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.

Fiserv Announces Latest DNA Client

Fiserv announced Greenville Federal has selected the DNA account processing platform and a host of add-on solutions to better serve its nearly 12,000 customers. The Fiserv solution set provides the $150 million asset bank with a deeply integrated enterprise platform to improve efficiency and drive growth. DNA from Fiserv is the first open, person-centric core banking platform built for collaboration. DNA was developed using Microsoft’s leading .NET Framework for a state-of-the-art core platform that banks and credit unions can rely on for the long-term. With DNA, Greenville Federal benefits from 24/7 real-time processing, robust retail, mortgage and commercial banking capabilities, as well as a 360 degree view of its retail and business relationships. Integration with DNAweb, Mobiliti and Popmoney will help Greenville Federal offer a real-time digital banking experience with the ability to send and receive social payments.

SRS Announces New Parent Company Name and New Services

SRS|Shareholder Representative Services announced the company will operate two affiliated lines of business ” SRS and Acquiom ” under a single parent company: SRS|Acquiom ( One line of business, SRS, manages all post closing activity in private M&A transactions to maximize deal value and safeguard the interests of selling shareholders. The global leader in shareholder representation, SRS reached a new milestone in 2013: engagement on a total of 575 deals comprising $86 billion in aggregate deal value since the company’s founding in 2007. SRS represents 58,000 shareholders including 500 of the top venture capital and private equity funds.

Mastercard and Uber Announce Priceless Valentine Promo

The sky’s the limit for MasterCard cardholders and Uber users who will get the chance to share a personal sky-written message to their loved ones this Valentine’s Day through two unique promotions. Others will be surprised and delighted when they discover they are one of 2000 people that will have the price of their Uber ride paid for by MasterCard as part of its Priceless Surprises campaign. It’s all part of an initiative between MasterCard and Uber to bring cardholders in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas and San Francisco something unique and special this coming holiday. With planes ready to go, MasterCard will sponsor the launch of UberSky, a one day promotion brought to you by Uber giving a limited number of users a chance to deliver a personal on demand sky-writing service, valued at $10,000, to their loved ones for the small price of $500.00. Additionally, on February 14th MasterCard will be offering cardholders up to 2,000 free Uber rides across the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco up to twenty dollars each with the use of a MasterCard.

New Cybersecurity Partnership

The leading trade associations representing the merchant and financial services industries announced a new cybersecurity partnership. The partnership will focus on exploring paths to increased information sharing, better card security technology, and maintaining the trust of customers. Discussion regarding the partnership was initiated by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Financial Services Roundtable (FSR), joined by the American Bankers Association (ABA), the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), The Clearing House (TCH), the Consumer Bankers Association (CBA), the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the National Associations of Convenience Stores (NACS), the National Grocers Association (NGA), the National Restaurant Association (NRA), and the National Retail Federation (NRF).

BNY Mellon launches new global payments infrastructure

BNY Mellon launched its new global payments infrastructure. BNY Mellon’s new global payments infrastructure is designed to deliver significantly enhanced levels of processing efficiency, reliability, transparency and cash management oversight. Focused initially on Euro clearing capabilities for BNY Mellon’s global clients, the new infrastructure will harness and extend BNY Mellon’s established strengths as a processor of US dollar-denominated payments across the extensive array of global currencies that BNY Mellon supports as a major provider of global payments and foreign exchange services. This brings efficiency and information management integration with an open architecture and custom-built modules covering the key phases of payment processing — including payment pricing and charges, account abstracts and lookup, liquidity monitoring and overall process surveillance.

PayPal Shutters StackMob Backend Service

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Paypal is announcing the end of StackMob Backend-as-a-Service, shutting down the StackMob brand, and focusing our team and resources on making PayPal the best global payments platform in the world. The StackMob Platform will cease operation on Sunday May 11th, 2014. Customers will no longer have access to their StackMob accounts…

Yapital and POSPartner Deliver BLE Beacons

Yapital is the first payment system in Europe to integrate BLE technology into its service portfolio, meaning that it can also be used offline. The communication with the point of sale in order to fulfill the payment is “powered by POSCard”, a development of leading POS and EFT specialists POSPartner, a strategic partner of Yapital. Thanks to Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), which creates a wireless connection between the smartphone and the point of sale, customers can make payments easily using their Yapital app even in places where there is no mobile network coverage – for example in shops located in basements or in some shopping centres.


In the wake of the 2007 “Great Recession” and the “2008 Credit Meltdown,” consumers fled from credit cards, abhorring debt of all kinds. Consequently, the top five credit card issuers outstandings nosedived by 15.6% since 2009. The Federal Reserve shows overall revolving credit dropped 6.7% over the same time period. However, it appears cardholders are warming back up to revolving credit card debt. Compared to 2012, credit card outstandings among the nation’s top issuers are only down by 60 basis points. Preliminary Federal Reserve figures show a slight uptick of 130 basis points in revolving credit usage last year. RAM Research predicts credit card outstandings will continue to rise in 2014, possibly gaining 200 basis points over 2013.

MRC Adds GlobalCollect Advisors

GlobalCollect announced two of its most senior executives have joined the MRC in key advisory roles. Stephen Buechner, Chief Credit & Risk Officer at GlobalCollect, will join the European Advisory Board. At the same time, Greg Leos, who heads up GlobalCollect’s North American operations as General Manager, will take a seat on the MRC’s Americas Advisory Board. The appointments continue a long-standing relationship between the two organizations, and underline GlobalCollect’s ongoing commitment to support the MRC and its members across the world. The MRC global non-profit organization fully supports and promotes operational excellence for fraud, payments and risk professionals within eCommerce under advisement from industry leaders and merchants.

China Construction Bank Beijing branch deploys NCR Dynamic eLock management solution

NCR announced that China Construction Bank (CCB) Beijing branch has recently implemented NCR Dynamic eLock Management solution ATM electronic key management solution. It restricts the access to an ATM’s safe to only authorized users with an IC (integrated chip) smart key and a one-time password. The software solution will help the bank improve the related risks, efficiency and costs issues brought by traditional manual ATM locks during cash replenishment and while conducting service maintenance. The manual dissemination and management of the keys and passwords has generated high operational costs during cash replenishment and carrying out service maintenance at the ATMs. Electronic smart keys embedded with IC cannot be read without authorization, which can eliminate the risk of key replication. In addition, it is no longer necessary to change safe box lock password regularly, which has relieved a significant amount of work for bank staff.

Advanced Card Systems GlobalPlatform Member

GlobalPlatform announced its newest Observer Member, Advanced Card Systems. ACS, a leading supplier of PC-linked smart card readers, has joined GlobalPlatform to contribute to industry efforts towards tighter security, better management and accelerated deployment of secure chip technology. ACS is able to participate in discussions held by the GlobalPlatform Advisory Council and contribute to GlobalPlatform’s task force initiatives. These groups define specific market requirements and assess how GlobalPlatform’s Specifications can be advanced in line with future needs.

Payfont makes advisor board appointments

Payfont announced those joining their Advisory Board. They include Professor Lachlan MacKinnon, who currently holds the role of Professor of Computing Science at the University of Greenwich and held the immediate past Chair of the UK National Committee of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing. Payfont have also brought on board Gordon Moir, an advisor on global regulatory and anti-trust issues, and he was named as one of the UK’s Top 100 Lawyers. The third member of the trio, like Lachlan MacKinnon, is also from an academic background. Bill Buchanan is a Professor of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and leads the Centre for Distributed Computing and Security.