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

Visa Sets U.S. PDV YOY Record as GAC/CIF YOY Hovers Near 10%

Visa’s U.S. payment card (credit+debit) purchase dollar volume (PDV), for the third quarter (3Q/16), logged its highest year-on-year (YOY) gain in more than three year. Even though the big Visa issuers struggle with stagnant growth in accounts (GAC) and cards-in-force (CIF), Visa continues to hover near double-digits YOY. Visa’s U.S. gross dollar volume (GDV) increased…

mPayments Tiny Sliver of Connected Vehicle Technology w/Potential

Connected vehicles are set to go with the introduction of the Chrysler Portal concept offering more than 20 technologies to engage, inform and connect users including e-payment options securely transacted from the vehicle while in transit.  The Chrysler Portal concept is user experience designed with bring your own device (BYOD) in mind, seamlessly connecting with…

Global Mobile Card Reader Market Ready to Explode – Driven by MSMEs

New research projects the global mobile card reader market will grow at a CAGR of nearly 54% between 2017 and 2021. The Technavio research lists magnetic stripe, chip and PIN, and near-field communication (NFC) as the three major technology segments for the mobile card reader market, with the magnetic stripe technology being the most commonly…

Blockchain Tech & Microsoft Azure Platform Combine in Sports Arena

Microsoft recently Teamed with AMIS and Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan (ITRI) and formed the first blockchain consortium network on Azure. Meanwhile, Microsoft was also in collaboration with many banks such as Fubon Financial. After a short period of one and a half month, Microsoft furthered blockchain technology into a new area and announced…

3-D Secure 2.0 Answer to Growing mCommerce & eCommerce CNP Fraud

EMV security standard by both card issuers and merchants is expanding rapidly in the U.S., making counterfeit card fraud at the physical point of sale much more difficult to perpetrate. These two market changes are causing fraud to shift to the card-not-present environment. Mercator Advisory Group’s new research note, Debit and 3-D Secure 2.0, provides…

Mastercard Top Exec to Lead Global Sustainability + Inclusive Growth

Mastercard has ankled Shamina Singh, president of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, to assume oversight of the company’s sustainability efforts in addition to her current responsibilities. In this newly created role, Singh will lead the creation and execution of a sustainability strategy, taking into consideration how the company operates in the current social, cultural…

RBI Upgrades Star Global’s FFMC License to Add 17 New Money Services

Wirecard’s Star Global Currency Exchange received an upgrade of its license issued by Reserve Bank of India to Authorized Dealer in Foreign Exchange (Category II). The earlier license was a Full Fledged Money Changers (FFMC) Licensee with limited authority to deal only in buying and selling foreign currencies, traveller cheques and prepaid cards for travel…

Single Ledger Blockchain to Transform the Payments Industry by 2025

A new report finds within a decade, value capture and creation will steer the payments industry as innovative start-ups unbundle the existing logistics supply chain, focusing on certain aspects of it and breaking down the value chain. Using novel business models that are app- or marketplace-based with online brokerage services and aggregated end-to-end visibility across…