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

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Boubyan Bank to Offer OT Contactless Payment Cards

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Oberthur Technologies (OT) has been selected by Kuwait’s Boubyan Bank to offer the first contactless payment cards. In order to offer its customers innovation and cutting-edge technology, Boubyan Bank has decided to market new contactless payment cards, provided by OT. It significantly enhances the shopping experience as customers just need to…

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FIS Cardless Cash Getting Ready to Roll with PayPal

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] FIS and PayPal have buddied for FIS Cardless Cash, a capability that allows consumers with a mobile banking app to withdraw money from virtually any ATM. Launched in January 2015, Cardless Cash was the first mobile ATM solution on the market that avoids the plastic debit card. This technology provides banks…

Credit One Bank Partners with NASCAR and Chip Ganassi Racing

NASCAR and Chip Ganassi Racing Credit Card

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] One of the largest and fastest growing credit card issuers in the United States, Credit One Bank has entered into a multi-year partnership with NASCAR to include official agreements with both the sanctioning body and one of the most successful teams in auto-racing, Chip Ganassi Racing. The collaborations designate Credit One…

Visa Kicks More Ass w/Consumer Transaction Controls

Visa Kicks More Ass w/Consumer Transaction Controls

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Visa has unveiled a new service to help Visa issuers empower consumers to monitor and control how, where, and when their Visa credit, debit, and prepaid accounts can be used. With real-time visibility and control over their accounts, consumers can take immediate action to protect themselves from security threats and fraud.…

PayPal Ankles eBays’s Sri Shivananda as CTO

PayPal Ankles eBays’s Sri Shivananda as CTO

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] PayPal has ankled Sri Shivananda as the company’s new Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, effective April 1st. Shivananda’s appointment follows the decision by current CTO, James Barrese, to step down to take time off. James will remain with PayPal for a period of time to support a smooth transition…

Credit Card Monitor Awards go to Chase

Credit Card Monitor Awards go to Chase

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Corporate Insight, a provider of competitive intelligence and user experience research to the financial services industry named Chase to its Credit Card Monitor Awards. For more than 15 years, Corporate Insight has presented its annual Gold, Silver and Bronze awards to recognize the most innovative and valuable digital offerings in the…

PANscan Finds 1.4B+ Unencrypted Card Numbers

PANscan Finds 1.4B+ Unencrypted Card Numbers

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Businesses continue to struggle with the prohibited storage of unencrypted customer payment data. In its fifth study on unencrypted card data, SecurityMetrics’ patented card discovery tool PANscan found that 61% of businesses store the unencrypted 16-digit sequence on the front of credit cards, also known as the Primary Account Number (PAN).…

Bankers Healthcare Group Hooks-up with Afferent

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Bankers Healthcare Group has teamed with Afferent Provider Solutions, an education and services provider that helps healthcare professionals create wealth, manage risk and limit liability. This partnership will allow Afferent to offer its customers credit cards, business and personal loans through BHG, a leading provider of fast, hassle-free financial solutions for healthcare professionals.…

Chinese Payment Cards to Slow to a CAGR of 4.9% till 2020

Chinese Payment Cards to Slow to a CAGR of 4.9% till 2020

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Chinese payment cards market grew at a CAGR of 18.2% during the period 2012-2014 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.9% over the period 2015-2020. The total number of cards in circulation reached 4,949.2 million by the end of 2014, whereas the total population of the country…

Seamless Heads to South Africa MNO

Seamless Heads to South Africa MNO

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Seamless has inked a new order from a leading African mobile operator in the Ivory Coast for the installation of its transaction switch. The order is initially valued at approximately USD 2 million. Seamless transaction switch has been a key component for international telecom companies since the first installation some 15…

Heartland Payment Systems Gobbles Beanstalk Data

Heartland Payment Systems Gobbles Beanstalk Data

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Heartland Payment Systems has acquired privately held Beanstalk Data, a leading provider of customer engagement platforms for restaurants in the USA. The acquisition allows Heartland to help restaurants seamlessly integrate their customer relationship management (CRM) systems and marketing and engagement programs with the Heartland point of sale (POS) and e-commerce solutions.…

Starr Companies Gets Your Back on Cuba Travels

Starr Companies Gets Your Back on Cuba Travels

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Starr Companies announced the availability of travel insurance and payment card assistance services for travel to Cuba. These plans provide trip cancellation and trip interruption insurance as well as accident and sickness benefits. In addition, the plans provide the coordination of medical and assistance services for travelers during their travel and…