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

Q2 Earnings Week Gets Underway Friday for the Payments Industry

Second quarter earnings reports for the nation’s top credit card issuers, global payments networks and supporting businesses gets underway before the market opens on July 14th. First out of the shoot, will Chase (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFS) reporting Friday morning, according to PYRPTS.com and CardData. Citibank (C), Bank of America (BAC) and Capital One…

Mexico’s Financial Inclusion Initiatives Moving Cash to Cards – Robust Future

Cash remains the preferred form of consumer payments in Mexico; especially among the rural population, primarily due to limited knowledge of payment cards or limited access to banking infrastructure. Cash is primarily used for making small-value payments at retailers, and for the payment of utility bills, taxes, and transport fares. A significant proportion of the…

Global Commercial Cards & Payments Summit Set to Amaze


The one and only global event dedicated to commercial cards and payments is slated for September 12th and 13th in New York City. The Global Commercial Cards & Payments Summit will attract more than 170 attendees, with 80% senior level decision-makers from more than 75 organizations. NOTE: Special Pricing Ends July 14th. The Summit offers a forum to…

EMV Shifts Fraud to CNP Transactions Creating Omni-Channel Challenges

Notwithstanding EMV has lowered fraud prevention costs for most U.S. companies, fraud continues to shift online. And while merchants and retailers plan to considerably increase investment in payments to improve customer experience (by 50% over 2015), more than three quarters of these organizations view security, compliance and fraud management issues as the biggest barriers to…

Shanahan to Continue to Steer CardConnect Post-FDC Acquisition

The deal is done. First Data (FDC) and CardConnect have completed their acquisition agreement. CardConnect is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of FDC and CardConnect shares will no longer be traded on the NASDAQ. CardConnect CEO Jeff Shanahan will continue to lead CardConnect operations and will serve as an Executive Vice President and as a member…

Across-the-Board U.S. Consumer Loan Delinquency is Trending North

While data from many sources, including the Federal Reserve and CardData, show an upward trend in credit card late payments for the past five quarters, overall delinquencies rose in 7 of the 11 individual consumer loan categories tracked by the American Bankers Association (ABA). The ABA composite ratio, which tracks delinquencies in eight closed-end installment…