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

Visa LAC Exec

Visa has named a 15-year veteran of the Company as the Group Executive for the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, effective September 1st. Eduardo Coello will be responsible for all of Visa’s operations in the region including regional business development and client relationship management with financial institutions, merchants, and partners across 44 countries in LAC.

U.S PDV Q2/15

Purchase dollar volume (PDV) for Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) in the U.S. climbed 7.6% year-on-year (YOY) in Q2/15 reaching a record $1205 billion. Visa led the way in the second quarter posting a 8.8% YOY gain for U.S. PDV, according to CardData. However, YOY PDV growth is slowing a tad for all four U.S. networks.