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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

"MarketEye is an excellent concise digest which keeps me regularly updated with essential market developments."

Harin Dias, Independent Banking Consultant
2020 10 - MarketEye

PayPal enters UK's buy now, pay later market; Amazon rolls out palm payment technology; UK Government outlines plans for retail cashback without a purchase; ECB initiates consultation about creation of a digital euro; New security measures could block one-third of online EU purchases; EU could compel Apple to open up iPhone NFC functionality

2020 09 - MarketEye

Mastercard launches CBDC testing platform for central banks; ECB considers development of digital euro; Indian competition watchdog dismisses case against WhatsApp; EU approves Mastercard takeover of Nets' units, subject to concessions; EU to investigate Visa digital wallet licencing rules; Vipps to extend beyond Norway via Visa 

2020 08 - MarketEye

Google to offer US Bank co-branded accounts; Apple acquires softPOS firm Mobeewave; Mastercard enrolled into Pay.UK Request to Pay framework; Microsoft testing shows SCA leads to checkout abandonment; Capital One fined $80m for extensive 2019 hack; Mastercard partners Microsoft for digital commerce innovation 

2020 07 - MarketEye

HSBC signs multi-year deal with Amazon Web Services; NAB signs five-year multi-cloud deal with Microsoft; Deutsche Bank and Google Cloud agree multi-year deal; Eurozone banks to take on Visa and Mastercard with new payments platform; Card schemes to take Click to Pay standard global; UK court rules against Visa and Mastercard in interchange fee battle

2020 06 - MarketEye

CaixaBank to roll out facial recognition ATMs across Spain; EU opens antitrust investigation into Apple Pay; Mastercard brings Fintech Express to Europe; Banks worldwide adopt Open Banking; Virus delays New York subway contactless payments rollout; Calibra rebrands as Novi for digital currency roll out; PayPal rolls out QR Code payments worldwide 

2020 05 - MarketEye

Revolut launches licenced bank in Lithuania; Google developing debit card product; Which? intervenes in lawsuit against Mastercard; UBS to apply for Chinese digital banking licence; FCA extends SCA deadline by a further six months; Monzo applies for US banking licence 

2020 04 - MarketEye

Yapeal gets first Swiss fintech banking license; Libra begins process to gain regulatory support; EC reviews Mastercard's Nets deal; Banking industry sets out vision for EU payments market; M-Pesa waives fees to discourage cash usage 

2020 03 - MarketEye

Brazil prepares for instant payment scheme; Revolut to apply for UK banking licence; Fiserv acquires MerchantPro Express; UniCredit signs deal with equensWorldline; Santander buys Elavon México for global merchant acquiring push; Belgian digital bank Aion is launched

2020 02 - MarketEye

Deutsche Bank invites Amazon, Google and Microsoft to tender; Visa extends 'access to cash' programme; N26 leaves the UK after Brexit; Mastercard wins approval to operate in China; Australia prepares for Open Banking; Central banks form group to explore digital currency creation 

2020 01 - MarketEye

BBVA explores financial product sales via Amazon; Belgium's big four banks to build shared ATM network; Amex progresses entry into Chinese market; Security concerns cause Australia to delay Open Banking roll out; Visa unveils Tap to Phone contactless payments programme; Tencent and UnionPay integrate QR code systems 

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