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

Hispanics Solidly Embrace Mobile Banking

Hispanics Solidly Embrace Mobile Banking

New research reveals Hispanic consumers are significantly more likely to engage with mobile to manage their finances, with 78% using a mobile banking app, compared to approximately half of non-Hispanics. Nearly three-quarters of the Hispanic community cite digital as their primary method of banking. Bank of America’s ‘Trends in Consumer Mobility Report’, reveals similar insights…

Germany’s solarisBank and MasterCard Buddy for the Future

Germany’s solarisBank and MasterCard Buddy for the Future

Berlin-based solarisBank, the world’s first independent banking platform, and MasterCard have teamed for an in-depth partnership to drive innovation in the digital banking industry. Receiving the Principal Membership status, solarisBank will now operate at Mastercard’s highest issuer level, with access to Mastercard’s entire product portfolio. Both companies have agreed to collaborate on the development of banking…

hhgregg Renews Synchrony Credit Card Contract

hhgregg Renews Synchrony Credit Card Contract

Synchrony Financial has inked a multi-year renewal of its program to provide consumer financing for hhgregg, a specialty retailer of home appliances, televisions, computers and tablets, consumer electronics, home furnishings, mattresses and related services. Synchrony has provided a consumer financing program for hhgregg through the hhgregg Credit Card for more than 17 years. Qualifying cardholders…

MasterCard Developers to Speed-Up Next-Gen Commerce APIs

MasterCard is set to accelerate the pace of next-gen commerce solutions with the launch of MasterCard Developers.This single gateway enables Mastercard partners to access a diverse range of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) across payments, data and security. The new platform also includes a ‘New and Experimental’ API category that enables partners to test new technologies…

FotoNation Biometrics Takes Face & Iris Recognition to New Level

FotoNation Biometrics Takes Face & Iris Recognition to New Level

San Jose-based Tessera Technologies’ FotoNation has unveiled a new high-performance suite of face and iris recognition biometric security and authentication solutions for mobile platforms. Based on FotoNation’s unique deep learning neural network, and industry proven MIRLIN Iris recognition technologies, these new solutions deliver authentication in the most challenging outdoor light and shade conditions, including liveliness…

China UnionPay Signs Sweden’s Largest Acquirer in Sweden

China UnionPay Signs Sweden’s Largest Acquirer in Sweden

China’s UnionPay has inked a cooperation agreement with Swedbank to enable the merchants in several Nordic countries and the three Baltic states to accept UnionPay cards in two years, substantially expanding UnionPay’s acceptance scope in the region. Now, about two million merchants in Europe accept UnionPay cards, which satisfies tourists’ payments needs. Since this year,…