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High Stakes for Agents in 2017: Re-evaluating the Agent vs ISO Question

As the acquiring industry continues to rapidly reinvent itself, birthing a variety of new, technology-centric business models to better service the demands of the modern day merchant, many long time merchant level salespersons (“MLS’s”) and agents are faced with the increased pressure of having to decide how best to position their companies for a successful future. The sheer velocity of this “reinvention” of the acquiring industry has forced many agents to re-evaluate the upside of continuing their agent status versus registering directly with MasterCard and VISA and becoming an ISO. As a “successful future” for a business is oft measured by sustainability, growth, and value creation, 2017 will be a determinative year for many agents who will be forced to reconcile themselves to one or the other of these two pathways forward. Read more...

Little to Fear in a Buyer’s Market

In the “build-to-sell” world of merchant processing ISOs, sellers assume they are building a book of business that will have buyers beating a pathway to their door when they are ready to sell.  ISOs may want to re-evaluate the notion that buyers will be coming out of the woodwork to buy their ISO or portfolio in the present state of the market.  It isn’t doom and gloom as some folks may lead you to believe, but it isn’t as easy as it may have been 6-12 months ago to find a strong group of qualified potential buyers who are all eager to purchase your ISO or portfolio. Read more...