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

Discover Cuts Back on Card Marketing – Q4 Profits Rise 13%

While not exploding, Discover’s (DFS) credit card portfolio continues to stay in positive territory. Year-on-year (YOY) growth in the fourth quarter (4Q/16) profits increased double digits reflecting a decline in marketing expenses for credit card marketing, according to CardData. Discover’s total revenue rose 6.9% YOY to $2358 million for 4Q/16, compared to $2301 million in…

Capital One EOY Outstandings – Solid #2 U.S. Issuer – Q4 Profits Plateau

Among the biggest bank credit card issuers in the U.S., Capital One (COF) continues to lead the way in every metric, except charge-offs. Based on fourth quarter (4Q/16) figures COF surpassed Bank of America (BAC) as the nation’s second largest issuer, by $5 billion, according to CardData. COF posted double digit year-on-year (YOY) gains in…

NFC, HCE, BLE, and QR Codes Driving Mobile Payments Globally

The global mobile wallet services market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 42% over the next five years due to the multiple functionalities they can offer both buyers as well as suppliers. A new report from Technavio,‘Global Mobile Wallet Services: Procurement Intelligence Report 2017-2021’ finds cost-saving opportunities can be leveraged if buyers have…

Airlines Profits Linked to Deployment of Robust Mobile Payment Solutions

Already accustomed to using smartphones to pay for everything from shared rides to in-app retail purchases, airline passengers are demanding access to the most popular digital wallet solutions and alternative payment methods (APMs) to meet their travel needs, such as Android Pay, Apple Pay, PayPal, MasterPass, Visa Checkout and Alipay. A new report from CellPoint…

LocoMobi Nails the Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge Payments Contract

Toronto-based LocoMobi, a specialist in cloud ecosystems for parking, is developing a fully integrated transportation system for parking, tolling and transit, creating an infrastructure that allows people and cars to move easily from city to city. The Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge serves over 14 million customers per year. LocoMobi’s license plate recognition technology will be…

Mastercard and Soros to Catalyze & Accelerate Economic Development for Vulnerable

Mastercard has emerged as one of the world’s leader in financial inclusion initiatives and has now teamed up with Budapest-born investor George Soros to create Humanity Ventures. The enterprise could catalyze and accelerate economic and social development for vulnerable communities around the world, especially refugees and migrants. Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga and George Soros met…

Citi’s Costco Card Drives PDV +60% & Outstandings +28% – Q4 Profits Soft

Citibank North America branded credit card metrics exploded again in the fourth quarter (4Q/16) as the Costco card acquisition from American Express last year remains in high gear, according to CardData. However, card income declined by double-digits in the fourth quarter, driven by the additional costs associated to the Costco portfolio. North America Citi-branded card revenue…

Sapphire Card Puts the Hurt on Chase Q4 Profits – PDV Up 13.5% YOY

Chase, the nation’s largest bank credit card issuer, continued to post double-digit year-on-year (YOY) growth in purchase dollar volume (PDV) in the fourth quarter (4Q/16) while YOY growth in outstandings (OUT) remained in the mid-single digits, according to CardData. Delinquency (DEL) and charge-offs (CO) jumped upward YOY as the account base remains stagnant and overall…

Credit/Debit Card Payments Maintain Lion’s Share of All U.S. Consumer Payments

Purchases of goods and services totaled $9.550 trillion in 2015, up 3.4% year-on-year (YOY). The four card-based methods of payment of credit, debit, prepaid, and electronic benefits transfer generated $5.665 trillion in purchases or 59.32% of all consumer payment systems volume. Credit cards accounted for $2.932 billion, 30.70% of volume. Debit cards accounted for $2.420,…