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

U.S. Bank Consumer Credit Cards Expand as Q4 Acquiring Volume Slides

U.S. Bank (USB)’s Payment Services division reports explosive year-on-year (YOY) growth in consumer credit card gross dollar volume (GDV), as well as a double-digit YOY gain in credit card outstandings (OUT) for the fourth quarter (4Q/16), driven by acquisitions, according to CardData. Acquiring volume continued to decline for the third consecutive quarter. USB’s Payment Services…

Wells Fargo Q4 Credit Card Account Acquisitions Plummet on Sales Fraud

New consumer credit card accounts added by Wells Fargo in the fourth quarter (4Q/16) nose-dived by 47% year-on-year (YOY) reflecting reduced marketing activities and customer reaction to the sales practices settlement, according to CardData. Consumer credit card purchase dollar volume (PDV) was up 6.9% year-on-year (YOY) as purchase transactions (PTX) rose by 10.2% for 4Q/16. The…

Credit Card Revolvers Grow to 43% as Transactor Accounts Dip to 29%

New research reveal the number of new credit card accounts (those opened in the previous 24 months) rose 10.7% year-over-year to 87.3 million, with subprime account openings growing the fastest with 27 million new accounts.  Subprime accounts remain well below pre-recession levels, comprising 20% of total accounts – roughly equal to 2012 – while prime…

Corporate Travel Policies Embrace Uber and Lyft — Driving Up Revenues 21%

A new report reveals ride-sharing services are now allowed by one-half of all corporate travel policies, a jump from 44% in June 2016. As policies expanded to include ride-sharing suppliers, such as Uber and Lyft, ridership among business travelers increased 21%. A majority of travelers anticipate using these types of services about the same amount…

All-In-One Wedding Registry Platform w/Credit Cards Introduced

Seattle-based Blueprint Registry announced its credit card processing fee is approximately 5% less than their competitors, at 2.5%. In addition, Blueprint Registry also announced the launch of two new features that allow users to aggregate existing registries into one account: one-time import and automatic import. The one-time import feature allows customers who have previously created one…

Payment Solutions for the Cannabis Industry Ready to Explode

Regulated cannabis sales in North America totaled $6.9 billion in 2016, a 30% increase from the previous year, and sales are projected to grow to $21.6 billion by the year 2021, which represents a 26% compound annual growth rate. Voters in four states – California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine, voted legalize recreational Cannabis this November.…

CardFlight SwipeSimple to be Co-Branded for Vantiv ISOs

Vantiv is now offering CardFlight’s SwipeSimple mobile POS solution to its merchants. SwipeSimple is a turnkey mobile payment acceptance platform that includes an EMV-enabled mobile chip card reader, a mobile application for iOS and Android, and a back office reporting portal for business owners to take payments and manage their business. The solution will be…

Green Dot Swallows the RushCard Prepaid Products for $150MM+

Prepaid card king Green Dot has inked a deal o acquire UniRush. The Company’s operating businesses include the RushCard, an online direct-to-consumer general purpose reloadable prepaid card provider, and Rapid! PayCard, a corporate payroll card provider. The acquisition, which maps to “Step Five” of Green Dot’s “Six Step Plan” to enhance shareholder value, materially expands…

Loyalty One CN-Driven Redemptions Kill Alliance Data Systems Q4 Profits

Dallas-based Alliance Data Systems (ADS) reported fourth quarter (4Q/16) year-on-year (YOY) profits sunk due to new legislation in Ontario prohibiting the time-based expiration of reward points associated with all loyalty programs. The cancellation of its 5-year expiration policy necessitated a change in ADS breakage estimate, according to CardData. ADS reported gross revenue rose 4.5% YOY…