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Posted: Nov 29, 2018
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The EMV migration and fraud liability shift continue in the United States, and some issuers are still going through a natural re-issue process for both debit and credit card products to issue chip cards to their cardholders.  Many national issuers implemented chip card technology utilizing a mass re-issue strategy, while a small number of issuers haven’t started issuing chip cards. Others never plan to issue chip cards as there is no mandate requiring issuers to do so.  Issuers who choose to continue to issue magstripe cards instead of chip cards, and issuers who have not completed a natural re-issue, are deciding to accept the risk of the liability shift for fraudulent transactions. They are also taking the risk of losing cardholder transaction volume. 

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Posted: Nov 5, 2018
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Over 13M Americans (5.35%) have finished holiday shopping! Now for the good news – the other 95% of shoppers still have not completed!  However, another 18% anticipated being finished by November 1st.  Black Friday is no longer the perceived start to holiday shopping. If issuers are waiting until closer to Black Friday to begin promotions to entice cardholders to use their card products, they will be getting out of the gate late.  A full three weeks late.

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Posted: Oct 11, 2018
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Author: Lou Grilli

U.S. Bank becomes the first financial institution subject to OCC supervision to offer “deposit advance products” a.k.a. Payday Loans. Should credit unions step up to help the community?

U.S. Bank, the country’s largest regional bank, began taking advantage of a roll-back of OCC regulations that prohibited banks from offering deposit advance products. According to the LA Times, a U.S. Bank customer with a checking account open for more than 6 months, and a direct deposited paycheck can apply online and if approved, be granted a loan of between $100 and $1,000, within minutes. Repayment, which must be within three months, comes with an interest rate of $12 per $100 borrowed, which calculates to nearly a 71% annualized interest rate. U.S. Bank is just the first of what is expected to be a wave of banks providing competition to payday lenders. What changed to bring this on?

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Posted: Oct 3, 2018
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Author: Lou Grilli

The stakes are high - $90 billion in fees paid collectively by merchants each year, according to Bloomberg. The proposed class action settlement amount is record-breaking - $6.2 billion, the most significant dollar amount ever, to be paid to 12 million merchants who do not opt-out of the settlement.

What does this mean for the future of interchange fees? It’s still murky, at best.

A lawsuit that was being argued since 2005 was finally settled on September 18, 2018, some 13 years later. The class action was initially filed by the National Retail Federation, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, and the National Association of Convenience Stores, collectively representing about 12 million merchants in the U.S. It named Visa, Mastercard, and several large issuers, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. as Defendants. The suit accuses the defendants of conspiring to fix interchange fees that businesses pay to process credit and debit cards. A previous settlement had been reached in 2012 but was thrown out by the courts. This time around, the settlement, which still needs to be approved by the courts, leaves open several unanswered issues.

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Posted: Sep 19, 2018
Categories: Credit Cards, Marketing
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[Editor’s Note: This article was previously published in the CU Today, and has been modified.]


It’s no surprise that card issuers are pursuing the affluent consumer with their credit card offerings. These cardholders generally contribute 60% more spend than non-affluent cardholders and their monthly spend is 3.6X greater than cardholders with traditional credit cards. Therefore, these consumers are spending and transacting more frequently, which equates to higher revenue for the issuer.

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