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

JCB Card SEPA Acceptance Expansion Fueled by CardPay

Pan-European CardPay has inked a direct License Agreement to acquire JCB’s e-commerce card transactions across the SEPA region. With this agreement in place, JCB and CardPay will develop connectivity during Q3’17 and target to go live during Q4’17. JCBI’s acquiring strategy is to aggressively increase its acceptance footprint across the SEPA region by expanding its…

Zelle P2P Payments Ready to Explode in Q3 – w/30+ Banks & 5+ Processors

More than 86-million U.S. mobile banking consumers will be able to send and receive money through Zelle – a new person-to-person (P2P) payments network from bank-owned Early Warning Services. Zelle allows for funds to be sent from one bank account to another in minutes, using only a recipient’s email address or mobile number. “Send Money…

Five Factor Framework for Mobile Biometrics Slowly But Surely Evolving

Whether using a fingerprint, an iris scan or a “selfie” to confirm identity, banks see biometric technology as a way to provide greater convenience and security to customers as they use their accounts. But, it’s still early days in mobile biometrics. A new report from Mastercard and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford…

Visa Steps on the Gas to Accelerate B2B Payments – Inks 5 Partners

Visa rolled-out the Visa Ready Program for Business Solutions, a strategic framework to help technology companies that integrate with Visa’s business-to-business (B2B) payment services and data solutions ensure that they meet Visa’s standards and are market ready. Bora Payment Systems, Bottomline Technologies, CSI globalVCard, MineralTree and Priority Commercial Payments are the first partners to obtain…

V+MA+AXP+DFS Q1 U.S. Credit+Debit PDV Up 6.5% YOY

Purchase dollar volume (PDV) for the Major 4 networks (Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover) cards (credit + debit) in the U.S. climbed 6.5% year-on-year (YOY) in 1Q/17 hitting $1288 billion. Visa led the way in the first quarter posting nearly a 12% YOY gain for U.S. PDV. The Major 4 collectively posted $1288 billion…

V+MA Q1 International Credit+Debit GDV +19% YOY NFX

Visa and Mastercard international credit card gross dollar volume (GDV) for the first quarter (1Q/17) rose 18.6%, on a non-currency adjusted basis (NFX), year-on-year (YOY). For international debit cards, Visa and Mastercard GDV increased 48.2% YOY NFX, according to CardData. Excluding Visa Europe, Visa and Mastercard international payment card (credit+debit) GDV for the first quarter…

Gemalto Supplies Payments Cards w/Digital PIN Solution for C-zam to Carrefour

Gemalto is supplying Carrefour’s Market Pay with payment cards and a Digital PIN solution for C-zam. This new ‘boxed’ account is available on the shelves of over 3,000 Carrefour French retail stores since 18 April. Once the account has been opened, the card’s PIN code is delivered safely and swiftly via mobile app or website…

Perfect Storm Forms for U.S. Bank Credit Card Issuers Mid-Year 2017

The stage is set for rough seas for the U.S. card industry going forward. Three indicators signal risk new account bookings surged since 2011; active credit card lines now exceed $3.4 trillion; and 30-day credit card delinquency deteriorated in first quarter 2017. Exceeding year’s pace, Chase opened up 2.5 million accounts in 1Q/17, compared to…