Visa and MasterCard credit, debit and prepaid cards around the world will likely top 3.9 billion or up 4.5% in the first quarter according to forecaster RAM Research. Visa will end the quarter with about 2411 million and MasterCard with 1488 million cards-in-force (CIF).
The total number of global Visa and MasterCard cards-in-force (CIF) rose 4.4% in 2014 to 3.8 billion in the fourth quarter. Visa ended 2014 with 2.4 billion, up 7.2%, while MasterCard with 1.4 billion was flat Y/Y.
APMEA CIF rose 14.5% to 482 million
Canada CIF increase 12.8% to 53 million
Europe CIF was up 15.8% to 374 million
Latin America CIF rose 11.3% to 158 million
U.S. CIF rose 12.0% to 372 million.
Asia Pacific CIF rose 10.1% to 794 million
Canada CIF increased 11.6% to 48 million
CEMEA CIF was up 10.7% to 322 million
LAC CIF increased 3.0% to 450 million
U.S. CIF rose 5.7% to 760 million.
Visa cards include Visa, Visa Electron and Interlink brands as well as the PLUS proprietary card
4Q/13: 2220 million
1Q/14: 2253 million
2Q/14: 2299 million
3Q/14: 2341 million
4Q/14: 2380 million
1Q/15: 2411 million
4Q/13: 1437 million
1Q/14: 1298 million
2Q/14: 1331 million
3Q/14: 1377 million
4Q/14: 1437 million
1Q/15: 1488 million
Source: Visa; MasterCard; CardData
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