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

Perfect Storm Forms for U.S. Bank Credit Card Issuers Mid-Year 2017

The stage is set for rough seas for the U.S. card industry going forward. Three indicators signal risk new account bookings surged since 2011; active credit card lines now exceed $3.4 trillion; and 30-day credit card delinquency deteriorated in first quarter 2017. Exceeding year’s pace, Chase opened up 2.5 million accounts in 1Q/17, compared to…

V+MA+AXP+DFS Q1 U.S. CC GDV – V +20% AXP -6%

Gross dollar volume (GDV) for Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover credit cards (CC) in the U.S. climbed 9.4% year-on-year (YOY) in 1Q/17 reaching $793 billion, according to CardData. Visa led the way in the first quarter posting a 19.8% YOY gain for U.S. GDV, offsetting the American Express decline. Visa reported first quarter U.S.…

V+MA Q1 Canada PDV Solid Double-Digits FX YOY Growth Driven by MA

Purchase dollar volume (PDV) in Canada for Visa and Mastercard posted strong performance in the first quarter (1Q/17) up 16.4% year-on-year (YOY). Canadian cards-in-force (CIF) increased 5.9% YOY to 108 million, according to CardData. For 1Q/17, Visa posted a 430 basis points (bps) increase YOY in PDV, while Mastercard reported a 370 bps YOY PDV…

Visa’s Major TSP Expansion Targets Embedding Things Paying for Things

Eight out of 10 Americans have a strong interest in using connected devices to make purchases, with a keen eye toward security and data concerns. Meanwhile, Visa confirms it has signed 13 new partners to participate in its token service provider (TSP) program, as the payments industry shifts from plastic to digital and broader access…

New Soldo Corporate Expense Prepaid Mastercard Targets UK & Italy

Soldo, a London-based FinTech, has ankled Germany’s Wirecard to power its Corporate Expense Prepaid Mastercard. This solution is part of Soldo’s multi-user spending account for businesses which can now take advantage of multiple Mastercard cards for use by employees, collaborators or company departments alongside an intuitive app and a sophisticated Admin Dashboard that allows a…

V+MA 1Q/17 U.S. PTX Edges Upward Pushed by V Credit Cards

Purchase transactions (PTX) for Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards in the U.S. grew by 4.8% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/17) to 20.3 billion. The growth was driven by credit cards, and more specifically Visa. according to CardData. U.S. purchase transactions for Visa and Mastercard payment cards (debit+credit) hit 20,388 in 1Q/17, compared…