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

Credit Card Charge-Offs

Big 6 Issuers Q2 U.S. Charge-Offs +18 bps YOY – Trending Upward Since Q1/17

Charge-offs among the nation’s top 6 issuers rose 18 basis points (bps) year-on-year (YOY) to 3.47% for the second quarter (2Q/18), but down 4 bps sequentially.  The Big 6 (Chase, Bank of America, Capital One, Citibank, American, Express, Discover) reported an aggregate charge-off ratio of 3.47% for 2Q/18, compared to 3.51% for 1Q/18 and 3.29%…

Credit Card Marketshare U.S. 2Q/18

Visa Set to Grab More Marketshare in Q2 Approaching 60% GDV

The nation’s four major payment card networks produced $1485 billion in U.S. gross dollar volume (GDV) in the first quarter (1Q/17) for a 6.0% year-on-year (YOY) gain. Visa continues to rule the market, growing its U.S. GDV marketshare from 58.7% in 1Q/16 to 61.1% in 1Q/17, largely at the expense of American Express, according to…

Cardtek Earns RuPay Level 2 Kernel w/Axis Bank

Global payment technologies provider, Cardtek, is now supporting Axis Bank to launch a national open-loop payment system for public transportation in India. The new payment solution will fully integrate the banking systems and it is certified by RuPay, the national smart card based payment standard in India, providing a secure payment platform that offers residents…

Verifone Gives Up on 2017 as Profits Sour in Q2 — Building for Fiscal 2018

The slowdown in EMV for the second fiscal quarter, (ended 4/30/17), (2Q/17) continues to drag on Verifone’s (VF) performance, as year-on-year (YOY) net income plummeted by more than 500%. The Company notes it continues divesting non-strategic businesses and allocating resources and capital to ensure the timely delivery of our new products, with a bright 2018…

AXP Enhanced BTA Sets a New Standard in Business Travel Management Tools

The beefed-up American Express Business Travel Account (BTA), now gives companies greater control and more visibility into their business travel expenses. The addition of Virtual Account Numbers in the refreshed product centralizes more types of business travel spending into a single account. The virtual account feature works with the existing booking processes of Travel Management…