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CFPB Files Lawsuits Against Student Loan Debt Relief Firms

This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a consumer protection agency created by the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, has filed lawsuits against a number of people and companies involved in student loan debt relief services. According to the CFPB, these companies illegally obtained consumer reports, charged illegal advance fees for services, and engaged in …

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Planned Fee Schedule Limits Access to Free ATM Cash Withdrawals in the UK

For many British consumers, using the ATM at their local convenience stores, which are colloquially known as corner shops, is the best way to access bank funds for free. The traditional arrangement consists of banks paying interchange fees to ATM operators; thus allowing account holders to enjoy free cash withdrawals they usually spend at the …

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A Digital Version of the Dollar Will Take Longer Than Expected

In the world of cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin is the leading token in terms of circulation, but this has a lot to do with being the most valuable digital asset, which means that most transactions are related to speculative trading and investing. Ripple, a centralized digital currency that trades under the symbol XRP, gets more circulation than …

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Alipay Launches International E-Wallet, Giving Tourists Access to a Mobile Payment Platform in China

Those who’ve spent any time in China as a tourist will know first hand just how difficult it can be to perform the seemingly simple task of paying for things with a format other than cash. One of the most popular forms of mobile payments in China is Alipay, and most people will use Alipay …

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5G Communications Could Change the American Retail Landscape

In terms of telecommunications and payment transactions, the United States is strangely out of step with the rest of the world in some aspects. Paper checks, for example, are still used by many companies. The adoption of EMV technology by American retailers was slow enough to cause anxiety among providers of payment processing services. As …

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The Millennial Generation is the Debit Card Generation

Cash or plastic? When members of Generation Y are asked this point-of-sale (POS) question, they are more likely to choose plastic, but not necessarily a credit card. According to research by PSCU, a payment processing provider for American credit unions, older members of the Millennial Generation, those who are between the ages of 31 and …

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Global Payments, TSYS Complete Merger

In a $21.5 billion all-stock deal, Global Payments Inc., a global provider of payment processing technology and software solutions, merged with TSYS (Total System Services) to form a pure-play payments company using the name Global Payments, the largest merger of payment technology companies to date. Working with 1,300 financial institutions and 3.5 million merchant locations …

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Hy-Vee Data Breach

In the middle of August 2019, convenience store and supermarket giant Hy-Vee reported a data breach incident involving its point of sale systems. Few details about the breach were initially given; however, it took about a week for cyber security researchers to take a closer look at the situation and provide more information on the …

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Visa Introduces APIs for Merchants to Facilitate Installment Payment Plans

Installment payments are currently being used with great success in other countries but it has yet to become prevalent in the U.S. Based on some recent news from Visa, that might soon be changing. The latest from Visa In June, Visa revealed its intention to enter the POS installment payment business.  By using APIs, this …

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Federal Reserve plans to update its payments system

For some time people have been wondering whether or not the federal government would modernize payment processing, and they received their answer this week. The Federal Reserve Board announced that it is going to build a payment processing system that will be able to process payments in “real-time”. The new system has been coined “FedNow” …

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