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Today In Payments: Wirecard Forces German Accounting Regs Reboot; Consumers Sour On Travel Rewards Cards

In today’s top news, Germany’s deputy finance minister wants to restructure accounting firm regulations, and consumers are turning away from travel rewards cards. Plus, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) is looking to modernize bank reporting.

Wirecard Forces ‘Radical’ Reboot Of German Accounting Regs

As the fallout from Wirecard’s troubles unfold, Germany’s deputy finance minister has called for radical solutions to fix how accounting firms are regulated. The government is expected to end its contract with the Financial Reporting Enforcement Panel (FREP), the country’s accounting watchdog, as early as Monday.

Consumers Sour On Travel Rewards Cards

After spending years fine-tuning travel reward cards, banks have found that the pandemic decimated all the effort by reducing the need or will to travel. Now, with the pandemic necessitating staying at home and out of crowded tourist spaces, customers are wondering if the payments are worth it at all.

FDIC Looks To Modernize Bank Reporting

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) is considering nixing its quarterly reports of banks in an attempt to modernize the way data is handled, replacing the reports with a more timely, accurate approach to better reflect new technology available and better report on credit exposures and deposit information.

PE Firms Shun Investments In Older Firms Hard Hit By Pandemic

Companies owned by private equity firms are not seeing the money for protection that those firms ostensibly have saved up and many are tumbling into bankruptcy. But many of the firms have a good amount of funds reserved for new investments, while companies bought even over three or four years ago seem to be left in the cold.

New Report: How A Global Pandemic Created A Digital-First Customer In Twelve Weeks

Nearly every two weeks over the last 12 weeks, PYMNTS has surveyed more than 14,000 consumers to understand the impact of the global pandemic on how they work, shop, buy food, travel and spend their leisure time. Here’s the story of how the global pandemic created a digital-first customer in 12 weeks and why that matters for thinking about what’s next.

A Merchant’s How-To For Managing The Contactless Payments Surge And SCA Requirements

The pandemic has accelerated consumer preferences for contactless payments, leaving merchants scrambling to process higher volumes while remaining compliant with rules for strong customer authentication (SCA). In the latest Merchants Guide To Navigating Global Payment Regulations, Maha El Dimachki, head of payments for the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority, discusses how new open banking strategies are being drafted to help merchants adapt to these changing payment realities.

Wirecard, Enron And Warning Signs Across Two Decades

Two decades separate the 2001 collapse of Enron and the recent insolvency of Wirecard, but both firms’ stories (and flameouts) have similar trajectories. The warning signs were also similar before each company’s insolvency — perhaps pointing to guideposts that market watchers should look for before the next corporate accounting debacle hits.

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PYMNTS STUDY: THE CROSS-BORDER MERCHANT FRICTION INDEX – JUNE 2020

The PYMNTS Cross-Border Merchant Friction Index analyzes the key friction points experienced by consumers browsing, shopping and paying for purchases on international eCommerce sites. PYMNTS examined the checkout processes of 266 B2B and B2C eCommerce sites across 12 industries and operating from locations across Europe and the United States to provide a comprehensive overview of their checkout offerings.

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