Walmart Partners with MasterCard for Store Branded Credit Cards

MasterCard will be the new payment network for Walmart’s store-branded credit cards, ending the nine year partnership between Discover and Walmart. MasterCard will also handle all the transactions on the store-branded credit cards for the Sam's club subsidiary. General Electric’s … Continue reading

Walmart Sues Visa for $5 Billion over Interchange Fees

Walmart is suing Visa for $5 billion over credit card swipe fees they believe the credit card processor illegally inflated. The complaint was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. You may remember a similar suit … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–March 28, 2014

Why So Many Retail Stores Get Hacked for Credit Card Data When a big retailer gets hacked, it's often quick to note that it has complied with cybersecurity rules set by the credit card industry. MasterCard, Visa and other card … Continue reading

American Express CEO Earns $22 Million in Incentives

American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault is now ranked as one of the highest paid chief executive officers in the country. His total compensation for 2013 was $24.4 million, with only $2 million of that coming from his actual salary. Chenault's … Continue reading

Visa and MasterCard Stop Servicing Several Russian Banks

The sanctions imposed by the US Government on Russia for their annexation of Crimea are now starting to affect the common Russian citizen. Visa and MasterCard have stopped processing transactions by cardholders at several Russian banks that have been earmarked … Continue reading

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

How Target Blew It Poring over computer logs, Target found FireEye's alerts from November 30 and more from December 2, when hackers installed yet another version of the malware. Not only should those alarms have been impossible to miss, they … Continue reading

Visa and MasterCard Set Deadline for Chip and PIN Credit Cards

Visa and MasterCard have officially set a deadline for retailers to adopt to EMV (chip and PIN) credit card technology. By October 2015, all stores will be expected to accept these kinds of cards if they want to accept Visa … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–February 28, 2014

Financial, Retail Industries Keep Cybersecurity Mistakes and Punishments Secret Even as cyberthreats grow in frequency and sophistication, the system for ensuring payment card security in the United States remains a closely guarded arrangement among the credit card networks who set … Continue reading

Why the United States Hasn’t Changed Its Credit Card System

With the recent data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and Michaels, many consumers are asking why the United States has been so slow to move away from the magnetic strip credit card. Europe has made great strides to adopt chip … Continue reading

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

Were You Charged $9.84? It Might Be Fraud Be on the lookout for a recent $9.84 charge on your debit or credit card. It might be part of a massive, worldwide scam. Thieves are using stolen payment cards to make … Continue reading

The Move to EMV Credit Cards

For years, the United States has lagged behind the rest of the world on moving to more secure EMV credit cards. Consumers have not asked for them, so credit card issuers and retailers have not made the costly switch. But the recent data thefts at … Continue reading

MasterCard Profits from Google Wallet

The launch of Google Wallet is benefiting more than just Google. It's putting money onto MasterCard's income statement, too. The Google Wallet is a digital substitute for an actual wallet, storing all your credit, debit and gift cards. It is backed … Continue reading

How to Choose a Mobile Wallet

Mobile wallets are changing the way people make purchases. Rather than carrying around a wallet full of cards and money, all someone needs is a cell phone to pay for the things he wants. With the number of mobile wallet … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–January 10, 2014

Target: Up to 70 Million More Customers Were Hit by December Data Breach Target said Friday that the massive cyber attack it suffered during the height of the holiday shopping season may have affected an additional 70 million customers and … Continue reading

Retail Group Appeals Swipe Fee Settlement

After a federal judge approved the $5.7 billion settlement over interchange fees between credit card companies and retailers, the National Retail Federation has filed an appeal, claiming that the current settlement is "flawed." "The settlement does nothing to reform the … Continue reading

Top 10 Credit Card Stories of 2013

Identity theft and actions by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau dominated the credit card headlines in 2013. Below are the Top 10 news stories of the year in the credit card industry. One of the largest data breaches in history … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–December 27, 2013

