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

BlueSnap’s Checkout Conversion Calculator Rocks

BlueSnap’s Checkout Conversion Calculator Rocks

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] BlueSnap is launching The Checkout Conversion Calculator to help retailers identify the points of friction that create a loss of sales. eCommerce now accounts for as much as 10 percent of all retail sales, but merchants are putting as much as 42% of their online sales at risk by making it…

South Africa has Strongest Foundation in e-Payments

South Africa has Strongest Foundation in e-Payments

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Africa has arguably the strongest foundation for electronic payments of all these countries. In part this is because of its mature and stable banking ecosystem resulting from the country’s legacy with the United Kingdom. Though considerably smaller in population (53.6 million in 2015) than other emerging economies in either the top…

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Levvel Acquires Big Specialist in API management

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Levvel has acquired RCBJ Consulting, a big specialist in API management, security, and performance tuning. RCBJ’s team has joined the Levvel west coast operations. Levvel is an IT consulting firm that combines the innovative DNA of a start up with the wisdom, scalability, and process rigor of a Fortune 100 company.…

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U.S. ID Fraud Victims a Mixed Bag in 2015

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The number of identity fraud victims increased by three percent (13.1 million consumers) in the U.S. last year, but that the amount stolen decreased by six percent to $15 billion. The annual 2016 Identity Fraud Study by Javelin also found the rise of EMV has already had a significant impact on…

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MC Ankles Niejelow as SVP/Public Policy

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MasterCard has ankled Alexander N.M. Niejelow as a senior vice president of public policy, effective February 8th. In this role, he will drive policy efforts in the areas of cybersecurity and global data management, while also leading the company’s industry partnerships on technology policy issues. In these efforts, Niejelow will work with members…

Special Breaking News Mentions in Today’s CardFlash

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] CardFlash.com Breaking News: NXT-ID (Fatone); VISA (Singapore); USAT (award); and ACI (AAC). NEXT-ID – Wocket smart wallet has inked a new video featuring singer, dancer, actor and television personality, Joey Fatone. The new video ad was filmed at the Consumer Electronics Show.The video is part of a new 2016 social media campaign…

Cap One US Card Profits Up 5.5%; Metrics Weakening

Cap One US Card Profits Up 5.5%; Metrics Weakening

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Capital One (COF) continues to lead the U.S. credit card industry in outstandings and volume growth, posting a strong 13% year-on-year (YOY) gain in end-of-period (EOP) outstandings and a whopping 18% surge in Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) for the fourth quarter as other metrics are concerning. As the most U.S. inclusive…

Wells Fargo Card Portfolio Up but Charge-Offs Higher

Wells Fargo Card Portfolio Up but Charge-Offs Higher

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Wells Fargo credit card third quarter outstandings were up 15.3% year-on-year (YOY) to $34.0 billion reflecting new account growth and growth in private label and co-brand outstandings. Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) grew 12% YOY in 4Q/15. For the Fourth quarter, Wells posted $18.9 billion in PDV, compared to $18.3 billion in…

Wirecard Card Powers FromMe2You Gift Card

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Wirecard Card Solutions is now the card issuer of the new ‘FromMe2You’ Gift Card, offered by the Irish Program Manager The Gift Card Company. This multi-store gift card can be purchased online at www.me2you.ie or in store at participating Topaz stations nationwide and has the backing of over 3,000 of Ireland’s…

Electronic Commerce International Ready for Prime-Time

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Electronic Commerce International (ECI), a registered provider of data security and secure, reliable Visa and MasterCard credit card processing for businesses, unveils ECI Consumer Finance, its new multi-lender, credit based and no-credit based (retail, brick and mortar businesses only) online platform consisting of over twenty lenders. Lenders can be mixed and…

WorldRemit & MTN Mobile Money Target South Africa

WorldRemit & MTN Mobile Money Target South Africa

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] WorldRemit customers can now send money instantly to MTN Mobile Money wallets in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. The launch follows the signing of a global partnership agreement earlier this year, to enable WorldRemit customers all over the world to send international remittances to MTN’s Mobile Money customers. People in more than…