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Money20/20: Cordray Says CFPB No Foe of Fintech

Those seeking to innovate in the financial services sector might view the CFPB as more of an obstacle than a partner. But bureau Director Richard Cordray sees the consumer protection watchdog as very much a friend of fintech. During a keynote session capping the opening day of Money20/20 in Las Vegas, Cordray said the CFPB and regulated fintech providers can learn a lot from each other.

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Mobile & Emerging Payments


FDIC Study: Unbanked Rate Drops Sharply, Prepaid, Mobile on Rise


The number of households without bank accounts fell to its lowest level since the FDIC first began conducting its biannual survey in 2009. Seven percent of U.S. households were unbanked last year, according to the FDIC’s 2015 National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households, released Oct. 20.

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Pay Studio


’Tis Almost the Time of Year for Gift Card Cheer


Here’s a shocker: Gift cards will be a popular item during the holidays and a bright spot for retail sales. New survey stats released Oct. 20 from InComm show that 95 percent of consumers expect to give two or more gift cards this year, a slight increase from last year.

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Money 20/20: Retailers Want Bigger Seat at Payments Table


Retailers want a bigger seat at the payments table as more consumers use mobile devices to shop and pay. That was the main message Monday morning during a Money 20/20 session in Las Vegas.

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Viewpoint: Banks Must Latch onto the Fintech Partnership Model

A consensus is building along the payment frontier: Banks can serve as platforms though which a plethora of third-party services and customers are able to connect through an API.

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Government Watch


In NFC Fight, Australian Banks Call Apple’s Security Claims ‘Baseless’


A group of Australia’s biggest banks have launched the latest salvo in their dispute with Apple over third-party access to the iPhone’s NFC hardware. In a joint filing to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the banks rebuffed Apple’s claims that they should not be allowed to collectively negotiate with the tech giant over making their own mobile payment apps available on iPhones.

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InComm Taps Mastercard Vet for Leadership Role


Matt Lanford will join Atlanta-based prepaid product and technology company InComm as senior vice president and general manager, overseeing its financial services team, effective Oct. 31. Lanford, who has held numerous leadership roles at Mastercard in the U.S. and in Europe, will take the lead in expanding InComm’s consumer-facing Vanilla brand of gift and GPR products.

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