American Express To Pay $75 Million Over Credit Card Practices The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ordered American Express to pay more than $75 million to settle claims that it charged improper fees and misled its credit card customers over … Continue reading

U.S Bank to Begin Issuing American Express Credit Cards

U.S. Bank announced today that it will begin offering credit cards accepted on the American Express network in the fall of 2014. The cards will be available to bank customers in the 3,088 branches of U.S. Bank, as well as … Continue reading

Credit Card Companies Ban Online Betting

Credit card companies are beginning to block online gambling charges, just as web-based casinos are becoming legal in the United States. Delaware and Nevada currently allow internet gambling in their borders, and officials in New Jersey are discussing the subject. … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–November 8, 2013

MasterCard 3rd-Quarter Net Rises 14% on Increased Purchases MasterCard said third-quarter earnings rose 14% as spending on its credit and debit cards continued to grow. MasterCard, like its larger rival Visa, operates a payments network that processes transactions made on … Continue reading

MasterCard Profits Rise While Visa Income Falls

MasterCard's third-quarter profits jumped 14% over second quarter results, while Visa's profits declined 28% during this time. Much of MasterCard's success comes from two factors: its global expansion during the past few years and a worldwide transition from cash to … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–November 1, 2013

Slithering Theater Thief Gets 16 Years in Connecticut A Philadelphia man who authorities say crawled along movie theater floors to steal credit cards from women's purses has been sentenced in federal court in Connecticut to 16 years in prison. Prosecutors … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–October 25, 2013

Russian Credit Card Firm Jumps After IPO The initial public offering for Oleg Tinkov’s credit card company in Russion raised $1.1 billion, valuing the company at about $3.2 billion. Mr. Tinkov said he got the idea for the credit card business after … Continue reading

American Express Allows New Yorkers to Use Rewards for Cab Fare

American Express cardholders can now use their rewards points to pay taxi fares in New York City. The partnership with VeriFone will allow cardholders to redeem their Membership Rewards Points just like they are making a credit card payment. At the time for payment, American … Continue reading

The History of the Credit Card

Technology, innovation and social media are bringing changes to credit card payments. Consumers have been slow to adapt to these changes, but that should not come as a shock. History shows that methods of payment change and evolve slowly. Until … Continue reading

13 Members of Anonymous Indicted For Attacks on Websites

Last Thursday, 13 members of the hacking group called Anonymous were indicted by a U.S. grand jury on charges of coordinating attacks against government, credit card and lobbying websites. The websites affected were against ­anti-piracy groups and financial institutions unwilling to process donations … Continue reading

Credit Card Processor Ends Relationship with Gun Store

Hyatt Gun Shop, one of the nation's largest gun stores, has had a four-year relationship with its credit card processing company, Authorize.net. But the processor has recently decided to cut ties with Charlotte-based Hyatt. Why the sudden change? Because the … Continue reading

Interchange Fees Cut in France

The battle surrounding the interchange fee continues throughout the world, not just in the United States. In France, the French Competition Authority has reached an agreement with Visa and MasterCard to cut the swipe fees by nearly half. These are … Continue reading

Final Hearing Today on Swipe Fee Battle

The eight-year legal battle over interchange fees will culminate in a final hearing today in a Brooklyn federal court. U.S. District Judge John Gleeson will hear arguments on whether to give final approval to what is believed to be the … Continue reading

Canadians Will Not Pay More for Using Credit Cards

Canadian merchants will not be allowed to assess additional charges to consumers who use certain credit cards, according to a recent decision by the country's Competition Tribunal. Merchants had hoped to charge more for using certain credit cards than they … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–July 31, 2013

Why Stolen European Credit Cards Cost Five Times as Much as U.S. Ones European hackers accused of selling stolen data only collected about $10 for each stolen American credit card number, according to an indictment from federal prosecutors. But European cards … Continue reading

PayPal Makes Big Strides with Mobile Wallets in Australia

MasterCard and Visa both recently announced plans to launch mobile wallets in Australia, but it seems that PayPal may have the upper hand. PayPal has signed contracts with EatNow and OrderMate to process payments at over 2,000 restaurants in Australia. The … Continue reading

