Contents tagged with Merchant Rates

  • Will the banking industry apply a little Steve Jobs creativity?

    So far the initial reaction to the Fed regulated debit Interchange from the major banks has been anything but creative. Predictable yes; creative no. We've seen many regulated debit card issuers adding restrictions to free checking and ending debit card reward programs. And Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, SunTrust and Regions are all trying out variations of imposing new debit card usage fees on cardholders. These strategies are like adding a fee for paper billing statements to encourage the switch to e-statements, yet it’s hardly creative.

    Steve Jobs was a master at consumer-driven markets and a great innovator who turned iTunes into a successful micro-payment platform. Surely we should expect bank innovators to adopt more creative ideas, right? For example, we know … more

  • Visa ends Credit Voucher Interchange for debit transactions

    Another over looked consequence of the debit Interchange revisions, effective October 1st, is the impact on cardholder refunds due to changes in the Visa ‘Credit Voucher’ program.

    Visa has made modifications to its Credit Voucher Interchange fee program to coincide with other operational changes to comply with the new debit regulatory requirements ushered in by the Federal Reserve such as capping regulated debit card Interchange rates.

    Credit Voucher Interchange fees are paid to the merchant acquirer (processor or service provider) by the card issuer when cardholder refunds are processed. This is the reverse of what happens during a sale transaction where the merchant pays a discount rate to accept the card payment.

    With this Visa adjustment, the processing volume for debit … more

  • now quoting new Fed regulated debit Interchange rates

    Get an instant Merchant Rate quote based on the new October 2011 Interchange schedules and get a first look at the Fed's new regulated debit rates as mandated by legislation often referred to as the Durbin Amendment. Note that the new regulated debit rates do not apply to all debit transactions. The Fed exempted banks with assets under $10 billion from its mandated debit Interchange fee cap. Visa, MasterCard and Discover are all quoting a two-tiered debit Interchange fee to help protect small issuers. However, there are approximately 100 banks with more than $10 billion in assets and their cardholders account for approximately 75% of all debit transactions. Your card processor is not required to pass the reduced rates for these debit transactions (and the associated savings) on to your … more

  • Fed announces final debit Interchange rules

    Breaking Interchange NewsAt the Federal Reserve meeting today the final debit card rules where announced and the debit Interchange cap has been raised to 21 cents plus 5 basis points per transaction (not to exceed a sum of these two components). The initial proposal in December called for capping debit Interchange fees to 12 cents per transaction. After taking eleven thousand public comments, the Fed has adjusted this cap to include a “fraud prevention adjustment” in order to compensate for the costs that banks and financial institutions incur to maintain security against fraud.

    The rule was slated to take effect on July 21, yet with less than one month to put in place all the mandated provisions, more time is required to implement these changes. For example, it will take … more

  • MasterCard announces Processing Integrity Fee

    In October 2009, Visa announced a Misuse of Authorization System Fee of $0.045 per occurrence. Now MasterCard with the introduction of a Processing Integrity Fee will begin to monitor compliance to the authorization guidelines with billing scheduled to begin on August 15, 2011. And like Visa, MasterCard has set its Processing Integrity Fee at $0.045 per occurrence.

    While the purpose (encourage proper compliance with transaction authorization standards) of the two programs is similar, there are some differences in how they will monitor compliance. While both Visa and MasterCard will assess fees when authorized (approved) transactions cannot be matched to a clearing settlement record or an authorization reversal, Visa allows 10 days (20 days for T&E merchants) while MasterCard provides … more

  • 5 Small Business Concerns with Debit Interchange Regulation

    Vantage has been following the merchant Interchange rate debate and commenting along the way here on the Vantage ViewPoint blog. And that viewpoint is from the perspective of the challenges our clients, small business owners and entrepreneurs face. We take our role as a merchant advocate seriously. We believe it is important that the merchant community at least consider points of view that don’t seem to make the headlines in the over all debate.

    First some background. As a merchant services provider, Vantage collects only a very small fraction of the fees merchants pay to perform services ranging from marketing, sales, underwriting, risk management, customer service, terminal services, 24x7 help desk, transaction authorization and settlement, funding, statement reporting, PCI … more

  • A Guide to PCI Data Security and Compliance Requirements

    PCI Data Security and Compliance Requirements

    What is PCI?Specifically, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) prohibits the storage of the full contents of any magnetic-stripe, CVV2 or PIN data. Storage of this type of data is in violation of (PCI DSS) and the card company operating regulations. It also provides security requirements for transmitting card data.

    PCI is a data protection standard and it provides a lot of detail on how that protection should be implemented. This means that PCI is not only good for protecting payment card data, but also protecting your business and any personally identifiable information you may have about your customers and employees.

    The Financial Risks of a Breach are Real. As the rules & regulations now stand, once your … more

  • Will debit card fee limits be delayed?

    Stories like Congress May Slow ‘Swipe’ Cap Amid Regulator Concerns and Debit card fee limits hit a snag reported on yesterday's hearings where Congress and financial regulators discussed delaying or revising debit card price cap rules as suggested by The Federal Reserve to comply with the Durbin amendment before they are set to take effect in April.

    As I see it, this is really a showdown between mega-banks and mega-retailers. Small community banks and credit unions, small merchants in communities serviced by these community banks and credit unions and consumers should be most concerned about the hastily added Durbin amendment to the massive financial regulatory bill. We’ve raised concerns about the impact of the unintended consequences for both our merchant clients and … more

  • Recommended Reading for anyone looking to buy or sell Merchant Services

    Wow! This post on titled 5 Deceitful Tactics Credit Card Processors Use To Get More Of Your Money really captures the very points Vantage has been making now for 15 years! Everyday we work with merchants being aggressively pursued by both fly-by-night organizations and big-name-mega banks who use all 5 Deceitful Tactics.

    Tactic #1: The “Rate Game”

    Tactic #2: The Binding Contract

    Tactic #3: Early Termination Fees

    Tactic #4: New PCI Fees

    Tactic #5: The Bewildering Statement

    This post does an excellent job of explaining the pitfalls of these tactics and recommending solutions. Of course you MUST pay attention, ask questions and read the fine print for yourself to identify these tactics. You can NOT rely on “knowing the rep” or the “ … more

  • Analyst Speculate on Impact of Fed's Debit Card Proposal

    On Thursday, the Fed issued a proposal to set a price cap on debit card Interchange fees under new powers from the Dodd-Frank Act. Since then there has been much speculation on its impact.

    Interchange fees are paid to the banks that issue debit cards when they are accepted for payment. The fees that Visa and MasterCard charge are excluded from this regulation. Yet in question is their business model. Are the card brands value-added service providers or has their success turned them into just another type of utility company that should be regulated by the government?

    Visa and MasterCard made headlines on the news with both experiencing major stock price declines. Merrill Lynch speculated that banks will seek financial concessions from Visa and MasterCard to make up for lost debit … more