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October 31, 2014 by Nathalie Reinelt

It has been an exciting couple of weeks in mobile payments. Last week Apple officially launched Apple Pay, and this week the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) can’t seem to stay out of the headlines. Who knew we worked in such an exciting industry?

First, CVS and Rite Aid started accepting Apple Pay transactions but were quickly reminded of their contractual obligations to MCX and turned off NFC capabilities in their stores.

October 28, 2014 by Andrew Copeman

Are North American and European payments markets heading in opposite directions? Credit cards retain their strong appeal in the United States. Despite a steady stream of security breaches and card data theft, consumers love their credit cards. With their in-built reward schemes and other benefits, credit cards are the first type of payment instrument consumers reach for at the checkout or when they are purchasing online. Neglecting them is unthinkable, and leading U.S. issuers continue to enhance their loyalty offerings.

October 27, 2014 by Spencer Mindlin


Two exchange-traded fund (ETF) sponsors with intentions to launch “nontransparent active ETFs” were stopped in their tracks last Wednesday when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ruled against their applications.

October 23, 2014 by Christine Pratt

A July 2014 Standard & Poor's ratings publication noted some disturbing trends in what it considers to be the weakening of asset-backed securities' (ABS) collateral credit quality. Collateral losses are rising on more recent securitizations. Let me hasten to say this is not your big-bank or even most captive-finance portfolios; these are auto loans from finance companies that specialize in deep subprime loans.

October 15, 2014 by Shirley W. Inscoe

How do you measure the cost of identity theft?  There are so many variables to consider that the answer is not easy from anyone’s perspective.

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