The Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) alternative payment method is the hottest trend in payments right now. Amazon announced a major partnership with Affirm, Square will acquire Australian BNPL provider AfterPay, and now PayPal will acquire Paidy for $2.7 billion. All of this activity occurred in about a 40 day span.
The accelerations in eCommerce Delivery, Marketplaces and the gig economy have companies scrambling to make better decisions, faster. Model-based applications are being applied to address wider areas of fraud, as they can detect threats more precisely and efficiently.
This joint survey report and white paper from The Fraud Practice and Executive Search firm Greenings focuses on the talent planning needs and concerns of organizations while providing insights around attracting, developing and retaining talent in the payments and fraud space.
Nacha, who enables Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments, has approved eight amendments to their Operating Rules focused on infrastructure around improving Same Day ACH and providing a framework for authorizing consumer ACH payments that can be applied to the growing channels and technologies consumers want to use to make digital payments. Additional new rules pertain to handling unauthorized payments and ACH reversals.
The new rules will take effect throughout 2021 as Nacha continues to expand Same Day ACH to become a more competitive payment choice for consumers and businesses.
A common theme throughout 2020 has been the acceleration of digital adoption across both businesses and consumers. We take a look at the lingering impacts on payments and risk across multiple studies and reports comparing consumer and fraudster activity between 2019 and 2020.
A FinTech lawyer reported that as many as one-fifth of his merchant clients have been contacted by their payment processors about the possibility of increasing their reserve requirements. This comes as Square increased provisions for merchant transaction losses to $79.3 million in the first quarter, a three-fold increase from the same quarter last year.
The pandemic has not only made business more difficult for many merchants, but also the acquiring banks that underwrite their merchant accounts.
Many merchants both within and outside of Europe are concerned with meeting Strong Consumer Authentication (SCA) requirements and how this might impact sales when nearly every eCommerce order over €30 will require two-factor authentication. A lesser known fact is that this order value threshold for requiring SCA increases in multiple tiers based on the fraud rates of both the acquiring and card issuing banks facilitating the transaction, suddenly making the fraud rates of a merchant’s European processors much more important.
The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recently suggested that milestones related to ensuring Strong Consumer Authentication (SCA) compliance by March 31, 2021 may need to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Banking Authority (EBA) has maintained their December 31, 2020 deadline but will continue to monitor the events and reassess.
After leaving interchange rates mostly unchanged for the past decade, Visa sent a letter to partner banks outlining the coming changes to swipe fees that will roll out in two phases beginning in April then October this year. While high volume supermarkets as well as those with education and real estate merchant category codes (MCCs) will see a decline, eCommerce retailers will see base interchange rates increase from 1.90 to 1.99 percent on standard Visa rewards cards and from 2.5 to 2.6 percent on premium rewards cards for a $100 transaction.
Klarna, a payment company offering micro credit for online transactions like PayPal Credit, serves consumers and merchants in Europe and the United States while preparing to launch in Australia and New Zealand. They recently announced an equity funding round raising $460 million, valuing the credit terms alternative payment provider at $5.5 billion.
The number of Klarna users in the U.S. is growing by 6 million per year.