in Kansas City. Her presentation will cover the agency’s focus on Responsible Innovation that ensures that the use of new or improved financial products, services and processes meet the needs of consumers, businesses and communities in a manner that is consistent with sound risk management and is aligned with the bank’s overall business strategy.
June 22 – Eighty-seven percent of respondents to the American Bankers Association first-time payments survey indicated that their bank does not have a formal payments strategy. Of those, only 46 percent have plans to develop a formal payments strategy. The survey results were released on the first day of ABA’s inaugural Payments Forum in Washington, D.C.
June 20 – New data from Juniper Research has found that retailers stand to lose $71 billion globally from fraudulent CNP (Card-Not-Present) transactions over the next 5 years. The research found that a number of factors, such as the USA’s shift to EMV cards, delays in 3DS 2.0 (3D-Secure) and click-and-collect fraud were key drivers behind the rise.
June 19 – The Financial Solutions Lab (FinLab) at the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) with founding Lab partner JPMorgan Chase & Co. have announced eight financial services innovators as the winners of its third competition, aimed at identifying solutions that can help Americans improve their financial health. Each winner will receive $250,000 in capital and additional resources to test, enhance and scale their products, many of which are designed to address the needs of often overlooked populations, such as people of color, low-income women, aging Americans, and individuals with disabilities.
June 14 — Visa announced Visa Ready Program for Business Solutions, a strategic framework to help technology companies that integrate with Visa’s business-to-business payment services and data solutions ensure that they meet Visa’s standards and are market ready. Bora Payment Systems, Bottomline Technologies, CSI globalVCard, MineralTree and Priority Commercial Payments are the first partners to obtain Visa Ready for Business Solutions approval, and to bring to market innovative Visa payments to financial institutions’ commercial customers.