Deep Trends & Deep Learning in Banking & Payments

August 7, 2018 / 0 Comments

Payments 3.0 columnist George Warfel signs off of his last column for the site by noting what he considers deep trends to watch in banking and payments. One particular point he makes is something we’ve seen borne out again and again as cleverly-named payments technology brands appear and then either disappear or team with more established…

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How to Write a Check in 2018 – and the Implications

July 17, 2018 / 0 Comments

Admit it – you thought everyone knows the basics of check writing, and figured that the younger generation is not using checks. So who cares? Well, you might think this is the case, but there are fresh ideas in this article at the street.com including safeguards against check fraud, which, according to the ABA Deposit Fraud Study, saw…

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Digital Wallets: Not All “Independence Days” Take Hold….

July 5, 2018 / 0 Comments

In the spirit of Independence Day, let’s take a look at an article from PaymentsSource.com that explores various attempts to become “independent from checks, cash, and cards.” Their list includes venerable “we’re going all-digital” efforts like Venmo, Green Dot, and even PayPal – – all have sought to declare independence from plastic cards and checks,…

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Why Checks Are Still Golden For High-Risk Sellers

June 20, 2018 / 0 Comments

According to Thomas Skala, chief executive officer and president of telecommunications and payments company Genie Gateway, a mitigated risk of chargebacks makes checks the best path for high-risk sellers. High-risk sellers can include, for example, product repair companies if a customer is unhappy with a repair result; or the travel industry, in which buyers can chargeback travel…

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Message to Small Banks: Tech is a SOLUTION, not a PROBLEM

May 23, 2018 / 0 Comments

Small banks are at a crossroads: adopt new technologies or face the possibility of shutting the doors. According to Americanbanker.com: For community banks in highly competitive markets, service with a personal touch can be a differentiator to win and keep customers. But when legacy technology hampers the customer experience, all the cups of coffee in…

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Zelle: A Bumpy Ride Toward Ubiquity?

May 15, 2018 / 0 Comments

According to American Banker, the bank-led person-to-person payment network Zelle is making progress, but having growing pains. Banks and consumers have learned a handful of truths — good and bad — about the network as it copes with a number of challenges including fraud threats, growing demand, as well as technical and enrollment issues. Here is…

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B2B Payments Friction: Rethinking the Role of Check

May 3, 2018 / 0 Comments

Let’s be frank: paper checks present a challenge to anyone in the accounts payable space. But let’s be equally realistic: checks continue to make up about half of the supplier payments volume. B2B payments disruptors now have a choice when designing and deploying technology: Will they use that tech to make paper checks less friction-filled, or entice…

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For Regionals to Catch Up to Big Banks, Time to Modernize

April 25, 2018 / 0 Comments

There is a trend in the wind, according to AmericanBanker.com: Over the past few days, midsize banks — such as Comerica, Commerce Bancshares and M&T Bank — have reported notable declines in total deposits, with M&T, in particular, reporting a 6% drop from a year earlier. Executives have offered a number of reasons why, saying…

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Who’s Safe From Amazon Infiltration – Not Even CHECKS?

March 14, 2018 / 0 Comments

The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) reports that Amazon may be looking at entering the checking account game. Sanvada reports online for those who do not subscribe to the WSJ: A report from the Wall Street Journal has claimed that the retail giant is working on what it calls a “hybrid-type checking account” designed for…

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The End of Free Checking as We Know It?

February 27, 2018 / 0 Comments

You’ve probably seen the headlines: Bank of America ends free checking option, causing customer uproar Bank of America Is Eliminating a Popular Free Checking Account A major bank eliminates free checking – – a blow to the lower income consumer who depends on checks and checking accounts, right?  Would it spur industry-wide changes, similar to…

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