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

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…

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.…