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.

Synchrony Q1/15

Synchrony Financial reported its card platform revenue increased 5%, driven primarily by purchase volume growth of 10% and period-end loan receivables growth of 7%, with broad-based growth across partner programs. Payment Solutions platform revenue increased 8%, driven primarily by purchase volume growth of 10% and period-end loan receivables growth of 11%, with solid growth across industry segments led by home furnishings, automotive products, and power equipment.

BlazePays Visa

First National Bank (Slayton, Minnesota), and First National Bank (Davenport, Iowa), now offer the BlazePays Visa Prepaid Cards powered by Capital Prepaid Services. Under the banks’ agent programs which are managed by Capital Prepaid Services, these Minnesota and Iowa banks are now able to cost-effectively tap into the prepaid market, which is one of the fastest growing payment markets.