The Week in Review

The Week in Review

Friday August 31, 2018 –

Here are the new and noteworthy stories we have been following this week.

US student debt balloons past $1.5tn

US student loan debt has surpassed $1.5 trillion despite declining new originations.

Airlines Cash In on Loyalty Credit Cards

Airline credit cards are proving to be a boon as card revenue outpaces sales growth.

Google Teams With Banks to Launch Digital Lending for India

Google is partnering with four banks to bring instant credit at the POS via Google Pay.

U.S. banking regulator kicks off low-income lending rules rewrite

The OCC is starting the process to seek public input on the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) with a view to rewriting the rules.

PayPal Partners With Brazilian Bank Itaú Unibanco

PayPal announced a partnership with Itaú Unibanco to offer its services to the bank’s cardholders and merchants.

Counterfeit fraud at U.S. chip-enabled merchants down 75%

Latest Visa statistics show continued strong progress in EMV adoption and decline in fraud.

Splitit Enables Multi-Card and Deferred Payments to Expand Consumer Purchasing Options

Splitit rolls out new offerings allowing consumers to use multiple cards for an installment and also defer payments.

Google and Mastercard Cut a Secret Ad Deal to Track Retail Sales

Google is using Mastercard credit card transaction data to link online ads with in-store purchases.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are useless

As cryptocurrencies struggle with their utility, will blockchain fare better?

Have we learnt the lessons of the financial crisis?

Is China vulnerable? History serves as an important guide to avoiding and managing the next crisis.

PM Modi launches India Post Payments Bank: Things to know

India launches Post Payments Bank leveraging the country’s postal network with the goal of driving financial inclusion.