Two of the world’s largest operating systems launched major updates to their mobile payments solutions this month. Both Google and Apple now have a solid platform in Android Pay and Apple Pay to enable frictionless mobile payments with integrated loyalty features.
CardWeb.com’s CardConferences today features the mPOS WORLD CONFERENCE, June 30-July 1, 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany.
In today’s CardFlash News Que: FIRST ANNAPOLIS (Schwarcz); SHIFT4 (TrueTokenization): COALFIRE (InstaMed); and TASKER (Flint Mobile).
The 30+ day delinquency ratio for U.S bank credit cards continues to hover at a 25+ year low for the past two quarters and hit the lowest level since 1986. However, RAM Research projects early stage delinquency will rise 4 basis points for the second quarter.
The charge-off ratio for the top 100 U.S bank credit cards has been slowing edging upward, rising 10 basis points (bps) in the fourth quarter and 1 bps in the first quarter. RAM Research projects charge-offs will rise to 3.02% for the second quarter.
NAFCU Services Corporation has selected Velocity Solutions as their exclusive, Preferred Partner for a new checking account revenue solution, My Rewards Premium Cards.
New exponential smoothing analysis shows purchase transactions for U.S. Visa and MasterCard debit cards will slow to 6.7% in the second quarter, compared to 7.7% in the first quarter. CardData and RAM Research says U.S. credit card purchase transactions are quickly ramping up this quarter.
Purchase dollar volume (PDV) for Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) in the U.S. climbed 7.8% year-on-year (YOY) in Q1/15 reaching $1.1 trillion. RAM Research now predicts annual U.S. credit card PDV will top $4.1 trillion by 2019.
SC-based RushMyBitcoin.com (RMB) is rushing to introduce Bitcoins to the general public with an exclusive introductory offer. For a limited time only, RMB will let Bitcoin newbies try a bite of their first bit”at no charge. The company calls it the “Get Familiar With Bitcoin” give-away, details of which are on its website.
San Francisco-based Credit Karma has received $175 million in a Series D funding round with participation from Tiger Global Management, Valinor Management and Viking Global Investors. Investors have made $368.5 million in total equity investment to date.
General purpose and private label credit, debit, and prepaid cards generated $5.165 trillion in payments for goods and services in 2014. Processing fees, including interchange paid by U.S. merchants to handle that business, were $78.09 billion, up from $72.44 billion in 2013 when fees were $4.768 trillion.
Barclaycard US has appointed Curt Hess as Interim CEO. Hess has been with Barclays for eight years, most recently holding the position of Chief Financial Officer for Personal and Corporate Banking in London.