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

Briefs: BUZZ POINTS; ACCULYNK; USAT; and FRAGMOB

In Other News: BUZZ POINTS (study); ACCULYNK (Payzur); USAT (Coastal Canteen); and FRAGMOB (CMS). BUZZ POINTS – Buzz Points, the Austin-based rewards and marketing platform, announced the results of “The Total Economic Impact of Buzz Points,” a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Buzz Points. Forrester interviewed four community financial institutions (CFIs)…

Big 6 Issuers Losing Marketshare to Smaller Players

Big 6 Issuers Losing Marketshare to Smaller Players

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Big 6 issuers, based on U.S. total outstandings of $950 billion, control 49.3% of the U.S. bank credit card business at the end of the first quarter (1Q/16). However, as a group the Big 6 lost 250 basis points (bps) quarter-to-quarter (QTQ) in marketshare to smaller issuers in the first quarter.…

PAYFORT Integrates Mastercard Payment Gateway Services

PAYFORT Integrates Mastercard Payment Gateway Services

Mastercard and PAYFORT, a major Arab online payment service provider, have announced a strategic collaboration to introduce the next generation of payment solutions – enabled by Mastercard Payment Gateway Services. Building on Mastercard’s proven approach to helping businesses create better online purchase experiences for their customers, the agreement will enable e-commerce merchants using PAYFORT’s online…

Briefs: CURRENCIES; CPI; BREEZEWORKS; and BLUESNAP.

In Other News: CURRENCIES (Board); CPI (CFO); BREEZEWORKS (prompt.ly); and BLUESNAP (Android). CURRENCIES DIRECT – Currencies Direct, the leading UK non-bank provider of foreign exchange and international payment services, today announced that Antony Jenkins, formerly CEO of Barclays Plc, has joined the company as non-executive Chairman. He will focus on further advancing Currencies Direct’s digital…

Australian Card Spending YOY Growth Remains Brisk

Australian Card Spending YOY Growth Remains Brisk

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Australian credit card gross dollar volume (GDV) headed upward, posting a 10.9% year-on-year (YOY) in May. Purchase dollar volume (PDV) increased 10.7% YOY and cash dollar volume (CDV) was 15.5% YOY in May. GDV rose in May to AU$26.9 billion, compared to a revised AU$24.3 billion in the prior month and…