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

SYNCHRONY; PAYZER; NERDWALLET; and CASHBET

In Other News: SYNCHRONY (agreement); PAYZER (Nexstar); NERDWALLET (aboutLife); and CASHBET (partnerships). SYNCHRONY – Synchrony Financial and Vaughan Bassett Furniture Company, a leading American manufacturer of sustainable home furnishings, inked a multi-year extension of its consumer financing program agreement. The program, which began in 2010, will continue to provide customers with access to a range…

Most Consumers Favor Biometrics Over Passwords

Most Consumers Favor Biometrics Over Passwords

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] A new survey reveals 52% of customers would rather use biometrics as an alternative. With consumers having to log into multiple online accounts on a daily basis, remembering passwords can be a tricky proposition. According to the latest edition of the PYMNTS.com Digital Identity Tracker, 80% of survey respondents with an…

Visa Adds 50 bps to its Gross Dollar Volume Marketshare

Visa Adds 50 bps to its Gross Dollar Volume Marketshare

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The nation’s four major payment card networks produced $1401 billion in U.S. gross dollar volume (GDV) in the first quarter (1Q/16) for a 9.0% year-on-year (YOY) gain. Visa continues to rule the market, growing its U.S. GDV marketshare from 58.2% in 1Q/15 to 58.7% in 1Q/16, largely at the expense of…

Union Mobile Pay & Syniverse Team to Offer Free Wi-Fi Banking

Union Mobile Pay & Syniverse Team to Offer Free Wi-Fi Banking

Mobile payment enabler, Union Mobile Pay, is working with Syniverse to enable banking institutions across China to enhance their customer loyalty programs by providing premium cardholders with free, unlimited Wi-Fi access on their mobile devices when traveling to Taiwan and Thailand. The collaboration allows banking institutions to sponsor the cost of their cardholder’s access to…

V+M+A+D U.S. Credit Card Gross Accounts +6% YOY

V+M+A+D U.S. Credit Card Gross Accounts +6% YOY

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Total U.S. gross accounts (GAC) in the first quarter (1Q/16) for Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover U.S. credit cards was up 6.1% year-on-year (YOY). At the end of 1Q/16, there were 504.4 million U.S. credit GAC compared to 498.5 million for 4Q/15, and 475.0 million for 1Q/15. Visa U.S. credit…

Medical Data Breaches Offer Best Source for Fraud

Medical Data Breaches Offer Best Source for Fraud

Data breaches dominated the news over the past two years, some with devastating impact. Data theft from government agencies, healthcare providers, financial institutions, telecoms, retailers, and social networks proved that no industry is immune from attack. Javelin’s new 2016 Data Breach Fraud Impact report assesses how the relationship between data breaches and consumer identity fraud will…

Visa + MasterCard Purchase Dollar Volume Up a Robust 10.4%

Visa + MasterCard Purchase Dollar Volume Up a Robust 10.4%

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) for Visa and MasterCard payment cards (credit + debit) in the first quarter (1Q/16) grew at an annual rate (YOY) of 10.4% YOY. U.S. Visa and MasterCard reported payment card PDV of $1010 billion for 1Q/16, compared to $1032 billion in the prior quarter, and $915…

U.S. Purchase Transactions for Visa & MC Continues Robust Growth

U.S. Purchase Transactions for Visa & MC Continues Robust Growth

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Purchase transactions (PTX) for Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards in the U.S. grew by 11.7% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/16) to 19.3 billion. The growth was driven by credit cards, and more specifically MasterCard. U.S. purchase transactions for Visa and MasterCard credit cards grew by 12.9% YOY, coming…

Top 4 U.S. Issuer Active Accounts Up Driven Solely by COF

Top 4 U.S. Issuer Active Accounts Up Driven Solely by COF

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. bank credit card active accounts (AAC) (accounts with sales activity), among the Top 4 U.S. issuers, edged up 4.2% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/16). Capital One (COF) was the only issuer to post real positive YOY AAC gain in the first quarter. While Chase was up, BofA had…

Visa and MasterCard Payment Card CDV Rises 7.6% YOY

Visa and MasterCard Payment Card CDV Rises 7.6% YOY

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. Cash Dollar Volume (CDV) for Visa and MasterCard (credit + debit) in the first quarter (1Q/16) grew at an annual rate (YOY) of 7.6%. The growth was driven by MasterCard debit cards. Visa U.S. payment card (credit + debit) CDV for 1Q/16 was up 7.4%. MasterCard U.S. payment card (credit…

UnionPay and BCcard Roll-Out HCE mobile QuickPass in South Korea

UnionPay and BCcard Roll-Out HCE mobile QuickPass in South Korea

UnionPay and BCcard jointly launched UnionPay HCE mobile QuickPass in South Korea, which will enable the local UnionPay cardholders to pay by tapping their mobile phones. South Korea becomes the first overseas market to have launched mobile QuickPass. Mobile QuickPass is UnionPay’s new mobile payment solution. It supports both offline contactless payment via mobile phones…

U.S. Gross Credit Card Accounts Among Top 4 Issuers Flat YOY

U.S. Gross Credit Card Accounts Among Top 4 Issuers Flat YOY

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Gross or open accounts (GAC) for U.S. credit cards among the nation’s four largest issuers were flat year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/16) to 190.0 million, compared to 189.9 million one-year ago. The GAC growth is driven by Capital One, while Chase, Bank of America (BofA) and Citibank face YOY…