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

Credit Card Delinquency Remains Stable as Auto & Boat Delinquency Heads North

Delinquencies in bank cards (credit cards provided by banks) fell 5 basis points (bps) to 2.69% of all accounts, staying significantly below their 15-year average of 3.66%. However, delinquencies in closed-end loans (like auto and boat loans) rose. According to the American Bankers Association (ABA) among the 11 individual loan categories, delinquencies rose in all…

PayPal to Help Visa Expand VDEP & Visa Direct into the Asia Pacific Region

PayPal and Visa have extended their domestic partnership arrangement to outside the U.S., specifically Asia Pacific The partnership makes it easier for Visa issuing banks in Asia Pacific to offer their cardholders the ability to checkout anywhere PayPal is accepted online. It also expands the use of PayPal to retailers that accept Visa in physical…

EDGE Card Aims for Top Advanced Dynamic Payment Card in the Market

EDGE Mobile Payments and Nuvation Engineering have buddied for the development of the EDGE Card, its flagship product. The EDGE Card is looking to become the most advanced dynamic payment card within the Fintech market, featuring a full color touchscreen, digital storage of multiple credit and debit cards, along with biometric verification security. Edge Mobile…

Mobile Store Apps to Multiple Markets a Real POS Apptizer for Merchants

Apriva has teamed with Apptizer, an omnichannel app developer, to enable mobile stores to centralize and manage business generated through various mobile paths. Apriva’s EMV-enabled Gateway brings high level security with end-to-end encryption, tokenization, and EMV capabilities to Apptizer’s solutions, while connecting a variety of payment devices to Apriva’s vast processor connections. As a result…

Frictionless Monthly Payment Plans for Credit Cards at the POS

Splitit has partnered with Magento as a Select Technology partner to offer their solutions to the Magento ecosystem. Merchants using Magento will now be able to seamlessly integrate Splitit’s payment tool into their checkout process. Splitit enables retailers to instantly offer monthly payment plans to their customers directly at checkout. Splitit works on existing Visa and…

First Blockchain-Based Football Fantasy Game Offers XFCCOIN Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency fueled football fantasy sports game is publicly testing its payments platform. FootballCoin (XFCCOIN) and the blockchain-based Football Manager game allows players to create their own football team, manage the player roster and participate in competitions. The use of Bitcoin blockchain and Counterparty platform, with its own FootballCoin cryptocurrency, creates a perfect in-game economy with plenty…