The Big Payments News Stories in September 2017

Things seem to be hotting up after the summer, with plenty of  payments news stories. The key themes that jump out most are the various developments in the blockchain space and the digital transformation journey that most banks are talking about. Its getting interesting out there… Check out the following top payments news stories for September 2017:

1. Payments News – Cyber Security

2. Payments News – Mobile Payments

  • Zelle launches new mobile payment app competing directly with Venmo, Apple Pay and Square Cash
  • Google introduces Tez – mobile payments in India
  • HSBC enable payments via a Selfie!
  • UK supermarket – Costcutter – trials payments using the vein patterns in your finger – FingoPay!
  • MasterCard and Swarovski launch a VR shopping app
  • Ant Financial and CK Hutchinson form a JV to deliver a mobile wallet in Hong Kong

3. Payments News: Blockchain / Digital / Crypto-currencies

4. Payments News: Banks

  • FT reports that a US equity firm is in looking to acquire the Scandinavian payment processor
  • JP Morgan awarded stupid patent of the month award for interapp permissions
  • Deutsche Bank CEO – John Cryan – warns firm that a “big number” of workers will suffer job losses due to tech
  • Citi launch  Citi Bot – the banks chatbot on Facebook Messenger and will respond to customer bank inquiries
  • European Union banks shut 48,000 branches since 2008
  • JPMorgan invests in to eliminate cheque and paper based payments
  • ECB launches consultation draft guidesto bank licensing and fintech bank licensing
  • BBVA Chief Francisco González speaks about banks “doing new things that we couldn’t even have imagined with the previous technological infrastructure.”
  • BBVA launches Urban Discovery – using big data to analyse card data to draw maps of urban areas
  • HSBC launches Beta app and prepares for open banking

5. Payments News: Fintech

  • European Union Banks, under pressure from fintech companies, may be able to invest more in software due to a potential EU accounting rule change
  • AliPay enables facial recognition payments in Hangzhou, China – including at KFC!
  • Square applies for a banking license in the US
  • Intel’s €1 billion fine for antitrust behaviour in 2014 will be reviewed – this is being closely watched by other US tech giants
  • European Commission to develop reforms that foster fintech and stronger coordination of supervision across the EU
  • Timex to enable contactless payments via a Barclaycard bPay chip inside the watch strap
  • Singapore based InstaReM to setup their European HQ in Vilnius, Lithuania
Thanks for stopping by – Take a look around…!!

6. Payments News: SWIFT

7. Payments News: Reports

That’s it folks! Let me know below if I missed anything important…

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