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

Buying Bitcoin Gets Easier to Buy & Resumes Acceptance Traction in 2017

    There are more than 300 ways to Sunday to purchase bitcoins and two firms offer a ton of options to buy, including major credit cards. One company recently is testing bitcoin linked in-game to fantasy sports. PAXFUL U.S.-based peer-to-peer bitcoin technologists Paxful unveiled a new widget, allowing anyone to buy bitcoin worldwide instantly…

Belarus’ Sberbank to Give China’s UnionPay Card Boost on Silk Road Economic Belt

China’s UnionPay has inked a deal with BPS-Sberbank of the Republic of Belarus. Under terms of the agreement, the two parties will cooperate in improving UnionPay’s acceptance network in Belarus, promoting local card issuance, and rolling out UnionPay’s innovative products and services, and thus jointly enhance UnionPay’s service capacity in markets along the Belt and…

Global Payment Cards (V+MA+AXP+DFS) Tops 5 Billion Up 6% YOY

Global payment cards-in force (CIF) [credit + debit] grew by 19.2% year-on-year (YOY) in the fourth quarter (4Q/16) to 4995 million. However, the figure for 4Q/16 includes 554 million for Visa Europe. (Visa added Visa Europe data as of 3Q/16.) Therefore, discounting Europe, the growth in global CIF was 6.0% YOY, adjusted, according to CardData.…

UK CMA Greenlights Mastercard Acquisition of VocaLink

The UK’s Competition & Markets Authority has given its blessing to the Mastercard VocaLink deal. The CMA gave final approval for the proposed set of remedies that address the competition concerns the CMA identified earlier this year. The deal is now expected to close in the coming weeks. A powerhouse in bank account-based payments, VocaLink’s…

EMV Boom Ends – Verifone Looks to Become Device + Services Provider

The slowdown in EMV continues to drag on Verifone’s performance for the first fiscal quarter, ended 1/31/17, (1Q/17). However, the Company notes this year it will launch the next generation devices and services. By scaling these new devices and connecting them with Verifone’s expanded services, the Company hopes it will establish platforms powering the future of…