Check Fraud Prevention

What’s Happening with Check Fraud Trends?

We’re looking for a few good fraud prevention men and women…do you know of any? We’ve been hearing from banks and credit unions that financial crimes using check payments have changed in 2017. After each discussion, the conversation almost always ends with, “so what are other banks or credit unions my size experiencing?” The last…

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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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Financial Industry Tech – Think LONG Term

The story of Eastman Kodak’s fate is often used to illustrate the danger of late adoption of new technology. Even venerable and ostensibly rock-solid entities can find themselves marginalized and, ultimately, pushed out the picture (so to speak) if they don’t keep up with emerging tech. An article in the Harvard Business Review uses the…

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News Flash: Checks Still Matter

The Association for Finance Professionals (AFP) has made available a white paper entitled “Not Going Anywhere: Why Checks Still Matter” (log-in required) that offers valuable insights in an easily digestible package. As pointed out in the report, check use in the United States for business-to-business (B2B) transactions remains at roughly 50% in spite of a multitude…

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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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How Fast Can a Card Skimmer Be Installed? Watch and Be Amazed

We’ve heard stories of card skimmers at outdoor ATM machines and even gas pumps ripping off consumers’ card information, but, admit it – – you always trusted card machines that are inside of retail establishments just a bit more, right? Watch this clip and marvel at the fact that this caper is pulled off in…

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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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