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

World First Mobile App

World First has today announced the launch of a ground-breaking new mobile app which will allow clients to make high-speed currency transfers directly from their portable device. The World First Money Transfer App is available to download on iTunes and other app stores for free. It enables clients to manage their international payments on-the-go, so they could be making a secure transfer whilst on the Eurostar from London to Europe, and the money will be in their local account before they arrive.

JCB CEO

Former top executive of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group joins JCB and is named President and CEO. Ichiro Hamakawa joined JCB in an advisory capacity in May 2014 and was named President and CEO on June 26. He was also named Vice Chairman of JCBI the international operations subsidiary of JCB.

M-Banking 2019

Mobile banking users will likely exceed online banking users for the first time by 2019. A new report predicts 1.75 billion mobile phone users will have used their devices for banking purposes by the end of 2019, compared to 800 million this year. The scale of the mobile banking challenge has been confirmed by the decreasing number of branch visits by consumers and also the closure of physical bank branches over the past 12-24 months.


Big 4 Q2/14 Outstandings

Among the Big 4 Visa and MasterCard issuers for the second quarter, Chase posted the strongest gain of 1.4% Y/Y and Capital One came in second place with a 1.0% Y/Y gain. Bank of America and Citibank posted Y/Y declines of 1.7% and 2.9%, respectively. The reason for the sluggish growth is simply more Americans see bank credit cards as bank payments cards. This trend is also confirmed by a recent ABA study which found the share of cardholders who are transactor increased from 28.6% to 29.0% this year, the highest share on record. 

Google Wallet Announces Gift Card Support

The Google Wallet app* for Android and iOS devices are now make it easier to shop in stores and get paid by friends and family. You can also request money from friends, which means you can settle the dinner bill while you’re still at the table. Lastly, sending money with your debit card is now free, making it even easier to pay your friends or the babysitter using Wallet. You can already store your loyalty cards and offers in Google Wallet, and now you can easily keep your gift cards in Wallet too. Add your cards to Wallet just by snapping a picture of them or typing in the card info. Then, when you want to use the gift card at the store, just show your phone to the cashier at checkout.For certain gift cards, you can check your gift card balance in real-time and get reminders to use your card when you are near stores. You can also send money for free in Wallet by using your debit card.

Visa Opens San Francisco Technology Center to Advance Innovation in Payments

Visa has opened its One Market innovation center and office space at One Market Street in San Francisco. The move provides Visa technologists, clients, partners and the Bay Area tech community an innovative space to jointly develop the next generation of commerce applications.The centerpiece of One Market will be an innovation center designed to provide an immersive experience for clients and partners, where they can interact with Visa subject-matter experts, and explore new products and technologies that advance the payment experience in areas such as mobile, security and cloud-based technologies. The space has been designed to encourage dynamic interaction and real-time experimentation, and is expected to attract Bay Area technology talent who want to develop the next generation of commerce solutions by working with the industry leader in payments.

Visa Simplifies Online Shopping

Visa announced the launch of Visa Checkout, a quick and easy payment service that enables consumers throughout the United States, Canada and Australia to pay for goods online, on any device. For consumers and online retailers, Visa Checkout offers an easy and secure way to pay online. Enrolling in Visa Checkout is intuitive and simple, and shoppers can use any Visa debit or credit card or even other branded cards to make purchases from a PC, mobile device or within a mobile app. Once enrolled, shoppers simply provide their username and password to complete the payment process — without ever having to leave the merchant’s website. Visa Checkout replaces the V.me by Visa service, first introduced in 2012. Leading payments card issuers, community banks, and credit unions are all participating in Visa Checkout.