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

Payment Solutions for the Cannabis Industry Ready to Explode

Regulated cannabis sales in North America totaled $6.9 billion in 2016, a 30% increase from the previous year, and sales are projected to grow to $21.6 billion by the year 2021, which represents a 26% compound annual growth rate. Voters in four states – California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine, voted legalize recreational Cannabis this November.…

CardFlight SwipeSimple to be Co-Branded for Vantiv ISOs

Vantiv is now offering CardFlight’s SwipeSimple mobile POS solution to its merchants. SwipeSimple is a turnkey mobile payment acceptance platform that includes an EMV-enabled mobile chip card reader, a mobile application for iOS and Android, and a back office reporting portal for business owners to take payments and manage their business. The solution will be…

Green Dot Swallows the RushCard Prepaid Products for $150MM+

Prepaid card king Green Dot has inked a deal o acquire UniRush. The Company’s operating businesses include the RushCard, an online direct-to-consumer general purpose reloadable prepaid card provider, and Rapid! PayCard, a corporate payroll card provider. The acquisition, which maps to “Step Five” of Green Dot’s “Six Step Plan” to enhance shareholder value, materially expands…

Loyalty One CN-Driven Redemptions Kill Alliance Data Systems Q4 Profits

Dallas-based Alliance Data Systems (ADS) reported fourth quarter (4Q/16) year-on-year (YOY) profits sunk due to new legislation in Ontario prohibiting the time-based expiration of reward points associated with all loyalty programs. The cancellation of its 5-year expiration policy necessitated a change in ADS breakage estimate, according to CardData. ADS reported gross revenue rose 4.5% YOY…

Biometric Authentication is Unstoppable in Replacing Passwords

A new research report says biometrics will take over passwords the next ten years. The Mercator Advisory Group titled Biometrics: A Market Forecast for Consumer Adoption provides predictions out to 2025 for the penetration of the U.S. market by mobile devices that implement the hardware required to support biometrics, the market availability of persistent biometrics…

China and Jack Ma Take Over U.S.-Based MoneyGram & its P2P Services

MoneyGram, a provider of innovative money transfer services, and Ant Financial Services Group, one of the leading digital financial services providers and parent company of Alipay, a global mobile payment platform, inked a deal to merge. The transaction will connect MoneyGram’s money transfer network of 2.4 billion bank and mobile accounts and 350,000 physical locations…

While Losing Marketshare BofA Holds Stable Q4 Credit Card Performance

The nation’s third largest Visa and MasterCard issuer continued to struggle in the fourth quarter (4Q/16) with sluggish outstandings (OUT) and purchase dollar volume (PDV) growth, but other metrics, remain fairly stable, according to CardData. Pre-tax net income edged down 1.8% YOY to $1290 million in 4Q/16, compared to $1218 million in the prior quarter…