Global Payment Cards (V+MA+AXP+DFS) Tops 5 Billion Up 6% YOY

Global payment cards-in force (CIF) [credit + debit] grew by 19.2% year-on-year (YOY) in the fourth quarter (4Q/16) to 4995 million. However, the figure for 4Q/16 includes 554 million for Visa Europe. (Visa added Visa Europe data as of 3Q/16.) Therefore, discounting Europe, the growth in global CIF was 6.0% YOY, adjusted, according to CardData.…

UK CMA Greenlights Mastercard Acquisition of VocaLink

The UK’s Competition & Markets Authority has given its blessing to the Mastercard VocaLink deal. The CMA gave final approval for the proposed set of remedies that address the competition concerns the CMA identified earlier this year. The deal is now expected to close in the coming weeks. A powerhouse in bank account-based payments, VocaLink’s…