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

Credit Card Delinquency

Credit Card Delinquency Continues to Rise Slowly Among Top U.S. Issuers

Credit card delinquency (30+ days) for the fourth quarter (4Q/18), among the nation’s Top 4 issuers, increased 13 basis points (bps) sequentially, and edged up year-on-year (YOY) by 16 bps. According to CardData, the average rate among the top four issuers (Chase, Capital One, Bank of America, Citibank) was 2.40% for 4Q/18, compared to 2.27%…

Credit Card Late Stage Delinquency

Credit Card Outstandings Hit the Brakes in Final Quarter of 2018

Credit card loans (outstandings) end-of-period (EOP) in the U.S., among the Top 4 U.S. issuers, gained a mere 1.5% in the fourth quarter (4Q/18) year-on-year (YOY), posting $444.1 billion. The YOY growth rate is down 230 basis points (bps), compared to the prior quarter, based on data collected by CardData. The gain was largely driven by…

Credit Card Purchase Dollar Volume

Credit Card Losses Ease Among the Top 4 U.S. Major Issuers

Charge-offs among the nation’s top four U.S. issuers edged up two basis points (bps) year-on-year (YOY), but down 25 bps sequentially for the third quarter (3Q/18), according to CardData. For the top four issuers (Chase, Capital One, Bank of America, Citibank), average charge-offs were 3.27% for 3Q/18, compared to 3.55% for 2Q/18 and 3.25% for…

Global Credit Card Profits

Global Credit Card Profits Continue to Soar Approaching 30% YOY

Global credit card profits for the top four networks are incredibly strong year-on-year (YOY) in the third quarter (3Q/18). The network peer group net income (after tax) soared 28.7% YOY for 3Q/18, equally driven by Visa and Mastercard, according to RAM Research. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover reported a combined 3Q/18 (after tax) profit…

U.S. Credit Card Issuer Outstandings

Credit Card Issuers Post Weak Growth in Outstandings for Q3

U.S. credit card outstandings end-of-period (EOP) among the Big 6 credit card issuers increased 4.9% in the third quarter (3Q/18) year-on-year (YOY) to $570.1 billion. Over the past two years, Top 6 outstandings have jumped 12.6%. The robust aggregate gain resulted from strong YOY growth from American Express and Discover, according to RAM Research. The…

Global Payment Card GDV

Global Payment Card GDV FX YOY Remains Level in Q3

Global Payment Card GDV (Gross Dollar Volume) for Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) globally increased 6.2% year-on-year (YOY) on a nominal dollars basis, for the third quarter (3Q/18). However, on a currency adjusted basis (FX) global GDV for 3Q/18 increased an estimated 10.3% YOY, according to RAM Research. The major…

U.S. Credit Card PDV Big 6 Issuers

Credit Card U.S. PDV Posts Double Digits YOY Growth in Q3

Credit card U.S. PDV (Purchase Dollar Volume), for credit cards, among the Big 6 U.S. credit card issuers, rose 10.9% year-on-year (YOY) for the third quarter (3Q/18), compared to growth rate of 10.6% for 2Q/18, according to CardData. Capital One scorched the Big 6 with the largest YOY PDV gain, while Bank of America was…

Visa Mastercard CIF for U.S.

Visa Mastercard CIF for the U.S. Market Loses Momentum in the Second Half

U.S. Visa Mastercard CIF (cards-in-force) for payment cards (credit & debit) increased 2.1% year-on-year (YOY) in the third quarter (3Q/18), compared to a 6.6% YOY gain in the prior quarter. U.S. credit cards increased 2.9% YOY while CIF for debit cards rose 1.5% YOY, in 3Q/18. There are were 1289 million Visa and Mastercard payment…