Top News In Payments: China Finalizing Laws For Digital-Only Banking; Mastercard Names New President Of Data And Services

PYMNTS Top News in Payments

In today’s top payments news, China is finalizing its rules for online-only banks, Mastercard names Raj Seshadri as its new president of data and services and Visa buys FinTech startup Plaid for $5.3 billion.


China Finalizing Laws For Digital-Only Banking

China is finalizing its rules for online-only banks, a move which would empower foreign financial institutions in the country to establish independent digital banks and lure new pivotal companies. Introducing online banks will make it easier for foreign financial institutions to tap China’s vast financial markets, where none are profitable and many have yet to break even.

Mastercard Names Raj Seshadri President Of Data And Services

Mastercard named Raj Seshadri as its new president of data and services. She will report directly to President and CEO Ajay Banga.

New Data: 85 Pct Of Businesses Have Real-Time Payments On Their Roadmaps – Here’s Why

While most U.S. business are aware of and interested in real-time payments, some firms still feel technical barriers stand in the way of implementing the system. In the Making Real-Time Payments a Reality: Rising Demand for Real-Time Payments report, PYMNTS surveyed more than 500 financial executives to reveal what it will take to translate RTP interest into real-world adoption.

Visa’s $5.3B FinTech Play, Wrapped In Plaid

Visa announced its $5.3 billion purchase of Plaid, the startup that develops APIs for financial services. According to Visa, one in four U.S. bank account holders have used Plaid’s offerings, and the firm sees this as an opportunity to bolster its open banking efforts.

India’s Antitrust Body Calls For Investigation Into Flipkart, Amazon

The Competition Commission of India has called for a probe into Walmart’s Flipkart and Amazon, claiming certain practices put the eCommerce giants at an unfair advantage over small businesses. Both companies have denied the claims.

Cigna, Oscar To Launch Healthcare Solution For SMBs

Healthcare firms Cigna and Oscar announced a partnership to provide plans and coverage to small businesses across the U.S. “Cigna + Oscar” is a signal of widespread anticipation in the healthcare sector for wider payment structures.

Visa Says Tokenized Transactions Hit $1T Mark, Sets Click-to-Pay Transition

Visa announced on Tuesday, Jan. 14, that participants in its Visa Token Service have processed eCommerce volumes of $1 trillion since the service’s debut in 2014, and that it will transition Visa Checkout merchants to the click-to-pay service on Jan. 21 in the U.S.



The How We Shop Report, a PYMNTS collaboration with PayPal, aims to understand how consumers of all ages and incomes are shifting to shopping and paying online in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our research builds on a series of studies conducted since March, surveying more than 16,000 consumers on how their shopping habits and payments preferences are changing as the crisis continues. This report focuses on our latest survey of 2,163 respondents and examines how their increased appetite for online commerce and digital touchless methods, such as QR codes, contactless cards and digital wallets, is poised to shape the post-pandemic economy.