2020: The Year In Review
We have reached the tipping point in bank billing transparency globally, and it is exciting. The vision of creating a global standard for bank fee reporting started with a few individuals willing to do the work, a few large corporations willing to apply pressure, and a few global banks willing to be leaders in providing transparency to their customers.
When we think about how bank fees are being treated in the U.S., there is something very unique that, regardless of your company’s size, industry or banking partners, if you operate in this country, your bank fees will inevitably be tied to your operating balances through an earnings credit rate (ECR) mechanism.
By the end of the calendar year (and for many of us, fiscal year-end), we have a growing mountain of tasks to complete – close the books, conduct our annual budgeting exercise, get ready for the audit, and review upcoming changes to regulations that may affect our cash.
Key takeaways from our educational session at AFP 2019
A brief Q&A with Thierry Sebton of Accola
While credit rating agencies have not yet changed their central scenarios for credit default rates, they appear to be growing more nervous in the face of changes in the economic cycle and the resurgence of volatility against a backdrop of greater geopolitical uncertainty.
Following pressure from the European Commission, Visa and Mastercard pledged last year to cut their European interregional multilateral interchange fees by at least 40%. The two international networks will honor their commitment on October 19, 2019, according to banking sources.
In many treasury organizations, bank fees are simply left unchecked. We all know we should be monitoring them, but most of us run out of time or energy before we can tackle the problem. We have found time and time again that with the right abilities, a treasury professional can have a great impact on their company’s bank fees and get themselves recognized as a treasury ‘superhero’ in the process.
The building blocks that shape a bank’s risk profile
If history tells us anything about the card network and card issuing bank interchange system, it is this: the proposed terms of the settlement will not provide greater transparency or reductions in interchange fees moving forward. Merchants will continue to face complexity, obscurity and substantial costs in the long term, writes Chelsey Kukuk, payment card expert at Redbridge.
Redbridge is delighted to announce the acquisition of substantially all the assets of Vizant, a U.S.-based advisory firm specializing in payment cards. The transaction creates a leading global advisor in the fast-growing payment card landscape, uniquely equipped to support merchants and companies in their journey towards digital transformation. Watch our short clip to find out more.
With the recent lifting of the ban on merchant surcharging, the U.S. payments industry has not seen widespread adoption. However, as fees continue to climb, card-not-present volumes increase, and there are fewer options to lower fees, merchants are finding themselves backed into a corner.