BREAKING: Visa & Mastercard Agree To Landmark Deal Saving Merchants Up To 30 Billion On Fees

BREAKING: Visa & Mastercard Agree To Landmark Deal Saving Merchants Up To 30 Billion On Fees
BREAKING: Visa & Mastercard Agree To Landmark Deal Saving Merchants Up To 30 Billion On Fees

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After almost two decades of legal disputes, Visa and Mastercard have finalized an agreement with American retailers to reduce and establish limits on credit card interchange fees, a move projected to yield $30 billion in savings for the merchants over the next five years.

This agreement marks one of the most significant resolutions in the history of US antitrust litigation, aiming to lower credit interchange fees and set a ceiling on these rates until 2030. Visa has noted that over 90% of the beneficiaries of this deal will be small businesses.

Additionally, the agreement allows merchants the flexibility to offer different pricing to customers depending on the credit cards used for payments.

The conflict between the card companies and retailers regarding transaction fees began in 2005. By 2012, Visa and Mastercard had consented to compensate retailers $7.25 billion for allegations of colluding to fix credit and debit card fees improperly.

Though the settlement addressed the financial damages claimed in the lawsuit, the aspect concerning injunctive relief continued to be a point of contention.

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🇳🇱 Revolut has launched its global eSim service to customers in The NetherlandsCustomers with a compatible phone can activate the eSim on the Revolut app in order to access mobile data roaming services around the world. Revolut Ultra customers receive 3 GB per month included with their subscription.

🇺🇸 Bank of America has given its mobile service a major overhaul, unifying apps for banking, investing and retirement into one personalised digital experience. BofA's 57 million digital customers can now view and manage their full financial lives through a platform that consolidates five apps - Bank of America, Merrill Edge, MyMerrill, Bank of America Private Bank and Benefits OnLine.

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🇬🇧 Tide appoints George Schmidt UK/Europe CEOThe appointment of George to this new role follows the recent announcement of Tide launch in Germany in the coming months. Germany is Tide’s second market outside the UK, after the successful entry of Tide into India in 2022 and is the Company’s first step onto the European continent.

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