Perfect Storm Forms for U.S. Bank Credit Card Issuers Mid-Year 2017

The stage is set for rough seas for the U.S. card industry going forward. Three indicators signal risk new account bookings surged since 2011; active credit card lines now exceed $3.4 trillion; and 30-day credit card delinquency deteriorated in first quarter 2017. Exceeding year’s pace, Chase opened up 2.5 million accounts in 1Q/17, compared to…

V+MA+AXP+DFS Q1 U.S. CC GDV – V +20% AXP -6%

Gross dollar volume (GDV) for Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover credit cards (CC) in the U.S. climbed 9.4% year-on-year (YOY) in 1Q/17 reaching $793 billion, according to CardData. Visa led the way in the first quarter posting a 19.8% YOY gain for U.S. GDV, offsetting the American Express decline. Visa reported first quarter U.S.…

Visa’s Major TSP Expansion Targets Embedding Things Paying for Things

Eight out of 10 Americans have a strong interest in using connected devices to make purchases, with a keen eye toward security and data concerns. Meanwhile, Visa confirms it has signed 13 new partners to participate in its token service provider (TSP) program, as the payments industry shifts from plastic to digital and broader access…

V+MA 1Q/17 U.S. PTX Edges Upward Pushed by V Credit Cards

Purchase transactions (PTX) for Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards in the U.S. grew by 4.8% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/17) to 20.3 billion. The growth was driven by credit cards, and more specifically Visa. according to CardData. U.S. purchase transactions for Visa and Mastercard payment cards (debit+credit) hit 20,388 in 1Q/17, compared…

Top 6 U.S. Credit Card Issuers Post Robust Q1 YOY Outstandings

U.S. credit card outstandings end-of-period (EOP) among the Big 6 issuers increased 9.5% in the first quarter (1Q/17) year-on-year (YOY) to $513.1 billion. The robust aggregate gain resulted from strong YOY growth from Citibank, Capital One and American Express. The Big 6: American Express, Discover, Chase, Bank of America, Capital One and Citibank, reported $513.1…

Bitcoin Gains Traction as Cannabis Dispensaries Demand a Payment Solution

Bitcoin had gained 157% year-to-date and dominated the cryptocurrency market with $43 billion market cap. Another digital currency, Ethereum, also skyrocketed this year. The price of Ethereum hit a new record high of $250 a coin on Sunday, with an increase of more than 2800% this year. Ethereum is now the second-most popular cryptocurrency. According…

V+MA 1Q/17 International CIF Up 7.7% YOY Driven by MA +9.9% YOY

International payment cards-in-force (CIF) for Visa and MasterCard, excluding Visa Europe, increased 7.7% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/17). International debit card CIF rose 15.7% YOY, while international credit card CIF increased 33.6% YOY, according to CardData. The figures are skewed as Visa began reporting Europe data in the third quarter. With Visa Europe…