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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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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

2017 11a - MarketEye

Debit card for spending bitcoin; US banks launch real-time payments system; MasterCard embeds payments in London smart city app; Visa rolls out real-time payments platform in Europe; Link plans could significantly decrease number of free ATMs; Visa bids to bring contactless transit payments to the world

2017 10a - MarketEye

Mastercard releases Early Detection System; Bank trade group opposes Square banking bid; EU launches anti-trust probe into bank data sharing; Singapore and Thailand explore e-payment integration; Australian banks scrap ATM fees; German savings banks to roll out mobile payments

2017 09a - MarketEye

Square applies for bank status Mastercard turns phones into contactless payments terminals PayPal launches cashback credit card Singapore to develop common QR code for payments 200k Visa and MasterCard cards compromised in recent Equifax breach Danish payments processor Nets close to private equity buyout

2017 08a - MarketEye

PSF lays down blueprint for new UK payments; Class action suit against MasterCard blocked; appeal lodged; EC challenges Visa's inter-regional interchange fees; Cards overtake cash for consumer payments in Australia; Apple excluded from Beijing transit payments app; BBVA reaches over three million mobile customers in Spain

2017 07a - MarketEye

EPC prepares for pan-European instant payments; Visa incentivising shops to go cashless; CMA approves plans to merge UK payment schemes; Worldpay and Vantiv agree £9.1 billion merger; EBA rejects Commission amendments on screen scraping under PSD2; BBVA brings Alipay to Spain

2017 06a - MarketEye

Dutch banks consider joint ATM network; EU banks are likely to face hefty fines under GDPR; Zelle begins mass-market roll out; Apple moves into P2P payments; Android Pay arrives in Canada and Taiwan; Google and PayPal partner for mobile shopping by fingerprint

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