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Multilateral Interchange Fee (MIF) regulations impacting German banks

TSYS has released its white paper titled “How Issuers in Germany Can Replace Threatened Interchange Fees.” The paper explores the financial threat to German issuers of proposed changes to the Multilateral Interchange Fee (MIF) regulations in the European Union, and outlines initiatives to support additional revenue growth.

The report looks at the current payment card market in Germany and compares it with more mature markets like the UK, identifying best practices that can be applied to the German market. The paper further explores new revenue initiatives for German issuers to combat the effects of proposed MIF regulations.

“The proposed changes to the MIF regulations will be causing some concern amongst German issuers, not the least of which is how they can replace the revenue they will lose,” said Tom Stankiewicz, director of business development, TSYS International.

“At TSYS, we work with many European issuers who will be affected by these changes. In the white paper, we share some alternative solutions that we have implemented with clients, and share our experiences across the European markets in which we operate.”

The white paper concludes that issuers need to pursue initiatives to support revenue growth and diversification, including portfolio management, innovative solutions to increase cardholder transaction spend and the identification of new revenue opportunities.


The white paper is available online at: http://www.tsys.com/mifwhitepaper/.

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