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Resources & Press

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Press Releases

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AscendantFX Debuts New Product - Payee Intel

Payee Intel greatly diminishes the number of returns and investigations associated with
international payments, improves the efficiency of collecting payee banking details, and reduces the overall cost of sending international
payments.

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AscendantFX Launches SchedulePay, a New International Payments Tool for Businesses to Schedule Payments in Advance

SchedulePay saves organizations time by enabling quick and easy B2B and B2C payment processing for payments at a future date.

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AscendantFX Proudly Co-Sponsored the Fédération des Tonneliers de France (French coopers) Congress, Held in the United States for the First Time

 It was the first time the Congress was held outside of France in order to acknowledge and pay tribute to the American partnerships that are essential to their success in the export barrel market, and to show gratitude to local clients in the United States.

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AscendantFX CBC Radio One

Our Senior FX Dealer, Tony Valente, recently spoke with CBC Radio One regarding the latest interest rate decision as well as monetary policy report.

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AscendantFX connects with Fiserv to enhance customer-centric international payments capabilities for financial institutions

New integration puts customer needs first when it comes to international payments.

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AscendantFX Announces Express Check Solution For Items Drawn on Canadian Financial Institutions

Financial institutions can now achieve wide range of cost savings and efficiencies

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AscendantFX Makes The Case for Wire Transfer

CEO Jason Mugford is featured in PYMNTS.com, where he talked about the opportunities in wire transfer.

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AscendantFX launches the world’s first B2B payment mobile app for IOS and Android

APay Mobile lets you manage, approve and make payments right in your hand. Anytime and Anywhere.

AscendantFX to enhance international payment platform compliance

Being the savage's bowsman, that is, the person who pulled the bow-oar in his boat (the second one from forward)

Articles

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Making the Impossible Possible Through Partnerships

Dan Caputo, AFX Vice President of Global Payment Solutions, discusses how building partnerships with FinTech companies and third-party service providers can allow credit unions to offer more innovative products and services.

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Reduce Your Risk of Financial Fraud                                   

Canadian Business

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Digital Disruption

What the franchise industry can take away from the food delivery app wars - by Victor Hinojosa, VP of Partnerships

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Four Disruptive Payment Trends to Watch 

Our CEO Jason Mugford writes about the most disruptive payment trends to watch for in the Payments Business Magazine 

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How Financial Institution Can Play to their Strengths by Collaborating with Fintechs

Our VP Global Payment Solutions, Dan Caputo discusses the power of collaboration between financial institutions and fintech companies with Payments Journal.

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Partnerships Promote Better Service - Bank, Fintech and Core Combines to provide enhanced Client Experience

Our VP Global Payment Solutions, Dan Caputo was featured in Wisconsin Banker where he talked about the benefit of partnerships.

 

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Mobility™ - Magazine of Worldwide ERC®

How to Control Cost through Customer-centric Payroll solutions. Technology and processes that provide procedural efficiency and employee confidence.  By Mike Shamburg, VP Global Payment Solutions. 

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Compliance Clears the Road for Business 

This column is part of the Globe Careers' Leadership Lab Series

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A Former Mountie's War on Bank Fraud

Global Banking and Finance

Whitepapers

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Processing International Items Through the Lockbox Provisional Credit Vs. Final Collection (White Paper)

What's the best way to clear checks for your customers that can help manage the risks for both of you

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Sending International Wire or ACH 

Advise your client on which electronic payment is the best option for their needs

Latest Blog Posts

weekly dispatch  July 13

Weekly Dispatch - July 13, 2020

"Cross to Bear"

The USD under-performed against the majors last week, except versus the CAD. The CAD was down a third of a cent against the greenback and is the worst performing currency on the one-year time frame with a loss of 3.75%. The CAD traded between 1.3850 - 1.4200 from April to mid-May and then bottomed at 1.33 in the first week of June... Read more

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Weekly Dispatch - July 6, 2020

"The Numbers Don't Lie..."

