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Savantor’s MarketEye is a monthly free publication designed to provide busy card industry professionals with a quick overview of recent industry events. The focus is mostly on UK and EU but interesting developments from elsewhere are also highlighted.

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"With regard to MarketEye I would say that it’s one of the better digests, in my opinion. Gives me what I want, when I want it and in a concise, straightforward manner. I don't have time to read everything that's available on screen but Market Eye is worth making time for."

Phil Davies, Managing Director - PSI-Pay Ltd - UK

"I like MarketEye not only for updates but also for the insightful comments. The March 2014 issue is a good example: Ref. HCE: Putting a focus on attempting to integrate existing technologies into new and emerging environments doesn’t seem the most prudent direction that an industry can take."

Ernst Verbeek, Managing Director - Trionis - Belgium

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2018 09 - MarketEye

MasterCard launches global trade platform; Revolut launches metal card with cryptocurrency cashback; European committee plans tougher sentences for digital payments fraud; Ant refutes claims of Equifax IP theft; Australian launch of real-time payments with Osko; Samsung Pay surpasses 1.3 billion transaction mark

2018 08 - MarketEye

Norwegian banks co-operate with account aggregation; Consultation on Global Financial Innovation Network; India's Cosmos Bank falls victim to ATM cash-out fraud; Visa invests in B2B financing outfit Behalf; Revolut reduces fraud using disposable virtual cards; Bancomat partners with SIA for m-payment services

2018 07 - MarketEye

Link revises ATM fee plans as usage falls; Alipay takes on MoneyGram with blockchain-based remittances; Spanish banks move ahead with blockchain platform for digital IDs; Increase in popularity of biometric payments forecast under PSD2; Ticketmaster confirms data breach three months after bank warning; Visa and MasterCard near $6.5bn interchange settlement  

2018 06 - MarketEye

Dixons Carphone breach compromises 5.9m customers; Nets and Concardis to merge; Citi corporate bank joins UK Open Banking framework; Visa outage hits payments across Europe; PayPal agrees $2.2 billion deal for iZettle; Revolut launches in Russia

2018 05 - MarketEye

Apple to partner with Goldman Sachs on credit card; Deutsche Bank works with airlines on new payments model; PayPal and Barclays work together on digital payments; Worldline to acquire SIX Payment Services; Australian Government resists delaying tactics on Open Banking; French banks to introduce P2P mobile payments

2018 04a - MarketEye

Santander rolls out blockchain-based money transfer service with Ripple; PayPal to offer debit cards and mobile cheque deposits to unbanked; Revolut takes lead in fight against online card fraud with disposable virtual cards; Verifone to be acquired for $3.4 billion; EC proposes cheaper euro transfers across EU; Payconiq to merge with Bancontact in Belgium

2018 03a - MarketEye

Ant Financial enters Pakistan through Telenor deal; Bank of Amazon could attract 70 million US customers within five years; Dark Web Price Index reveals scale of online fraud; Equifax identifies another 2.4m breach victims; UK contactless mobile payments hit tipping point; Visa supports wearable payments

2018 02a - MarketEye

Openwrks, Zopa and TrueLayer implement Open Banking; Australian real-time payments platform goes live; Nordic banks attempt to harmonise cross-border payments infrastructure; Link plans interchange fee reduction; ING acquires a majority stake in Payvision; Nets wins contract for instant payments in Hungary

2018 01a - MarketEye

Visa begins pilots of new biometric payment card; JCB to test 'world's most accurate' biometric authentication system; Europe begins Open Banking era; PSD2: ban on credit and debit card surcharges; Tsys agrees $1.05 billion takeover of Cayan; Gemalto accepts EUR4.8 billion takeover offer from Thales

2017 12a - MarketEye

AmEx partners with Ripple and Santander for blockchain-enabled cross-border payments; Atos attempts to buy out Gemalto; Visa claims UK interchange victory; UK Open Banking expanded to cover all PSD2 products; SEPA instant payments goes live; China UnionPay and banks create payments app

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