MetaBank

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MetaBank Background Information

MetaBank is one of the largest prepaid debit card issuers in the United States (more than 50% of the debit cards reviewed on GetDebit.com are issued by MetaBank). Through their premier Meta Payment Systems division, MetaBank services more than 500 prepaid card programs. MetaBank also serves as a traditional financial and lending institution providing a diverse product offering across several product lines including personal finance, commercial finance, mortgage services and agricultural services. MetaBank has 12 brick and mortar offices located in 4 distinct market areas. Offices include: Central and NW Iowa; Sioux Empire, South Dakota; and Brookings, South Dakota. Meta’s subsidiary Meta Payment Systems (MPS) manages four business segments including: ATM Sponsorship, ACH Origination, Prepaid Debit Cards and other various Credit Products. The unique “Super Community” philosophy on banking has enabled MetaBank to realize continued growth, while in the same breath, keep its community banking roots. Inherent benefits to this mentality are streamlined efforts and rapid decision making at the local level and a more enhanced service package to the customer.

MetaBank Electronic Payment Models

MetaBank’s “Money On The Move” platform is one of the many innovations created to enhance the customer experience. There are four payment systems platforms:

Gift Card Platform

  • Discover gift card purchase at bank
  • Electronic funds sent to Meta from bank
  • Gift card given to friend or family
  • Recipient spends at merchant
  • Discover pays merchant and electronically moves money from Meta

Rebate Card Platform

  • Product bought at merchant/rebate form filled out
  • Rebate processor electronically sends funds to MetaBank to hold
  • Meta sends Rebate MasterCard to customer in mail
  • Customer spends funds on card
  • MasterCard takes money from Meta to pay merchant

Travel Card Platform

  • Visa travel card purchased at bank
  • MetaBank holds funds until needed
  • Customer uses card for travel expenses
  • Merchants paid by Visa as funds taken from Meta

Reloadable Card Platform

  • Consumer buys card at retail merchant store
  • Consumer direct deposits employer paycheck on MetaBank card
  • Consumer buys groceries, clothing, gasoline and other goods and services on card
  • Visa pays merchants/service providers and transfers money to cover from MetaBank


About MetaBank
Stock Symbol: NASDAQ:CASH
Website: http://www.bankmeta.com
Corporate Headquarters: Storm Lake, Iowa
Address: 121 East 5th Street, Storm Lake, IA, 50588-2339




MetaBank Debit Cards


BuyRight.Com

BuyRight.com has come up with a pretty compelling package — a card that let’s you earn tons of reward points (and use them to buy stuff like cell phone minutes, calling cards, etc.). Read More

UPside Visa Prepaid Card (Life Plan)

The UpSide Visa card is pretty close to the perfect prepaid debit card. We love it because the fees are low (some of the lowest available), as well as the great features. They now have rolled out their newest feature — the ability to write and mail personal checks using the card! Read More

Only1 Prepaid Visa Only1 Prepaid Visa Card

The Only1 Visa card is a prepaid debit card brought to you by the folks at Blackhawk Network and Metabank. You can purchase the Only1 debit Visa card in retail locations as well as online. The card comes with a number of unique features, such as Only1′s “MoneyShield” which allows you to enjoy even more security when making purchases online. Only1′s slogan is “It’s the Only1 you’ll ever need” — read our review, and see if you agree! Read More

NetSpend Fee Advantage MasterCard NetSpend MasterCard Prepaid Card (Fee Advantage Version)

When you are looking for a financially sound, flexible and fast growing prepaid debit card provider, then take a gander at the NetSpend prepaid family of cards. The NetSpend Prepaid Master Card FEE Advantage option gives plastic card customers the benefits of high volume purchase transactions at one low, monthly fee without requiring direct deposit. If you are a low volume transactor, then the “Pay as You Go” plan is more than likely the method you would prefer. “Premier Fee Advantage” also gives consumers a high level of purchase volume with an even lower monthly fee when they sign up for direct deposit.
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NetSpend Premier Fee Advantage MasterCard NetSpend MasterCard Prepaid Card (Premier Fee Advantage Version – with Direct Deposit)

NetSpend is considered one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing Prepaid Debit Card processors and marketers. It’s no surprise that the NetSpend Prepaid MasterCard is a top-of-the-line network-branded card recognized by thousands of merchants worldwide. NetSpend currently offers the MasterCard in three versions: a Pay as You Go plan, a Fee Advantage plan, and their Premier Fee Advantage plan (reviewed here), which requires direct deposit.
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UPside Visa Prepaid Debit Card - Access Plan UPside Visa Prepaid Card (Access Plan)

If you are looking for a great card with fantastic features and low fees, then take a gander at the UPside Visa prepaid card. This reloadable prepaid card requires no credit check, has free direct deposit, ample loading availability and an awesome check-writing program.
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Recent News Items
  • Looking for an Alternative to iAdvance

    Since the Government forced MetaBank to pause the iAdvance product, we’ve received a number of emails from readers who tell us how much they miss the product. So we ask: Is there a good alternative for prepaid card holders?

  • Big Beneficiary of NetSpend IPO: GreenDot

    The on-again, off-again NetSpend IPO is… on-again. And it looks like one of the big beneficiaries of NetSpend’s IPO will be one of NetSpend’s biggest competitors: GreenDot Corp.

  • NetSpend IPO Buzz (Good and Bad)

    The second major IPO of a prepaid card company is going to hit the street this week, with NetSpend Holdings Inc. about to launch as NTSP on the NASDAQ. The days leading up to the float have been bumpy for NetSpend, as one of its critical partners (Meta Financial, owner of MetaBank, the bank partner of NetSpend) came under scrutiny by a banking regulator. Here’s a quick look at the buzz surrounding the NetSpend IPO.

  • Buy A Friend the Prepaid Gift of a Safe Drive Home

    During the holiday season, we typically think of buying prepaid cards as gifts for friends and relatives so they can use their gift card at retailers like the GAP, or Amazon.com. But what if you could give the gift of a safe drive home? You can, thanks to the Home Safe Card (and you can also support Mother’s Against Drunk Driving or MADD).

  • MetaBank’s iAdvance Product Paused by Government

    iAdvance, The popular short term loan product provided by Meta Financial Group (NASDAQ:CASH) and their Meta Payment Systems (or MetaBank) subsidiary has been halted by the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) due to alleged unfair or deceptive acts or practices in violation of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act and the OTS Advertising Regulation. The halt was announced in an 8-k filed by Meta Financial on October 12, 2010.