MasterCard’s “In Reach” Program Helps Millennials Reach Career and Financial Goals

In an effort to improve the financial literacy of upcoming generations, MasterCard has created the "in reach" program to teach Millennials how to better manage their money and their careers. The information provided in the program is derived from a … Continue reading

SmartMetric Wins $3 Million Fee Dispute with MasterCard and Visa

SmartMetric successfully won a legal fee dispute with Visa and MasterCard, which would have cost the company $3 million in fees and court costs. The case dealt with the biometric technology the two credit card giants claimed acted as patent … Continue reading

Citi and MasterCard Sign Expanded Deal on Consumer Credit Cards

Citigroup Inc. has reached an agreement to shift some of its consumer credit cards to MasterCard over the course of the next 10 years. Citi said it will continue to maintain cards on other networks, including consumer co-brands and commercial … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–March 6, 2015

Retailers Face $8.65 Billion Bill for New Generation of Credit Cards New technology about to be deployed by credit card companies will require U.S. consumers to carry a new kind of card and retailers across the nation to upgrade payment … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–February 27, 2015

Google Buys Softcard, Teams Up with Carriers on Mobile Payments Google and the mobile carriers have long been at odds over mobile payments, but faced with the runaway success of Apple Pay, the two rivals have become friends. AT&T, Verizon … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–February 20, 2015

In Challenge to Apple Pay, Samsung Buys Mobile Payment Company Samsung is buying mobile-payment startup LoopPay as the Korean phone maker steps up to challenge Apple and its payment system on iPhones. The deal strengthens speculation that Samsung Electronics plans … Continue reading

MasterCard Commits $20 Million to Enhance Cybersecurity

Credit card companies, retailers and payment networks are all feeling the heat after a year of massive data breaches and countless cases of identity theft. MasterCard is now taking some major steps to protect their customers with a $20 million … Continue reading

Costco, American Express to End Exclusive Partnership in U.S.

The exclusive relationship between American Express and Costco will end in the retailer’s United States stores on March 31, 2016, the credit card issuer announced this morning. The Canadian division of Costco made a similar decision in September of last … Continue reading

Americans Saving, Not Spending, Extra Money from Low Gas Prices

The unexpectedly low gas prices in America have not resulted in increased consumer spending. Instead, Americans seem to be putting their money away for a rainy day or paying down existing debts with the money they've saved. A study from … 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, Broadway.com, Chegg, Shop.com, CheapO Air, Neiman Marcus and Rue La La. MasterPass can also be used to … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–January 30, 2015

Apple Pay Accounts for $2 out of every $3 Spent with Contactless Payments Apple CEO Tim Cook said that around $2 out of every $3 spent using contactless payments across Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are being made with Apple … Continue reading

LowCards.com 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

MasterCard Signs Agreement with Gujarat to Accelerate Electronic Payments

MasterCard has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the State Government of Gujarat to cooperate in accelerating the adoption of electronic payments for the government, businesses, tourism and transit industries. The agreement will improve the speed and transparency of … Continue reading

A Truly “Green” Credit Card Hits The Market

Credit card issuers have marketed their cards to specific target audiences for years. Frequent fliers, bookworms, NFL fans, home fixer-uppers, students, travelers, NASCAR fans....and now, people concerned about climate change. Today, a biodegradable MasterCard that helps combat climate change hit … Continue reading

Google Sues Visa and MasterCard for Excessive Interchange Fees

Google has filed a lawsuit against Visa and MasterCard for high interchange fees, which the search engine says are in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act. Google filed a three-page complaint with the U.S. District Court in the … Continue reading

MasterCard and BMW Create Contactless Credit Card for DriveNow Car Sharing

MasterCard and BMW have joined forces to create a contactless credit card that can be used with BMW and MINI vehicles on the DriveNow car sharing fleet. The card has the ability to hire, unlock and operate the vehicles, all … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–December 26, 2014

