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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
2014 07b - MarketEye

NY regulator sets out BitLicense plans; Facebook tests 'buy' button; PayPal hits the high street in Holland; Monitise and IBM expand mobile commerce alliance; Snapchat files payments-related trademarks; Visa takes on PayPal with Checkout button for Web and mobile payments; Apple talking to Visa about mobile payments

2014 07a - MarketEye

MasterCard launches MasterPass in Poland and South Africa; JCB launches global payment service using NFC; Russian reprieve for Visa and MasterCard; Visa Europe considers future payment security options; European banks told to avoid bitcoin; London buses go cashless.

2014 06b - MarketEye

Russia to introduce national payment card; £21 million lost to vishing fraud in first five months of 2014; MasterCard seeks Russian processor; UK payments industry prepares for new watchdog; BBVA introduces HCE-based mobile NFC payments.

2014 06a - MarketEye

Isle of Man bullion vault issues solid gold credit card; IBM patents new fraud fighting app; Deutsche Bank to run future banking design competition; Dutch central bank warns banks off Bitcoin; Richard Branson joins $25m TransferWise funding round; Powa buys MPayMe in $75m deal; Apple circles payments with TouchID; Standard Chartered and SingTel team on mobile bank; Apple Safari gets credit card scanning feature

2014 05b - MarketEye

Groupon unveils Gnome POS platform; EPC launches consultation on evolution of Sepa credit transfer and direct debit; ANZ combines digital and physical for new wealth platform; WestPac NZ and Samsung team on digital banking innovation; MasterCard to buy India's ElectraCard Services; Bitcoin not a threat to banking system...yet; Finnish banks seek supplier for real-time payments system; Tablets to overtake mobiles for online banking by 2016; LifeLock pulls Wallet app over PCI compliance fears

2014 05a - MarketEye

VocaLink’s faster payments introduced in Singapore; MasterCard launches European programme for commerce startups; MPOS predicted to make up almost half of all point-of-sale installations within five years; Visa and MasterCard face heavy price for Russian business; Vodafone’s mobile wallet loyalty card storage facility; Google Glass voice activated payments.

2014 04b - MarketEye

Heritage Bank unveils contactless payments suit; Xapo launches bitcoin debit card; Ondot unveils remote control app for payment cards; ECB steps up Sepa for cards plans; MasterCard to buy loyalty specialist Pinpoint; Americans switch from cheques to cards; Cash usage on the wane - Halifax; TfL and mobile operators to test NFC payments; Lack of awareness stalling m-banking take-up; SIMalliance issues Host Card Emulation warning

2014 04a - MarketEye

Metro Bank founder to launch digital bank; First Data and MasterCard partner to advance Debit EMV in the US; China Union Pay surpasses Visa as world’s most used debit card; Apple anticipated to announce support for NFC and mobile payments; MasterCard reports contactless surge and forecasts boom in mobile payments; UK's Paym P2P mobile payments service to be launched on 29 April.

2014 03b - MarketEye

Putin vows to build Russian rival to Visa and MasterCard; Jumio builds bitcoin ID verification system; Advent and Bain in talks to buy Nordic payments firm Nets; Mt. Gox finds 200,000 bitcoins in old wallet; Wal-Mart sues Visa over card fees; Google Wallet kills support for NFC payments in pre-KitKat handsets; UK mobile banking transactions double in one year

2014 03a - MarketEye

M&S takes on banks with fee-free current account; Virtual currency taskforce to consider industry regulation; Visa and MasterCard launch cross-industry effort to push US adoption of EMV; MasterCard expands acceptance footprint across Africa; Banco Sabadell trials Carta mobile wallet with Host Card Emulation.

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Complex Cards Business Transformation

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Ricardo Gomez, Director - Operations & Technology - WiZink Bank - Spain

Complex Multi-Country Migration

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Ricardo Gomez, Director, Operations & Technology - WiZink Bank – Spain & Portugal

Credit Card Migration and Operational Support

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Acquirer Risk Assessment

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Mark Healy, Chief Risk Officer - NEOVIA Financial - UK

Acquiring market insight and strategy review

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