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

BitGold Q2/15

Toronto-based BitGold is off to the races posting astronomical growth in the second quarter, doubling its number of users in one month. As of June 30th there were 62,629 users. The Company, which offers digital payments and secure savings, doubled also doubled its gold vault value between June 5 and June 30 to C$2,993, 400.

BofA Out FC

While the nation’s second largest Visa and MasterCard has been experiencing slight erosion in credit card outstandings year-on-year (YOY), and sluggish growth in purchase dollar volume (PDV), credit card issuance for Bank of America (BofA) remains strong, according to CardData. Forecaster RAM Research expects credit card outstandings to be $89.1 billion for Q2, a slight gain YOY.