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The New Order: How Interchange Regulation Will Change the U.S. Payments Industry

The New Order: How Interchange Regulation Will Change the U.S. Payments Industry

Though debit card interchange regulation will take a toll on the banking and payments industry, it will also force banks to innovate.

Boston, December 6, 2010 – A new report from Aite Group provides 14 predictions on how the Durbin amendment and the Department of Justice settlement with Visa and MasterCard will reshape the U.S. payments industry in coming years. It also assesses which industry players will be positively and negatively impacted by the newly passed amendment.

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law, contains a section pertaining specifically to debit card interchange. Dubbed the Durbin Amendment, it stipulates that the Federal Reserve implement its mandates no later than April 2011. Additionally, Visa and MasterCard recently announced that they have settled with the U.S. Department of Justice over certain of their practices. Among the 14 predictions discussed in the report, Aite Group forecasts that banks will embrace alternative payment networks to sidestep interchange regulation targeting card networks, that banks will attempt to raise ACH fees, and that chip and PIN (EMV) will be mandated in the United States by 2015 or earlier.

“Interchange regulation is going to have profound repercussions throughout the banking and payments industry, well beyond merely slashing banks’ profits,” says Gwenn Bézard, research director with Aite Group and author of this report. “Counterintuitively, the Durbin amendment is likely to usher in a new wave of innovation in U.S. retail banking and payments.”

The report references Affinity Solutions, BancVue, Bling Nation, Cardlytics, Cartera Commerce, DBG Loyalty, Discover, eBillme, First Data, FIS, Fiserv, Gemalto, Green Dot, Groupon, Ingenico, MasterCard, Netspend, Oberthur, PayPal, Poste Italiane, Secure Vault Payments, Tempo, TSYS, VeriFone, Vesdia, Visa, and VIVOtech.

This 17-page Impact Note contains one table. Clients of Aite Group's Retail Banking service can download the report.