Tagged: digital transactions

$106 Billion Transferred with Zelle via 392 Million Digital Transactions in Q1 2021: Report

Zelle “springs” into 2021 with over $100 billion sent during the first quarter of this year, according to a release. Early Warning Services, LLC, the network operator behind Zelle, revealed on May 5, 2021 that $106 billion was sent via the Zelle Network on 392… Read More

Seamless Cross-Border Payments Now Supported by UAE Central Bank and SWIFT Collaboration

Earlier this week, the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) revealed that it had been working cooperatively with SWIFT, an international provider of secure bank-to-bank messaging services. SWIFT and the UAE reserve bank are reportedly working an initiative that will improve the speed… Read More

Contactless Payments and Credit Card Transactions Increasing Steadily in Switzerland: Report

The Swiss Payment Monitor reveals that the trend towards credit card use and contactless payment methods has remained steady in Switzerland. The Swiss Payment Monitor is a research initiative that’s supported by the University of St.Gallen and the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences. The… Read More

Fintech Unicorn Marqeta Might Conduct IPO as Early As Next Month: Report

Fintech Unicorn Marqeta is reportedly planning to conduct an initial public offering (IPO) later this year, according to a report from BI. Oakland-based payments processor Marqeta is valued at around $4.3 billion. The company provides debit cards to firms such as DoorDash and Instacart. Marqeta… Read More

Argentina based Fintech Ualá has Issued Over 100,000 Debit Cards in Mexico, Just A Few Months After Launch

Less than 6 months after its launch in Mexico’s markets, the Argentina-based Fintech firm Ualá has managed to issue over 100,000 debit cards in the country. Ualá provides a user-friendly app and various tools for effectively managing personal finances. In a recent interview with El… Read More

CBDCs, Bitcoin, Other Cryptocurrencies, and Fiat May be Able to Co-Exist Given Current State of Development: Report

Sovereign governments could potentially be the next group to adopt digital assets, according to a report from crypto-assets firm Kraken. Kraken writes in an update that central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) might become “the latest, and perhaps most substantial tool, used to expand their monetary… Read More

$600 Billion Lost to Payment Declines Last Year, According to Analysis from Digital Commerce Fraud Prevention Fintech Riskified

The team at Riskified, provider of an “all-in-one” e-commerce fraud prevention solution and chargeback protection service for “high volume and enterprise merchants,” notes that digital commerce businesses spend most of their budget on “customer acquisition, focusing on getting consumers to hit the ‘buy’ button.” While… Read More

Real-Time Account Payout Features Now Supported by Pakistan’s Faysal Bank via Western Union Partnership

Western Union, a leading provider of cross-border, cross-currency money transfer services, is teaming up with Pakistan’s Faysal Bank in order to improve its real-time bank account transaction network. Receivers of global money transfers in Pakistan can take advantage of Western Union’s real-time account payout feature… Read More

Hong Kong Monetary Authority Confirms Launch of System for Cross-Currency Securities Transactons with Bank of Japan Financial Network System

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has confirmed the launch of the delivery-versus-payment (DvP) link for cross-currency securities transactions between the Hong Kong dollar (HKD) CHATS and the Bank of Japan (BoJ) Financial Network System. These transactions wll reportedly involve Japanese Government Bond (BOJ-NET JGB) Services…. Read More

New QR Payments Solution Introduced by Bangkok Bank for Transactions between Thailand and Vietnam

Bangkok Bank, one the largest commercial banks in Thailand, has introduced an international QR payments solution that will run between Thailand and Vietnam. The solution is reportedly being deployed with assistance from the Bank of Thailand (BOT) and State Bank of Vietnam (SBV). Bangkok Bank… Read More

Indian Cities Report New Record Number of Digital Transactions, while Microfinance Sector Leverages Latest Technologies

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh (India) has revealed that the area has set a new record in the number of digital transactions performed. Lucknow, The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh reports that banks are now playing a key role in promoting digital… Read More

Digital Banking: State Bank of Pakistan Releases New Guidelines for Virtual Banks, but Cash Is Still King in the Country

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the nation’s central bank, announced on Friday (March 26, 2021) that it has started working on a separate set of guidelines for virtual banks which will focus on “regional regulatory trends,” according to a report from local sources. As… Read More

Malaysian Digital Wallet Provider Boost Joins PayNet Real-Time Retail Payment Platform

Digital wallet provider Boost recently revealed that it’s now a part of the PayNet Real Time Retail Payment Platform (RPP). Boost confirmed that it will be adopting DuitNow QR (beginning on March 26, 2021). DuitNow QR is the national QR code standard used in Malaysia…. Read More

Engage People CTO Len Covello Provides Key Insights on how Loyalty Points are “Often-Overlooked” Alternative Payment Option

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We recently caught up with Len Covello, CTO at Engage People, a global loyalty tech company. Covello explained how loyalty points are an often-overlooked alternative payment option. Covello talked about how the demand for having the flexibility to pay with points as easy as credit… Read More

Digital Payments in Middle East Markets like Oman Continue to Rise as Consumers Engage with E-Commerce Platforms

Dr. Saeeda Jaffar, Board Member, Managing Director and Head of Middle East at Alvarez & Marsal, notes that research performed by Checkout.com at the end of last year suggested that digital commerce and the digital payment sectors in the Middle East region were “set for… Read More

Smart Payments Provider Credorax Explains how Local Payment Methods can Seamlessly Settle Transactions

Credorax, a “smart” payments provider and “fully-licensed” bank offering cross-border processing for digital commerce and omni-channel payments, notes in a blog post that local payment methods (LPMs), also called alternative payment methods (APMs), are now “disrupting cards’ long-held dominance over the payment landscape.” Maya Shilo-Feldman… Read More

Binance Explains why Consumers Should Use Cryptocurrencies for Settling Cross-Border Transactions

Digital asset exchange Binance, which is being investigated by CFTC for a possible violation of US rules, recently explained why people should consider using cryptocurrencies when making cross-border payments. Binance notes in a blog post that traditional borderless transactions can be “cumbersome” with each transfer… Read More

Women Entrepreneurs Reveal how they Launched Small Businesses During Pandemic, Supported by Digital Payments with PayPal

The Research and Insights team at PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) notes that when the COVID-19 pandemic began, Jennifer Vaughan started noticing a visible change in her business’s customer base. Usually, Jennifer’s “high-end” paper store, Mulberry Paper and More, had been appealing to professional artists. However, Jennifer… Read More

State Bank of Pakistan Instructs Financial Institutions to Create Chief Digital Officer Role, Offer Better Support for Internet Banking

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the nation’s central bank, stated on Wednesday (March 11, 2021) that all local banking institutions should offer a set of minimum services for Internet banking and mobile banking. The SBP says it wants to encourage or promote the use… Read More

South African Fintech Adumo Secures R225 Million from International Finance Corp., IFC Financial Growth Fund

South Africa based Fintech group Adumo has secured R225 million (appr. $14.9 million) in capital from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which is a member of the World Bank Group. The IFC Financial Institutions Growth Fund also contributed investments in order to expand access to… Read More

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