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

MC AVG US P-TIX

MasterCard’s average ticket (TIX) per purchase for U.S. credit cards has increased 10.3% since 2009, compared to Visa’s decrease of 1.9% during the same five year period. MasterCard’s average U.S. debit card purchase TIX runs about 4.8% higher than Visa’s since 2009. According to CardData, the MasterCard average TIX for full-year 2014 for credit cards is $90.23 and $39.42 for debit cards, up $8.39 and 8 cents respectively, compared to 2010.

JCB 2019

Japan’s JCB continues this year to expand its worldwide acceptance and issuance with new deals in Europe, as well as the LAC, ME and AP regions. Based on current metrics JCB is expected to surpass the US$500 billion in annual transaction value milestone by end-of-year (EOY) 2019. JCB racked up US$223 billion in transaction value last year, according to CardData. Forecaster RAM Research’s CAGR Corner computes JCB’s compound annual growth rate (CAGR) at 18.01%