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GS: The Role of Enterprise-Wide Risk Management Systems in Derivatives Pricing

“In the old days, there was complexity on products with leverage and pay-off. Now, the derivatives are simple – the complexity is in the accounting. The world has been turned upside down.”  Head of markets at a major dealer. The

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Quick Thoughts: Implications for the Payments Industry of an NFC-Enabled iWallet

Both Wired and the Financial Times are reporting that, at its September 9th media event, Apple will announce the use of NFC-enabled wireless communication in the iPhone (including for mobile payments) along with longer-range Bluetooth-enabled wireless (including for in-store location

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Quick Thoughts – Bank Launches of Digital Wallet and Checkout Products are a Threat to PayPal and Catalyst for MCX

Banks are getting into the digital wallet and checkout business in competition with PayPal. Recent products include Chase Quick Checkout (announced in February), PNC’s digital wallet (announced in July), and the Citi Digital Wallet (announced two days ago); WFC and

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Payments and the Convergence of Physical and Digital Commerce

“Data is the weapon” Dan Schulman, AXP Consensus is that smartphone penetration (now over 65% of US mobile subscribers) will allow digital brands to extend their e-commerce franchises and data-enabled marketing skills to the physical environment. Google, for example, is

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Quick Thoughts: Cost of BAC Settlement Meaningfully Below Headline Figure

While the headline for the mortgage settlement announced today with the Department of Justice is $17bn ($9.65bn in cash, of which $5bn is penalty and the balance remediation expense, and $7bn in consumer relief), the Q3 after-tax charge will be

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The EMV Opportunity for PAY in Terminal Apps

“I think that the coming decade will be the most important in commerce and payments that any one of us have lived through”. Paul Gallant, CEO Verifone, Mar 2014 One of the most important changes in US payments technology is

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Quick Thoughts: Winners and Losers as Relentless Data Breaches Drive the US Payments Industry to EMV and a New Digital Era for Data-Enabled Fraud Management and Marketing

Visa and MasterCard are being forced to promote EMV-standards for chip-based cards as ongoing data breaches (including those at Albertson’s and SuperValu announced on Friday) increase the risk that network inaction triggers regulatory intervention. However, EMV adoption (which makes card

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Quick Thoughts: Amazon Mobile Illustrates the Increasing Importance of Physical Infrastructure to Digital Marketing

The launch by Amazon of a mobile POS reader illustrates the importance to the online giants of becoming involved in the transaction data generated at physical point-of-sale (which accounts for over 90% of retail sales). AMZN and GOOG, in particular,

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The Challenge to Online Giants as Banks and Retailers Build Data Strategies for Mobile

In some cases, the impact of mobile will be less to allow online payments/commerce franchises to extend to the physical world and more to allow traditional retailers to challenge effectively online. The launch of Visa Checkout and Chase Quick Check

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Quick Thoughts: Barclays – Delivering Against Plan and Attractively-Valued

Barclays interim results released this morning show strong execution against the good-bank/bad-bank strategy announced on May 8th and good business momentum outside the investment bank. The good bank or “core business” now represents GBP41bn of group equity of GBP55bn, with

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