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

30K+ Attendees to Check-Out Mobile World Congress Americas in Sept

Mobile World Congress (MWC) Americas will debut September 12-14 in San Francisco at the Moscone Center and will be the premier mobile industry event for the Americas. Under the theme “The Tech Element”, Mobile World Congress Americas will be expecting 30,000 professionals from across the mobile industry and adjacent industry sectors to attend. The exhibition…

Late-Stage Delinquency Edges Down Sequentially – Storm Clouds Gather

The average late stage U.S. credit card delinquency (90+ day) among the nation’s top four issuers edged down 1 basis points (bps) sequentially, but up 14 bps year-on-year (YOY) for the first quarter (1Q/17). Early stage delinquency, the precursor of 90+ day delinquency, among the peer group, rose in 1Q/17, according to CardData. For the Top…

Ingenico to Unveil Just Works POS Pairing for Seamless Bluetooth Coupling

Ingenico is set to unleash the RP450BT, a versatile mobile card reader, which expands upon its robust line of secure EMV-ready mobile solutions. The key features of the RP450BT include “Just Works” pairing for seamless Bluetooth coupling, an innovative design to increase stability and portability, standard compatibility with hundreds of iOS and Android handhelds, and…

Cap One Puts More Spark into its Business Card Product with SBA Month

Capital One Spark Business launched the “We Work As One” campaign to light-up its business credit card product. The initiative will start in Chicago (June), then San Francisco (July), New York City (August), Denver (September) and Boston (October). The new program partners small businesses in select markets with local Capital One Cafés for a series of…

Mastercard Globally OK But U.S. Business Spirals Down for Another Quarter

Mastercard’s U.S. purchase dollar volume (PDV) quarterly year-on-year (YOY) growth has been spiraling down this year tumbling for the fourth consecutive quarter to 2.5% in the first quarter (1Q/17), compared to 2.7% for 4Q/16, and 10.3% for 1Q/16, according to CardData. While overall Mastercard is solid globally its U.S. business is sinking fast. Mastercard reported…

FleetCor on Fire – Q1 Profits Solid & Major B2B Acquisition in the Wings

GA-based FleetCor Technologies (FLT), a major provider of fuel cards and workforce payment products to businesses, reported first quarter (1Q/17) profits jumped 11.3% year-on-year (YOY) as domestic and international transactions also posted double-digit YOY gains in 1Q/17, according to CardData. FleetCor says its fundamentals were strong, organic revenue growth was approximately 10% in the quarter,…

Verifone Nails a Major Ukraine Payment-as-a-Service POS Deal

PrivatBank, the largest acquirer in Ukraine, has selected Verifone as its payment solution and service provider. As part of a three-year deal, Verifone will set up and manage PrivatBank merchants with point-of-sale (POS) solutions giving PrivatBank the freedom to focus on their more than 120,000 merchant clients of all sizes and verticals with financial services.…

Mastercard on a Roll in Combining Financial Inclusion with Digital Payments

With more than two billion people still excluded from the mainstream of financial services, Mastercard is at the forefront, stepping up its efforts to increase financial access for citizens around the world by developing innovative payment solutions that enhance the adoption of cashless transactions and by stitching together strong public and private alliances that accelerate…

Top U.S. Credit Card Issuer Charge-Offs Take-Off Bigly in Q1

Charge-offs among the nation’s top four U.S. issuers jumped 40 basis points (bps) year-on-year (YOY), and up 36 bps sequentially for the first quarter (1Q/17). All four issuers reported sharply higher credit card losses from the prior quarter, according to CardData. For the top four issuers (Chase, BofA, Capital One, Citibank), average charge-offs were 3.48%…

U.S. Card Issuers Left with Bottom Fishing and Rewards Gamers

The number of new credit card accounts (those opened in the previous 24 months) rose to 88.1 million, driven in part by a 16% increase in new subprime accounts. Even with this increase, subprime accounts continue to comprise roughly one-fifth of total open accounts — equivalent to 2012 levels. According to the American Bankers Association’s…