Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley is an analyst of the payments industry on a daily basis for 32 years covering payment cards and payment systems from both the business side and the consumer side. McKinley is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. In his prior position, McKinley has participated in more than 10,000 documented news media interviews, testified as an expert witness in two separate $billion+ U.S. anti-trust trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, assisted the GAO with paymentsIMG_2006 (1).jpeg reports, chaired numerous business conferences and provided C-Suite opinion to a multitude of Fortune 500 companies. In retirement, he has continued developing and funding digital media assets as well as contributing payments related analysis/content to a broad list of online publishers, including CardFlash, CardTrak and CardData. McKinley is also a national certified mentor with the non-profit SCORE organization with a focus on assisting Fintech startups. www.robert-mckinley.com

COF Intl Profits Up 3.2% but Charge-Offs Explode QTQ

COF Intl Profits Up 3.2% but Charge-Offs Explode QTQ

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Capital One’s (COF) international (mostly U.K.) credit card purchase dollar volume (PDV) soared 24.5% year-on-year (YOY) not currency adjusted (FX), while net income increased 3.2% YOY in the fourth quarter (4Q/15). Outstandings, not FX, were flat YOY in 4Q/15 at $8.2 billion, but up 2.5% quarter-to-quarter (QTQ). For 4Q/15, COF reported…

GAC 2015 Bitsy Growth Thanks to Cap One & AmEx

GAC 2015 Bitsy Growth Thanks to Cap One & AmEx

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Gross or open accounts (GAC) for U.S. credit cards among the Big 6 U.S issuers edged up 0.4% year-on-year (YOY) in the fourth quarter (4Q/15) to 270.7 million, compared to 272.0  million in the prior quarter, and 269.7 million one-year ago.  
The growth is driven by Capital One and American Express…

CARDFLIGHT; CHARGEBACKS911; CONFORMANCE; and WORLDREMIT.

In Other News: CARDFLIGHT (Miura); CHARGEBACKS911 (Target); CONFORMANCE (products); and WORLDREMIT (AU). CARDFLIGHT – CardFlight, a mobile point of sale (POS) technology provider, and Miura Systems, the global leading provider of innovative secure electronic payment hardware, are announcing a partnership to offer a new mPOS solution in the United States market via CardFlight’s mobile POS…

Marvel’s Super Heroes Fans Get Empowered

Marvel’s Super Heroes Fans Get Empowered

Synchrony Financial has been on a product roll-out binge with the latest: the Marvel MasterCard with cashback rewards. Qualifying cardholders earn 3% cashback for purchases made on select entertainment, dining, and online at marvel.com and Marvel’s official merchandise booths. Cardholders can also earn 1% cashback rewards on all other Marvel MasterCard purchases1. All cashback rewards…

Collaborative Fintech Gaining Ground Over Disruptors

Collaborative Fintech Gaining Ground Over Disruptors

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Global investment in fintech ventures in the first quarter reached $5.3 billion, a 67% increase over the same period in 2015, and the percentage of investments going to fintech companies in Europe and Asia-Pacific nearly doubled to 62%. ARTICLE: Global investment in fintech ventures in the first quarter reached $5.3 billion,…

CMS; CA; VANCO; and GREEN DOT.

In Other News: CMS (investors); CA (Nationwide); VANCO (ACS); and GREEN DOT (Board). CMS – A group of investors including GCP Capital Partners, Western Heritage Capital, and Performance Equity Management have acquired a significant stake in Complete Merchant Solutions, a provider of merchant acquisition services, credit card/debit card transaction processing services, and payment solutions. Terms…

U.S. Credit CIF Up 1.7% YOY Driven By COF & AXP

U.S. Credit CIF Up 1.7% YOY Driven By COF & AXP

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. Credit Cards-in-Force (CIF) among the Big 6 issuers were up 1.7% year-on-year (YOY) at the end of the fourth quarter, up 5.9 million cards to 354.3 million cards.  
Capital One posted the largest gain, followed by American Express and Discover. The other three showed flat growth or a contraction in…

WEX Fleet SmartHub Mobile App Offers Real-Time Control

WEX Fleet SmartHub Mobile App Offers Real-Time Control

Corporate payment solutions provider, WEX, has introduced a new mobile app enabling business managers access to their account information anytime and anywhere. Fleet SmartHub also helps improve efficiencies, reduce late fees, gain valuable insights and control unauthorized driver spending. The first-of-its-kind mobile app, SmartHub provides convenient, real-time access to features that allow fleet managers the…

Infinite Peripherals’ DPP-255 Mobile Printer Hits 5th Gear

Infinite Peripherals’ DPP-255 Mobile Printer Hits 5th Gear

Infinite Peripherals’ new DPP-255 mobile printer hits the market offering a high-speed receipt plus label printer. This MFi-certified compact unit has a print speed of 100mm/s, and supports iOS, Android and Windows. Among the fastest mobile printers in its class, the DPP-255 supports the iPad®, iPhone and iPod touch, along with devices running Android and…