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

Visa & MC Global Purchase Transactions Gain Momentum

Visa & MC Global Purchase Transactions Gain Momentum

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Global purchase transactions (PTX) for Visa and MasterCard debit and credit cards, excluding Visa Europe, soared 15.4% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/16). The YOY growth rate has been steadily expanding each quarter. The two networks combined processed 39.8 billion purchase transactions in 1Q/16, compared to 40.8 billion for the fourth…

U.S. Credit Cards-in-Force Rising 6% YOY Among Major 4 Networks

U.S. Credit Cards-in-Force Rising 6% YOY Among Major 4 Networks

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Total U.S. credit/charge cards-in-force (CIF) in the first quarter (1Q/16) for Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover was up 6.1% year-on-year (YOY). At the end of 1Q/16, there were 656 million U.S. credit/charge CIF compared to 618 million for 1Q/15. Total U.S. credit cards for 1Q/16 stands at an estimated 655.8…

Capital One Continues to Drive U.S. PDV Growth 20% YOY

Capital One Continues to Drive U.S. PDV Growth 20% YOY

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) among the top four U.S. bank credit card issuers, rose 10.0% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/16). Capital One PDV grew more than 20% YOY, while Chase and Citi also scored double digit gains. The top four U.S. issuers racked up $281.4 billon in PDV for…

U.S. Credit Card Charge-Offs Head North Crossing 300 bps

U.S. Credit Card Charge-Offs Head North Crossing 300 bps

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The charge-off rate, seasonally adjusted (SA), among the top 100 U.S. banks for the first quarter (1Q/16) increased 12 basis points (bps) sequentially (QTQ), and up 13 bps year-on-year (YOY). On a not seasonally adjusted basis (NSA), the charge-off rate among the top 100 U.S. banks for 1Q/16, rose 24 bps…

India Millennials Take to Purchases via Mobile

India Millennials Take to Purchases via Mobile

A new report finds 67% of millennials in India purchased goods via their mobile device. For those who shop using their mobile device, they do so more frequently—and with lower transaction values—than non-millennials. ACI Worldwide inaugural Indian FinTech Commerce & Payment Study asked approximately 400 employees in the FinTech space about their shopping habits and payment preferences…

Data Financial’s eWizPro Taking Vegas by Storm

Data Financial’s eWizPro Taking Vegas by Storm

Data Financial is celebrating ten years of growth with eWizPro, the company’s electronic gaming chip fill/credit and slot jackpot system for cage and count room operations. When initially introduced, eWizPro represented the first major technology leap from the manual, labor-intensive fill/credit process that many casinos have used, and still use today. Data Financial, Inc. earned…

Mobile Payments to Skyrocket 39% CAGR to $2.89 Trillion by 2020

Mobile Payments to Skyrocket 39% CAGR to $2.89 Trillion by 2020

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Global mobile payments are expected to grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 39% through 2020. This year mobile payments are projected to hit $769 billion, rising to $2890 billion in 2020. According to a new report from FMI, global mobile payment transaction volume will grow by a massive…

Big 6 U.S. Issuer Outstandings Produce Weak YOY Gain

Big 6 U.S. Issuer Outstandings Produce Weak YOY Gain

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. credit card outstandings end-of-period (EOP) among the Big 6 issuers increased 1.5% in the first quarter (1Q/16) year-on-year (YOY) to $468.3 billion. The weak aggregate gain resulted from the huge YOY drop in American Express outstandings offset by the huge YOY gain in Capital One outstandings. The Big 6: American…

Consumer FOR and DSR Metrics Remain at Record Lows

Consumer FOR and DSR Metrics Remain at Record Lows

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Financial Obligations Ratio (FOR) and the Debt Service Ratio (DSR) for the first quarter (1Q/16) edged down a tad and continue to hover a record low levels. According to the Federal Reserve, on a seasonally adjusted basis, the FOR slipped downward to 15.31% in 1Q/16, compared to 15.36% in 4Q/15…

Global PDV for Major 4 U.S.-Based Networks Up 9.2% YOY FX

Global PDV for Major 4 U.S.-Based Networks Up 9.2% YOY FX

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Purchase dollar volume (PDV) for Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) globally rose 6.8% year-on-year (YOY) on a nominal dollars basis for the first quarter (1Q/16). However, on a currency adjusted basis (FX), global 1Q/16 PDV increased 9.2% YOY.  The major four networks posted $2367 billion in…