…but they can be subject to interpretation. Since the official declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, fundamental measures of the economy (such as joblessness, inflation, retail sales and the like) have been largely ignored. The recently ended second quarter of 2020 was such an unmitigated economic disaster that the aforesaid metrics were, frankly, meaningless.. Read more

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Weekly Dispatch - June 29, 2020

"The Unthinkable"

With only 1% separating the best and worst performers, major currencies traded in a narrow range last week as risk sentiment took a punch in the gut. The risk off mode started last Sunday when China hawk, Peter Navarro, replied, “it’s over” to a Fox News reporter asking about the Phase 1 trade deal... Read more

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Weekly Dispatch - June 8, 2020

"Surprise! Surprise!"

We have long found it gratifying to see economists and market pundits proven incorrect in pessimistic forecasts. Not just wrong, but completely wrong.  Last Friday’s employment statistics on both sides of the border was one of those all-too-rare occasions... Read more

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Weekly Dispatch - June 1, 2020

"Golden Rule"

Almost every currency was up against the USD last week on continued risk appetite in global equity markets as global economies gradually move to reopen after coronavirus shutdowns. Month-end adjustments to portfolio hedges after a monthly rally in May for US equities also weighed on the USD... Read more

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Weekly Dispatch - May 25, 2020

"Are We There Yet"

The past week witnessed an escalation in Sino-US trade tensions, an aggressive stance taken by Chinese authorities with respect to Hong Kong, and a surprise economic announcement by, again, the Chinese government.  Any one of these three actions would be tension-provoking; all three coming in the same week suggests a crisis atmosphere.. Read more

weekly dispatch  May 19

Weekly Dispatch - May 19, 2020

"Golden Rule"

Risk sentiment was the prevailing market force last week in the currency market. It was a risk-off mood in the equity markets, which favours the USD and currencies that have negative interest rates such as the swiss franc, euro, and yen. Sentiment was soured by news that the trade war was back... Read more

weekly-dispatch- May 4

Weekly Dispatch - May 4, 2020

"The Reopening - Sell in May"

After the Great Lockdown comes the slow and staggered reopening in North America, the European Union, and parts of Asia. This should also mark the peak in economic contraction as all those downward sloping charts of economic indicators over the past couple of months should stop looking like downhill ski slopes and start to form a bottom. This does not mean that the data will stop being shocking, since the incoming data lags the economic activity on the ground. .... Read more

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Weekly Dispatch - April 27, 2020

"Negatory"

The past several weeks have certainly been an eye-opener. Massive declines in equity markets followed by robust rallies, government spending at near-incomprehensible levels along with central bank easing (read: money-printing), and nothing has been more surprising than crude oil (the ‘black gold’ of commodities) trading at a negative price. What’s going on here? Let’s take a closer look... Read more

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Weekly Dispatch - April 20, 2020

"The Great Lockdown"

It’s official, they have a name for it now. The worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, caused by the coronavirus pandemic, has been labeled the Great Lockdown by the International Monetary Fund. In its semi-annual report, the IMF estimates that global gross domestic product will shrink 3% this year, far worse than the 0.01% contraction amid the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. ... Read more

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Weekly Dispatch - April 14, 2020

"What's Next?"

There is a widely quoted Chinese saying: “may you live in interesting times”. Such are the times in which we now find ourselves. Consequently, fundamental analysis of corporations and the economy in general are largely pointless at present. Given the extreme uncertainty in the economy, many companies are cancelling their forward guidance– and who can blame them?... Read more

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Weekly Dispatch - April 6, 2020

"Act II: It's Not Pretty"

Act I of the COVID-19 pandemic has played out. The “shoot first ask questions later” deleveraging of assets caused the Federal Reserve and other central banks around the world to move aggressively to ease the disruption in the financial markets..... Read more

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Weekly Dispatch - March 30, 2020

"Bazooka Joe"

Bazooka (n; a short-range anti-tank rocket launcher)

Last week, the preferred metaphor of the financial media was “bazooka”. Although it was overused, it accurately described the actions of governments and central banks in dealing with the economic fallout of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. Let’s take a brief look at what our betters were up to... Read more

COVID-19: Our Message to You

COVID-19 Update

As a payments provider, AscendantFX is considered an "essential" service, and therefore is not required to close. However, we have decided to move all operations to remote/work-from-home structure for the foreseeable future.  Read more

COVID-19: Our Message to You

COVID-19: Our Message to You

To our valued clients and partners:

As we are sure you are aware, the United States and Canada have been increasing social distancing and self-isolation measures in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19.. Read more

