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Commercial cards in a post-COVID world

The Payments Association’s recently issued report, Navigating the New Opportunities for Corporate Cards, takes a close look at the world of corporate card payments, finding that there is much to do to make them as seamless as personal payments or even those for small businesses, but that there are innovative FinTechs who are solving the specific problems of making payments in a business setting.

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Dear Luc: I want to add credit capabilities like buy now, pay later (BNPL) to my service, what do I need to consider?

It’s time for another monthly #DearLuc, payments agony uncle, with Moorwand CCO Luc Gueriane and FinTech Futures! This week a fintech founder has asked about Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) and how they can get a piece of the action. Luc describes some of the key considerations to keep in mind when a card programme provider is looking to add BNPL to their service.

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THE ONLY CONSTANT IN FRAUD IS CHANGE

– What is Behavioral Biometric Analysis?
– What is a BionicID™?
– What makes Revelock’s BionicID™ solution unique in fraud prevention?
– How can BionicIDs™ be used to stop Impersonation and Manipulation attacks?
– What is BionicID™ analysis best suited for?
– Does BionicID™ data collection or analysis impact the User Experience (UX)?

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Contactless 2021: Will a £100 contactless limit be the final nail in the coffin for cash payments in the UK?

Cash payments have been in decline in the UK over the past decade, with contactless payment becoming the popular choice. But with the limit on contactless transactions set to double to £100 by the end of the year, what chance does cash stand? In this new article from Ingenico’s Contactless 2021 series, Blair Stalker examines the impact of the change and the #SCA mitigations against an increase in fraud.

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SATOSHI GOES TO WASHINGTON : SENATOR TOOMEY ISSUES RFI TO INFORM DIGITAL ASSET LEGISLATION

As we have noted in the past, federal regulation of the digital asset/cryptocurrency/DeFi community is evolving and there are many perspectives on what direction it should take. For instance, earlier this week, the House Democratic leadership and a group of moderate House Democrats agreed to a compromise that would prevent the House of Representatives from amending the Senate-passed “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” (H.R. 3684), thereby preserving the bill’s provisions expanding the definition of “broker” under the Internal Revenue Code to apply to various digital asset market participants.

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TAKING BITCOIN TO THE BANK: FDIC SEEKS COMMENTS ON BANK SERVICES FOR DIGITAL ASSETS

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has issued a “Request for Information and Comment on Digital Assets” (RFI) to learn more about the “novel and unique considerations related to digital assets….[g]iven that banks are increasingly exploring the emerging digital asset ecosystem.” A key theme of the RFI is the development of a framework to promote “responsible innovation.”

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Compliance meets digital

One of the most discussed subjects in the industry today is how digital has transformed banking and financial services. And of course this has been even further amplified by the Coronavirus pandemic.

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HMT confirms introduction of new financial promotions gateway

On 22 June 2021, HM Treasury (HMT) confirmed that it will take forward legislation to introduce a gateway for the approval of financial promotions of unauthorised persons. Once the gateway is in place, only firms which have successfully applied to the FCA to approve financial promotions will be permitted to approve the financial promotions of unauthorised persons.

Compliance with regulatory requirements regarding the approval of financial promotions has been a recent supervisory concern for the FCA, especially in circumstances where the products being marketed are complex and targeted at the retail market, and the FCA has issued a number of letters and publications setting out concerns and guidance for authorised firms approving financial promotions

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Finally, a real alternative to cards

For e-commerce and contact centre payments, cards have been the only payment option but are costly to businesses and increasingly difficult to use for consumers. Open banking regulation and technologies has created new options for businesses

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Paysafe streamlines US SMB payments with SimplyPayMe

We are extremely proud to announce our expansion to the United States with Paysafe Group & Mastercard as a partner of their Digital Doors program.

SimplyPayMe will from now on empower & enable American SMBs by allowing them flexibility in getting paid and the ease of running their business, all within one single application.

We are also working with banks and digital partners to help them serve their SMBs better, giving them the option to offer SimplyPayMe as a value-added service or as a white label.

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The rise and evolution of embedded finance

Demand for cash injections from alternative finance providers shows no signs of abating, as such, lenders must embrace innovation to improve their business finance offering. Read @Currencycloud’s blog to discover how APIs are the future of invoice finance. https://bit.ly/3wEqwCr

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Report: True Cost of Failed Payments

This 2021 report summarises a survey taken by over 200 payments professionals across the banking, financial, fintech and corporate sectors. It provides an overview of the payments landscape, explores the key findings, and provides insight into the various elements that had an impact on failed payments throughout 2020.

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PSD2: Enabled but not yet excelling

PSD2 is a hot topic for the UK market. How can we tackle it?
We take a look at challenges and solutions for the UK payment ecosystem in complying with PSD2 requirements.
With PSD2 now live in most European countries, being 5 months past the December 31, 2020 deadline, the UK is next, as the deadline for March 2022 is approaching. In order for the cardholder and merchant to properly adopt additional authentication without abandoning the transaction, the main focus is eliminating as much friction as possible. Testing data¹ from merchants such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft has shown that although Strong Customer Authentication has been enabled for most of the UK ecosystem, it is still grappling with several issues. Examples of this are relying on Risk Based Authentication for lower challenge rates, issuer readiness on latest protocols, issuer latency and lastly confusion on what exemptions to properly utilize.

