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Last June, in an article titled “The End of Interchange“, I wrote about the then yet to be passed Durbin amendment – and how it might affect debit interchange fees. Earlier today, we got the first glimpse. The point of my earlier article was focused on the “sleeper” – as I described it – in […]

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One of the more interesting elements added late in the game to the Durbin amendment was the language added around card-related fraud costs. This has led to much speculation about what this might mean for various anti-fraud technologies (e.g., EMV in the US, a mandate for 3-D Secure for online ecommerce, etc.) as the Fed […]

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While I don’t manage to attend every year, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s annual payment conference remains one of my favorites. The Chicago Fed has a great payments team that works hard at putting together a timely program, but I like this event because it really is what it purports to be – a […]

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Glenbrook’s Erin McCune is in Orlando for BAI’s Payments Connect conference. At its Payments Connect conference BAI assembled a dream ACH panel, consisting of: Jan Estep, CEO NACHA Rich Oliver, EVP Retail Product Manager, Federal Reserve Rossana Salaris, SVP, Payments Products, The Clearing House Stephanie Sturgis-Griffin, CEO Pariter Solutions The session was moderated by Fred […]

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The Fed announced this morning that 99% of checks are now clearing electronically between banks.  During a period of unremitting bank-bashing, let’s take a moment to applaud a real home run by the bankers.  The radical transformation of the check infrastructure, accomplished over the last six years, is due to some very smart law-making (the Check21 […]

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The Fed’s announcement on Thursday of a new rule prohibiting overdraft fees on debit card and ATM transactions without consumer opt-in is an economic earthquake for retail banks. The Center for Responsible Lending has estimated that banks make $23.7 billion in overdraft fees annually; the New York Times said this morning that Fed officials had […]

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This afternoon I visited the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. I am on the board of the SF Treasury Management Association and every year we organize a tour for our members. The Fed Reserve tours are open to the public and geared toward high school-aged kids. But everyone gets giddy around piles and piles […]

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In just 30 days, on September 18th, the new International ACH format – IAT – and accompanying NACHA rule changes go into effect. This is the most significant change to the ACH network in decades, affecting corporate payment initiators, financial institutions of all sizes, financial software companies, and payment service providers. The new rules have […]

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Tonight CNBC airs a program on the origins of the economic crisis, including an interview with Greenspan who claims that the Federal Reserve could have taken steps to prevent the housing bubble, but doing so would have prevented the economic boom and dramatically increased unemployment. Clearly you cannot diffuse these things unless you hit them […]

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At Forte Financial Glenbrook Partners we’ve been gripped by the credit crisis, yet drowning in news and data. We suspect that you, too, would appreciate a guide to the gems of insight and plainspoken verbiage that explain, question, and illuminate these unprecedented times. So we’ve selected the best of the coverage – an admittedly subjective […]

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