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Posted: Jun 7, 2016
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Author: Paul Castner

A Thought Provoking Article in the Payments Journal by CSCU's Lou Grilli

You will want to take a few minutes to read a new posting in Payments Journal by CSCU’s Director of Payments Strategy, Lou Grilli, titled “What if Credit Card Interchange Gets Cut in Half?” Lou points out that credit cards are the second most important revenue source behind auto loans with interchange making up a significant portion of that revenue. Your credit union may be offering reward programs to influence your members to use their credit cards rather than lower interchange debit cards. However, as Lou points out, there are global and local factors starting to take shape that are putting pressure to lower credit interchange rates.  Lou offers some ideas and recommendations on what actions credit unions should be doing to focus new cardholder programs on revenue producing strategies that are not solely reliant on interchange.

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Posted: Jun 7, 2016
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Author: Lou Grilli

Payday lending was once looked at by credit unions as both a threat and an opportunity. Multiple non-mainstream lenders, including Amscot, the EzMoney loan stores, and Cash America were attracting potential banking customers and credit unions members with brightly lit stores open 24 hours a day, with very few questions asked.

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Posted: May 31, 2016
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Author: Bill Lehman

There was a time when a bank or credit union did not talk about fraud to their cardholders. They did not want to give the impression that their financial institution might be susceptible. The only mention was when describing the benefits of using the Visa or MasterCard brand which carries zero liability to the cardholder in case of fraud. But those days of silence on the subject are long in the past. Consumers are leery of identity theft, have started to look closely at their statements and, have learned the need to keep their social security numbers private.

 


 

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Posted: May 25, 2016
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Author: Lou Grilli

Effective October 1, 2016 for Visa issuers and acquirers, and October 14, 2016 for MasterCard issuers and acquirers, a new capability must be supported for maintaining merchants’ cards-on-file. The problem it addresses will help merchants, issuers, and most importantly, the cardholders. When a cardholder enters payment credentials into an airline’s website, for example, and then clicks the “save this card for later use”, but the card expires and reissues in between vacations, the cardholder is inconvenienced and has to rekey all of the data, possibly choosing a different card. But when the cardholder enters payment credentials into an important recurring biller, such as the power company, and expects the bill to be paid automatically on time each month, but the card is reissued and the next monthly authorization fails, then it can be much more than an inconvenience. It could mean having late fees assessed, or worse, having service turned off.

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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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