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.

Payfont Nails Down Scottish Enterprise funding

Payfont has been awarded £100,000 funding from Scottish Enterprise, helping to fund its online security to counter data theft disasters. The Anonymised, Distributed, e-Commerce Architecture (ADeCA) will protect organisations and their customers by managing distributed data fragments via a contextual security protocol. It makes a user’s data completely unique to that user, anonymous to others. This approach raises the bar significantly against Cybercriminals used to stealing large databases of data records that rely on standard encryption and linear access security methods.Cybercrime and its identity theft and money laundering consequences are now at epidemic proportions globally.The 2014 average data breach cost for a company is US$3.5m, up 15% on 2013.

TSYS signs agreement with the Philippines’ Metrobank Card Corporation

TSYS signed an agreement to license its PRIME payment transaction processing platform to Metrobank Card Corporation (MCC) in the Philippines. MCC is a strategic joint venture between Metrobank and Australia New Zealand Bank and is one of the largest issuers and acquirers in the Philippines’ market. MCC will license PRIME 4, the latest version of the payment processing platform, to manage its multi-payment card issuing and merchant acquiring together with online authorization and switching on a single platform. Value-added services for installments, credit, loyalty, collections, dispute and chargeback management and acquirer fraud monitoring will also be offered as part of PRIME 4’s integrated payment solution.


MasterCard’s Canadian gross dollar volume increases 5.4% in the second quarter, while Visa’s Canadian gross dollar volume remained flat. MasterCard has 49 million cards-in-force currently in the Canadian region. RAM Research projects MasterCard Canadian purchase dollar volume will rise slightly to US$34 billion in the third quarter.

Target Project $148mm in Losses Thanks to Infamous Breach

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Target announced 2Q/14 expectations are projected to include gross expenses of $148 million, partially offset by a $38 million insurance receivable, related to the December 2013 data breach. The Company provided an estimate of costs related to its recently-completed early debt retirement and updated expectations for second-quarter Adjusted1 and GAAP earnings…

Global Payments signs referral agreement with BitPay

Global Payments payment solutions has signed a referral agreement with BitPay bitcoin digital currency. This allows Global Payments to incorporate the cryptocurrency into its product suite and to offer bitcoin payment acceptance to its worldwide merchants. The cross-border demands of global merchants all bitcoin acceptance to reach more customers in more markets, particularly in fledgling economies.

Transfast and Yes Bank offer NPCI Insta-Deposits

Transfast and YES Bank launched its instant money transfer service to banks. This service operates via the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) core platform. TRANSFAST is the first money transfer company worldwide to be live with NPCI’s Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) capability for international money transfers. This enables TRANSFAST customers to make instant deposits–both online at and at agent locations–to Indian banks from the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Instant transfers are available 24x7x365, even on holidays and during non-banking hours.