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11/21/2018

The Fed’s Fraud Study Reveals the Expected and Unexpected

The high-level trends in payment fraud are easy enough for industry professionals to surmise. Card fraud- both credit and debit- is on the rise, particularly in the fast-growing e-commerce channel. Nonetheless, the Federal Reserve’s newly issued fraud study is packed with valuable information. Its data-driven analysis confirms and quantifies some commonly held beliefs, and uncovers…

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10/29/2018

Trends and Takeaways from the Finovate Conference

While attending a different industry conference recently, I was reminded why Finovate remains one of my favorite events on the fintech calendar. Given the popularity of TV programs like “Shark Tank” and a natural business desire to discover the latest technology, most banking conferences have added some “quick pitch” component to their agendas. The now…

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08/09/2018

Sure, Bank Branches Are Declining – But Let’s Keep Things in Perspective

Here we go again. We can probably count on a replay of these headlines with every quarterly bank earnings release cycle. Here’s a recent one, courtesy of CNN: “Why Bank of America Branches Are Disappearing.” The article begins with the concise statement, “The future of banking is here- and it’s mobile.” I agree wholeheartedly with this…

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07/23/2018

Dear Diary – The Secrets of US Consumer Payment Choice

The Federal Reserve remains the go-to source for authoritative data on the US payments system. In most cases – such as with the Payments Study the Fed issues every three years – the data is gathered from financial institutions. Add some behavioral data collected directly from consumers into the mix, though, and things get really…

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01/23/2018

Money 20/20’s Recurring Themes Mirror FinTech Hot Topics

Money 20/20 offers a great opportunity to assess the pulse of the payments marketplace. With more than 11,000 attendees, it’s the largest annual conference for bankers as well as service providers in the fintech space- with a healthy dose of venture capitalists and startups as well. Increasingly, major players have also used the Money 20/20…

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10/13/2017

What’s Next for Checks? A New Deluxe Webinar Offers Data-Driven Answers

It’s no secret that paper check volumes have been in steady decline in the US for the past two decades. Some have openly wondered whether remaining volumes will “fall off a cliff” sometime soon. Predictions of the death of the check are nothing new- in the early 2000s I worked for an electronic commerce company…

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06/09/2016

It’s All About the Blockchain (er, Distributed Ledger)

It’s not about Bitcoin. There may eventually be a commercially viable- albeit still niche- role for cryptocurrency. It probably won’t be filled by Bitcoin, though, which is unlikely to sufficiently erase its tainted image. But that’s a red herring- the virtual currency opportunity is not the impetus for the billions of investment dollars announced and…

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