Bitcoin Currency May be Coming to Your Wallet

The first bitcoin debit card has been introduced in the United States. Last Friday, Coinbase rolled out The Shift Card, a Visa debit card that allows Coinbase users to spend bitcoin offline in 24 states. Up to this point, bitcoin--which is … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–November 20, 2015

First U.S. Debit Card Ready for Use in Cuba Americans visiting Cuba can finally put away their cash and pull out their debit card. MasterCard and Fort Lauderdale-based Stonegate Bank announced Thursday that their cards are now active for use … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–November 13, 2015

Apple's Tim Cook Says Cash Will be Dead for the Next Generation of Kids Apple CEO Tim Cook is making another bold prediction about money. Back in January, he forecasted that 2015 would be the year of Apple Pay (a … Continue reading

Generation Z Ready to Shake Up the Banking Industry

Just as the banking industry gets a handle on Millennials, a whole new generation of consumers is on their way: Generation Z. According to the 2015 TD Bank Checking Experience Index, this up-and-coming generation wants to see more debit cards … Continue reading

Senators Demand Protection for Prisoners over Debit Card Fees

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is facing pressure to regulate a debit card program for released prisoners. A group of 18 senators wrote a letter to the CFPB about the high fees on these debit cards that all released prisoners … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–November 6, 2015

How Your Voice Can Protect You from Credit Card Fraud That call to your bank is being recorded for more than just "quality assurance purposes." Some banks are using voice biometrics and other technology to help determine who is calling … Continue reading

RushCard to Compensate PrePaid Debit Card Users for Outage

On October 29, RushCard announced it is creating a "multi-million dollar" fund to cover the costs that its prepaid debit card customers incurred after their cards stopped working in mid-October. When RushCard moved to a new payment processor on October 12, technical problems … Continue reading

New Rules for College Debit Cards and Financial Aid Disbursements

The U.S. Education Department is creating new regulations for college-sponsored debit cards used for financial aid disbursements. The rules are designed to protect students from being charged high fees for using the cards and to prevent colleges from forcing students … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–October 30, 2015

Walmart Exec Predicts New Credit Card Chip Technology Will Cause Black Friday 'Anarchy' A Walmart executive is predicting "anarchy" this holiday shopping season due to new rules in place requiring retailers to accept chip-embedded credit cards from consumers. The exec … Continue reading

Visa Launches Marketing Program for Small Card Issuers

Last week, Visa launched a new platform to help small- and mid-sized credit card issuers market their products and acquire new customers. The program, known as Visa Integrated Marketing Solutions, shows smaller card issuers how other companies were able to … Continue reading

USAA Moves Credit Portfolio from MasterCard to Visa

USAA, one of the largest issuers of debit and credit cards in the United States, has announced it will move its portfolio to Visa after a 30-year relationship with MasterCard. The United Services Automobile Association provides financial planning, banking and insurance … Continue reading

What Is The Difference Between Credit Cards And Debit Cards?

When you look at a debit and a credit card side by side, they can appear identical. Both will be the the same size, have the same number of digits, and will contain a logo identifying it with a major payment … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–October 16, 2015

Target Converts to Credit Cards with PINs, Not Just Signatures, for Security Reasons Two years after its catastrophic data breach, Target has become the first major credit card issuer to convert to cards that contain a PIN. The department store--which … Continue reading

Millennials Not Thrilled with their Bank or its Services

Millennials would rather use their mobile phone than do their banking at a traditional branch by an overwhelming margin, according to a new survey from Chime, a mobile banking company. The research showed 88% of Millennials would rather use a bank … Continue reading

Louisiana Ends Tax Refunds on Prepaid Debit Cards

As of last week, taxpayers in Louisiana can no longer receive their tax refunds on prepaid debit cards. Refunds will still be available through check and direct deposit, but the prepaid program, known as Louisiana MyRefund Prepaid Debit Cards, is officially over. … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–September 25, 2015