Staples Estimates Hackers Breached 1.16 Million Credit Cards Staples confirmed that suspicious cyber activity, first spotted in September, was most likely a malware attack that may have breached 1.16 million credit cards. A preliminary investigation found evidence of malware installed … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–December 12, 2014

Bebe Stores Confirms Credit Card Breach Women's clothier chain Bebe stores inc. confirmed that hackers had stolen customer card data from stores across the country in a breach that persisted for several weeks last month. Bebe stores said its investigation … 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

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–December 5, 2014

What Happens When You Swipe Your Card? This holiday shopping season, you might worry that every time you swipe your credit or debit card some criminal might be swiping your account number and with good reason. The number of reported, … Continue reading

Consumers Plan to Use Credit Cards for Holiday Shopping

Americans have seen a number of substantial data breaches since last year's holiday season, but that has not had a major effect on how they plan to pay for their items this Christmas. A new survey from TransUnion shows 80% of … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–November 21, 2014

Shoppers Just Don't Care About Credit Card Hacks If Target and The Home Depot are still reeling from the collective breach of 96 million customers' credit and debit cards, it didn't show in either company's earnings reports this week. Target … Continue reading

Canada May Allow Merchants to Decline Mobile Card Payments

As mobile payments increase in popularity, merchants in Canada are concerned about a possible increase in fees. As a result, the country's Finance Minister may announce an adjustment in Canada's code of conduct for credit and debit cards, allowing merchants to … Continue reading

Startup Thanx Out to Revolutionize Loyalty Cards

A new startup called Thanx is changing the way loyalty cards work. Consumers use the cards they already have to earn loyalty rewards at their favorite stores, all through a free app on their phones. Thanx is designed to help … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–November 14, 2014

New Consumer Protections for Prepaid Cards The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is extending many of the financial protections of bank accounts to prepaid cards. New rules proposed Thursday by the federal regulator would require that prepaid card users be protected … Continue reading

Best Buy Replaces MasterCard with Visa for Branded Credit Cards

Best Buy is switching to a new credit card processor in 2015, choosing Visa over MasterCard to handle its co-branded card. Citigroup will remain the card-issuing bank, but Visa will become the processor at the beginning of the year. Reports … Continue reading

Apple Pay’s Biggest Competitor Could be a Totally New Credit Card

Apple Pay is being heralded as a revolutionary new payment system because of its two new security features: tokenization and fingerprint identification. The shocking number of data breaches in the last year have made credit card theft the crime that … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–November 7, 2014

Here's How the New Chip and PIN Credit Cards Could be DOA A recent Gallup survey found that 69% of Americans worry "frequently" or "occasionally" about having a credit card compromised by computer hackers. It's not shocking. Consumers are becoming … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–October 31, 2014

Some U.S. Retailers Shun Apple Pay, Eye Rival Payments System Some large U.S. retailers are refusing to use Apple Pay, Apple's new electronic payments service, as they commit to developing a rival payments system that would bolster their profits by … Continue reading

China Will Allow Foreign Companies to Process Credit Card Payments

For the first time, China may be giving foreign companies the opportunity to process credit card payments, according to a Cabinet statement yesterday. This will allow banks in China to issue credit and debit cards through companies like Visa and … Continue reading

MasterCard and Zwipe Launch First Contactless Payment Card with Fingerprint Sensor

MasterCard and Zwipe have teamed up to create the world's first contactless payment card with built-in fingerprint sensor. The card is designed to provide superior security with the help of biometric technology while maintaining the convenience of swipe-free payments. The … Continue reading

Global Credit Card Transactions on the Rise

Global credit card transactions are on the rise, showing a 13% increase from 2012 to 2013. Approximately 205 billion transactions were made on credit cards last year, according to the RBR consulting firm in London. Over the same period, the … Continue reading

TraxPay and MasterCard Take B2B Payments to a Global Level

Traxpay is one of the leading companies in business to business payments, and thanks to MasterCard, it can now provide financial solutions for businesses on a global market. Traxpay currently serves clients in Europe, but it will be able to … Continue reading

