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

BlazePays Visa

First National Bank (Slayton, Minnesota), and First National Bank (Davenport, Iowa), now offer the BlazePays Visa Prepaid Cards powered by Capital Prepaid Services. Under the banks’ agent programs which are managed by Capital Prepaid Services, these Minnesota and Iowa banks are now able to cost-effectively tap into the prepaid market, which is one of the fastest growing payment markets.

Mobile Money 2019

The global mobile money market is projected to grow from $12.34 billion in 2014 to $78.02 billion by 2019, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 44.6%. In the year 2007 mobile money has evolved from providing payment transactions though Short Messaging Services (SMS) and Direct Mobile Billing to the more contemporary Near Field Communication (NFC)/ Smart Card transactions.