U.S. Credit Card Debt Picks Up Steam in May – Still Outpaced by the U.K.

U.S. consumer revolving credit for May, mostly credit card debt (95%), continued to climb above the $1 trillion milestone set in December, growing at a solid clip annually. While climbing steadily throughout 2016, consumer revolving credit increased at an +8.7% annual rate of growth in May, compared to a revised +1.4% annual rate in April…

Across-the-Board U.S. Consumer Loan Delinquency is Trending North

While data from many sources, including the Federal Reserve and CardData, show an upward trend in credit card late payments for the past five quarters, overall delinquencies rose in 7 of the 11 individual consumer loan categories tracked by the American Bankers Association (ABA). The ABA composite ratio, which tracks delinquencies in eight closed-end installment…

CanPay Debit Enters Oregon to Capture Cannabis Dispensary Payments

The first legitimate debit payment solution for the cannabis industry is set to capture dispensary owners, customers, and patients in Oregon’s recreational and medical cannabis marketplaces. CO-based CanPay dispensaries in the state are now able to offer a secure, legitimate, and transparent alternative to the current cash-only system for both in-store and delivery purchases. Initially,…

Future of Payments Key: Unlocking the Socio-Economic Ecosystem

The socio-economic ecosystem that empowers people to share accommodation, transportation, buying or selling of goods, on-demand professional services and sharing or renting of goods is experiencing an extraordinary level of growth, transforming the fundamental way industries operate and people experience a variety of things. A new Mastercard white paper identified three inter-related themes around which…

Advanced DMP Offers Detailed Purchase-Based Marketing for Radio

Westwood One, America’s largest radio network, picked Nielsen Marketing Cloud and its advanced data management platform (Nielsen DMP) to launch the first-ever audio DMP. Advertisers can now make sharper buying decisions across Westwood One’s over-the-air radio and streaming audio channels, which reach almost a quarter of a billion listeners weekly across all U.S. media markets.…

Top U.S. Credit Card Issuer Charge-Offs Take-Off Bigly in Q1

Charge-offs among the nation’s top four U.S. issuers jumped 40 basis points (bps) year-on-year (YOY), and up 36 bps sequentially for the first quarter (1Q/17). All four issuers reported sharply higher credit card losses from the prior quarter, according to CardData. For the top four issuers (Chase, BofA, Capital One, Citibank), average charge-offs were 3.48%…

U.S. Card Issuers Left with Bottom Fishing and Rewards Gamers

The number of new credit card accounts (those opened in the previous 24 months) rose to 88.1 million, driven in part by a 16% increase in new subprime accounts. Even with this increase, subprime accounts continue to comprise roughly one-fifth of total open accounts — equivalent to 2012 levels. According to the American Bankers Association’s…

UnionPay Jazzes-Up Credit Card Perks at 100+ Airports Globally

China’s UnionPay is upgrading its perks at 100 airports worldwide, providing discounts and services at various types of merchants including duty free shops, catering stores, souvenir shops, VIP lounges, Wifi rental and airport shuttle buses. Until February 28, 2018, UnionPay cardholders can enjoy exclusive privileges and value-added services at more than 100 international airports across…

Credit Card Account Acquisitions Driven by Sub-Prime with Low Credit Limits

The number of new credit card accounts (those opened in the previous 24 months) rose to 88.1 million, driven in part by a 16% increase in new subprime accounts. Even with this increase, subprime accounts continue to comprise roughly one-fifth of total open accounts — equivalent to 2012 levels. According to the American Bankers Association’s…