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

TTG EMV

Jacksonville-based The Transaction Group (TTG) is providing free EMV terminals and PIN pads. TTG intends to provide merchants with a hi-tech EMV terminal to handle chip card transactions, as well as a customer-facing PIN pad with an EMV port so that the customer has possession of their credit card through the transaction process.

BofA Q2/15

The nation’s second largest Visa and MasterCard issuer continues to struggle with sluggish outstandings and purchase dollar volume (PDV) growth, but credit card quality continues to improve. However, Bank of America’s signed up 1.3 million accounts in the second quarter, an 18% year-on-year (YOY) gain, the highest level since Q3/08, but yield fell 22 basis points (bps) in Q2/15.