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Systems

Sweden: How Cash Became More Trouble Than It’s Worth

“The ATM nearest my house recently shut down: Bankomat, the cash machine company co-owned by the banks, has reduced the number of outlets by a fifth in four years. And as far as I know only one branch of Swedbank, my bank, in Malmö still handles cash. This is a growing problem even for the […]
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Systems

Jack Henry & Associates Unveils Faster Payments Hub

“Dubbed JHA PayCenter, the new payment hub will offer the vendor’s core clients access to faster payment networks such as Zelle and the RTP network. The process is said to be a low cost one. Through the hub, financial providers can centralise the manner in which real-time payments are sent and received, Jack Henry said. […]
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Systems

Japan Launches Cashless Week Campaign for Golden Week Holiday

“Japan will run a campaign across the 10 days called The Cashless Week, run jointly by the industry ministry and the Payments Japan Association, which consists of companies and municipalities. The initiative, announced on Wednesday 13 March by the industry ministry, will involve businesses offering reward points and coupons to those who choose cashless payment […]
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Systems

Banking Startup Launching Visa Card That Lets You Spend 7 Cryptos

“Banking startup 2gether is launching a prepaid Visa debit card that allows users to spend cryptocurrencies. In an announcement, 2gether said customers will be able to use the card to pay with either euros or any of the following seven cryptocurrencies: bitcoin (BTC), ether (ETH), XRP, bitcoin cash (BCH), EOS, Stellar (XLM) and litecoin (LTC). The card “instantly” […]
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Regulation

NJ Governor Signs Ban on Cashless Retail

“New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation that requires retailers and restaurants to accept cash, effectively banning merchants in the state from joining a cashless trend emerging in markets across the U.S.”
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Domains

IBM Launches A Blockchain-Based Global Payments Network Using Stellar’s Cryptocurrency

“IBM Blockchain World Wire will help financial institutions improve the services they deliver to their consumers by optimizing and accelerating foreign exchange, cross border payments and remittances. Using the Stellar protocol, World Wire serves as a network provider for international payments, enabling point-to-point money transfers in lieu of the complexities of conventional correspondent banking. While IBM announced an […]

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Domains

IBM Blockchain World Wire, a New Global Payment Network, to Support Payments and Foreign Exchange in More Than 50 Countries

“Designed to optimize and accelerate foreign exchange, cross border payments and remittances, World Wire is the first blockchain network of its kind to integrate payment messaging, clearing and settlement on a single unified network, while allowing participants to dynamically choose from a variety of digital assets for settlement.”
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Reports

Get More From Real-Time Payments

“Real-time payments, when combined with open banking, are also being used to promote financial inclusion and instill efficiency in payment systems in developing economies. Early electronic payment adopters are using real-time to spur competition. Developed economies like Denmark and Sweden are leading the world in per capita usage of real-time payments as cash usage dwindles. […]