Credit Card Processors Help Cyberlockers Distribute Stolen Content

A new report indicates credit card processors, such as Visa and MasterCard, authorize payments on cyberlocker websites that distribute stolen content on the web. The NetNames report done for Digital Citizens Alliance looked at 30 of the biggest cyberlocker sites on … Continue reading

Expedia Expands Loyalty Program With New Branded Credit Cards

Expedia now offers more rewards to its customers, thanks to two new MasterCards. These cards are designed to give customers more reason to travel using Expedia. The new credit cards are part of the company's effort to personalize its users' … Continue reading

Costco Canada Replaces American Express with Capital One

The credit card relationship between Costco Wholesale Canada and American Express will be ending at the end of this year. American Express was the only credit card company accepted at Costco in Canada. In an email sent to their customers … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–September 12, 2014

Apple Pay Could Make you Poorer The new Apple payment system has extraordinary promise. With Apple Pay, you might not need a wallet, and you can leave your credit and debit cards at home. In terms of ease and convenience, … Continue reading

Apple’s Introduction May Lead to the End of the Plastic Credit Card

The date of September 9, 2014 may very well be the beginning of the end of the physical credit card. As we forecasted in June, there is a good chance Apple will announce a watch and/or phone on Tuesday that … Continue reading

MasterCard Reduces Cash Dependence in Zimbabwe with Three Million Debit Cards

MasterCard and EcoCash will help reduce cash dependence in Zimbabwe by providing three million MasterCard debit cards over the next five years. This is the largest rollout of chip and PIN cards in Zimbabwe, and is the first time that … Continue reading

Square Introduces New Reader for Chip-Based Credit Cards

Today, mobile payments company Square announced it has developed a new credit card reader that will make transactions with chip-enabled EMV cards. Square is a credit card reader that plugs into smartphones or tablets, allowing a credit or debit card … Continue reading

How To Use A Chip And Pin Or EMV Credit Card

EMV cards are named for the credit card companies that developed the security system—EuroPay, MasterCard, and Visa. EMV cards are sometimes referred to as chip and pin cards. The great majority of credit cards issued in the United States operate … Continue reading

Credit Card Fraud on the Rise before EMV Switchover

With America on the verge of converting to EMV credit cards in the next few years, fraudsters are trying to get in on last-minute scams. This is particularly true for credit card thieves in Europe, who consider the unsecure American … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–July 18, 2014

Credit Card Fees are Killing Small Businesses There is no real competition in the market for credit and debit card swipe fees. Because Visa and MasterCard control 80% of the card market, they are able to dictate terms. The system … Continue reading

AmEx On Trial Over Credit Card Processing Fees

American Express went on trial yesterday with the U.S. government and 17 states claiming AmEx stifles competition from other credit card companies that charge lower processing fees. The case alleges that American Express will not allow merchants to offer discounts and other … Continue reading

Visa And MasterCard Can No Longer Block Russian Clients

A new law that went into effect in Russia on July 1st no longer allows Visa or MasterCard to block Russian clients from using their credit cards. This ruling is the result of a new national payment system that ensures … Continue reading

MasterCard Releases Ukash Card in the UK

MasterCard recently released the Ukash Travel Money Prepaid card, which is designed to give UK travelers the lowest foreign exchange rate while they are on vacation. The card has no annual fees, transaction fees or ATM withdrawal fees abroad. The … Continue reading

Understanding Your Credit Card Number

Do you know what the numbers mean on the front of your credit card? Are they just a random accumulation of numbers? Or do they serve a specific purpose? Much like the VIN on your car, credit card numbers are … Continue reading

Top 5 Summer Travel Credit Cards Of 2014

If you are a big summer traveler, you need to learn what credit cards give you the kinds of rewards and perks that match up with your interests. Most travelers are already familiar with credit cards that provide perks for … Continue reading