What's the Chip in Your New Credit Card Do? The microchip on your credit or debit card helps make it more difficult for fraudsters in two important ways. It makes it harder to physically counterfeit the card and it creates … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–September 17, 2015

Bank of America Reveals Details of Biometric Smartphone App Bank of America has launched a mobile banking app which uses fingerprint and Touch ID sign-in. The bank says its new fingerprint and Touch ID sign-in capabilities provide eligible Android, iPhone … Continue reading

EMV Credit Cards Still a Mystery for Most Consumers

The majority of Americans (56%) are unaware of what a chip or EMV credit card is, despite the upcoming transition on October 1st, according to a new survey from point-of-sale provider Harbortouch. The survey consisted of 18,000 adults throughout the … Continue reading

Only 1 in 4 Debit Cards Will Have Chips by December

Despite a widespread effort to integrate EMV technology, only one in four debit cards in America will have smartchips by December, according to new research from Discover-owned Pulse. 90% of financial institutions are committed to adding security chips to their … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–August 28, 2015

Banks Offering Mobile Banking But Consumers Slow to Adapt Financial institutions are offering mobile banking faster than consumers are adapting to it, according to a recently published survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Banks and credit unions are … Continue reading

Visa Sets Deadline for Debit Card Issuers after Target Settlement

Less than a week after its settlement with Target, Visa has set a deadline for their debit card issuers to receive extra compensation from the Target data breach of 2013. Card issuers who wish to seek payments beyond what they will … Continue reading

Merchants Still Not Saving after Durbin Amendment

Nearly four years after the Durbin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act went into effect, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond has released a study assessing the impact the changes have had on merchants. Though the amendment was designed to save … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–August 21, 2015

Mobile Banking Usage to Double in Four Years Mobile banking usage throughout the world is expected to double in less than four years, according to a new study from KPMG and UBS. In 2014, the number of mobile banking users … Continue reading

New Debit Card Offers Real-Time Bitcoin Conversions in UK

Bit-X has introduced a new debit card in the United Kingdom that promises real-time Bitcoin conversions for its users. The cards can be used anywhere debit cards are accepted, including online stores, ATMs and most major retailers. Several Bitcoin debit … Continue reading

Data Breach at FireKeepers Casino; 85,000 Cards at Risk

After two months of investigation, FireKeepers Casino and Hotel in Michigan has confirmed a data breach on their computer systems and payment card processors. The company began its investigation in May, and has now verified that a breach did occur … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–June 26, 2015

Who's Addicted to Mobile Banking Are consumers addicted to mobile banking? Well, if pulling out a mobile phone to check a bank account balance during dinner--and even on a date--qualifies as addictive, then the answer is yes. A Chase-commissioned survey … Continue reading

MasterCard is First International Payments Network in Somalia

MasterCard has become the first international payments network in Somalia, thanks to a partnership with Premier Bank. The bank will issue a co-branded payments card and provide ATM services in Somalia, with prepaid cards and point of sale terminals to … Continue reading

BitStamp Launches Bitcoin Debit Card in Europe

The European Bitcoin platform BitStamp has launched a prepaid debit card that can be used anywhere major credit or debit cards are accepted. The Bitcoins loaded onto the card can be converted to Euros, British pounds or American dollars for … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–May 29, 2015

As Chip Cards Become Norm, Other Fraud Targets Rise Studies show a climb in the number of "digital shoppers" in the U.S. every year from 2010 with growth expected to continue. But as more buy online, security experts say "Card … Continue reading

MasterCard Send, A New Digitial Payment Service

MasterCard is aiming to change the way people transfer money between debit cards, thanks to its new program called MasterCard Send. This "first-of-its-kind, global personal payments platform" allows consumers to send and receive funds within seconds, rather than waiting for … Continue reading

How Debit Cards Began

Debit cards are now considered part of the "norm" of day-to-day life. After all, when is the last time you pulled out a checkbook to pay for your groceries? As common as these cards are, they were practically unheard of … Continue reading

