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

MasterCard’s Intl Debit CIF 7X Visa’s Intl Debit CIF

MasterCard’s Intl Debit CIF 7X Visa’s Intl Debit CIF

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] International payment cards-in-force (CIF) for Visa and MasterCard increased 7.1% year-on-year (YOY) in the fourth quarter (4Q/15). International debit card CIF rose 9.1% YOY, while international credit card CIF increased 4.2% YOY. 
MasterCard’s international debit card CIF YOY is growing more than seven times Visa’s international debit CIF. International payment card…

YOOBIC; BLUEPOINT; MOOVEL; and THREATMETRIX

In Other News: YOOBIC (award); BLUEPOINT (Surety); MOOVEL (merger); and THREATMETRIX (release). YOOBIC – The Accenture Consumer Innovation Awards has selected US-based Yoobic’s mobile solution that helps brands and retailers monitor in-store execution by enabling data to flow instantly between point of sales and headquarters, giving the retailer feedback and control over in-store activities. The solution…

TSYS Revenues Surge 13%; TransFirst Deal Underway

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] GA-based acquirer TSYS reported a solid fourth quarter (4Q/15) as total revenues hit $719 million, a jump of 13.2% year-on-year (YOY). Net income increased 3.6% YOY from $79.9 million in 4Q/14 to $82.8 million in 4Q/15. Revenues for the North America Services segment increased 17.1% YOY to $350 million for 4Q/15,…

USAT Takes Self-Service Transactions to a New Level

USAT Takes Self-Service Transactions to a New Level

The king of integrated cashless and mobile transactions in the U.S. self-service retail market has launched its most progressive solution to date. USA Technologies unveiled ePort Interactive, one of the industry’s most advanced cloud-based interactive media and content delivery management systems, enabling delivery of nutritional information, remote refunds, loyalty programs, and robust, multimedia-marketing campaigns for…

COF Intl Profits Up 3.2% but Charge-Offs Explode QTQ

COF Intl Profits Up 3.2% but Charge-Offs Explode QTQ

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Capital One’s (COF) international (mostly U.K.) credit card purchase dollar volume (PDV) soared 24.5% year-on-year (YOY) not currency adjusted (FX), while net income increased 3.2% YOY in the fourth quarter (4Q/15). Outstandings, not FX, were flat YOY in 4Q/15 at $8.2 billion, but up 2.5% quarter-to-quarter (QTQ). For 4Q/15, COF reported…

GAC 2015 Bitsy Growth Thanks to Cap One & AmEx

GAC 2015 Bitsy Growth Thanks to Cap One & AmEx

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Gross or open accounts (GAC) for U.S. credit cards among the Big 6 U.S issuers edged up 0.4% year-on-year (YOY) in the fourth quarter (4Q/15) to 270.7 million, compared to 272.0  million in the prior quarter, and 269.7 million one-year ago.  
The growth is driven by Capital One and American Express…

CARDFLIGHT; CHARGEBACKS911; CONFORMANCE; and WORLDREMIT.

In Other News: CARDFLIGHT (Miura); CHARGEBACKS911 (Target); CONFORMANCE (products); and WORLDREMIT (AU). CARDFLIGHT – CardFlight, a mobile point of sale (POS) technology provider, and Miura Systems, the global leading provider of innovative secure electronic payment hardware, are announcing a partnership to offer a new mPOS solution in the United States market via CardFlight’s mobile POS…

Marvel’s Super Heroes Fans Get Empowered

Marvel’s Super Heroes Fans Get Empowered

Synchrony Financial has been on a product roll-out binge with the latest: the Marvel MasterCard with cashback rewards. Qualifying cardholders earn 3% cashback for purchases made on select entertainment, dining, and online at marvel.com and Marvel’s official merchandise booths. Cardholders can also earn 1% cashback rewards on all other Marvel MasterCard purchases1. All cashback rewards…