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Amex drops lawsuit and settles with MasterCard for $1.8bn

Amid faltering economic conditions that are not boding well for US card issuers, American Express (Amex) has received a timely $1.8 billion windfall from card network rival MasterCard in exchange for dropping an anti-trust lawsuit alleging that MasterCard had illegally blocked Amex from the bank-issued card business in the US.

China gets a taste for credit

China's burgeoning consumer class is getting a taste for credit cards, but stellar growth is raising concerns over profitability. However, issuers and networks continue to make headway in infrastructure development and consumer education.

Russian bank looks for card partners

Moscow Bank for Reconstruction and Development (MBRD) is in talks with Western partners to help develop its credit card business in Russia Sergey Zaytsev, the Russian banks chairman, spoke to William Cain about how the banks retail partnerships give it a headstart in the fledgling market.

Smaller issuers target affinity space

Affinity cards are more commonly associated with large issuers, but some smaller players are now targeting the space overlooked by the big banks.The affinity card market in the US is well served at the high end, with hundreds of cards for everything from university alums to religious sects.

Breaking down the barriers

Cross-border business models have come into their own this year, with strong performances in emerging markets helping to offset some dreadful results in the US. Standard Chartered and UniCredit, who avoided the trouble in the US, shared some of the secrets of their cards-issuing strategies with William Cain.

Mapping credit card opportunities in Asia

Emerging economies offer big growth potential to savvy issuers, but vastly different political and economic considerations in various markets mean that issuers must tailor their strategies to individual countries. Craig Vosburg, regional business leader at MasterCard Advisors, outlines the growth opportunities.

MasterCard insists interchange suspension only temporary

MasterCard Europe has announced the temporary suspension of its European cross-border interchange fees to meet a European Commission (EC) deadline. In December 2007, the EC ruled that the interchange fee, which typically makes up around 1 percent of a credit card transaction, was illegal, and told MasterCard to stop levying the charge.

Visa links with networking giant

Visa has announced it will be paying online social networking giant Facebook $2 million to advertise its small business service on the website. Visa Business Network has been designed to give small business owners tools and tips with which to attract new customers, reduce expenditure and boost overall revenue.

Obama sets sights on card industry

US Senator and Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has spoken out against what he sees as the predatory lending practices of credit card companies, accusing them of employing unfair and deceptive practices to trick Americans into signing agreements they cant afford.

Turkey's debit opportunity

Turkey's young population and growing economy have helped it become a market with rich opportunities for banks and card issuers. After consistent credit card growth rates for most of the decade, the industry now needs to turn its attention to increasing debit usage in the continuing drive for profits.

Debit gains ground in the US

A recent study from global payment processor First Data shows that debit card payments continue to rise in popularity in the US, with cardholders making more use of both PIN and signature transactions as opposed to just one method.

Europe enters a new era of opportunity

Over the last year, the global cards and payments industry has witnessed the introduction of SEPA, further consolidation across several industry sectors, and technological innovation, all of which, when combined with the ongoing evolution taking place in cards and payments across the world, make this sector one of the most exciting and sometimes challenging to be in.

TD aims to boost private-label business

Charles Davis reports on how Toronto Dominion Bank is aiming to boost its private-label card business in the US and Canada, as other private-label players struggle with the impact of the credit crunch. Alongside a rebranding initiative, TD is also considering portfolio acquisitions to boost its market share.

Six steps to reduce spending

A corporate spending study recently released by American Express alongside payment consultancy AT Kearney highlights several methods to drive efficiency and bring down the cost of administration and management.

SAV lines up £500 million for card deal

SAV Credit, a specialist UK credit card lender, is on the lookout for acquisitions and is ready to spend up to £500 million ($988 million) on a second credit card portfolio acquisition.

First Data and JPMorgan Chase disband payments venture

US banking group JPMorgan Chase and global payment processor First Data have announced that they will be ending their merchant acquisition and payments joint venture Chase Paymentech Solutions (CPS) by the end of 2008, two years earlier than previously planned.

ING and Atos Origin partner up

Dutch banking group ING and European IT services firm Atos Origin are teaming up to provide end-to-end SEPA-compliant payment processing services to banks and corporations in Europe.

Turkish banks face credit card legislation

The Turkish government has submitted legislation to the countrys parliament that, if passed, would limit the interest rates on credit cards to twice the one-month Central Bank deposit rate (currently 1.35 percent).