Oregon Student Debit Card Bill Passes House

A new bill aiming to regulate student debit cards has made its way through the Oregon House and is now headed to the state Senate. HB 2832 is designed to set up federal guidelines for colleges and universities that sign … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–April 17, 2015

Discover Rolls Out Freeze Feature on Credit Cards Discover credit card customers who can't quite put their finger on their plastic now may use a new "Freeze It" feature that acts like an on-off switch to stop new purchases and … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–April 10, 2015

Walmart Exec: New Credit Card Design Won't Solve Fraud There's been some hope that improved credit card technology might finally lead to greater security and a reduction of credit card fraud. One idea has been credit cards with embedded chips, … Continue reading

College Students Face up to $710 a Year in Overdraft Fees

College students are particularly vulnerable to excessive overdraft fees from bank debit cards, according to the latest research from the Center for Responsible Lending. The study showed that nearly four out of ten college students (39%) between the ages of … Continue reading

Bitwage and Xapo Partner for International Payroll Debit Card

Bitcoin payroll service Bitwage has partnered with Xapo to create an international payroll debit card that works with the cybercurrency. The new card is designed to help companies pay overseas employees, similar to what they may do through PayPal or … Continue reading

Walmart Exec Says Chip and Signature Won’t Enhance Card Security

Walmart's assistant treasurer Mike Cook is speaking out about the predicted disappointment with chip and signature credit cards, indicating that Americans will still be vulnerable to theft after the shift. In an interview about the changing card infrastructure, Cook told … Continue reading

Oink Card Lets Kids Shop Online But Parents Control Spending

A new debit card known as Oink gives children the ability to make purchases online and at their favorite stores. Parents maintain control of the way money is spent on the card, so this may be a way for children … Continue reading

New Mexico State Senate Approves Debit Card Purchases of Lottery Tickets

The bill allowing players to buy New Mexico lottery tickets with debit cards passed the state Senate last week by a vote of 25-16. The proposed law would give people more payment options when consumers buy their lottery tickets, which … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–February 13, 2015

Why Some People Still Have Hidden Bank or Credit Card Accounts More than 7 million Americans, including 4.4 million men and 2.8 million women have hidden a bank or credit card account from their live-in spouse or partner, according to … Continue reading

MasterPass Expands to More Merchants

MasterPass, MasterCard's digital wallet, will now be an acceptable payment method at several major retailers. Some of these include Blue Nile, Office Depot,, Chegg,, CheapO Air, Neiman Marcus and Rue La La. MasterPass can also be used to … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–January 23, 2015

More Than 90% of Data Breaches Could Have Been Avoided Nine out of 10 data breaches that occurred in the first half of last year could have been avoided, according to a new report. The report, which analyzed more than … Continue reading

College Credit Card Agreements Decline As More Debit Card Deals Emerge

The Consumer Federal Protection Bureau recently reported a nearly 70% decline in college credit card agreements since Congress established regulations for disclosures in 2009. Educational institutions are now forced to be completely transparent when offering credit cards to students, and it seems … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–December 19, 2014

Apple Pay Grows to Support 90% of U.S. Credit Cards Apple Pay has been adding support for more credit cards in the United States since the service launched. By transaction volume, the service now supports 90% of the credit cards … Continue reading

MasterCard to Enter Canada’s Debit Card Market in 2015

MasterCard recently announced it will be entering Canada's debit card market in 2015 in an effort to build its business outside of the United States. Rival Visa already operates in the Canadian debit card market, and it could face heavy … Continue reading

Discover Sues Visa Over Debit Card Practices

Discover Financial Services is suing Visa Inc for using anti-competitive practices in its debit card sector. The company alleges Visa has "undertaken a series of illegal actions that undermine competition--harming rival debit networks, merchants, acquirers, card issuers, and consumers." Discover is … Continue reading

Apple Making App Store More Convenient for Chinese Cardholders

In an effort to improve convenience for Chinese credit and debit cardholders, Apple has revamped its App Store specifically for China UnionPay cards. The new options available through the App Store will open the doors for more than 4.5 billion … Continue reading