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Out of the Trenches in the Battle Over Bank Customer Data

Fintechs and banks have been at odds with one another over customer information since the first moment that someone somewhere decided “fintech” was an actual word. American Banker reports that the icy relationship may be thawing. Fintechs have been arguing that they need to access bank customer account data to provide a variety of services,…

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Video – Highlights from Money20/20…Payment Innovation Is Everywhere

The Money20/20 conference this year in Las Vegas gathered an astounding array of speakers for what is called “The World’s Largest Payments & Financial Services Innovation Event.” Artificial intelligence, online commerce, robotics, even materials handling – – the spectrum of topics covered was enormous. In case you missed the conference (or if you attended but,…

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Want More Payment Data? How About 2243?

The PYMNTS-Ingo Money Disbursement Satisfaction Index™ is an impressive research document summarizing payments. If you’re a banker, product manager, solution provider, or anyone interested in payments, the 2,243 data points might interest you! There is certainly an anti-check tone to the initial sections, but overall the data is very interesting. Check out pages 8-21 for a…

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Want to Improve Online Banking? Add These Features!

The adoption of online banking, now incorporating mobile, has become a staple for the industry over the past couple of years. However, the online experience can vary greatly based on what features are offered from each financial institution. One area which has not received its share of improvements are value-added features for check-type payments. The…

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For Checks, One Percent Increase Feels Like Thirty

A few weeks back we noted that a study had found that B2B payments by check actually increased by 1 percentage point from 2013 to 2016 (according to the 2016 AFP Electronic Payments Survey). Magnus Carlsson, manager of treasury and payments for the Association for Financial Professionals, took a deeper look at the significance of that one…

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Another Milestone: ATM’s Reach the Half-Million Mark

A new analysis of industry data by the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) reveals that there are now between 475,000 and 500,000 ATMs operating out there in the U.S. market. This achievement comes after years of what can be characterized as fairly stagnant growth (attributable to a struggling economy, Windows updates, and a complex EMV migration, among…

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VIDEO: Check Payments Increasing in B2B

Contrary to what might be considered “conventional wisdom,” in 2016 51% of business-to-business payments were made by check. Does that mark a slowing in the “disappearance” of check usage? Au contraire – that number is up from 50% in 2013! Magnus Carlsson, AFP’s Manager of Treasury and Payments, discusses in the attached video the new…

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How Banks Can Embrace Technology Through “Fintegration”: Podcast Summary

Here’s a terrific podcast interview via BAI Banking Strategies that you should listen to during your commute. In it, Andres Wolberg-Stok, Citi FinTech’s global head of policy, talks about best practices and approaches to incorporating financial tech – FinTech – in financial organizations. An important point Wolberg-Stok makes early in the conversation is the fact that,…

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Checks Tough to Shake From Their Throne in Pymnts.com Article

Pymnts.com reports that electronic payments are rising, according to a Viewpost study. Small and large businesses are recognizing the advantages of electronic payments.  But, for all the rah-rah about electronic payments seeping into the consciousness of American businesses, there are no victory dances quite yet: Every single one of the business owners surveyed by Viewpost…

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Social Media Provides a Gaping Hole for Fraudsters in Check

  AJC.com recently reported the story of a group of fraudsters who used Instagram ads to solicit bank information for unsuspecting victims, who were robbed of substantial funds before the crime was discovered. During a scheme lasting at least 17 months, the FBI said, the trio posted advertisements on Instagram and other social media sites offering “fast…

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