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

Special Breaking News Mentions in Today’s CardFlash

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] APRIVA – Apriva has completed EMV certification with Global Payments for Ingenico’s Telium2 terminals connecting through the Apriva Gateway. This full-featured certification includes the wireless iWL220 and iWL250, as well as the iCT220 and iCT250 countertop models. The certification spans all major card brands, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and…

Visa Transforms to an Open Platform for Developers

Visa Transforms to an Open Platform for Developers

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Visa announced the launch of Visa Developer to transform the largest retail payments network to an open platform. For the first time in the company’s nearly 60 year history, software application developers will have open access to technology, products and services by Visa. The new Visa Developer platform is designed to…

Low Oil Prices a Boon to Credit Card ABS

Low Oil Prices a Boon to Credit Card ABS

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Still-low oil prices could prove to be a boon for already-strong U.S. credit card ABS performance in the coming months. According to Fitch Ratings oil price declines are leading to a sustained drop in gasoline and heating oil prices this winter, which is adding more savings into U.S. households. Fitch notes…

Alliance for Financial Inclusion Re-Inks MasterCard

Alliance for Financial Inclusion Re-Inks MasterCard

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Alliance for Financial Inclusion renewed their partnership with MasterCard at the African Mobile Phone Financial Services Policy Initiative meeting held in Dakar, Senegal. More than 70 regulators and government officials from across Africa attended the meeting. AFI provides a platform for government officials and regulators from across the continent to…

Egyptians Sign a Major Accord with Visa

Egyptians Sign a Major Accord with Visa

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Egyptian government, represented by the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade and the Ministry of Planning signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Visa, to enable electronic payment of government subsidies to 22 million Egyptian families. The MOU was signed by H.E. Dr. Khaled Hanafy, Minister of Supply and Internal…

PayPal Set to Rock Super Bowl First Quarter

PayPal Set to Rock Super Bowl First Quarter

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] PayPal unveiled its first major brand campaign as an independent company with a 45-second commercial that will air during the first quarter of Super Bowl 50. This will mark the first time the global digital commerce leader has advertised during television’s most-watched event. The new global campaign, called “New Money” will…

Oberthur Technologies Fuels MasterCard Aid Network

Oberthur Technologies Fuels MasterCard Aid Network

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Oberthur Technologies is supporting the MasterCard Aid Network by providing pre-loaded chip cards to give people in need access to basic necessities such as food, medicine and shelter. To address the challenge humanitarian organizations face providing aid in areas of political and economic unrest, MasterCard developed the MasterCard Aid Network, an…

FuturePay and Shopify Buddy-Up to Improve Cart Conversions

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] FuturePay and Shopify have teamed. The partnership allows Shopify merchants to customize their online stores to cater to new types of online shoppers, create new revenue streams and increase average cart size. Merchants using Shopify will benefit by providing their customers with a customer-friendly financing option that works elegantly on any…

UnionPay Expands with Help from Barclays Africa.

UnionPay Expands with Help from Barclays Africa.

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_t UnionPay has inked a deal with Barclays Africa. The agreement has expands UnionPay’s presence in 10 African English speaking countries – Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda , Zambia and Zimbabwe. Barclays Africa is recognized as one of Africa’s largest retail and investment banking groups, with a history spanning more…

Special Breaking News Mentions in CardFlash February 5, 2016

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] CardFlash.com Breaking News: ADS (Boscov’s); GOLDMONEY (funding); WU (Viber); and NACHA (board). ADS – Alliance Data Systems says its Columbus, Ohio-based card services business, has signed a new long-term agreement to provide private label credit card services Boscov’s. Based in Reading, Pennsylvania, Boscov’s is the largest family-owned department store chain in the…

MUFG Americas Ankles New CIO & Ops Officer

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MUFG has ankled Christopher Perretta as Chief Information & Operations Officer for MUFG Americas Holdings and its U.S. banking subsidiary, MUFG Union Bank, effective April 1st. Perretta will also serve on the company’s Executive Committee for the Americas as a policy making officer. He will be based in New York and…