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

Electronic Payments 2015

While companies around the world are taking note of the growing emergence of mobile and digital payment applications, many treasury departments still grapple with the continued existence and enormous cost of paper payments. Clients at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Conference on Payments and Commercial Card continued to identify that fully converting their payments to electronic was their No. 1 priority in improving their working capital in 2015.

BIG 4 Q2 GAC

Gross or open accounts (GAC) for U.S. credit cards among the nation’s four largest issuers climbed 2.0% in the second quarter to 187.4 million, compared to 183.7 million one-year ago. The growth is driven by Capital One, while Chase, Bank of America (BofA) and Citibank face year-on-year (YOY) and quarter-to-quarter (QOQ) GAC erosion. However, BofA posted a slight YOY gain.