Visa Mastercard CIF Up 8% YOY Driven by Costco Card Conversions

U.S. cards-in-force (CIF) for Visa and Mastercard payment cards (credit & debit) increased 7.8% year-on-year (YOY) in the third quarter (3Q/16), according to CardData.com. U.S. credit cards increased 11.2% YOY while CIF for debit cards rose 5.1% YOY, in 3Q/16. There are were 1249 million Visa and Mastercard payment cards in circulation in the U.S.…

Payfone Lands More Investment as TNS Joins AXP in Latest Funding Round

Payfone, a specialist in mobile identity authentication for digital channels, has nailed another funding round of $23.5 million. Among new investors is Transaction Network Services. American Express Ventures remains an initial investor. BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners and Andrew Prozes led the round with new investors Strauss Zelnick, Maclab Development Group and Transaction Network Services, and with participation from current investors…

Visa Sets U.S. PDV YOY Record as GAC/CIF YOY Hovers Near 10%

Visa’s U.S. payment card (credit+debit) purchase dollar volume (PDV), for the third quarter (3Q/16), logged its highest year-on-year (YOY) gain in more than three year. Even though the big Visa issuers struggle with stagnant growth in accounts (GAC) and cards-in-force (CIF), Visa continues to hover near double-digits YOY. Visa’s U.S. gross dollar volume (GDV) increased…

mPayments Tiny Sliver of Connected Vehicle Technology w/Potential

Connected vehicles are set to go with the introduction of the Chrysler Portal concept offering more than 20 technologies to engage, inform and connect users including e-payment options securely transacted from the vehicle while in transit.  The Chrysler Portal concept is user experience designed with bring your own device (BYOD) in mind, seamlessly connecting with…

3-D Secure 2.0 Answer to Growing mCommerce & eCommerce CNP Fraud

EMV security standard by both card issuers and merchants is expanding rapidly in the U.S., making counterfeit card fraud at the physical point of sale much more difficult to perpetrate. These two market changes are causing fraud to shift to the card-not-present environment. Mercator Advisory Group’s new research note, Debit and 3-D Secure 2.0, provides…