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

Global PDV for Major 4 U.S. Card Networks Up 12% in Q2 FX YOY

Purchase dollar volume (PDV) for Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) globally rose 13.7% year-on-year (YOY) on a nominal dollars basis for the second quarter (2Q/18). However, on a currency adjusted basis (FX), global 2Q/18 PDV increased 12.1% YOY.  The major four U.S.-based global networks posted $3511 billion in global PDV…

Visa + Mastercard LAC Q2 PDV (FX) YOY Surges as Visa Marketshare Continues to Slip

Visa and Mastercard purchase dollar volume (PDV), currency adjusted (FX), in the Latin American Caribbean (LAC) region skyrocketed in the second quarter (2Q/18) with year-on-year (YOY) growth in double digits. Mastercard has been slowly gaining on Visa in the LAC, eroding Visa’s marketshare in the LAC region, based on nominal PDV, to 61% at end-of-year…

British Brexit Economy Sputters as Credit Card Lending Slows in July Amidst Stagnate Workers’ Pay

U.K. consumer credit growth continued its downward spiral in July, dropping to 8.5% year-on-year (YOY), its lowest level this year and well below the peak of 10.8% YOY set in November 2016. For July, driven by the Brexit fallout, the decline was 50 basis points (bps) sequentially, and flat YOY. However, according to the July…

Big 6 U.S. Issuer Portfolio Q2 Yields Solidly 11%+ w/COF & DFS Leading the Path

The average yield among the nations’s big six bank credit card issuers came in at 11.42% for the second quarter (2Q/18), compared to 11.66% in the prior quarter, and 11.37% for 2Q/17. Capital One (COF), the nation’s fastest growing major credit card issuer, and Discover (DFS), one of best managed portfolio again, posted the highest…

Global Q2 Profits for Top 4 U.S. Networks Top 20% YOY – Fueled by Mastercard +33% YOY

Profits for the top four networks were all over the map year-on-year (YOY) in the second quarter (2Q/18). The network peer group net income (after tax) soared 20.8% YOY for 2Q/18, largely driven by Mastercard. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover reported a combined 2Q/18 (after tax) profit of $6190 million, compared to $6397 million…

Credit Card Q2 Delinquency Stabilization Evident Among All Banks — Not Limited to Top 4 Issuers

The 30+ day delinquency rate, seasonally adjusted (SA), among the top 100 U.S. banks for the second quarter (2Q/18) increased seven basis points (bps) sequentially (Q2Q), and flat year-on-year (YOY). On a not seasonally adjusted basis (NSA), the delinquency rate among the top 100 U.S. banks for 2Q/18, decreased 19 bps Q2Q and down 19…

Top 4 U.S. Card Issuers Q2 Charge-Offs Remain Stable — Hovering Around 3.5%

Charge-offs among the nation’s top four U.S. issuers edged up seven basis points (bps) year-on-year (YOY), but down 11 bps sequentially for the second quarter (2Q/18). For the top four issuers (Chase, BofA, Capital One, Citibank), average charge-offs were 3.55% for 2Q/18, compared to 3.66% for 1Q/18 and 3.48% for 2Q/17. The Chase 2Q/18 charge-offs…

Excluding U.S. — V+M Q2 Global PDV Rises +14% FX YOY Helped by Mastercard International Debit

Visa and Mastercard international payment card (credit + debit) purchase dollar volume (PDV) for the second quarter (2Q/18) posted US$1873 billion, up 16.8% year-on-year (YOY), on a nominal basis. On a currency adjusted basis (FX) international PDV increased 14.1% YOY. Visa and Mastercard international credit card PDV for 2Q/18 posted US$1195 billion, compared to US$1159…

Major 4 Payment Networks Q2 U.S. PDV (Credit + Debit) in Robust Double Digits YOY

Purchase dollar volume (PDV) for the Major 4 networks (Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover) cards (credit + debit) in the U.S. climbed 10.3% year-on-year (YOY) in 2Q/18 topping $1536 billion.  Visa barely led the way in the second quarter posting a 10.5% YOY gain for U.S. PDV. The Major 4 collectively posted $1536.6 billion…

Big 6 U.S. Card Issuer Q2 Outstandings +6% YOY +13.5% Since Q2/16 – Driven by AXP & DFS

U.S. credit card outstandings end-of-period (EOP) among the Big 6 issuers increased 6.3% in the second quarter (2Q/18) year-on-year (YOY) to $563.0 billion. Over the past two years, Top 6 outstandings have jumped 13.5%. The robust aggregate gain resulted from strong YOY growth from Capital One, American Express and Discover. The Big 6: American Express,…

Major U.S-Based Card Network Global Q2 GDV Rises 10% YOY – Propelled by MasterCard

Gross dollar volume (GDV) for Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) globally increased 10.9% year-on-year (YOY) on a nominal dollars basis, for the second quarter (2Q/18). However, on a currency adjusted basis (FX) global GDV for 2Q/18 increased an estimated 10.3% YOY.  The major four networks posted $4648 billion in global…