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

Gross Transactions YOY in Double-Digits Driven by Debit Cards

Gross Transactions YOY in Double-Digits Driven by Debit Cards

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] International gross transactions (GTX) for Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards grew by 16.6% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/16). International GTX for credit cards increased 11.9% YOY while international GTX for debit cards soared 20.9% YOY in 1Q/16. In the first quarter gross international payment card GTX for…

Early Stage Delinquency Hovers at Record Lows

Early Stage Delinquency Hovers at Record Lows

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Early stage delinquency (30+ days) among the nation’s top 6 issuers declined six basis points (bps) sequentially in the first quarter (1Q/16) to 1.75%, but remains one bps above last year’s 1.74%.  Five of the Big 6, including Chase, Bank of America, Capital One. Citibank, and Discover, posted lower or flat…

Big 6 Late Stage Credit Card Delinquency Flat Sequentially

Big 6 Late Stage Credit Card Delinquency Flat Sequentially

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The average late stage U.S. credit card delinquency (90+ day) among the nation’s six largest issuers was flat sequentially, to 0.92% for the first quarter (1Q/16), but up 4 basis points (bps) from one-year ago (YOY). Three issuers were flat or down sequentially. The AmEx 90+ day delinquency rate remained flat…

U.S. Consumer Credit Ramps Up in June

U.S. Consumer Credit Ramps Up in June

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. consumer revolving credit card soared in June, growing at an annual rate of +9.7%, compared to a revised +2.2% annual rate in May and a revised +1.3% annual rate in April. Overall consumer credit increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of +4.1% in June. Non-revolving credit increased at an…

Australian Consumer Credit Rises Moderately in May

Australian Consumer Credit Rises Moderately in May

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Australian credit card outstandings edged up by 1.6% year-on-year (YOY) in May. Credit card credit limits increased 3.1% YOY and the number of credit card accounts rose 2.2% YOY. The average balance per account in May declined 1.5% YOY to AU$3147, compared to AU$3149 for April, and AU$3196 for May 2015.

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Charge-Offs Among Big 6 Rise Across-the-Board

Charge-Offs Among Big 6 Rise Across-the-Board

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Charge-offs among the nation’s top 6 issuers jumped 19 basis points (bps) year-on-year (YOY) to 2.86% for the first quarter (1Q/16), and up 2 bps sequentially.  All six issuers posted sharply higher charge-offs in the first quarter. The Chase 1Q/16 charge-offs ratio inched up by 20 bps from 4Q/15 and flat…

Visa + MC International Purchase Transactions Robust

Visa + MC International Purchase Transactions Robust

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] International purchase transactions (PTX) for Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards grew by 18.9% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/16). International PTX for credit cards increased 17.6% YOY while international PTX for debit cards rose 20.3% YOY in 1Q/16. In the first quarter gross international payment card PTX for…

U.K. Consumer Credit Up at a Brisk Pace in June

U.K. Consumer Credit Up at a Brisk Pace in June

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.K. consumer credit continued to expand at a brisk pace in June, topping 10% year-on-year (YOY). In June total consumer credit grew to £186.0 billion. The three-month annualized and twelve-month growth rates, seasonally adjusted (SA), were 11.0% and 10.3% respectively. The Bank of England (BOE) reports consumer credit increased by £1.8…

Debit Cards Lead Visa + MasterCard International CIF

Debit Cards Lead Visa + MasterCard International CIF

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] International payment cards-in-force (CIF) for Visa and MasterCard increased 6.7% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/16). International debit card CIF rose 8.9% YOY, while international credit card CIF increased 3.5% YOY. MasterCard’s international debit card CIF YOY is growing more than seven times Visa’s international debit CIF. International payment card…