Sub-Prime Cards

Sub-Prime Cards Consumer Debt Soar – Rate Caps?

Sub-prime cards are gathering more steam as a major deal closes. Credit card debt skyrocketed in December by a record 14%. Majority of Americans want a 36% rate cap. Women in Payments recently recognized exceptionally talented leaders and rising stars in Fintech and Banking. Despite years of warnings, those computers inside your computer remain disturbingly unprotected.…

Card Yield

Card Yield Sinks for Top 4 After Record 2019

Card yield, as an average for the nation’s Top 4 credit card issuers, reversed course in the fourth-quarter after posting new records throughout 2019 All of the issuers, except Chase, posted significantly lower yields in the fourth-quarter from the prior quarter. However, this is fifth consecutive quarter wherein all of the Top 4 exceeded 10%.…

Discover LGBTQ

Discover LGBTQ Scores – Retailers Go Used – Curve

Discover LGBTQ scores a perfect 100 score alongside almost 700 other companies as “Best Place to Work” for equality. Nordstrom, Macy’s, J.C. Penney and Madewell are shifting retail to preloved clothes, shoes and handbags. GOP wants to revamp the Volcker Rule and continue gutting the CFPB. The Curve Mastercard with Apple Pay app takes shape.…

Fourth-Quarter Chargeoffs

Fourth-Quarter Chargeoffs Up a Tad as Reserves +9%

Fourth-quarter chargeoffs among the Top 4 U.S. bank credit card increased modestly from the prior quarter and up a smidgen from one-year ago. Credit card charge-offs among the nation’s Top 4 credit card issuers decreased 7 bps (basis points) sequentially in the fourth-quarter (4Q/19), and up 3 bps year-on-year (YOY). The Top 4 (Chase [JPM],…

Fourth-Quarter Card GDV

Fourth-Quarter Card GDV U.S. Volume Downshifts 110 bps

Fourth-quarter card GDV (gross dollar volume) for credit/charge card products, among the Major 4 payment networks (Visa [V], Mastercard [MA], American Express [AXP], and Discover [DFS]), lost momentum, growing 7.5% year-on-year (YOY), compared to an 8.2% YOY gain for the prior quarter, and 8.6% YOY for the year ago quarter. On an annual or YOY…

Credit Card Balances

Credit Card Balances Explode in Q4 as CAGR Surges 75 bps

Credit card balances for the fourth-quarter, among the Top 4 U.S. issuers, grew a solid 6.0% year-on-year (YOY), compared to 4.3% YOY in the prior quarter, and compared to 2.8% YOY one-year ago. Among the nation’s Top 4 credit card issuers (Chase [JPM], Capital One [COF], Bank of America [BAC], and Citibank [C]), the annual…

Card Fee Income

Card Fee Income Slips in Again as Interchange Income Soars

Card fee income decreased for the third consecutive year in 2019, while interchange income posted strong a double-digit gain. The decline for 2019 was directly attributable to reduced penalty fees (mostly late payments fees) and lower cash advance fees, driven by a robust economy with low unemployment and fairly stable consumer sentiment, according to CardData. Income from…

AR VR Music

AR VR & Music For Cards While Plaid & Honey – Buzzes

AR, VR & music are on the menu for 2020 courtesy of Mastercard while Visa ponies up $5 billion for a hot fintech consumer app. Interest in biometrics for payment cards may emerge this year after a sleepy 2019. The IRS has crypto-to-crypto transactions on the radar this tax season, according to Bankcenter and CardBuzz.…