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Cashless Society

Is the United States ready?

By Michael Scheibach, Contributing Editor

As we approach the transformational year of 2020, another trend promising to change how all financial transactions are conducted is gaining strength. Very simply, it’s a “cashless society,” defined as a society in which digital cash replaces banknotes and coins. A new study from Juniper Research, in fact, forecasts that consumer spending on digital commerce will reach $14.7 trillion by 2022, up by 60 percent on last year’s figure of $9.2 trillion.

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Banking’s New Ecosystem

The future requires a customer-first approach.

By Michael Scheibach, Contributing Editor

“For financial services organizations, success in the coming decade depends on how well they transform ‘business as usual’ with technology to create new value, becoming indispensible partners in increasingly interdependent networks and complex value chains that cross business and industry boundaries.”

Thus concludes Microsoft’s report, “The Future Banking Ecosystem: Evolution and Innovation in the Digital Era.” At the midway point in 2018 — now just 18 months away from the “Year of Banking Disruption” — the pressure for banks to transform themselves has never been more urgent. Banks must have in place, or have in the final planning phase, a roadmap for the new banking ecosystem.

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Omnichannel: The Future of Payments

Mastering a single view of the merchant is the key.

By Michael Scheibach, Contributing Editor

Everyone understands that the payments landscape is changing . . . and changing rapidly. What may be overlooked, however, is the necessity for banks not only to understand the technologies underlying this landscape but also to alter their operations and focus to better serve their business customers, especially merchants. In other words, it is becoming increasingly important that banks provide their merchants with more efficient, secure and streamlined payment services.

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Disruption Is the Status Quo

Payments Summit highlights next-generation technology.

By Michael Scheibach

If you are not familiar with the acronym FIDO, it’s time to learn. FIDO — Fast IDentity Online — consists of open standards for simpler, stronger authentication. As explained by Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance (www.fidoalliance.org), “With FIDO protection, you are totally protected against hackers.” In contrast, OTP credentials (i.e., one-time six-digit codes) go over the internet and can be compromised; and PAN, or primary account number, credentials are vulnerable to data breaches. The goal of the FIDO Alliance, said McDowell, is to reduce the reliance on passwords and enhance the protection against such threats as phishing, man-in-the-middle and replay attacks using stolen passwords — an important step to counteract the growth in card-not-present fraud, estimated to hit $5.6 billion by 2019.

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Mobile Payments on the Move

Technologies are now in sync with consumer demand.

By Michael Scheibach, Contributing Editor

“Mobile payments will continue to grow in 2018 as they are a perfect product for the times,” writes industry analyst Michael Brown. “Given the rise of cryptocurrencies and the ever-growing shift toward a paperless society, mobile payments fit perfectly into both the present day and whatever financial future one might imagine.”

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