The Periodic Table of Remittances

Faisal Khan, a Banking, Payments & Fintech Consultant in Dubai has compiled an impressive list of everything related to Money Transfers that he has collected graphically in a Periodic Table of Remittances. The impressive list of around 160 items has been divided in categories such as Comparison Sites, Influential Regulators,Platforms, Emerging Players, Incumbent Players, Payment Networks, Niche Players, Data Sources, People, Software, Airtime Transfers, Conferences, Forums, Blogs…

Will Western Union Buy MoneyGram?

Even if the news were quenched, the debate lingers

The news gained momentum on May 5th when Bloomberg reported that WU was in talks with MGI. Immediately MGI shares shoot up almost 40% and WU shares also went up slightly. My phone started ringing with investment advisor asking for my opinion. I had little to say, really. But the following day…

THE TEN MOST IMPORTANT NEWS OF THE MT INDUSTRY FOR 2014

As I did for 2013, I have put together the 10 most important news stories for the Money Transfer Industry in 2014, as a way to reflect back and at the same time analyze the trends for the coming year. They are not necessarily in order of importance. They are based on my personal opinions and ideas from friends and colleagues in the industry.

If you want to read it from a PDF, view it | download it from here

If I miss something of importance or if you have any type of comment, please do it in LinkedIn. We would love to hear you opinion. Please go to our Linkedin Group following this link: http://linkd.in/WiQVFa and it will take you directly to the discussion.

Hugo Cuevas-Mohr

HOW TELCOS, MTOS AND BANKS COULD CRASH OVER REMITTANCES

Incumbents such as Western Union and MoneyGram do it. Traditional players do it. So, still, do some banks. And Telcos do too in some markets. The “it” is enable people to move money to each other in and between countries. Hugo Cuevas-Mohr shares insights gleaned from his work with money transfer professionals from all over the world about the remittance market, the role of traditional players, banks and telcos and who has the edge as this $500 billion industry evolves.

The following are the questions and answers provided by Hugo Cuevas-Mohr when interviewed by PYMNTS.com over his document «Are Telcos, Money Transfer Companies (MTOs) and Banks on a collision course over remittances?» (The document can be downloaded from there).
Click the questions below to open the answers. Please give us your comments and join the conversation here.

Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean in 2013

On February 27, 2014 at the Interamerican Dialogue in Washington D.C.  remittance expert Manuel Orozco presented his yearly analysis of the volume of remittances entitled «Current Perspectives on Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean in 2013» and a PDF version of his briefing can be viewed/downloaded at the end of this short note. The paper considers the possible impact of immigration reform in the US on remittances and on the lives of migrants.

In 2013, family remittances to the region experienced little growth for most of the major remittance recipient countries. This may be a byproduct of immigration controls and deportations, demography, regulatory constraints and a slow recovery from the recession. Remittances have not grown substantially from 2012 and the total volume to the region was 60 billion, slightly decreasing by 1%. Manuel divides the results for the year in three groups:

¿Por qué el Nivel de Remesas a Latinoamérica se estancó en el 2013?

El Latin America Advisor, una excelente en inglés publicada por el Interamerican Dialogue en Washington DC hizo esta pregunta para su edición de febrero 6-19, 2014, como la antesala al documento de Manuel Orozco sobre las remesas a la región, que presentará el 27 de febrero 2014 en el Interamerican Dialogue. Las remesas a América Latina…

Pagos Móviles… 20% de las Transacciones Globales? Si, debemos de creerlo

The third Adyen Mobile Payments Index covering the period September to December 2013 was announced Friday, January 30th. The Index shows mobile payments accounted for 19.5% of all transactions worldwide in December, a growth of 55% year-over-year, up from 12.6% December 2012. The data shows tablets to be the preferred device for higher value transactions…