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

Citi Q1/15

The nation’s fourth largest Visa and MasterCard issuer ended 2014 with declining outstandings, below industry average purchase dollar volume (PDV) and a slight uptick in delinquencies, but profits remained flat sequentially. Forecaster RAM Research projects Citibank (Citi) will post $64.1 billion in outstandings and $41.1 billion in PDV for the first quarter.

UnionPay 2019

China UnionPay (CUP) is on a path to dwarf all other global payment systems combined and on a trajectory to cross the US$10 trillion in annual transaction value milestone in mid-2016 and may reach US$18 trillion by end-of-year (EOY) 2019. CUP racked up US$6.5 trillion in transaction value last year, according to CardData. Forecaster RAM Research’s CAGR Corner computes CUP compound annual growth rate (CAGR) at 23.44% .

Ingenico iWL US

Paris-based Ingenico unveiled an iWL series Wi-Fi enabled mobile terminal solution for use in the U.S. market. The new iWL will enable merchants to accept any and all forms of payment including MSR credit and debit, EMV contact and contactless cards, stored-value cards, mobile NFC and contactless systems such as Apple Pay, MasterCard contactless and Visa payWave.

Amazon DRS

Amazon launched its Dash Button service enabling consumers to buy products they frequently purchase with the push of a physical button at the point-of-need (PON). Amazon then quickly delivers the household favorites. The new service is available to Prime clients by using the Amazon app on a smartphone to connect Dash Button to the home Wi-Fi.