Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley, with 33 years experience covering payment cards and payment systems, is Senior Analyst/Editor for CardFlash and other payments-related publications. He is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. McKinley served as an expert witness in 100+ litigations including two multi-$billion trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, chaired multiple payments conferences, hired as consultant by Fortune 100 companies and several overseas financial institutions. Full Bio: www.rbm4.com

Payment Card Transactions for V+M U.S. Rises 9.5% YOY in Q2

Payment card transactions (PTX) for Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards in the U.S. grew by 9.5% year-on-year (YOY) in the second quarter (2Q/18) to 24.1 billion. The growth was driven by Mastercard credit and debit cards. U.S. payment card purchase transactions for Visa and Mastercard (debit+credit) hit 24,067 in 2Q/18, compared to 22,221…

European Payments Cards

Visa and Mastercard European Credit Cards Q2 Racking-Up Impressive YOY Gains

European Credit Cards Q2 for Visa and Mastercard posted strong year-on-year (YOY) gains for the second quarter (2Q/18). On a non-currency adjusted basis (NFX), gross dollar volume (GDV) rose 16.5% YOY, purchase dollar volume (PDV) increased 19.2% YOY, and cards-in-force (CIF) climbed 6.1% YOY. On a currency adjusted basis (FX), Visa GDV rose 7.3% YOY…

U.S. Credit Card PDV Big 6 Issuers

Late Stage Q2 Credit Card Delinquency Hovers at 1.00% for Big 6 U.S. Issuers

The average late stage U.S. credit card delinquency (90+ day) among the nation’s six largest issuers edged up 2 basis points (bps) sequentially, to 1.00% for the second quarter (2Q/18), and down 8 bps from one-year ago (YOY). The 90+ day delinquency crossed the 1.00% milestone in 4Q/16, the first since 2009. The Chase 90+…

Global Payment Card PDV

Global PDV for Major 4 U.S. Card Networks Up 12% in Q2 FX YOY

Purchase dollar volume (PDV) for Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) globally rose 13.7% year-on-year (YOY) on a nominal dollars basis for the second quarter (2Q/18). However, on a currency adjusted basis (FX), global 2Q/18 PDV increased 12.1% YOY.  The major four U.S.-based global networks posted $3511 billion in global PDV…

Visa + Mastercard LAC Q2 PDV (FX) YOY Surges as Visa Marketshare Continues to Slip

Visa and Mastercard purchase dollar volume (PDV), currency adjusted (FX), in the Latin American Caribbean (LAC) region skyrocketed in the second quarter (2Q/18) with year-on-year (YOY) growth in double digits. Mastercard has been slowly gaining on Visa in the LAC, eroding Visa’s marketshare in the LAC region, based on nominal PDV, to 61% at end-of-year…

U.K. Credit Card Lending

British Brexit Economy Sputters as Credit Card Lending Slows in July Amidst Stagnate Workers’ Pay

U.K. consumer credit growth continued its downward spiral in July, dropping to 8.5% year-on-year (YOY), its lowest level this year and well below the peak of 10.8% YOY set in November 2016. For July, driven by the Brexit fallout, the decline was 50 basis points (bps) sequentially, and flat YOY. However, according to the July…

Big 6 U.S. Issuer Portfolio Q2 Yields Solidly 11%+ w/COF & DFS Leading the Path

The average yield among the nations’s big six bank credit card issuers came in at 11.42% for the second quarter (2Q/18), compared to 11.66% in the prior quarter, and 11.37% for 2Q/17. Capital One (COF), the nation’s fastest growing major credit card issuer, and Discover (DFS), one of best managed portfolio again, posted the highest…

Global Q2 Profits for Top 4 U.S. Networks Top 20% YOY – Fueled by Mastercard +33% YOY

Profits for the top four networks were all over the map year-on-year (YOY) in the second quarter (2Q/18). The network peer group net income (after tax) soared 20.8% YOY for 2Q/18, largely driven by Mastercard. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover reported a combined 2Q/18 (after tax) profit of $6190 million, compared to $6397 million…

Credit Card Q2 Delinquency Stabilization Evident Among All Banks — Not Limited to Top 4 Issuers

The 30+ day delinquency rate, seasonally adjusted (SA), among the top 100 U.S. banks for the second quarter (2Q/18) increased seven basis points (bps) sequentially (Q2Q), and flat year-on-year (YOY). On a not seasonally adjusted basis (NSA), the delinquency rate among the top 100 U.S. banks for 2Q/18, decreased 19 bps Q2Q and down 19…

Credit Card Purchase Dollar Volume

Top 4 U.S. Card Issuers Q2 Charge-Offs Remain Stable — Hovering Around 3.5%

Charge-offs among the nation’s top four U.S. issuers edged up seven basis points (bps) year-on-year (YOY), but down 11 bps sequentially for the second quarter (2Q/18). For the top four issuers (Chase, BofA, Capital One, Citibank), average charge-offs were 3.55% for 2Q/18, compared to 3.66% for 1Q/18 and 3.48% for 2Q/17. The Chase 2Q/18 charge-offs…