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Digital encounters of the First Data kind

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 21 Apr 2017

What are the main concerns for merchants and issuers these days? Security, digital strategy and e-commerce. Anna Milne speaks to Glenn Fodor, SVP and head of strategic intelligence at international processor and acquirer First Data. read more

Cracking China from Down Under

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 11 Apr 2017

Melbourne-based Airwallex has ambitious plans to be the first e-commerce gateway into China, and by all accounts is on course to do so. Anna Milne caught up with its global head of partnerships to find out how hard it was to crack China, disrupting SWIFT, and why he thinks the future of many things is WeChat. read more

Mobile payments are taking off – a lesson for us all

  • Author: EPI editorial
  • Published: 7 Mar 2017

Mobile payment methods continue to soar in popularity in the UK following the introduction of Apple Pay, Android Pay and Barclay’s Pingit. With the anticipated launch of Samsung Pay in the UK, this is further lessening the country’s dependency on cash. Ralf Ohlhausen, PPRO Group, writes. read more

Grab your passports and run!

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 6 Mar 2017

So with this Brexit thing looming heavily on the cards, what is in store for the UK fintech sector, and what exactly would be the repercussions of losing passporting rights? Anna Milne highlights The Emerging Payments Association’s research into the best potential locations for fintechs. read more

To infin-tech-ity and beyond

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 3 Mar 2017

With the onset of spring there’s a sense of shifting change in the payments world too. Or is it that I’ve just been to a very forward-looking payments conference in Berlin, namely Merchant Payments Ecosystem (MPE). New payments roles are coming into view as we limber up to PSD2. Anna Milne writes. read more

Canadian start-up throws a spanner in the B2B works

  • Author: Robin Arnfield
  • Published: 3 Mar 2017

What the FI.SPAN? A new Canadian connector platform is enabling banks to integrate open APIs from B2B banking and payment fintechs to serve their corporate clients. Robin Arnfield talks to Lisa Shields, CEO of the Vancouver-based firm, about its origins, plans and strategy. read more

How banks can compete in digital payments environment

  • Author: EPI editorial
  • Published: 27 Feb 2017

The past two years have seen an unprecedented rise in fintechs offering fast and cost-effective payment solutions, and the pool of players continues to grow. Senthil Kumar, group vice president of Oracle’s financial services business unit, looks at what banks can do to succeed in the new digital environment. read more

Top 8 takeaways from MPE Berlin

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 17 Feb 2017

If the learned experts in the world of payments are anything to go by at Merchant Payment Ecosystems in Berlin this year, the future of payments is all about mobile, open APIs and is pretty much in the hand of the internet giants. read more

From the overbanked to the underbanked: There is an e-wallet for everyone

  • Author: Ann Lim
  • Published: 30 Jan 2017

As technology opens new doors to more sophisticated services and offerings in the payments space, it is important to remain inclusive – especially in Asia, where there is a sizeable untapped market of consumers who do not have access to traditional financial services. Xiou Ann Lim takes a look at two e-wallets. read more

New UK payments model sets global standard

  • Author: Charles Wheeldon
  • Published: 19 Jan 2017

Industry reaction to the Payments Strategy Forum’s final findings has been positive, being hailed as an effective model to serve end users better, create healthier competition, and put consumers and corporates at the heart of the UK payments system. Charles Wheeldon takes a closer look at the implications. read more

Cash dominance facing erosion in Canada and the US

  • Author: Robin Arnfield
  • Published: 19 Dec 2016

Separate surveys by Payments Canada and the US Federal Reserve indicate that cash continues to be the dominant payment method in both countries. However, the dominance of cash is being challenged by growing electronic payment adoption in Canada and the US, Robin Arnfield reports. read more

Digital ID verification and mobile payments- one tough nut to crack

  • Author: Robin Arnfield
  • Published: 13 Dec 2016

So far, digital identity credentials have been the missing piece in the mobile wallet puzzle, making mobile payments vulnerable to fraud involving stolen card accounts. Robin Arnfield profiles two US fintech firms that want to fill this gap with technology to store ID documents in digital form on smartphones. read more

Could Soho’s fashionistas be shaping the future of monetary value and exchange?

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 25 Nov 2016

From startup challenger bank to blockchain innovation and an offline payments and ‘economics of value’ that could pave the way for a future model of consumer data ownership. Anna Milne meets Chris Gledhill of Secco Aura. read more

French banks taking baby steps towards biometrics and mobile payments

  • Author: Jessica Longley
  • Published: 3 Oct 2016

French consumers have not yet fully adopted mobile payments, but with a young, tech-savvy generation increasingly demanding safer and simpler authentication, will things change? Jessica Longley speaks to four key French banks to find out how the country is responding to the new technological era. read more

Mobile money takes off slowly in Afghanistan

  • Author: Robin Arnfield
  • Published: 16 Sep 2016

Afghanistan hasn’t seen the levels of mobile money adoption that Kenya has with M-Pesa. Mobile money is still embryonic and Afghanistan remains a cash-based society. But the government, mobile network operators (MNOs), and NGOs are working to foster adoption of mobile money, Robin Arnfield reports. read more


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