The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has revoked access for a dozen agencies currently providing eKYC verification and authentication services throughout India’s ever-expanding digital market.
In part I of this series, we discussed the impact of the beneficial ownership rule on banks and their payment facilitator relationships. In this installment we discuss how the beneficial ownership rules apply to a bank acting as an originating depository financial institution for Automated Clearing House (ACH) transactions and its relationships with Originators, Third-Party Service Providers, and Third-Party Senders.
If you’re a payment facilitator, how much do you currently know about the owners of your sub-merchant customers? If you’re a processor, how much do you know about the owners of your payment facilitator customer’s sub-merchant customers? And if you’re a bank, how much do you know about the owners of your processor customer’s payment facilitator customer’s sub-merchant customers (who are, technically, also your customers)?
As a software provider, you have many options for bringing your payments solution to market. One avenue is to become a payment facilitator (PF). But what exactly does it entail? Following are answers to some of the most common questions about payment facilitators, to help you determine if this is the right path for your business.
Arizona becomes the first US state to implement a fintech sandbox to drive innovation. And in other news, the Bank of England, Singapore Fintech Association and the Fintech Association of Japan all lead individual efforts to foster fintech.
As Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations become increasingly critical in the underwriting process, payment facilitators may seek to better understand high-risk merchants by collecting information separate from what is provided by the applicants themselves. Corporate registration records offer reliable, useful data that may help to paint a more complete picture than application information alone. Knowing where to look and what to look for may lead to more effective Customer Due Diligence (CDD) or Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD) efforts.
Global brand Square moves one step closer to offering full-fledged banking services while Stripe acquires POS startup Index. And in other news, Mastercard completes its acquisition of Oltio and EverCompliant secures investment from American Express.
The growth of digital payments has led to non-bank entities stepping deeper into financial services. But at least one authority has demonstrated that it will tighten requirements on these non-traditional entities if needed, based on how they’re conducting their financial services business.
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has announced a $185 million civil money penalty against U.S. Bank for what it said was failure to adhere to several provisions of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA).
Google has launched its new Google Pay app, and NMI is expanding its omnichannel capabilities for ISVs and others with its acquisition of Creditcall. And in other news, Indian ecommerce leader Flipkart challenges Amazon with talks of a Walmart investment while the U.K.’s FCA reveals plans for a global regulatory sandbox.
The Reserve Bank of India recommends a regulatory sandbox for fintechs while the country’s push towards a cashless society gains traction with a surge to $2 trillion in transaction value. The UAE Central Bank also develops a national strategy to facilitate the push towards cashless.
Trying to get all 50 states to do anything exactly the same way may be an exercise in futility. But agreement on at least some things could still provide some relief for payment facilitators who are burdened with navigating the state-by-state patchwork of money transmitter licensing.
There’s one bright spot to the payments industry being encased in a massive overly complex, glacially slow bureaucracy, with certification approval times approaching eons. That bright spot is that fixing even one tiny element of the process can have a tremendous impact.
PF Parkmobile secures a substantial investment while Japan finally makes the move towards cashless. Visa also partners with PayMate to better service SMBs and ThreatMetrix collaborates with GlobalOnePay to enhance fraud prevention.
The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has fined Western Union for failure to implement effective anti-money laundering compliance programs in-house and for failure to report suspicious activity – some of which could have facilitated human trafficking.