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

Costco Begins to Accept Visa Only & New Co-Brand Takes Off

Costco Begins to Accept Visa Only & New Costco Visa Takes Off

Citi confirms it has successfully completed the acquisition and conversion of Costco’s U.S. co-brand credit card portfolio from American Express. Citi acquired in excess of $10.5 billion of credit card receivables. The new Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi and Costco Anywhere Visa Business Card by Citi are available exclusively to Costco members. The long-term…

Australian Credit Card Debt Bumps Up a Bit in April

Australian Credit Card Debt Bumps Up a Bit in April

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Australian credit card outstandings edged up by 1.4% year-on-year (YOY) in April. Credit card credit limits increased 3.3% YOY and the number of credit card accounts rose 2.8% YOY. The average balance per account in April declined 1.4% YOY to AU$3149, compared to AU$3157 for March, and AU$3194 for April 2015.

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MasterCard Continues to Lead Major 4 Networks in Global GDV

MasterCard Continues to Lead Major 4 Networks in Global GDV

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Gross dollar volume (GDV) for Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) globally increased 4.2% year-on-year (YOY) on a nominal dollars basis, for the first quarter (1Q/16). However, on a currency adjusted basis (FX) global GDV for the first quarter increased 10.6% YOY.  The major four networks posted…

Other Payment News: VISA; VISUALANT; BANKRATE; and ELAVON

In Other Payment News: VISA (campaign); VISUALANT (funding); BANKRATE (acquisition); and ELAVON (canada). VISA – Visa launched its most ambitious integrated global Olympic Games campaign in the company’s history. Marking a bold new direction in Visa’s marketing and communications, the “Carpool” campaign will run globally across all media channels from digital to broadcast as an…

MasterCard Speeds U.S. Merchant EMV Adoption

MasterCard Speeds U.S. Merchant EMV Adoption

MasterCard has now joined Visa in launching new initiatives to accelerate EMV adoption among U.S. merchants. The new EMV chip terminal testing and certification program covers acquirers and value-added resellers (VARs). More than 70% of all U.S.-issued MasterCard branded consumer credit cards are now chip cards. MasterCard operates a chip terminal testing and certification process…

Dragonfly Captures Malaysian Money Remittance Market

Singapore-based Dragonfly Fintech (DF), inked a deal to power the Malaysian Metro Money Exchange. The remittance market in Malaysia is about $10 billion annually. The payment and settlement solution will be implemented in partnership with BC Fintech, a Dragonfly system integrator. The solution will drive the entire remittance chain, from wholesale foreign exchange to the receipt…

Largest U.S. Retailers Remain Omnichannel Laggards

Largest U.S. Retailers Remain Omnichannel Laggards

The largest retailers continue to struggle to become omnichannel-ready. Sporting goods merchants lead the omni-ready pack, followed closely behind by mass merchants and electronics/entertainment while grocery and pharma continue to be laggards. According to the Vantiv/PYMNTS.com OmniReadi Index, the top 30% of merchants appear to be on their way to becoming OmniReadi, but the remaining…

CPI Shareholders Sue Over the Company’s 2015 IPO

CPI Shareholders Sue Over the Company’s 2015 IPO

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] CPI Card Group has been hit with class action shareholder lawsuits in regard to its October 2015 IPO and 1Q/16 earnings report. On May 11, CPI reported disappointing financial results for the first quarter, stating “primary impact resulting from lower than expected EMV card shipments,” according to President and CEO Steve…

U.K. Consumer Credit Remains Solidly Robust in April

U.K. Consumer Credit Remains Solidly Robust in April

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.K. consumer credit continues to expand at a brisk pace, hovering around 10% year-on-year YOY. In April total consumer credit grew to £183.2 billion. The three-month annualized and twelve-month growth rates, seasonally adjusted (SA), were 10.4% and 9.6% respectively. The Bank of England (BOE) reports consumer credit increased by £1.3 billion…