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

Shanahan to Continue to Steer CardConnect Post-FDC Acquisition

The deal is done. First Data (FDC) and CardConnect have completed their acquisition agreement. CardConnect is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of FDC and CardConnect shares will no longer be traded on the NASDAQ. CardConnect CEO Jeff Shanahan will continue to lead CardConnect operations and will serve as an Executive Vice President and as a member…

Across-the-Board U.S. Consumer Loan Delinquency is Trending North

While data from many sources, including the Federal Reserve and CardData, show an upward trend in credit card late payments for the past five quarters, overall delinquencies rose in 7 of the 11 individual consumer loan categories tracked by the American Bankers Association (ABA). The ABA composite ratio, which tracks delinquencies in eight closed-end installment…

Major 4 Network Global Q1 PDV +7% FX YOY Adjusted for EU

Purchase dollar volume (PDV) for Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) globally rose 21.2% year-on-year (YOY) on a nominal dollars basis for the first quarter (1Q/17). However, on a currency adjusted basis (FX), global 1Q/17 PDV increased 20.4% YOY, according to CardData. The first quarter PDV figures are skewed as Visa…

Vantiv & Chase Chases a Worldpay Play for $10B

Worldpay Group confirms it has received preliminary approaches from Vantiv and JPMorgan Chase Bank in relation to the potential acquisition of the entire issued, and to be issued, share capital of Worldpay. Any deal is expected to be valued in the US$10 billion range. The companies now have 28 days, or until August 1, to…