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

Obama Pay

While largely ceremonial, President Obama today signed an executive order at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau mandating the use of smart payment cards in the U.S. for government payments. The payment transistion in the U.S. from mag stripe/signature card payments to Chip/PIN (EMV) is already underway and will be in full steam in 2015.

U.S. Chip EMV

Based on forecasts provided by acquirers representing approximately 80% of U.S. purchase volume at least 47% of U.S. merchant terminals will be enabled for EMV chip technology by the end of 2015. Also Visa announced it is kicking off a national awareness and education effort that will reach millions of U.S. cardholders and merchants with information about chip technology.