US: Mastercard, Samsung team up

US: Mastercard, Samsung team up

Mastercard announced Tuesday, May 21, that it is collaborating with Samsung to research and develop ways for people to verify their digital identity on mobile devices. In a press release, Mastercard stated that as it stands people have to manage multiple passwords and documents to ensure their identifying data and money remains safe. They are […]

EU: Regulator accepts Visa and Mastercard offer to end antitrust probe

EU: Regulator accepts Visa and Mastercard offer to end antitrust probe

The European Union has accepted an offer by Visa and Mastercard to cut fees on payments made by tourists using cards issued outside the bloc to stave off fines and end an EU antitrust investigation. The European Commission, which has waged a decades-long crackdown on payment and credit card fees, says that so-called interchange fees […]

US: Mastercard acquires Vyze

US: Mastercard acquires Vyze

Mastercard has acquired Vyze, a technology platform for point-of-sale payment options, designed to provide flexibility and convenience through financing options. Simon Vincent, Head of Product at aiGateways said, “This offers users total control from their existing bank app.” Vyze connects merchants with multiple lenders, allowing them to offer their customers a wide range of credit […]

UK: Ex-financial ombudsman Walter Merricks on why he took on MasterCard

UK: Ex-financial ombudsman Walter Merricks on why he took on MasterCard

Walter Merricks decided to take on the biggest class action in British history, believing millions of consumers had paid higher prices in shops for 16 years because of allegedly excessive transaction fees. “I thought, ‘Right. You’re on’,” the former financial ombudsman said. Last week Merricks’s ambition was vindicated when the court of appeal ruled in […]

UK: Appeals court puts Mastercard in huge class-action

UK: Appeals court puts Mastercard in huge class-action

Mastercard faces the possibility of a £14 billion (US$18.2 billion) lawsuit after the Court of Appeal in London made a surprise ruling. And nearly every British adult could get a payout of up to £300 (US$391), reported BBC. That court stated that the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) must reconsider the class action against the payments […]

US: Mastercard buys Transfast

US: Mastercard buys Transfast

Mastercard disclosed on Friday, March 8, that it will acquire global cross-border money transfer company Transfast, which works with both P2P (peer-to-peer) and B2B (business-to-business) payments. Mastercard announced in a press release that Transfast will “complement Mastercard’s wide range of payment solutions by increasing worldwide connectivity in the account-to-account space, enhancing compliance capabilities and offering […]

US: Visa, Mastercard, banks settle card fee suit

US: Visa, Mastercard, banks settle card fee suit

In a settlement that has been given preliminary approval by a federal court in New York, Visa and Mastercard, along with bank defendants, have agreed to provide roughly US$6.24 billion in settlement funds. The funds are subject to a deduction that is said not to exceed US$700 million, according to a notice authorized by the […]

US: Visa, Mastercard consider increasing fees for processing transactions

US: Visa, Mastercard consider increasing fees for processing transactions

Visa and Mastercard are preparing to raise certain fees levied on US merchants for processing transactions from this April, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, February 15. The increase will affect the interchange fees as well as the fees that card networks charge financial institutions for processing card payments, the report said.  A Visa […]

China: Visa, Mastercard still locked out

China: Visa, Mastercard still locked out

Both Visa and Mastercard posted solid fourth quarter earnings and outperformed analyst estimates, yet the companies are still waiting for approval to do business in China. Though it’s been more than a year since each submitted applications to process payments in the US$124 trillion market, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) hasn’t acknowledged and accepted […]

US: Visa, MasterCard to settle large antitrust class action

US: Visa, MasterCard to settle large antitrust class action

According to a report from Bloomberg, Visa and MasterCard  won preliminary approval on Monday, January 28 for their second attempt at settling antitrust allegations of a class of over 12 million US merchants. The credit card companies will pay between US$5.56 and US$6.26 billion under the deal. Class counsel believes it is the largest cash settlement in […]

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