The Fed’s bold move on debit interchange

By Felix Salmon
December 16, 2010
out, and the market action in Visa and Mastercard -- both of them are down more than 10% today -- tells you everything you need to know.

" data-share-img="" data-share="twitter,facebook,linkedin,reddit,google" data-share-count="true">

The Fed’s swipe-fee proposals are out, and the market action in Visa and Mastercard — both of them are down more than 10 percent today — tells you everything you need to know. Basically, big card issuers won’t be able to charge more than 12 cents per transaction for debit-card purchases, and under one alternative their fees might be kept as low as 7 cents per transaction. That’s a massive reduction from the levels we’re seeing right now, which can range as high as 2 percent.

This is a victory for Dodd-Frank, a victory for consumers, and above all a victory for merchants over the financial-services industry. Assuming, that is, that the banks don’t find some way of killing, avoiding, or repealing it. Well done, Fed.

15 comments

Comments are closed.