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5 THINGS FRAUD FIGHTERS ARE SAYING ABOUT ONLINE FRAUD RIGHT NOW

– Introduction
– Poor hygiene & Persistent threats – ‘perfect storm’ of online fraud
– Customers expect Banks to Know Your User
– Fraud Fighting Collective – Fraud Fusion Centers
– Overwhelmed with Alerts, Automation is key
– Clear ‘risk calculation’ – Frictionless First
– No silver bullet – but there are best practices

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USING BIONICIDS TO STOP IMPERSONATION AND MANIPULATION ATTACKS

– Introduction
– What is BionicID™ analysis best suited for?
– Does BionicID™ data collection or analysis impact the user experience?
– Does BionicID™ data collection/analysis comply with SCA/PSD2?
– Does BionicID™ data collection/analysis (behavioral biometric digital identity) comply with GDPR?

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WHAT IS BEHAVIORAL BIOMETRIC ANALYSIS?

– Introduction
– Physical vs. Behavioral Biometrics
– What is a BionicID™
– What makes Revelock’s BionicID™ solution unique in fraud prevention?
– What makes Revelock’s BionicID™ more accurate than other behavioral biometric solutions?

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Banking-as-a-Service in 2021: the SCA Dilemma

Banking as a Service (BaaS) refers to the services and tools that allow financial institutions to adapt to the current digital banking shift. BaaS providers are the ones that build the web and mobile applications for these institutions so that customers may access their accounts digitally. But has this environment changed since the release of PSD2? Absolutely – let’s take a look.

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Are you ready for the future of payments?

This guide takes you through some of the innovations and trends taking place in payments, including how different sectors responded to the challenges of Covid-19; why business-to-business payments are ripe for innovation and changes in regulatory landscape that will impact payments in the future.

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Payment Trend Updates for June 2021

Okay is mainly concerned about security and Strong Customer Authentication. However, that doesn’t prevent us from taking part in industry conferences or being a member of industry groups. In this blog, we take a look at a few of the hot topics that have been on the discussion table over the past year, with some insight as to where they may be headed.

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Why go back if we could go forward? Post-Pandemic Sustainability Opportunities for the Finance Industry

It is important to remember that even before COVID-19, the planet was in a state of emergency. So with the finance industry focusing on recovery, resilience, and longevity as we come out of lockdown, should sustainability and the environment be top of the agenda as well?

In this article, we break down the post-pandemic sustainability opportunities for the finance industry and speak to our partner ecolytiq about why the best time to focus on climate change was yesterday.

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Contis launches banking division with appointment of former Lloyds MD

Award-winning Banking-as-a-Service platform, Contis, is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Lyons as Managing Director of Banking Solutions. Andy brings a wealth of experience in retail and corporate banking to boost Contis’ banking division and cement its position as the European leader in Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS).

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Reviewing Access Control Server Integration for SCA

In order to receive 3D Secure messages, process said messages, and authenticate card users, issuing banks must deploy Access Control Servers (ACS). To ensure that transaction integrity is never compromised, the Okay software works in parallel to prevent attacks and protect user information during confidential transactions. The process looks a little something like this:

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3 Tips to Finding the Perfect Payment Technology Partnership

Sam Head of Currencycloud shares his top 3 recommendations on what to look for in the right partner for your strategic, long-term journey to borderless transactions. 

He covers the pros and cons on a bundled solution, the idea of future proofing your partner choices for business growth ambitions, the important considerations involved in the costs as well as owning the customer experience.

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Managing Chargebacks Out Of Your Business

Transact365 is more than a gateway. It is a methodology platform that has been designed to operate as a technical consultancy business, lending our years of experience and knowledge whilst building on new and exciting technology that can zero out fraud.

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How embedded finance is bringing innovation to the lending industry

Embedded finance is making waves in the lending industry by challenging the status quo – giving rise to a new breed of Fintech provider: the Lendtech.
While the goal of Lendtechs is not necessarily to compete directly with incumbent financial institutions on their turf, embedded finance – and subsequent embedded lending – has dented their market share. These legacy providers now have a choice: stick to what they know or embrace the opportunities embedded finance creates for their products and services by working in partnership with Lendtechs.

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The benefits of starting a card programme for your customers

With more and more fintech start-ups cropping up with shiny new card programmes, it’d be all too easy to assume launching one yourself would be counterproductive. But owning a card programme comes with a whole host of benefits, regardless of the competition, and it’s never been easier to launch one. Discover the benefits of starting a card programme for your customers in Moorwand’s payment guide.

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How Could Digital Currency Work?

The Bank of England and the UK Treasury have announced a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Taskforce to coordinate the exploration of a potential British CBDC. But how could a digital Pound actually work? As it happens, this is something that Consult Hyperion knows rather a lot about. Apart from our work on the first British central bank digital currency (Mondex) back in the 1990s, our work on the first population-scale mobile money scheme (M-PESA) in the 2000s and our work on the most transformational contactless payment roll-out (Transport for London) in the 2010s, our practical experience across implementation platforms means that we understand the architectural options better than anyone.

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