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What’s Wrong With Your Venmo Account, and How to Fix It

“Few social-media experiences have made me cringe more than viewing my “friend” list on the peer-to-peer payment app Venmo for the first time. Seeing the names of people I’d been on dates with years ago was jarring. Seeing someone I’d blocked on Facebook was unsettling. Seeing names I didn’t recognize and couldn’t find in my contacts was […]
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Leutz: The Victims of Venmo

“Spending money in the digital era feels more like waving a magic wand, or playing a video game, than making monetary decisions. In this way, there is a growing feeling of numbness, or detachment, between the consumer and digital currency. When people can’t physically see money leaving their hands, they are at a higher risk […]
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Visa brandishes Shieldpay for safe P2P payments

“Visa has equipped itself with the sturdy Shieldpay for secure card payments across peer-to-peer (P2P) marketplaces and classified ad sites. According to London-based Shieldpay, its digital escrow solution mitigates the risk of fraud by verifying the identity of all parties, holding funds securely and only releasing funds when all sides agree they are happy.”
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Lydia introduces credit lines

“French startup Lydia announced a partnership with Banque Casino today for small credit lines. Starting tomorrow, Lydia users in France will be able to borrow as much as €1,000 in just a few seconds. While Lydia started as a peer-to-peer money transferring app, fintech startups always end up offering credit at some point. It’s hard to make money without offering […]

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Zelle Network® Announces $32 Billion, 116 Million in Payments for Q3 2018

“During Q3 2018 (July – September), 116 million transactions took place on the Zelle Network® for a total of $32 billion in payments. Transaction volume increased 16% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ), and total money moved increased 13%. Financial Institution (FI) participants contributed to an enrollment increase of 10% QoQ, resulting in more than 75 million tokens—mobile numbers or email addresses— across the […]
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Holiday’s Most Wanted: Money

“Early Warning Services, LLC, the network operator behind Zelle, today released the results of its Holiday Survey. Scrooges and humbugs beware: the national survey found that nearly 50% of those surveyed plan to give money this holiday season, while the majority (58%) prefer to receive money as a gift. With Zelle, you can send and receive money with people […]
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Zelle® Ends 2018 with its Strongest Quarter on Record

“Zelle closed the year with its strongest quarter on record with $35-billion in payments on 135-million in transactions processed – an increase of 12% and 19% quarter-over-quarter, respectively. Year-over-year payment value (4Q 2017 to 4Q 2018) increased by 61%, while transaction volume increased by 81%. The results cap a successful 2018, with the number of participants in the Zelle […]