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

Mastercard Top Exec to Lead Global Sustainability + Inclusive Growth

Mastercard has ankled Shamina Singh, president of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, to assume oversight of the company’s sustainability efforts in addition to her current responsibilities. In this newly created role, Singh will lead the creation and execution of a sustainability strategy, taking into consideration how the company operates in the current social, cultural…

RBI Upgrades Star Global’s FFMC License to Add 17 New Money Services

Wirecard’s Star Global Currency Exchange received an upgrade of its license issued by Reserve Bank of India to Authorized Dealer in Foreign Exchange (Category II). The earlier license was a Full Fledged Money Changers (FFMC) Licensee with limited authority to deal only in buying and selling foreign currencies, traveller cheques and prepaid cards for travel…

Single Ledger Blockchain to Transform the Payments Industry by 2025

A new report finds within a decade, value capture and creation will steer the payments industry as innovative start-ups unbundle the existing logistics supply chain, focusing on certain aspects of it and breaking down the value chain. Using novel business models that are app- or marketplace-based with online brokerage services and aggregated end-to-end visibility across…

U.K. Credit Card Outstandings Growth Hits 9% YOY – CardData

U.K. consumer credit continued to expand at a brisk pace in October, topping 10% year-on-year (YOY). In October total consumer credit grew to £190.1 billion. The three-month annualized and twelve-month growth rates, seasonally adjusted (SA), were 10.6% and 10.5% respectively. The Bank of England (BOE) reports consumer credit increased by £1.6 billion in October, in…

Anon Coin Market Ready for a Big Shakeout in Wake of Ponzi Cryptocurrency Scams

UK-based cryptocurrency CLOAKCOIN is ready to take on the so-called anon coin market currently being dominated by the latecomers like Monero, ZCash, and others. There are also examples of many people abusing the anon coin market to turn it into an “easy come, easy go” market by creating Ponzi-like schemes around it. These fraudulent actions on…

Australia Credit Card Outstandings Up Single Digits in Oct – CardData.com

Australian credit card outstandings rose by 1.6% year-on-year (YOY) in October. Credit card credit limits increased 2.3% YOY and the number of credit card accounts rose 2.6% YOY in October. The average balance per account in October declined 1.0% YOY to AU$3070, compared to AU$3074 for September, and AU$3102 for October 2015.

Credit card outstandings for…

First Data’s Clover Go Reader Among Top Innovative Products of 2016

Among this year biggest payments innovations and product introductions is First Data’s new Clover Go “All-In-One” reader. It is the first fully integrated payment card reader that accepts payments via card swipes, EMV and NFC transactions (including Apple Pay, Android Pay & Samsung Pay) all through a single device.   Beyond its convenient all-in-one functionality,…