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

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…

Money 20/20 Europe Will be Nothing but Ginormous This Year

The world’s largest Fintech, Money 20/20 Europe (June 26-28), is all set for June in Copenhagen. While there are many FinTech gatherings this event is super cool as it is decidedly, European. It is ginormous too! In its first year, Money20/20 Europe attracted 3,725 attendees, including 500 CEOs, from 1,500 companies and 70 countries. The show featured 422 speakers, over 200…

What is Behind the Recent Upticks in Bank Credit Card Delinquency & Charge-Offs?

There are growing concerns in the U.S. bank credit card market regarding the 2017 outlook for delinquencies and charge-offs. All the Top 4 issuers (Chase, Capital One, Bank of America and Citibank) reported slight upticks in the fourth quarter in both metrics. The Top 100 banks reported the seasonally adjusted (SA) credit card charge-off ratio…

Major 4 Network Adjusted PDV Up 6.5% YOY FX in Fourth Quarter

Purchase dollar volume (PDV) for Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) globally rose 20.0% year-on-year (YOY) on a nominal dollars basis for the fourth quarter (4Q/16). However, on a currency adjusted basis (FX), global 4Q/16 PDV increased 20.7% YOY, according to CardData. The fourth quarter PDV figures are skewed as Visa…

Major U.S. Issuer Outstandings Up Double-Digits Thanks to American Express & Costco

U.S. credit card outstandings end-of-period (EOP) among the Top 4 U.S.  issuers gained 10.9% in the fourth quarter (4Q/16) year-on-year (YOY) to $417.2 billion, according to CardData. The gain was driven largely by Citibank as its acquisition of the Costco card portfolio from American Express has skyrocketed outstandings. BofA was unseated as the nation’s second…