Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley, with 33 years experience covering payment cards and payment systems, is Senior Analyst/Editor for CardFlash and other payments-related publications. He is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. McKinley served as an expert witness in 100+ litigations including two multi-$billion trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, chaired multiple payments conferences, hired as consultant by Fortune 100 companies and several overseas financial institutions. Full Bio: www.rbm4.com

COF Soaring Charge-Offs Drives Down Big 6 Issuer Avg

COF Soaring Charge-Offs Drives Down Big 6 Issuer Avg

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Charge-offs among the nation’s top 6 issuers inched were down 22 basis points (bps) year-on-year (YOY) to 2.70% for the fourth quarter (4Q/15), but up 13 bps sequentially. While Citibank has done the best job of reigning in card losses, dropping 31 bps, compared to 4Q/14, Capital One 4Q/15 charge-offs are…

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Equifax Predictor Inclusion Score Coming to LAC

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Cignifi and Equifax have inked a multi-year partnership to help Equifax expand its credit scoring capabilities in Latin America. The agreement will leverage Cignifi’s analytics and technology to assess creditworthiness, propensity, and risk based on mobile phone usage data that is provided with explicit consumer consent. Cignifi’s technology will enable Equifax…

Visa & MC US Credit Cards Outpace Debit Cards by 4X

Visa & MC US Credit Cards Outpace Debit Cards by 4X

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. cards-in-force (CIF) for Visa and MasterCard payment cards (credit & debit) increased 5.0% year-on-year (YOY). U.S. credit cards increased 8.7% YOY while CIF for debit cards rose 2.2% YOY, in the fourth quarter (4Q/15). There are were 1182 million Visa and MasterCard payment cards in circulation in the U.S. for…

EMVCo Helps to Implement PAR & Reduce PAN Usage

EMVCo Helps to Implement PAR & Reduce PAN Usage

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] EMVCo updates its EMV Payment Tokenization Specification – Technical Framework bulletin. The update will provide the payment community with a global, consistent framework to implement ‘Payment Account Reference’ (PAR). To be used by merchants, acquirers and payment processors, PAR can enhance security by limiting references to a cardholder’s primary account number…

MC Leads the Major 4 Networks in Global GDV Growth

MC Leads the Major 4 Networks in Global GDV Growth

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Gross dollar volume (GDV) for Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) globally was flat year-on-year (YOY) on a nominal dollars basis, for the fourth quarter (4Q/15). However, on a currency adjusted basis (FX) global GDV for the fourth quarter increased 9.8% YOY.  The major four networks posted…

GPN; BEVO; ONE; and NACHA

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] In Other News: GPN (China); BEVO (POS); ONE (Buckeye); and NACHA (Board). GPN – Global Payments is offering merchants in China the ability to accept Samsung Pay, a simple and safe mobile payment service that works almost anywhere you can swipe or tap your card. As a Samsung Pay-qualified payment provider,…

Visa Leads the Major 4 Networks in U.S. GDV Growth

Visa Leads the Major 4 Networks in U.S. GDV Growth

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Gross dollar volume (GDV) for Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) in the U.S. climbed 8.1% year-on-year (YOY) in 4Q/15 reaching a record $1443 billion.
 Visa led the way in the fourth quarter posting a 8.9% YOY gain for U.S. GDV.

Visa reported fourth quarter GDV of $841…

Top 4 Outstandings Up 2.4% YOY Driven Entirely by COF

Top 4 Outstandings Up 2.4% YOY Driven Entirely by COF

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. credit card outstandings end-of-period (EOP) among the Top 4 U.S.  issuers gained a mere 2.4% in the fourth quarter (4Q/15) year-on-year (YOY) to $376.2 billion. The gain was driven entirely by Capital One, positioned to become the nation’s second largest issuer in 2016. 
Chase reported EOP U.S. credit card outstandings…

Smart Token Chain Connects Blockchain & Payment Systems

Smart Token Chain Connects Blockchain & Payment Systems

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The new Smart Contract Settlement Exchange connects diverse banking and other payments systems worldwide without requiring each institution to integrate to hundreds of upcoming proprietary blockchain payment systems. Smart Token Chain gives financial institutions the ability to create fully proprietary ledger systems and smart contract tools, yet easily exchange transaction and…

GMC Inspire Mobile Advantage Solution Offers m-Payments

GMC Inspire Mobile Advantage Solution Offers m-Payments

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Appenzell-based GMC Software (GMC) has rolled out its GMC Inspire Mobile Advantage solution. Among its key benefits is real-time dynamic statements and mobile payments. The solution makes it possible to create a responsive, interactive and regulatory compliant mobile experience with little reliance upon IT or external support. For enterprises seeking to…