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December 7, 2011
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Technology's Role in Enhancing Financial Management
Business leaders are becoming more interested in streamlining and enhancing financial management, and a number of technological developments are making that job easier.

This SmartBrief on Leadership Special Report rounds up the latest news about tools and trends for business leaders and finance professionals.

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Enhancing Payment Processing 
  • MasterCard enters mobile-wallet space with mFoundry funding
    MasterCard joined rivals Visa and American Express in the mobile-payment arena by investing in mFoundry, a startup that supplies mobile-payment applications to hundreds of banks and credit unions. The deal would convert those apps into mobile-wallet tools by giving mFoundry's clients the ability to support MasterCard's near-field communications PayPass system. MasterCard was described as the lead investor. Other new investors are Intel Capital, Fidelity Information Services and Motorola Mobility. All Things D (11/30), GigaOm (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google Offers extends to mobile with Android app
    Google Offers introduced an application for Android smartphones. "Mobile's GPS capability is important for matching consumers with deals, which is an important part of the next phase," said Peter Krasilovsky, vice president at local media research firm BIA/Kelsey. (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Online service allows donations to nonprofits
    Users of the online service Shift My Gift can give money to more than 1.8 million nonprofits. The site charges $1.49 per transaction and withholds some money from donations to cover processing expenses. "For people who realize that they just don't want any more stuff and would like to use gift-giving occasions, like birthdays or weddings, to make a difference in the world, this allows them to celebrate in a more meaningful way," said founder Blair Souder. (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. banks looks for alternatives to debit processing income
    U.S. banks are looking for ways to recover about $8 billion in annual revenue that will be lost because of caps on what they can charge merchants for debit cards transactions. Banks are considering encouraging consumers to use prepaid and credit cards, to increase other fee income. Reuters (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to build online trust with overseas consumers
    It's important to offer specialized payment options and price listings to build trust with overseas consumers, writes Doris Linke. While selling to foreign markets can increase the risk of fraud, some companies, such as PayPal, are working to avoid such risks. E-Commerce Times (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Simplifying Financial Reporting 
  • Fully integrated GPS can save money, improve productivity
    Service providers that fully integrate GIS into their businesses can boost productivity and save money, writes Cherie Preville. GPS can do more than just track trucks or help technicians find addresses. "GPS can provide and integrate it [data] with other key back-office solutions that range from work order processing and dispatch, to payroll, to drive more efficiency and cost savings for an organization," said SageQuest's Todd Ewing. The Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Manual processing of corporate action events worries fund managers, survey finds
    Fund managers are concerned about mistakes that can result from the manual processing of corporate action events, according to a survey by CityIQ, a financial services consultancy. The management of corporate actions and over-the-counter derivatives transactions concern 70% of fund managers. If a portfolio manager were to assign a corporate action to the wrong underlying account, the net asset value of the portfolio could be incorrect. Securities Technology Monitor (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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