Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley, with 33 years experience covering payment cards and payment systems, is Senior Analyst/Editor for CardFlash and other payments-related publications. He is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. McKinley served as an expert witness in 100+ litigations including two multi-$billion trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, chaired multiple payments conferences, hired as consultant by Fortune 100 companies and several overseas financial institutions. Full Bio: www.rbm4.com

US Card PDV

Purchase dollar volume (PDV) for Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) in the U.S. climbed 7.6% year-on-year (YOY) in Q2/15 reaching a record $1205 billion, according to CardData. RAM Research now predicts annual U.S. credit card PDV will top $4.1 trillion by 2019 and U.S. credit card PDV will approach $2.7 trillion.