The US is becoming the world’s largest closed-loop payments system

Two-thirds of all checks written globally originate in the US today

Last year the US contributed close to 20% of the world’s GDP despite coming off the back of the biggest economic downturn since the 1930′s Great Depression. The US, UK, Germany, Russian and CIS States, and China dominate the world’s payment landscape currently, but in volume of non-bank payments the US dominates with over 50% of the world’s [...]

Why Apple’s NFC snub might hurt the banks and networks more than ever?

Uber - doesn't need a swipe to offer better payments

I’ve always maintained that Near Field Communication (NFC) was attractive for both the banks acting as acquirers and issuers, and ultimately the networks themselves. Particularly in the US marketplace. Why? The only way to keep the Point-of-Sale (POS) terminal in a transaction as we shift to mobile wallet and mobile payments at merchants is for [...]

What the Square and Starbucks alliance means for payments…

Starbucks has the most successful mobile payment deployment in the US to-date

Square and Starbucks just announced their intent to form a partnership for the purpose of improving or ‘revolutionizing’ in-store payments around the approximately 1,700 retail stores and 5,000 other points of presence in the USA. Square has had phenomenal success growing their merchant base to 2 million users in just over 2 years, which when [...]

Mobile Payments: Leave them to their own devices

As we’ve embarked on our Movenbank project, we’ve had a lot of people express concerns about our choice to be completely cardless and go with NFC and various other P2P solutions. There’s also often raised questions over which handset platform to support, which devices are certified, the lack of real NFC standards, how to enable [...]

I'll never login with Facebook to my bank!

We’re experiencing a massive shift in consumer behavior right now with the explosion of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other community collaboration and social media platforms. A world where Facebook has 800 million inhabitants and a President who is a college dropout (albeit Harvard). We’re seeing the global domination of mobile across the entire world, where [...]

When a Telco becomes a better bank…

The announcement that the Canadian carrier Rogers Telecom has applied for a banking license should hardly come as a shock to the retail banking fraternity. There is already a plethera of mobile carriers fully engaged in mobile payments right now, from Safaricom in Kenya, Orange (with Barclays) in the UK, the ISIS collaboration in the US, LG Telecom in South [...]

Will the US be the last to go cashless?

Although it is a long-time off yet, we can now envisage a time when most of the developed world, and indeed most of the developing world will no longer deal in hard currency. There are a number of drivers for this: 1. Impact of mobile payments 2. Tighter money laundering requirements, and 3. Cost of [...]

The Modality Shift of Banking – Conclusion

As we detach ourselves from physical artifacts associated with traditional businesses, traditional distribution models rapidly fail. The fact that you own or participate in a network or virtual monopoly that supports an outmoded distribution model is of no benefit when that network is surpassed by a generational leap in technology delivery at the front end [...]

US Banks wasting Billions on preventable fraud

The US is enamored with outdated and costly modality that is costing Billions in lost revenue and fraud. While many argue the business case for moving to technology like EMV or NFC is hard to justify, the reality is it is incredibly simple to justify based simply on mathematics around today’s massive cost of fraud. [...]

The Modality Shift of Banking – Part 3

Massive spend on innovation at the front-end of retail financial services Putting aside conjecture of whether or not we are in a bubble at the moment around tech, social media, and mobile services (which I believe we very well could be), the reality is we are seeing a flurry of massive investment in new distribution [...]