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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
2015 02b - MarketEye

Bank of England could issue own digital currency; Barclays launches Twitter payments service; Diebold takes 90-degree shift to counter ATM skimming; Visa to buy offers specialist TrialPay; TSB wades into bank branch debate; Target takes $162m hit on data breach expenses; Visa and MasterCard report strong bank uptake for HCE-based mobile payments; Google said to prep Android Pay API; Google bids to breathe life into Wallet through telco partnership

2015 02a - MarketEye

Visa to launch mobile location service to reduce declined card payments; MasterCard increases spend on cyber protection; Swift negotiates BIC-to-IBAN data mandate for UK banks; Data breaches in 2014 exceed one billion records; Global smart card growth driven by contactless and US EMV adoption; Paym signs up 1.8 million consumers - £26 million transferred

2015 01b - MarketEye

Contactless payments arrive on Coronation Street; Google brings e-mail money transfer system to Europe; Cancer Research UK brings contactless donations to shop windows; Half of US retailers unprepared for EMV migration deadline; Monitise puts itself up for sale; Google in talks to buy Softcard; Banking apps failing user experience test; Swyp bids to replace wallets with a single card; Number26, a smartphone-only banking service, launches in Germany

2015 01a - MarketEye

Tencent launches China's first online-only bank; MasterCard agrees Russian processing deal; Obama sets out data breach notification legislation; Concerns raised about Swift data sharing; Google sues Visa and MasterCard over interchange fees; Polish banks to launch mobile payments drive using HCE

2014 12b - MarketEye

Payments Council to explore prospects for providing more information with payments; Royal Bank of Canada adds HCE to mobile app; International vendors on alert as US banks rethink core platform strategies; Russian criminals hack in to bank networks to steal $18 million; PeerNova to refocus on blockchain; US community banks claim $90 million costs for Home Depot breach; Mobile overtakes all other channels for banking interactions

2014 12a - MarketEye

Microsoft begins accepting bitcoin; ECB recommends instant eurozone payments; Pilot for Russia's National Payment System; Bitcoin's Black Friday performance; Swift wins Australian payments contract ; Braintree brings One Touch mobile payments to international markets

2014 11b - MarketEye

Twitter lets users add coupons to cards for in-store redemption; Crédit Agricole joins French bank-run e-payments service; HSBC rolls out Paym for business customers; Skrill adds scale in pre-paid with plans to acquire Ukash; Monitise gets £49.2 million boost from Santander, Telefonica and IBM; Discover fires lawsuit alleging anti-competitive practices at Visa; Startup taps Indiegogo for BLE-enabled wallet; PayPal launches Pebble smartwatch app

2014 11a - MarketEye

Development of new authentication standard 3DS 2.0; BitPay releases merchant app to rival Apple Pay; Ulster Bank fined EUR3.5 million for IT failures; Competition watchdog to investigate UK current account and SME banking market; Visa and MasterCard agree to limit interchange fees in Canada; UK government launches 'Call for Information' on virtual currencies.

2014 10b - MarketEye

Turkish digital wallet provider introduces Google Glass payments app; Rwanda makes cashless push in bid to increase financial inclusion; Barclaycard launches contactless micro-donation initiative; BBVA Compass opens backbone to Dwolla payments; China to end UnionPay card clearing monopoly; Bank spend on innovation set to soar; Costa Rican credit union taps face recognition tech for m-banking authentication; Apple Pay launches

2014 10a - MarketEye

Wave Crest updates global business payments platform; W3C standards body looks to improve web payments; Swift bemoans pressure to cut off Russia and Israel from network; UK card transactions top one billion a month for first time; eBay and PayPal to split; Mobile payment network Zapp wins big-ticket retailer support

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