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Weekly Dispatch - March 9, 2020

"More Than Words"

Last Friday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell issued a rare unscheduled statement while the markets were still open.. Read more

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Weekly Dispatch - March 2, 2020

"Hitting the Panic Button"

Last week saw a classic herd response in the capital markets, with players selling everything in sight and seeking the safety of treasury bonds or other fixed-income instruments. Risk off would be a suitable description. This was indeed a massive move, sparked by growing (and, to a degree, irrational) fears of COVID-19, a.k.a. coronavirus.... Read more

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Weekly Dispatch - February 24, 2020

"Supply Chain Contagion"

Two weeks ago, we discussed how the market was struggling to price in what's happening with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, since the knock-on effects were still unknown.. Read more

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Weekly Dispatch - February 18, 2020

"The First Casualty"

Last week witnessed a slew of secondary economic releases in America, along with some Fedspeak from Fed chair Jay Powell, a complete lack of Canadian news (other than the ongoing rail blockades and traffic disruptions), and uncertainty about the coronavirus outbreak, now officially named COVID-19.  Let’s sort it out and see what we can learn.... Read more

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Weekly Dispatch - February 10, 2020

"Coronavirus Fallout"

There’s an old saying: “shoot first and ask questions later”. In other words, act swiftly even without enough knowledge to know if it’s the right thing to do. This is exactly what is happening in the currency markets right now.. Read more

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Weekly Dispatch - February 3, 2020

"Known Unknowns & C."

Donald Rumsfeld, the erstwhile secretary of defense in the George W. Bush administration, famously remarked about ‘known knowns’, ‘known unknowns’ and ‘unknown unknowns’. While this statement was widely ridiculed at the time, it was actually a rather clever observation, quite applicable to the current uncertainty plaguing national governments and global markets.... Read more

weekly dispatch - Jan 27

Weekly Dispatch - January 27, 2020

"Thermonuclear Pandemic"

Some scientists are calling it a “thermonuclear pandemic” (quite a terrifying piece of vocabulary in today’s hyper-connected world), but it remains to be seen if the new coronavirus will live up to the name.  Read more

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Weekly Dispatch - January 20, 2020

"False Front?"

The past week witnessed numerous positive economic developments and a slew of upbeat numbers in the US. However, lurking behind the happy-faced news are some troubling indicators: some obvious, others not so plain. Let’s take a closer look, shall we... Read more

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Cyber-Crime Blog Series

"Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: Tech Support Fraud"

We trust that Tech Support will save us [...] Sadly, this kind of blind trust is the perfect tool for con artists. Read more

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Weekly Dispatch - December 16, 2019

"Done, Done, and (kinda) Done"

Last week witnessed a veritable housecleaning of sorts, with some major nagging issues resolved (or at least moving forward). Let’s take a look, shall we... Read more

weekly dispatch dec 9 2019

Weekly Dispatch - December 9, 2019

"Of Engines and Trains"

In light of strong US employment numbers released last Friday, and what appears to be mixed signals elsewhere in the global economy, the railway train metaphor seems apt. Let’s take a closer look, starting with the True North... Read more

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Weekly Dispatch - November 25, 2019

"Good Cop Bad Cop"

The yen was the best performing currency on the week as a result of safe-haven flows as equity markets continued their downward trend. Despite gains on Friday, both the S&P 500 and the DJ Stoxx 600 ended their 6-week winning streaks... Read more

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Cyber-Crime Blog Series

"Ransomware: Don't Be Held Hostage"

Cyber-crime is criminal activity carried out using the internet, computers, or mobile devices. It is a major threat to businesses and individuals, and involves fraudsters or hackers unlawfully accessing confidential data or program files for the purpose of fraudulently obtaining money through coercion... Read more

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Weekly Dispatch - November 18, 2019

"Giveback"

Following the strong rally in stocks and the USD the week before last, a correction was doubtless to be expected. That correction occurred last week as bond yields fell and the greenback lost ground... Read more

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Weekly Dispatch - November 12, 2019

"Going Up"

The Old English word “up” has a myriad of definitions, but last week Mr. Market was quite happy with the sense noted above. US equity markets all hit record highs as investors cried “risk on”, while the greenback rallied... Read more

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