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May 31, 2012 by Virginie O'Shea

A week can’t go by without someone asking me a question about the latest developments regarding the planned legal entity identifier (LEI) standard. So, for those of you who haven’t had time to read the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB’s) latest statement (check it out here), here are the highlights:

  • The planned implementation of the new standard (i.e., when it will officially begin being issued) is due to kick off in March of next year.
  • The ISO 17442 standard has been recommended by the FSB as the best option, and this will be confirmed (hopefully) at the upcoming G-20 summit in Mexico (June 18 to 19, 2012 in Los Cabos).
May 24, 2012 by Virginie O'Shea

Another one is swallowed up. Bloomberg’s acquisition of PolarLake this week (see the FT’s article in which I comment on the subject here) is yet more proof that data management is proving to be a draw for the vendor community at large. The fact that bigger fish in the data community (Markit, Bloomberg) are gobbling up smaller, toolkit-based, and relatively successful EDM solution vendors highlights the appetite for development in this space in the future.

May 16, 2012 by Madeline Aufseeser

Groupon announced its first-ever quarterly profit this week, but its stock is down more than 25% on the year. The business model for Groupon -- and competitor LivingSocial, among others -- is flawed in so many ways. For starters, merchants that take part in a daily deal give up as much as 75% of each daily deal sale to participate. This creates a high participation cost for the merchant, which does not know whether the daily deal will result in an incremental lift in overall sales from new customers or repeat business.

May 8, 2012 by Rick Oglesby

Just last month I published a report, Quasi-Merchant, Meet the Quasi-Terminal: Merchant Acquiring Growth via the Mobile Device, in which I wrote that providing payment acceptance solutions to self-employed individuals would yield almost US$1 billion in net revenue by 2016. I also wrote the following: “Bank acquirers, in particular, seem well positioned to deliver solutions to this market.

May 4, 2012 by Danielle Tierney

Argentina takes what it wants. Whether it’s defaulting on sovereign debt or expropriating an oil company, the Argentine government eats when it’s hungry and doesn’t care what’s in the way, be it the World Bank or Repsol or, for that matter, collective denunciation by, well, everybody.