U.S PDV Q2/15

Purchase dollar volume (PDV) for Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) in the U.S. climbed 7.6% year-on-year (YOY) in Q2/15 reaching a record $1205 billion. Visa led the way in the second quarter posting a 8.8% YOY gain for U.S. PDV, according to CardData. However, YOY PDV growth is slowing a tad for all four U.S. networks.

Big 4 Outstandings Q2/15

Aggregate U.S. bank credit card end-of period (EOP) outstandings for the nation’s four largest issuers were essentially flat year-on-year (YOY) in the second quarter (Q2/15) and continues the pattern of the past three years. Capital One is the only big issuer with real growth as it plugs deeper into the changing market dynamics.

Banamex & JCB

Banco Nacional de México, Integrante del Grupo Financiero Banamex (Banamex), Japan’s JCB have inked a deal for a JCB merchant acquiring business in the Mexican market. With this partnership, JCB cards will be accepted at more than 70,000 Banamex merchants in Mexico starting this year.

SAA & Ecobank

South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline has sealed a deal with Ecobank Ghana for the launch of a co-branded SAA Voyager Gold and Platinum MasterCard Credit Cards. The deal also includes Nedbank, Ecobank’s alliance partner.

Visa LAC Exec

Visa has named a 15-year veteran of the Company as the Group Executive for the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, effective September 1st. Eduardo Coello will be responsible for all of Visa’s operations in the region including regional business development and client relationship management with financial institutions, merchants, and partners across 44 countries in LAC.

Moneris & Lavu

Moneris Solutions is collaborating with Lavu, a rapidly growing provider of POS solutions based on iOS-based mobile devices, to offer integrated processing of EMV credit and debit card payments to restaurants, coffee shops, food trucks, bars and other businesses in the U.S. and Canada.

Text-to-Give

@Pay has introduced its secure Text-to-Give that protects organizations from SMS spoofing fraud. Unfortunately, as Text-to-Give gains popularity, malicious hackers will start exploiting the vulnerabilities inherent in text messaging as a means of attacking – not the donors – but the organizations that the donors support.