Active Cards Big 6 U.S.

Active Cards for Big 6 Lifted By Discover’s 9% CAGR

Active cards, or credit card accounts with sales activity, among the Big 6 U.S. issuers, increased 3.5% year-on-year (YOY) in the first-quarter (1Q/19), compared to a record of about 14% YOY in 2018. However, Discover’s nearly 9% CAGR in organic growth and by Citibank’s approximate 10% CAGR produced by acquisitions. On a YOY basis. American…

Credit Card GDV

Credit Card GDV Among Big 6 U.S. Issuers Pumps the Brakes

Credit card GDV (gross dollar volume) among the Big 6 U.S. bank card issuers, rose an estimated 8.0% year-on-year (YOY) in the first-quarter (1Q/19), compared to a 10.5% YOY gain for 1Q/18; 10.0% YOY increase in 1Q/17; and a 5.9% YOY gain for 1Q/16. Chase led the peer group with a YOY gain nearing 10%…

Card Loan Growth

Card Loan Growth Downshifts to 5.56% CAGR – Upshifts in Q2

U.S. card loan growth among the Big 6 credit card issuers increased 3.5% in the first-quarter (1Q/19) year-on-year (YOY), compared to a 8.0% YOY for the year ago quarter. Early results for the second-quarter reveal Chase U.S. credit card outstandings grew 8.5% YOY, Citibank is up 2.8% YOY, and Bank of America was flat (+0.7%).…

First-Quarter Credit CIF

First-Quarter Credit CIF Rises 4% YOY & 5.27% CAGR for Top 4

First-quarter credit CIF (cards-in-force) among the Top 4 U.S. credit card issuers picked up some momentum adding 9.7 million cardholders over the past year. Based on current growth trends and economic patterns, the number of credit and charge cards, issued by the major issuers, will likely top 300 million in early 2023. The Top 4…

U.S. Credit Card Accounts

First-Quarter Credit Card Accounts Rise 3% YOY 5.35% CAGR

First-quarter card accounts in the U.S. for the Top 4 issuers grew by 6.3 million from one-year ago. Over the past five years gross (open) accounts for U.S. credit cards among the nation’s four largest issuers expanded by 37.9 million. In the first-quarter (1Q/19) the year-on-year (YOY) gain in gross accounts was 3.3%, compared to…

First-Quarter Card Profits

First-Quarter Card Profits Big 6 Tad Up YOY Re-Pricing Lag Fades

First-quarter card profits among the nation’s Big 6 U.S. issuers edged up 160 basis points (bps) year-on-year (YOY), compared to a tax cut fueled surge of more than 50% one-year ago. Sequentially, credit card profits were flat. Since 2015, the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is running about 2.77%. Profits (after tax) among the nation’s…

Citibank Retail Cards Gather More Steam in the First-Quarter

Citibank retail cards for North America posted its strongest first-quarter in more than five years as outstandings and purchase dollar volume rose sharply, coupled with a very high yield and moderate delinquency. Citibank’s retail credit card portfolio includes ExxonMobil, Macy’s, Shell, Staples, Best Buy, Home Depot and many others. Citi’s average yield for its North…

U.S, Credit Card Accounts

First-Quarter Credit Card Accounts + 6% YOY & 3.89% CAGR

First-quarter credit card accounts in the U.S. market posted a strong 6.1% year-on-year (YOY) gain topping 550 million. The growth rate is the highest in more than five years, and comes on the heels of sluggish growth in the prior year. Currently, the U.S. general purpose credit card market is growing at a five-year compound…