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.

KT & UnionPay

The largest telecom operator in Korea, KT, agreed last week to deepen cooperation with China’s UnionPay for mobile payment and technology exchange. The deal covers six major fields as Near Field Communication (NFC), mobile payment, online payment, cross-border remittance, electronic marketing based on smart mobile terminal, financial-technology business, and promote the comprehensive upgrading of innovative payment service via UnionPay cards in Korea.

PayPal Power

The eBay PayPal divorce is over and will quickly evolve into a major disruptive force in payments and e-commerce to the dismay of the payment networks. Under the leadership of former American Express executive and now PayPal President and CEO Dan Schulman the Company will likely grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 17%.

Oberthur eSE

Oberthur Technologies says brand new Lenovo smartphones will be equipped with its state-of-the-art NFC embedded Secure Element (eSE). Thanks to this very first partnership between OT and Lenovo, OT’s advanced eSE PEARL by OT will allow Lenovo to offer secure and convenient mobile payment and transport services.