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

PayPal Continues to Rock ’n Roll as Q4 PTX & TPV Top 20% YOY

PayPal continues to gain market share as total payment volume (TPV) soared 22% year-on-year (YOY) in the fourth quarter (4Q/16). However, the transaction margin declined 340 basis points (bps) in the quarter, compared to 4Q/15, according to CardData. During 2016, PayPal added 18 million active accounts, reflecting double digit YOY growth. Transaction revenues for 4Q/16…

Sales Made on Smartphones Up 65% YOY as Retailers Embrace 2017 mRevolution

A new study shows 2016 direct online sales totaled an estimated 11.6% of total U.S. retail sales of $394 billion, but digital touchpoints actually impacted an estimated 49% of total U.S. retail sales. According to The State of Retailing Online 2017: Key Metrics, Business Objectives and Mobile by the National Retail Federation’s Shop.org division and…

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…