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UK banks hit hard by SEPA

Interesting research that was blasted across the UK press yesterday. The research came from the recently IPO’d website moneysupermarket.com, which reckons that we could be paying an average of £300 a year in current account charges if the UK’s free banking system is changed to a pay-as-you-go fee structure. The …

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First PayPal, then Google, now Amazon and the Banks

We all know how successful PayPal is but, just in case you missed it, then checkout the story I wrote about them in March.  Speaking of Checkout, there is a potential competitor to PayPal emerging in the form of Google’s Checkout system.  There’s already been a number of spats between …

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Prepaid to top 500 billion by Monday

    500 billion what’s you ask? Well dollars of course. The reason this crops up today is that fellow financial blogger – that’s blogger, no ‘u’ in there in case you misread – Dave Birch of Consult Hyperion has given airing in his latest posting to the prepaid forecasts …

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Prepaid to top 500 billion by Monday

    500 billion what’s you ask? Well dollars of course. The reason this crops up today is that fellow financial blogger – that’s blogger, no ‘u’ in there in case you misread – Dave Birch of Consult Hyperion has given airing in his latest posting to the prepaid forecasts …

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Mobile banking in America creates a big debate

CNBC in the USA ran a report at the end of June on mobile banking.  The report is interesting as 2007 is definitely the year of the mobile phone, or cellphone if you’re American, with Bank of America, Citibank, Wachovia, Washington Mutual, Wells Fargo, and ING Direct all launching mobile …

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Mobile banking in America creates a big debate

CNBC in the USA ran a report at the end of June on mobile banking.  The report is interesting as 2007 is definitely the year of the mobile phone, or cellphone if you’re American, with Bank of America, Citibank, Wachovia, Washington Mutual, Wells Fargo, and ING Direct all launching mobile …

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SEPA moves to China

Y’know I was going to write an indepth analysis of the ECB’s 5th report on SEPA titled: "SEPA: from Concept to Reality" (31 page pdf download) only to find my Dutch friend Donald at the excellent blogspot Linkdump on Payments had beaten me to it.  If you can’t be bothered …

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Government scraps identity cards

The government intends to scrap the controversial national identity card program. Instead, the Home Office is working with NATO and the US Department of Homeland Security to create a globally recognised standard for identity management using the latest chip designs from VeriChip Corporation. The program has been given the internal …

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Government scraps identity cards

The government intends to scrap the controversial national identity card program. Instead, the Home Office is working with NATO and the US Department of Homeland Security to create a globally recognised standard for identity management using the latest chip designs from VeriChip Corporation. The program has been given the internal …

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Government scraps identity cards

The government intends to scrap the controversial national identity card program. Instead, the Home Office is working with NATO and the US Department of Homeland Security to create a globally recognised standard for identity management using the latest chip designs from VeriChip Corporation. The program has been given the internal …

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Banks losing fight against money laundering

It must be that time of year, e.g. it’s quiet in the summer so let’s release our research and get the headlines.  After IBM’s report yesterday, I then got KPMG’s report on Anti-Money Laundering (AML) today.  This report proves interesting in that it makes it clear that for all the …

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Prepaid’s demographics by Chris Skinner

We run regular meetings at the Financial Services Club, and launched in Ireland last year.  The forthcoming event in Dublin on 14th June is talking about various things from mobile to prepaid and it prompted Kieron Guilfoyle, CEO of 3V, to send me details of the prepaid product program they …

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Celebrating PayPal’s centenary

PayPal 100 years old – surely not? Well no. PayPal's not 100 years old. In a remarkably understated way though, which no-one noticed – not even PayPal – the California-based payments platform is celebrating a milestone. In March 2007, PayPal celebrated being 100 months old. Yes, the upstart firm with …

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Celebrating PayPal’s centenary

PayPal 100 years old – surely not? Well no. PayPal's not 100 years old. In a remarkably understated way though, which no-one noticed – not even PayPal – the California-based payments platform is celebrating a milestone. In March 2007, PayPal celebrated being 100 months old. Yes, the upstart firm with …

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