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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


AccountNow Visa prepaid debit card AccountNow Visa Card (No Direct Deposit)

The AccountNow prepaid debit Visa Card comes in two options – a version which requires you to set up direct deposit, and a version which does not. This review is about the card without direct deposit. The AccountNow Visa without direct deposit can be a good choice for people who want “pay as you go” convenience, but who don’t want (or can’t) to use direct deposit. Read More

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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Facecard Prepaid MasterCard

A Facecard is a prepaid reloadable card that can be used anywhere MasterCard┬« is accepted. Getting a Facecard is easy, not to mention VERY low cost (how’s that for cool?). Read More

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

NetSpend Pay As You Go Visa NetSpend Prepaid Visa Debit Card (Pay As You Go Version)

NetSpend Corporation continues to astound the masses with some of most flexible and consistent prepaid debit card products around. The NetSpend Prepaid Debit Visa card is a spectacular financial device brought to you in three varieties – a PAY AS YOU GO card (see review below), a FEE ADVANTAGE card, and the powerful PREMIER FEE ADVANTAGE card (requiring direct depost). The Pay as you Go plan was developed for light shoppers and those that really only use the card occasionally.
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NetSpend Premier Fee Advantage Visa NetSpend Prepaid Visa Debit Card (Premier Fee Advantage Version – with Direct Deposit)

The NetSpend Visa prepaid debit card is offered by none other than NetSpend, one of the leading financial players in the prepaid arena. The NetSpend Prepaid Visa Premier Fee Advantage is a robust prepaid financial tool geared toward customers that get a lot of use out of their prepaid card. The NetSpend prepaid product line also comes in a “Pay as You Go” plan and a “Fee Advantage” plan. The Premier plan gives card holders extra benefits when using direct deposit.
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Recent News Items
  • 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.

  • NetSpend vs. Green Dot — Do Distribution Channels Matter?

    Today, NetSpend Corporation announced that NetSpend cardholders loaded a record $1.04 billion onto their NetSpend prepaid cards during the month of February 2010. How do those numbers stack up against those recently made public by Green Dot? Do the different distribution channels of the two companies make a difference?

  • 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.

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