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

Discover IT Secured Card

Discover Finally Enters U.S. Secured Card Market

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Discover has launched its Discover it Secured Credit Card for consumers looking to build or rebuild their credit. The card comes with the same rewards and benefits as the Discover it Card, including Cashback Bonus rewards and FICO Credit Scores for free on monthly statements and online, all with no annual…

Capital One Aspire MasterCard Tops Canadian Charts

Capital One Aspire MasterCard Tops Canadian Charts

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Capital One Aspire Travel World Elite MasterCard has been named Canada’s top travel points card with an annual fee as announced by Rewards Canada in its annual rewards credit card ranking. RewardsCanada.ca is a leading online resource for news and information about travel rewards cards and loyalty programs. Its popular…

CPI Card Group Joins FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance

CPI Card Group Joins FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] CPI Card Group has formally joined the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance. Committed to exceptional authentication standards for payment technologies, CPI Card Group will work with current Alliance members to share technology and promote open specifications to enable authentication methods that are more secure and easy to use. The FIDO Alliance…

Shift4 VT4 Wins Best M-POS Solution

Shift4 VT4 Wins Best M-POS Solution

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Shift4’s VT4 mobile point-of-sale solution was selected as a 2016 Pay Awards winner in the Best M-POS Solution category. For 10 years, Pay Awards has conferred the most prestigious recognition of excellence in the worldwide prepaid, mobile and emerging payments industry. The awards are presented annually by Paybefore, whose publications are…

SuperCom Cybersecurity Platform Lands a Whale

SuperCom Cybersecurity Platform Lands a Whale

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] SuperCom’s Cyber Security division was invited to pilot its SafeMobile Suite by a Large European Enterprise in the Telecommunications and Media space. SafeMobile, SuperCom’s innovate cybersecurity platform protecting mobile phone applications and environments, which has recently been deployed to protect SuperCom’s Mobile payments suite- SuperyPay, will now be deployed as a…

Fiserv Inks ACI Community Financial Services Deal

Fiserv Inks ACI Community Financial Services Deal

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Fiserv has inked a definitive agreement with ACI Worldwide, a leading global provider of electronic payment and banking solutions, to acquire the assets of its Community Financial Services (CFS). The deal is an all-cash transaction valued at $200 million, which does not include related tax benefits. The transaction is subject to…

WEX Mobile App

WEX Connect Mitigates Winter Storm Jonas

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] ME-based fuel card specialist WEX announced a reminder that its mobile app, WEX Connect, is available to help drivers find fuel and service stations in operation in their area surrounding Winter Storm Jonas and beyond. With WEX Connect, drivers can find the most cost effective type of fuel they need, and…

Weights and Measures Investigates Card Skimmers

Weights and Measures Investigates Card Skimmers

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] FBI and Secret Service agents partnered with state officials in a national training effort on identifying and investigating credit card skimmers at gas stations. State and local weights and measures officials from across the country attended this special training event in conjunction with the 2016 Interim Meeting of the National Conference…

Special Breaking News Mentions in CardFlash January 22, 2016

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] CardFlash.com Breaking News: MBNA (UGO); PARKMOBILE (Fort Worth); INFINEON (CUP); and CTS (convention). MBNA – UGO inked a commitment by MBNA and CUETS Financial to build functionality to add their portfolios of MasterCard credit card products to UGO Wallet in the future.  MBNA and CUETS Financial are the third and fourth…

Credit Karma Credit Fumble Research

Credit Karma Credit Fumble Research

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] A new survey finds 68% of people surveyed made at least one major Credit Fumble before turning 30: either overspending on credit cards, missing payments, having an account sent to collections, or defaulting on a loan. Credit Karma announced the results of its research into the “Credit Fumble” phenomenon, a behavioral…

U.S. EMV Cards to Peak in 2016 at 617 Million Units

U.S. EMV Cards to Peak in 2016 at 617 Million Units

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] In 2015, EMV card issuance in the U.S exceeded original industry expectations, hitting nearly 600 million units, while China showed continued success, achieving record shipments near the 850 million mark. The two countries led significant worldwide market growth, accounting for 53% of the more than 2.6 billion total EMV cards shipped…

Global Market for Card Printers to Hit $72B by 2019

Global Market for Card Printers to Hit $72B by 2019

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] New research has estimated the global market for card printers to surpass USD 72 billion by 2019. High market value of the global card printers market can be attributed to the enhanced efficiency, quality, and performance of printers, which results in its increased adoption in sectors like BFSI, educational, and IT.…