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Posted: Dec 14, 2017
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Author: Lou Grilli

It’s imperative for credit unions to understand interchange – the biggest component of non-interest income.

One of the most misunderstood, and possibly the most misaligned topic in the credit and debit card world is interchange. At a summary, it is a fee paid by a merchant, paid to the issuer, each time a credit or debit cardholder uses a card, in a store or online. The fee covers the cost of processing the credit or debit card; for a credit transaction the fee reimburses the issuer for the interest on carrying the balance during the cardholder’s debt repayment grace period; and the fee is intended to address the cost for zero fraud liability, which reimburses the cardholder in case of fraud. In addition, higher interchange is charged for signature rewards credit cards, to cover the cost of additional cardholder benefits such as cash back or auto rental collision damage waiver. The practice of a merchant paying the issuer interchange was established in 1971, when Bank Americard set 1.95% as the standard rate as compensation for the risk of card-issuing banks. Interchange is also paid to the ATM owner each time a cardholder gets cash out. Seems simple enough, but there’s much more complexity to it.
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Posted: Sep 28, 2017
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Is your credit union prepared to capitalize on increases in member spending?

Back to School is over, Fall and pumpkin spice are in the air, and your members are already thinking about holiday purchases, and it’s only the end of September.  If you have a co-worker who has marked the employee break room calendar with a countdown of the number of paychecks left before the holidays, now is the time for your credit union to create holiday credit and debit usage campaigns to compete for transactions, and capture the projected increase in holiday spending this year.
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Posted: Aug 2, 2017
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Author: Lou Grilli

It could happen.

There’s been lots of hype claiming that Zelle, the recently launched P2P service by several major banks and credit unions, is the “Venmo killer”, alluding to the fact that financial institutions are staving off the onslaught of tech companies looking to make inroads into the banking industry.

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Posted: Jul 27, 2017
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Back to School campaigns can be rewarding for credit unions and their members.

Back to school planning is in full swing in many parts of the U.S. Didn’t kids just get out of school? How can it be time to think about purchasing glue sticks, crayons, gym shoes, clothes, and other back to school expenses such as vaccinations, health exams and sports equipment for fall sports when it’s the middle of summer?  This time should be filled with making memories from family vacations, taking a trip to the County or State Fair, or hosting cookouts in the backyard with friends and neighbors.
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Posted: Jul 20, 2017
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Author: Tom Davis

Government also plans to use biometrics to eliminate credit and debit cards by 2020

Editor's Note: This article was previously published on CUInsight.com and has been modified.

Overnight, India, a country with 1.3 billion in population, became a predominantly cashless country, switching to mobile-based digital payments. And the government has even more ambitious plans – to eliminate credit and debit cards by 2020. How did this all happen?

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