News Release

Jim Issokson MasterCard Worldwide 914-249-6286
Barbara Gasper MasterCard Worldwide 914-249-4565

Federal Reserve Regulations Would Harm Consumers, Provide Windfall to Large Merchants

Purchase, NY, December 16, 2010 - MasterCard Worldwide said today that the proposal issued by the Federal Reserve fails to follow the statutory directive to consider the full range of costs incurred by issuers to operate their debit card programs. If adopted as proposed, the regulations would shift merchant costs directly to consumers.

“Experience demonstrates that consumers, not banks or payments networks are the biggest losers as a result of this regulation,” said Noah Hanft, MasterCard’s general counsel. “This type of price control is misguided and anti-competitive, and in the end is harmful to consumers.”

MasterCard Worldwide is reviewing the draft regulations proposed by the Federal Reserve and plans to file formal comments in the coming weeks as part of the public comment period.

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