COVER STORY
  28 Baseball Takes a Swing at Contactless Cards
  For more than 100 years, buying hot dogs and beer at a major league baseball game has been almost exclusively a cash business. Some teams believe the timing is right to make a change to add speed and convenience to the lineup.
  EDITOR'S NOTE
  6 Play Ball!
  INDUSTRY NEWS
  8 PIN-Debit Data Breach Jolts Industry
  A major scheme in which crooks were able to capture both debit card numbers and PINs prompts financial institutions to reissue thousands of cards while investigators work to determine the cause of what experts say is the industry's largest-ever case of PIN-debit fraud.
  10 Fed Study Shows Card Debt Up
  Fed study shows consumers are saving less while racking up greater credit card debt.
  12 Chase is Sold on Retail Cards
  J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. buys Kohl's Corp.'s private-label card program as part of a strategic move to grow its portfolio through acquisitions of store card receivables.
  DEBIT CARD REPORT
  14 Fed is Poised to Extend Reg E to Payroll Card Operators
  Debit card issuers are pretty much used to regulations governing debit cards linked to demand-deposit accounts. But with new types of debit card products emerging, such as payroll cards, new rules appear forthcoming.
  15 Canada Addresses Dispute Resolution
  Canadian debit card issuers contend changes in the industry code for handling disputes tilt more toward cardholders than past practices. But Canadian consumer groups want the code to go further in protecting cardholder interests.
  PREPAID CARDS
  18 Banks Remain Closed
  To 'Open' Gift Cards
  Banks give mixed reviews about the issuance of prepaid cards. And even those supporting the plastic will not discuss specifically how well card sales are doing.
  MERCHANT ACQUIRING
  22 A Mixed Bag
  The North American payment-terminal industry seems to be in the midst of happier days, what with the advent of contactless payments and other positive trends. But not all of the industry's top vendors are doing well financially. Could a merger or acquisition be in the offing?
  MARKETING
  34 Making a Splash
  The leading players in the card industry last year continued to spend big money promoting their brands. Some, though, began shifting where their ad dollars are spent.
  CREDIT CARD TRENDS
  40 Card Issuers Finding it Tough To Crack
  B2B Payments
  Businesses charge billions each year to payment cards to cover travel and entertainment costs. But moving their expenses for office supplies and other operational needs from checks to plastic is proving more difficult.
  PAYMENT TRENDS
  45 U.S. Law Enforcers
  Are Cold on Gold
  Critics say emerging payment tools backed by precious metals invite money laundering and illicit payments. Can the products survive the recent bad press? Should they?
  COLLECTIONS & RECOVERY
  48 Law Firms Balloon
  As banks and other credit grantors grow, they are looking for larger legal firms with which to partner. To meet the need, collection law offices are expanding throughout the country.
  AFTERTHOUGHTS
  56 Prepaid: Why Rap Bank-Issued Cards?
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