Romania to Offer Card Payments via Mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS)

Romania to Offer Card Payments via Mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS)

GoSwiff, UniCredit, and MasterCard have formed a partnership to launch mobile payments in Romania. The partnership is created to enable Allianz-Tiriac Asigurari agents to start accepting card payments with mobile point of sale (mPOS) for the insurance policies issued by the company. Allianz-Tiriac Asigurari is the first insurance company in Romania to offer this solution,…

UnionPay Unveils First Open Cross-Border Marketing Platform

UnionPay Unveils First Open Cross-Border Marketing Platform

UnionPay International and its first partners jointly announced in Shanghai the launch of “优计划”, the world’s first open cross-border marketing platform developed by a bankcard scheme. The partners involved in developing the platform include Bank of China, China Merchants Bank, CYTS, Ctrip, Spring Airlines, SaSa Hong Kong, Prince Jewelry & Watch, LUKFOOK JEWELLERY, and ISA.…

Cap One Muscles Out Big 6 in U.S. PDV Soaring 20%+ YOY

Cap One Muscles Out Big 6 in U.S. PDV Soaring 20%+ YOY

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV), credit and debit cards, among the Big 6 U.S. card issuers, rose 7.5% year-on-year (YOY) for the first quarter (1Q/16). Capital One completely blew out the Big 6 pack by a nearly 2-to-1 margin.

 The Big 6 U.S. issuers racked up $479.8 billon in PDV for…

Charge-Offs Among Top 4 Issuers Head North in 2016

Charge-Offs Among Top 4 Issuers Head North in 2016

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Charge-offs among the nation’s top four U.S. issuers rose 5 basis points (bps) year-on-year (YOY) to 3.08%, and up 21 bps sequentially for the first quarter (1Q/16). All four issuers reported sharply higher credit card losses sequentially. Soaring Capital One losses drove the sequential gain for the peer group. The Chase…

Big 6 U.S. Issuers Gross Accounts Growth Stagnant

Big 6 U.S. Issuers Gross Accounts Growth Stagnant

[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 Big 6 U.S issuers edged up 0.6% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/16) to 273.4 million, compared to 270.7  million in the prior quarter, and 271.9 million one-year ago.  The growth is driven by Capital One and American Express…

Visa + MasterCard U.S. CTX Up 4.7% Driven by Credit Cards

Visa + MasterCard U.S. CTX Up 4.7% Driven by Credit Cards

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Cash transactions (CTX) for Visa and MasterCard U.S. credit and debit cards in the U.S. grew by 4.7% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/16). U.S. 1Q/16 credit card cash transactions were up 13.6% YOY, while U.S. debit card CTX increased 4.5%. Visa’s 1Q/16 CTX for U.S. credit cards was up…

Top 4 U.S. Issuers Card Yield Slips a Bit Except Capital One

Top 4 U.S. Issuers Card Yield Slips a Bit Except Capital One

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The average yield among the nations’s Top 4 bank credit card issuers declined 9 basis points (bps) sequentially at 11.49% for the first quarter (1Q/16), compared to 11.58% for the prior quarter, and 11.54% for 1Q/15. Capital One (COF), continues to lead the Top 4 with a 14.43% 1Q/16 yield while…

Briefs: CSI; PACE; WORLD PATENT; and ZAPPOROO

In Other News: CSI (partnerships); PACE (@Pay); WORLD PATENT (Change Card); and ZAPPOROO (Automaticard). CSI – CSI globalVCard is expanding its global partnership operations team to support the company’s growing network of strategic FinTech partnerships. This team will be moved from the company’s Southwest Florida headquarters to the recently opened Dallas, Texas office, which is…

Briefs: AMEX; TO-INCREASE; GPN; and CLEARENT

In Other News: AMEX (rewards); TO-INCREASE (ERP); GPN (Singapore); and CLEARENT (buttons). AMEX – To celebrate 25 years of the Membership Rewards program, American Express debuted the Anniversary Collection, a curated collection of premium entertainment, sports and dining experiences, all available with Membership Rewards points. The collection opens up once-in-a-lifetime experiences for Card Members, with…