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 CardFlash January 26, 2016

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] CardFlash.com Breaking News: R&M (report); NXT-ID (NFC); BANKRATE (rates); and SYNCHRONY (card deal). R&M – Research and Markets announced the addition of the “Credit Card Bundle: Commercial Payment, Co-Branded/Affinity, and Private Label” report to their offering. This 9th edition of Commercial Payment Cards: U.S. and Global Market Trends presents data and analysis on the…

AmEx Leads Card Industry for Consumer Identity Safety

AmEx Leads Card Industry for Consumer Identity Safety

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] When it comes to consumer identity safety the leaders are: American Express, Bank of America, Capital One, Chase, Citibank, PNC, SunTrust, USAA, and Wells Fargo. JAVELIN’s 2016 credit card issuers’ study scored 20 of the nation’s top credit card issuers – providing insight into how the customer‐facing security measures of credit…

BlueVine Snags Another $40MM for its Factoring Biz

BlueVine Snags Another $40MM for its Factoring Biz

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] BlueVine, an online provider of working capital financing to small businesses, announced has closed $40 million in funding, bringing the company’s total funding to $64 million to date. This Series C funding was led by an investment from Menlo Ventures, with additional participation from new investor Rakuten FinTech Fund, follow-on investments…

Sionic Mobile’s ION Loyalty Small Business Center

Sionic Mobile’s ION Loyalty Small Business Center

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Atlanta-based Sionic Mobile unveiled its highly anticipated ION Loyalty Small Business Center is now live, providing small business owners and local merchants an affordable, easy-to-use mobile loyalty, payments and marketing platform. ION Loyalty helps increase traffic and sales through unlimited advertisements in the ION mobile marketplace and with merchant-branded eGift Cards.…

Flywire Acquires ScholarFX & Enters Canadian Market

Flywire Acquires ScholarFX & Enters Canadian Market

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Flywire, f/k/a peerTransfer, a provider of cross-border payment solutions, has acquired Toronto-based ScholarFX, a processor of tuition, room and board payments for international students attending universities and other educational institutions in Canada. The news follows Flywire’s successful October 2015 acquisition of UK-based Uni-Pay, and its continued strong organic growth. The ScholarFX…

Mobeewave Empowers Global Payments’ Canadian Clients

Mobeewave Empowers Global Payments’ Canadian Clients

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Montreal-based Mobeewave and Global Payments inked an agreement to offer Global Payments’ Canadian clients an innovative new mobile payment acceptance solution. The solution is designed to enable secure, in-person payment transactions, made with any contactless credit card or mobile wallet (e.g. Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Android Pay), directly on an NFC-enabled…

Visa Ankles New EVP/CMO & Communications Officer

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Visa has ankled Lynne Biggar as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, effective February 1st. She will also serve as a member of the company’s Executive Committee and Operating Committee. Ms. Biggar joins Visa from Time Inc. where she was the Executive Vice President, Consumer Marketing & Revenue.…

Levvel Nails a $2 MM Round of Financing

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] NC-based Levvel, an IT consulting firm that provides its clients with the ability to leverage technology to innovate like nimble disruptors and scale like industry leaders today announced that it has completed a $2 million round of financing, led by its senior management team. Also participating in the capital raise were…

CPI Card Group Ankles Doug Pearce to Board

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] CPI Card Group has ankled Doug Pearce to the board of directors, effective as of January 20th. Pearce will serve on the Board’s Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Doug Pearce was the founding Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation…

UnionPay International and Dubai Tourism Ink a Major Deal

UnionPay International and Dubai Tourism Ink a Major Deal

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] UnionPay International and Dubai Tourism has announced their partnership in Shanghai, agreeing to jointly enhance the payment convenience in Dubai for UnionPay cardholders through resource sharing and advantage complementing. With this cooperation, the two sides jointly launch a marketing campaign for UnionPay cards (card number starting with 62) at over one…

Special Breaking News Mentions January 20, 2016

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] CardFlash.com Breaking News: WU (milestone); PINNACLE (investment); EMAZZANTI (PCI); and FIDO (milestone). WU – The Western Union Company announced its account payout network, a global capability that enables cross-border money transfers to be directed to bank accounts – has reached a new milestone, now connecting consumers to over one billion bank…

BofA Grapples With 4Q/15 Credit Card Portfolio Stagnation

BofA Grapples With 4Q/15 Credit Card Portfolio Stagnation

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The nation’s second largest Visa and MasterCard issuer continues to struggle with sluggish outstandings and purchase dollar volume (PDV) growth, plus credit card quality is inching north. BofA (EOP) U.S. bank credit card outstandings declined 2.5% year-on-year (YOY) to $89.6 billion for the fourth quarter (4Q/15). Meanwhile, Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV)…