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Posted: May 24, 2016
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Author: Tom Davis

Not a day goes by where you don’t read or hear news about bitcoin and/or blockchain.  One expert in the payments world likens bitcoin to the Kardashians, the reality show stars who manage to keep themselves in the headlines even if there is nothing new to report.  Without question, bitcoin and blockchain are the darlings of the financial and business media. What follows in this article is background and insight on bitcoin, the cryptocurrency, its relationship to the blockchain, and reasons why credit unions won't need to spend too much time (if any) worrying about bitcoin.

In our second article, to be published on The Payments Review at a later date, we will take a much deeper look into the intriguing and complex world of the blockchain distributed ledger technology and why credit unions will want to keep an eye on it.

 


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Posted: May 17, 2016
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Author: Tom Davis

CurrentC, the much publicized merchant-owned mobile payment system announced in August 2012 by Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), is closing up shop, according to a company statement released on May 16. An MCX spokesperson said the decision was a result of feedback from the CurrentC pilot program and the need to focus their resources on “other priorities,” including Chase Pay. 

To get more insights and details on the decision to pull the plug on CurrentC development, click here to read the PYMNTS.com article, “Say Bye-Bye To MCX CurrentC.”

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Posted: May 11, 2016
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Author: Paul Castner

Last week we posted an article on The Payments Review (TPR) about the evolution of Apple Pay that cited statistics showing that the number of users who try Apple Pay at the point of sale (POS) is increasing, but that as a POS payment alternative to cash or a card swipe, it has been slow to catch on.  However, in app purchases, according to the TPR article, is where the action is for Apple Pay and it is seeing the biggest gains in usage and transactions. 

 

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Posted: May 2, 2016
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Author: Paul Castner

It was another very successful CSCU Solutions Conference in 2016.  The recently completed conference had record attendance and included very informative and entertaining keynotes, general session and breakout presentations by industry experts.  If you were unable to attend the conference this year, or even if you were able to attend, we wanted to share with you some of the key articles that have appeared in credit union industry publications. 

CU Today          

Mobile Payments Not Addressing ‘Pain Point’ - CSCU President Bob Hackney

What Could Be ‘Unbundling’ CU Services? - CSCU Sr. VP Finance & Technology Tom Davis

What Rising Rates Mean for Card Management - CSCU PCS Director, Barney Moore

Why Card Fees Are Not A ‘Four-Letter Word’ - CSCU Sr. Portfolio Consultant, Dean Knudtson

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Posted: Apr 27, 2016
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Author: Lou Grilli

A common counter argument to the move toward mobile payments is that credit cards are not broken, and that swiping or inserting a credit card works perfectly fine. And those people would be right. Credit cards are not going away anytime soon.  However, subtly and surely, the plastic cards we most closely associate with payments are disappearing. Heck, there is much written about that currency will be a thing of the past in the not so distant future.  Yes, we do carry less cash than we used to, but there still are times we need to have some “real” money in hand.

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