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How to Calculate Your Credit Card Processing Effective Rate

How to Calculate Your Credit Card Processing Effective Rate

When a business is considering taking credit card payments, there are several questions that should be answered before they select a partner, including the following: “What are the terms of the contract?” “What equipment am I receiving?” “What level of support will I get?” “What are the risks involved?” However, there’s another question that most businesses tend to fixate on: “What is the cost?” The answer to this particular question can get quite convoluted. When you say “cost,” are you referring to the cost on your current Interchange-plus pricing plan of a downgraded over-the-phone transaction on an American Express…

Credit Card Processing Basis Points — What Are They?

Credit Card Processing Basis Points — What Are They?

Every industry has its jargon, and credit card processing is no different. You are probably familiar with more-common terms just from bumping elbows with folks in the industry. These include Interchange, EIRF, downgrade and tiered. However, there are others that are used less frequently and are purposefully deceptive, such as settlement funding, padded dues and assessments, breach coverage security, etc. We wanted to cover a term that anyone who is accepting, or thinking of accepting, credit cards should be familiar with: basis points. What Is a Basis Point? A basis point, bip or bp is 1 percent of 1 percent…

6 Questions to Ask If You Don’t Understand Your Merchant Statements

6 Questions to Ask If You Don’t Understand Your Merchant Statements

We understand that trying to read your merchant statements can range from frustrating to downright impossible. We can relate to this even though our risk department reviews hundreds of merchant statements every month. Our combined years of experience analyzing merchant statements have allowed us to identify the following six questions which we encourage every business owner to consider. Rather than surrender to the complexity of your merchant statements, do what’s best for your business and seek answers to any questions you have. Not doing so could cost your business thousands of dollars in hidden fees and unethical billing. Do…