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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 03b - MarketEye

CBA unveils Albert tablet payment offering; Barclays and PayPal join Government ID access scheme; MasterCard strengthens Silicon Valley outpost; UK online banking fraud losses soar 48%; Optimal Payments agrees EUR1.1bn Skrill acquisition; Tangerine banking comes to the Apple Watch

2015 03a - MarketEye

Heartbeat authentication technology trialled by Halifax; EPC framework for card-not-present transactions; MasterCard to develop Egyptian ID card programme; EU Parliament approves interchange fee caps; Push for US adoption of chip and PIN; ECB plays down virtual currency risks

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.

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EMV Migration Planning

"It was a strategic imperative for the bank to be EMV compliant for our payment cards and the experience that Savantor brought to the company has proved to be invaluable."

Eddie Sweeney, Chief Technology Officer - AIB Bank - Ireland

Platform Selection & RFP Management

"OP-Pohjola Group has used Savantor in both acquiring and issuing for platform/service provider research, RFI/RFP processes and subsequent contract negotiations. Savantor's approach and commitment have always been very professional and transparent. They have been of great help for the company in providing us important insights and background information beyond vendors sales speeches."

Kai Lindstrom, Head of Acquiring - OP-Services Ltd - Finland

Acquirer Specialist Support

"OP-Pohjola Group has used Savantors help in numerous different specialist projects differing from risk assessment to management tool creation to transaction analysis. We have been very satisfied by the quality of the service provided by Savantor's experts."

Kai Lindstrom, Head of Acquiring - OP-Services Ltd - Finland

Card Migration

"I was impressed by the speed with which the Savantor team were able to start delivering and as a team they have made a significant contribution to the success of the Programme."

Bjorn Niels, Programme Director - ABN AMRO Bank - The Netherland

Credit Card Launch

"Savantor's knowledge and experience were the key differentiators in selecting them and they contributed greatly to the success of the product launch and the effectiveness of the ongoing operational service."

Toine Schepers, Operations Director - Primeline - The Netherlands

Interchange Review

"Savantor did a superb job in confirming what we believed was an area of weakness. The detail we now have will enable us to agree internally what we need to do to improve structure, control and income. Nationwide management were very impressed with the quality of the Savantor team."

Adam Slater, Senior Manager - Banking - Nationwide Building Society - UK

Acquirer Risk Assessment

"The expertise provided by Savantor has greatly helped us evaluate our risk position and to take the right steps in managing our future risks. Strong, disciplined planning and an ongoing willingness to work closely with our staff played an enormous part in making this a very successful well-delivered project which will greatly help us in achieving our business goals."

Mark Healy, Chief Risk Officer - NEOVIA Financial - UK

Business and Platform Strategy

"Savantor successfully advised Rabobank during preparing of the platform migration for cards. Savantor demonstrated thorough knowledge of business processes and market players combined with a practical approach."

Evert Fekkes, Business Information Manager - Rabobank - Nederland

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