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.

CFPB Prepaid Regulations

US federal proposals released tighten regulation of the prepaid card market may spur a consolidation of small, high-fee prepaid issuers who may be less transparent or uncompetitive, while boosting low-cost, more transparent providers, according to Fitch Ratings. The new consumer-friendly rules should further bolster growth in prepaid card usage by enabling consumers to more easily make informed decisions on card fees and features. Among the many prepaid issuers in the US, fee structures can vary widely and standardized disclosures may push consumers toward lower cost, greater feature providers. We do not believe the new rules pose a serious threat to major card issuing banks, given underlying prepaid customer demographics and actions taken by banks to offer their own prepaid cards. Prepaid card account consumers are gaining new protections that move the cards nearer to having the same disclosure and reporting protections that credit card users enjoy. The total fees paid for prepaid credit products would not be allowed to exceed 25% of the credit limit. In an effort led by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, the protections would be promulgated under US Electronic Fund Transfer Act and The Truth in Lending Act of 2009.