Check Fraud Prevention

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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Faster B2B Payments: Don’t Overestimate the Challenge

While I was at Money20/20, there was a session called “B2B Payments: Investment is Heating Up & Paper Checks are Under Fire!” The session included 5 industry payment experts who were primarily taking pro-check positions. One of the startling observations which I heard was that they had little empirical evidence substantiating a significant business case…

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The “New” Amazon Cloud? Old News to Banks

It’s no surprise, as reported in The Wall Street Journal, and discussed in Fortune magazine, that Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been pitching its public cloud services to banks. Amazon has spent the last 4-5 years trying to get security-conscious industries comfortable with the idea of using its shared computing and storage infrastructure. But are banks new…

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“My eyes popped out of my head”; Checks Still Have Life

Brad Kvederis, marketing and research manager at Digital Check Corp., a Northbrook, Ill.-based marketer of check-scanning equipment, makes it his business to keep tabs on trends in overall check volume. He tells Digital Transactions News that he was “surprised” by the longevity checks have in spite of so many predictions of their demise: Kvederis points to a succession…

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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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