Blogs

Real-time payments – it’s not always about the money

Author: Roman Korniyenko
Date: 18th April 2017

  Real time means ‘now’, like boom – you have it, just like receiving a WhatsApp message. And if we think of what ‘now’ means for e-commerce, the first things that come...

PSD2 and SCTInst: A threat to card payments in Europe?

Author: Tom Hay
Date: 12th April 2017

  PSD2 paves the way for a new way to pay online across Europe. Instead of using a card, consumers will soon be able to pay directly from their bank accounts. Similar...

Mexico: Cash is king, but not if it’s sterling

Author: Lauren Jones
Date: 10th April 2017

  Lauren Jones, ex Head of Standards at Payments UK, and now Icon’s International Payments Ambassador, reports from out in the field where she is actively testing different methods of payments and...

Payments, the internet of things, and the end of civilisation as we know it

Author: Tom Hay
Date: 6th March 2017

The internet of things (IoT) is at the peak of the hype cycle, so it’s not surprising to find payment companies trying to jump aboard the gravy train. The problem is, consumers...

SEPA: Is the ECB stifling competition with its latest move?

Author: Tom Hay and Mark Burlison
Date: 28th February 2017

Ten years ago the European Commission (EC) and the European Central Bank (ECB) announced a common vision for the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA), which they described as an “integrated market for...

7 Minutes of Fame at Finovate

Author: Richard Dear
Date: 27th February 2017

  At Finovate Europe, 2017, 71 Fintech companies got to present their latest and greatest products via a 7 minute live demo, in front of 1,500 people.  What makes this years’ Finovate...