Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley is an analyst of the payments industry on a daily basis for 32 years covering payment cards and payment systems from both the business side and the consumer side. McKinley is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. In his prior position, McKinley has participated in more than 10,000 documented news media interviews, testified as an expert witness in two separate $billion+ U.S. anti-trust trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, assisted the GAO with paymentsIMG_2006 (1).jpeg reports, chaired numerous business conferences and provided C-Suite opinion to a multitude of Fortune 500 companies. In retirement, he has continued developing and funding digital media assets as well as contributing payments related analysis/content to a broad list of online publishers, including CardFlash, CardTrak and CardData. McKinley is also a national certified mentor with the non-profit SCORE organization with a focus on assisting Fintech startups. www.robert-mckinley.com

China’s UnionPay Issues its First U.S. Credit Card

China’s UnionPay Issues its First U.S. Credit Card

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] UnionPay International and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China US (ICBC US) have issued the first UnionPay credit card in New York. It’s both the first UnionPay credit card issued in the US market and the first credit card issued by a Chinese commercial bank in the US. UnionPay and ICBC…

BRIEFS – PURPLE DECK; BOEING; DIGITAL RIVER; and ANYWHERE

In Other News: PURPLE DECK (NFC); BOEING (Citi); DIGITAL RIVER (awards); and ANYWHERE (EMV). PURPLE DECK – Purple Deck Media has joined the NFC Forum. Recently, the company has adopted the N-Mark to further improve the recognition and acceptance of NFC’s wireless interaction between consumer technology, mobile devices, personal computers, and NFC compatible tags. Purple…

Visa Global Volume Growth Robust - PDV & PTX 12%+ YOY

MC Posts Double Digit Games in All Metrics, Except Profits

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MasterCard continued to plow along in the first quarter (1Q/16) posting double-digit year-on-year (YOY) gains in all metrics, with the exception of net income. On a currency adjusted basis (FX), MasterCard’s global gross dollar volume (GDV) increased 13.2% YOY, purchase dollar volume (PDV) was up 12.2% YOY and cash dollar volume…

US Bank Reports Explosive Consumer Credit Card GDV

US Bank Reports Explosive Consumer Credit Card GDV

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. Bank (USB)’s Payment Services division reports explosive year-on-year (YOY) growth in consumer credit card gross dollar volume (GDV), as well as a substantial YOY gain in credit card outstandings (OUT) for the first quarter (1Q/16). Payment Services includes consumer and business credit cards, stored-value cards, debit cards, corporate, government and…

Rumors: MasterCard in Final Stages of a Vocalink Acquisition

Rumors: MasterCard in Final Stages of a Vocalink Acquisition

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Rumors continue to swirl in regard to a deal for MasterCard to acquire the Vocalink, the UK operator of the Faster Payments service for approximately £1 billion (US$1.13 billion). The British press, including Sky News, says 13 banks which are shareholders in Vocalink have approved a period of exclusivity within which…

Oti & Microtronic to Attack Cashless Vending Payments

Oti & Microtronic to Attack Cashless Vending Payments

Israeli On Track Innovations has inked a strategic partnership with Swiss-based Microtronic, a European provider of closed loop cashless payment systems for vending and office coffee service (OCS). The companies will introduce a solution that integrates Microtronic’s e-vending and closed loop payment solution into oti’s CONNECT 3000 telemetry device and proven line of TRIO and…