August 2012: Account‐to‐account (A2A) and person‐to‐person (P2P) transfers: Ermerging players pose threat to PayPal
Account‐to‐account (A2A) and person‐to‐person (P2P) transfers have greatly expanded in functionality in recent years, enabling consumers to complete over $195 billion in domestic transfers in the past year. P2P transfers [...] moved more aggressively toward delivery through electronic channels [...] potential to provide important revenue for FIs and vendors alike.
July 1012: VIRTUAL CURRENCIES: A Global Gamble
[...] With the ability to cross channels and support online, mobile, and POS commerce, virtual currencies can be readily extended to a variety of environments. But, in the process, these currencies and providers — including Bitcoin, Facebook Credits, Ven, zCoins, World of Warcraft Gold, and PlaySpan — have garnered the attention of regulators, crime enforcement, and traditional payments service providers as each struggles to understand these currencies’ potential implications. This report details some of the issues and threats surrounding this emerging payments market.