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Myth vs. Fact: Setting the Record Straight on Interchange Price Controls

On January 19, 2022, the Merchant Payments Coalition (MPC) sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, highlighting Amazon’s decision to accept Visa credit cards in the U.K. The MPC argued that the U.S. should impose price controls on credit card interchange. In doing so, the letter makes numerous inaccurate claims about interchange. These claims have been debunked below.
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Electronic Payments Coalition |

Infographic: When It Comes to Electronic Payments, Don’t Buy What Big-box Retailers and Convenience Stores Are Selling

Corporate, big-box retailers, and convenience store chains are at it again trying to sell members of Congress on the idea that they need interchange price controls. Don’t buy it. Their arguments don’t hold up against the facts. Check out EPC’s latest infographic that sets the record straight about the consequences of price controls on interchange.  To download full infographic, click here.
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ICLE |

The Effects of Price Controls on Payment-Card Interchange Fees: A Review and Update

In March 2022, the International Center for Law and Economics (ICLE) published a study analyzing the effects of price controls on payment-card interchange fees. Examining 20 years of previous literature and data, the ICLE concludes that these regulations slowed innovation, decreased the efficacy of payment systems, and reduced benefits, particularly for lower-income consumers. The full study can be found below.
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Electronic Payments Coalition |

New Spelman College Study: Interchange Regulations Disproportionately Hurt Low-Income Families

Angelino Viceisza, Ph.D., recently released a study addressing the potential impacts of interchange regulation on the U.S. card industry, particularly payment and routing mandates. The stated purpose of the study is to “present potential implications of interchange regulations on lower interest cardholders, smaller merchants, and smaller banks.” Dr. Viceisza concludes that policymakers should refrain from extending interchange regulation to the U.S. credit card industry. Read the main takeaways from the study below.
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Electronic Payments Coalition |

EPC Explainer Video: Credit Routing Mandates and Why They Hurt Consumers

What is credit routing, and how does it work? In this explainer video, EPC breaks down the process that allows consumers to receive both the rewards perks and the fraud protection that they value in credit card transactions. The video also underscores the dangers of proposed credit routing mandates, which could reduce consumers’ credit card security and limit their ability to earn rewards. Click on the video to learn more.
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Electronic Payments Coalition |

Coalition Letter Opposing Regulation on Debit Interchange

On February 1, 2022, several banking organizations, including a number of EPC members, penned a letter to the Federal Reserve. The letter was in response to the Fed’s recent proposal to reopen Regulation II, which covers debit card routing and interchange. The authors urge the Federal Reserve to resist increasing the Durbin Amendment’s regulatory burden, concluding that the amendment should be repealed. Read the full letter below.
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