Washington Report: Swipe Fee Reform Overdue Says Reagan Economist

February 28, 2011

Also, two senators as the Fed for a meaningful exemption from swipe fee rules for small banks and the House is planning to consider 1099 repeal.

via Washington Report: Swipe Fee Reform Overdue Says Reagan Economist.

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AmEx sees up to $500 million more in legal losses

February 28, 2011

American Express Co said it could face up to an additional $500 million in losses from lawsuits and governmental examinations, on top of what it has already reserved for them.

via AmEx sees up to $500 million more in legal losses.


Banks’ swipe snipe: Limit debit-card purchases – NYPOST.com #SwipeFees

February 26, 2011

Around 520 million people have debit cards in the US, while 440 million have credit cards, according to the latest available data from MasterCard and Visa.

via Banks’ swipe snipe: Limit debit-card purchases – NYPOST.com.


Banks Might Limit Amount You Can Buy On Debit Card – The Consumerist

February 26, 2011

Grumbling over proposed limits to debit card swipe fees, banks are hinting they’re considering putting a cap on how much you can buy with a debit card. It could even be something like $50 or $100, forcing consumers to either pay with credit card or cash

via Banks Might Limit Amount You Can Buy On Debit Card – The Consumerist.


Banks hungry for revenue target free checking accounts | ScrippsNews

February 26, 2011

Let’s be honest. You probably won’t be shedding many tears when you hear that retail banking revenues have been under siege by regulators

via Banks hungry for revenue target free checking accounts | ScrippsNews.


Don’t let banks, credit cards bully businesses – LeaderHerald.com | The Leader Herald #SwipeFees

February 25, 2011

We can’t let the special interest banks and credit card companies bully the Main Street businesses back into submission, and we can’t let Congress cave so quickly on this needed reform. Retailers are fighting back and we urge our customers to do the same.

via Don’t let banks, credit cards bully businesses – LeaderHerald.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community – The Leader Herald.


Retailer Suing Visa and MasterCard Wants Exact Merchant Interchange Fee Printed on Each Credit and Debit Card Receipt

February 25, 2011

If Visa Inc. and MasterCard Worldwide would post the exact merchant interchange fees on every credit card receipt it would accelerate attention to the $62 billion annual hidden tax on consumers and retailers. This relief is being championed by the editor of WayTooHigh.com — The Credit Card Interchange Report, Mitch Goldstone.

According to WayTooHigh.com, Visa USA Inc. is posting a matrix of perplexing rate schedules and scores of fees on its website; MasterCard also has a similar fee schedule that is more than one hundred pages.

“A more straightforward pricing model to easily obtain fee schedules is in place at most other businesses,” explained Mitch Goldstone, WayTooHigh.com editor and a lead plaintiffs in the antitrust litigation against the two leading credit card associations and its member banks.

As an example, Goldstone, who is president and CEO of California-based ScanMyPhotos.com, said “when consumers order concert tickets from Ticketmaster, the receipt includes the exact ‘convenience charge,’ ‘delivery’ and ‘order processing fees.’ When packages are sent via Federal Express, a detailed price quote pops up on the online ordering page to provide the exact ‘fuel surcharge’ and other fees. If Federal Express’ rates are too high, consumers can choose another carrier. But, with an 80% market monopoly, retailers are forced to accept the two leading payment card brands.”

“While not endorsing a particular solution, it would be more helpful for consumers if there were unambiguous and transparent interchange fees for each transaction — right on the charge receipt,” said Goldstone

“Disclosing the exact interchange fee on every credit card receipt will help consumers and retailers better understand the real extent of these charges,” commented Goldstone who explained that “average credit card interchange fee in the U.S. is about 1.7% of the total charge.”

Just as sales tax is included on receipts, Goldstone believes that more transparency for the merchant interchange tax would lead to more competition among card networks. By doing so, he said “the volume of consumer and retailer outrage will be amplified.

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