The Top Payments News Stories in August, 2015

Payments news in August was dominated by 4 themes – cyber security, mobiles payments, fintech and IT glitches. Financial services are increasingly being driven by technology and various IT glitches highlight the fact that legacy systems just aren’t up to the job. Biometric authentication is also heating up, as are the number of fintech hubs ...

The Top Payments News Stories in July, 2015

Mobile payments, blockchain and fintech payments news stories dominated in July 2015. Mobile payments news focused on the UK launch of Apple Pay, and the banks continue to express their excitement around blockchain technology. I never thought we would see news about Mike Tyson in a blog about payments news, but he’s fought his way into this months ...

The Top Payments News Stories in June, 2015 1

Greece has dominated the news in June, and as I write the stand off continues. Greece will clearly continue to top the European and world headlines in the coming months as the EU discussions, the upcoming referendum and subsequent impacts are felt. Other key payments news stories that stand out and to keep an eye on include ...

3 Awesome History of Payments Infographics 1

In and amongst all of the hype and talk about the future of payments, I started thinking and wondering about the history of payments! After all, it is often said that to understand the future you need to delve into the past. The following 3 payments infographics outline: The history of money and payments through ...

The Top 10 Payments News Stories in February, 2015 1

Payments news stories remained firmly in the spotlight in February. There were various payments news reports highlighting record investments in the fintech sector, coupled with continued developments with contactless payments. The European stage is clearly being primed for Apple Pay, and hot on the heels of this is the Samsung offering, LoopPay. Interestingly there were ...

UK Payments Council Selects SWIFT as SEPA IBAN Only Vendor 1

The news yesterday (10-Feb-15) that the UK Payments Council has selected SWIFT as the vendor for the UK’s SEPA IBAN only central infrastructure platform has been widely reported. Full details of the announcement can be found at the SWIFT press release. The intention of this post is to understand what the press release really means ...

The Top 10 Payments News Stories In January, 2015

I was looking back at last weeks payments news stories, and thought wow – there were some interesting happenings. I realised that we were at the end of the month, and tracked back at the key payments related news items for January 2015. Now because this is a SEPA, i.e. a European Payments related, website I ...