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Wading into the Prepaid Waters

Big retailers are making a splash in consumer prepaid cards. Should community banks dive into the same payment pool? By Viveca Y. Ware It’s unusual for prepaid to be a focal point in back-to-back payments columns, as it was in March and now is in April. But Facebook’s foray into branded gift cards, on the […]

A Payments Proliferation

Is P2P a valuable canary in the payments mine? By Collin Canright Consumers have more ways to make purchases than ever and will have even more choices over the next few years. This is creating a highly fragmented marketplace in which it’s difficult for any single payment option to gain traction. Yet the fastest, most […]

Trump Cards

Smart cards are the fast-approaching new billboards in your customers’ wallets By Diane Jackson Over the past few years, there has been a change in the way financial institutions view bank cards. Once seen as purely functional, it has become clear that a card with the right design and functionality can be one of a […]

Test Drive

Kicking the tires of the new Bluebird prepaid card By Cary Whaley Like any true payments geek, I revel in a chance to get under the hood of new payment offerings and take them for a test drive. So when American Express announced that its new prepaid card, called Bluebird, was available exclusively at Wal-Mart […]