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

BRIEFS – FINPAY; STARMOUNT; PERFORMLINE; and ULTRA

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] In Other News: FINPAY (conference); STARMOUNT (Aurus); PERFORMLINE (MMSP); and ULTRA (Bitcoin). FINPAY – FinPay has been selected to present at the 2016 Angel Venture Fair as one of America’s top startups. As the oldest angel venture conference in the Mid-Atlantic region, the Angel Venture Fair is the annual consortium of…

Gemalto Secures China UnionPay’s New Wearables

Gemalto Secures China UnionPay’s New Wearables

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Gemalto has provided a secure element based applet for smart wearables launched by China UnionPay (CUP). Smart wearable devices are gaining popularity globally, with total shipments expected to surpass 200 million in 2019. CUP had launched smart wearables with embedded secure elements based payment applications last year. The payment applet runs…

Heartland Stockholders Approve GPN Merger

Heartland Stockholders Approve GPN Merger

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Heartland Payment Systems (HPY) stockholders overwhelmingly voted to approve the proposed merger with Global Payments (GPN). About 29.7 million shares were voted in favor of the merger proposal. The favorable vote represents approximately 99% of the total Heartland shares which voted on the merger proposal and 80% of the total outstanding…

Global mCard Reader Market to Hit US$29B Revenue by 2020

Global mCard Reader Market to Hit US$29B Revenue by 2020

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The global mobile card reader market expected to explode over the next few years. The latest estimate is nearly $30 billion by 2020. According to the Global Mobile Card Reader Market for 2016-2020 from UK-based Technavio, to calculate the market size, the report considers revenue generated from the shipment of card…

Wirecard Issues First Visa Prepaid Cards in Singapore

Wirecard Issues First Visa Prepaid Cards in Singapore

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Wirecard Singapore has been approved as a Principal Member of Visa as the first non-Financial Institution members in Singapore. This move is a continuation of Wirecard’s strategic partnership with Visa Inc. in Asia Pacific to enable easier access to prepaid card issuing for parties across the ecosystem, following the acquisition of…

Jia Liu

CSI globalVCard Enters the China Payment Market

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Bonita Springs, FL-based CSI globalVCard has ankled Jia Liu to lead the company’s expansion into China. She will officially serve as Vice President of International Payments. Earlier this year, CSI announced its cross-border payments offering, which completed the award-winning ‘total AP’ platform, globalVCard paysystems. With one file upload, business payments can…

Top 3 Emerging Trends for U.S. EMV POS Terminal Market

Top 3 Emerging Trends for U.S. EMV POS Terminal Market

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] A new market research study identifies the following three emerging trends expected to propel the growth of the EVM POS terminal market in the US: shift toward cloud-based solutions; big data management; and need for effective information management. The Technavio “EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) POS terminal market in the US”…

e-Payments Drive Consumer Consumption & Creates Jobs

e-Payments Drive Consumer Consumption & Creates Jobs

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The increased use of electronic payment products, including credit, debit and prepaid cards, added US$296B to GDP, while raising household consumption of goods and services by an average of 0.18% per year. The 2016 study conducted by Moody’s Analytics for found the equivalent to 2.6 million new jobs were created on…