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

COF CC Q1 FC

The nation’s fastest growing Visa and MasterCard major issuer, and the #1 near-prime/sub-prime issuer continues to plow along with solid growth in purchase dollar volume (PDV) and growth in credit card outstandings. RAM Research projects Capital One (COF) will deliver $50.9 billion in PDV and $72.4 billion in outstandings for the first quarter.