Discover Luring Banks with Lower Fees

Visa and MasterCard have had a stronghold for quite some time on supplying banks with credit and debit cards. But Discover is making efforts to change that. Discover Financial Services has been in negotiation with several banks recently trying to … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–July 26, 2013

New Ruling on Credit Card Regulations Could Mean Big Changes at the Cash Register in Canada A ruling expected this week on a complaint against Visa and MasterCard could significantly change how consumers use credit cards in Canada. Striking down the … Continue reading

EU Puts Limit on Interchange Fees

Retailers doing business within the European Union may not have to worry about high interchange fees any longer. Yesterday, the European Commission recommended that these fees be capped at 0.2% for debit card transactions and 0.3% to credit card purchases. … Continue reading

Reducing eCommerce Fraud for Retailers

Currently, an eCommerce merchant is typically not notified about a fraudulent purchase for three to six weeks after the transaction has been completed. This is a significant amount of time, and it often causes those merchants to lose out on … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–June 28, 2013

Could You Live Without a Credit Card? Young people are not applying for credit cards like they have in previous eras. According to a study, 29 percent of respondents ages 18 years old or older poll said they did not … Continue reading

Credit Cards That Cover Rental Car Insurance

Most rental car companies provide an option to obtain car insurance with them at a "low fee," usually between $15 and $25 a day. This may seem necessary to protect you in an accident, but it may not be needed … Continue reading

Credit Card Settlement Checks Now Coming in the Mail

Credit cardholders may finally find something pleasant in their mailbox: a check from their credit card company. More than 7.4 million checks are being sent out to users as payment for a settlement recently completed in court regarding the foreign … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–June 21, 2013

Young Americans Are Ditching Credit Cards The number of young Americans who are living without credit cards has doubled since the recession. About 16% of consumers ages 18 to 29 didn't have a single credit card by the end of … Continue reading

Mobile Payments Make Their Way to Myanmar

Myanmar is the poorest country in Southeast Asia, and less than 15% of the population owns a mobile phone of any kind. In a remote area like this, having cash readily available for transactions can be difficult at best. Myanmar … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–May 31, 2013

Why Business Credit Card Holders Should Be Wary A majority of small business owners know their personal and business finances are connected. If they apply for a small business loan, the bank will likely need their personal credit score. Miss … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–May 24, 2013

What's In Millennial's Wallet? Fewer Credit Cards Millennials are more financially cautious than the stereotype of the spendthrift twenty-something. Some experts say their habits echo those of another generation, those who came of age during the Great Depression and forged … Continue reading

Major Retailers Formally Oppose Swipe Fee Settlement

The National Retail Federation and 19 large retailers, including WalMart, Costco, Gap, Lowe's, Nike and Starbucks are choosing not to participate in the pending $7.2 billion class-action settlement with Visa and MasterCard over interchange fees. These retailers will be forfeiting … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–May 17, 2013

The Long Shadow of Bad Credit in Job Search Over the last several decades, credit reporting bureaus have been selling their services to a much wider range of buyers than just banks.  Nearly half of employers use credit checks when … Continue reading

$45 Million Theft Underscores Hazards of Prepaid Cards

As the use of prepaid debit cards increases, so does the risk of theft and fraud. Last week, federal prosecutors charged eight individuals in New York with cyber attacks on the global financial system. They were part of an international … Continue reading

Credit Card CEOs Don’t Have to Worry About Personal Debt

Being the CEO of a credit card issuer or processor pays well. Very well. MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga's pay package last year totaled $11.3 million, an increase of 35 percent over his 2011 compensation of $8.3 million, according to the … Continue reading

RILA Opts Out of Interchange Fee Settlement

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has backed out of a pact with Visa, MasterCard and other major credit card providers. The class-action settlement for $7.25 billion was designed to make up for some of the interchange or swipe fees … Continue reading