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

Zuora to Electrify the Subscription Economy in Frisco with Subscribed

Zuora’s first annual User Summit begins with advanced training by role – Billing & Payment Ops, Finance Ops, Zuora Admins, IT/Developers, Pricing and Growth Managers. Zuora has been enabling the subscription economy by building the next generation commerce platform. Zuora’s subscription management software has enabled 21st century businesses around the world from startups to enterprises…

Cryptocurrency + Bank + Visa with Complete Anonymity? – Probably All Hat No Cattle

The creators of the digital currency known as DIBCOIN, reportedly have inked a billion-dollar liquidity partnership with Digitas Bank enabling present and future DIBCOIN holders the ability to deposit and withdraw DIBCOIN and FIAT currency in a single transaction and with complete financial privacy. On top of this customers can use an anonymous VISA debit…

Tech & Jazz & Startups to Have a Collision in The Big Easy

America’s fastest growing tech conference, with more than 20,000 attendees, and millions of business ideas including fintech is slated for early May in New Orleans. Collision attendees include 3,000 CEOs and other senior executives. About 4,500 companies will be represented from 110 countries. It is an ultimate event, and best of all, it is sandwiched…

Wells Fargo Credit Card Portfolio Bad Sales Practices Impact Continues in Q1

Wells Fargo continues to reel from the bank’s fraudulent sales practices exposed last year, as new credit card account acquisitions fell more than 46% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/17). Consumer credit card portfolio metrics remained soft with single digit YOY gains, and there was a noticeable uptick in charge-offs, according to CardData. The…

Bitcoin Decentralized Cryptocurrency Transformational for Payments Market

Wildly successful in early development, bitcoin has hit some rough patches in China and Europe, and a cold shoulder in the North American banking world. However, mainstream acceptance is plowing forward albeit at single-digit annual growth rates. The global bitcoin technology market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.26% through 2020. The recovering…

Analytics Dashboard for ISOs, ISVs and VARs Offers Real-Time Max Detailed Data

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Costco Card Drives Citi PDV Higher and Profits Lower in Q1

Citibank North America branded credit card purchase dollar volume (PDV) continued to soar in the first quarter (1Q/17), however net income dropped sharply, both driven by the 2016 Costco acquisition, according to CardData. North America Citi-branded card revenue increased 12.7% YOY to $2096 million for 1Q/17, compared to $2213 million in the prior quarter and $1860…

Sapphire Reserve Card Acquisition Costs Still Dog Chase in Q1

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Biometrics Market to Grow 12% CAGR Driven by Untrustworthy Passwords

Biometrics involves identification and verification of physical traits such as fingerprints, hand geometry, face recognition, and iris recognition, and behavioral traits such as keystroke patterns, signature, and voice recognition. Its application to the payments industry and the replacement of old-school passwords cannot be understated. With double-digit growth, biometrics is a potentially explosive sector with payments.…

High Quality Payments Innovation Summit Coming to Frisco in November

The Payments Innovation Summit, produced by UK-based Argyle’s Innovation Enterprise, is slated for November 9 and 10 in San Francisco. More than 150 top level payments and commerce professionals are expected to attend. There will more than 25 industry expert keynote presentations and over 20 case studies presented from Fortune 500 companies. Topics covered are from the…