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Stored-value cards: a card for every reason

This article discusses the various uses of stored-value cards and the different degrees of their use and acceptance four years after their introduction.
Payments System Research Briefing , Issue Jun

When Paying Bills, Low-Income Consumers Incur Higher Costs

Low-income consumers are more likely to pay bills using costlier payment methods, even when they have access to cheaper bank account-based methods. Digital exclusion, cash flow constraints, and lack of trust in or familiarity with electronic payment methods may explain low-income consumers’ reliance on costlier bill payment methods.
Payments System Research Briefing , Issue November 23, 2021 , Pages 7

The Appeal and Proliferation of Buy Now, Pay Later: Consumer and Merchant Perspectives

Use of buy now, pay later (BNPL) payment products has been growing in the United States. We explore the benefits and risks of BNPL products for consumers and merchants.
Payments System Research Briefing , Issue November 10, 2021 , Pages 7

Developments of QR Code-Based Mobile Payments in East Asia

Initiatives facilitating QR code-based mobile payments in Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong may address some pain points of banks, nonbanks, and merchants, but whether they address consumers’ depends on factors such as fragmentation and overall digital commerce experience
Payments System Research Briefing

Where social networks, payments and banking intersect

This article explores opportunities and risks emerging from a relatively new phenomenon: The rise of commerce, banking and payments services marketed and offered through social media.
Payments System Research Briefing , Issue Dec

In the Nick of Time: The Rise of Earned Wage Access

Fintech programs that provide employees access to earned wages ahead of payday have gained popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although consumers benefit from greater financial flexibility, such programs may involve risks.
Payments System Research Briefing

Early experience with Check 21

This article looks at some of the early developments since the Check 21 law became effective and some of the remaining barriers to a more efficient and electronic check clearing system.
Payments System Research Briefing , Issue Apr

The Rise of Buy Now, Pay Later: Bank and Payment Network Perspectives and Regulatory Considerations

Buy now, pay later (BNPL) products offered by fintechs have gained traction among consumers andmerchants in recent years and could compete with credit cards as a payment option. We explore thereactions of banks and payment networks to BNPL products as well as the current regulatory environment.
Payments System Research Briefing , Issue December 1, 2021 , Pages 6

Neobanks: Banks by Any Other Name?

Neobanks, or digital banks, are bank-like providers of financial services that operate through apps and aim to appeal to different consumer groups through innovative features and design. Whether or not neobanks evolve into full banks, they have the potential to affect the traditional banking model.
Payments System Research Briefing

Change is Coming: What the EMV Migration May Mean for Payments Innovation

This article considers how the upcoming shift from magnetic stripe to chip technology may affect the survival of card-based payment innovations.
Payments System Research Briefing , Issue April




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