UnionPay Inks Bangkok Bank in Issuing the First TPN Card

UnionPay Inks Bangkok Bank in Issuing the First TPN Card

UnionPay International announced its cooperation with Bangkok Bank in issuing the first local UnionPay-TPN card. This is also Thailand’s the first domestic brand debit card. This February, Thailand’s local switching system Thai Payment Network (TPN), which was joint-ventured and constructed by UnionPay International and 4 local mainstream banks (including Bangkok Bank) in accordance with UnionPay’s…

BCBS Proposed UCC Changes May Impact US Intl Credit Cards

BCBS Proposed UCC Changes May Impact US Intl Credit Cards

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Basel Committee’s (BCBS) proposal to apply higher capital charges for “unconditionally cancelable lines of credit” (UCCs) could impact internationally active US credit card banks CET1 ratios on average by 375 basis points, absent any remedial measures from affected institutions. Fitch Ratings says, if implemented by the US authorities, the measures…

PDV +17% and PTX +35% YOY in Visa’s CEMEA Region

PDV +17% and PTX +35% YOY in Visa’s CEMEA Region

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] After trailing off over the past four quarters Visa’s Central Europe – Middle East – Africa (CEMEA) region rebounded nicely in the first quarter (1Q/16). Purchase dollar volume (PDV) and purchase transactions (PTX) both soared well into double-digits year-on-year (YOY). The number of gross accounts (GAC) and cards-in-force (CIF) remained stable…

ADS Operating on All Cylinders; Metrics Look Good for 2016

ADS Operating on All Cylinders; Metrics Look Good for 2016

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Dallas-based Alliance Data Systems (ADS) reported a first quarter (1Q/16) year-on-year (YOY) surge in credit card outstandings, purchase dollar volume (PDV) and Card Services revenue. Overall revenue and income were pressured by currency exchange rates (FX). ADS reported gross revenue rose 4.7% YOY in 1Q/16 to $1676 million, compared to $1749…

Energy Sector Stress to Impact Canada Credit Card Metrics

Energy Sector Stress to Impact Canada Credit Card Metrics

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] While the stress in the U.S. energy sector should not materially impact the credit profiles of large consumer lenders with national footprints, Canada is a different story. Visa and MasterCard data reveal there was a downturn in credit card spending in the first quarter. Fitch Ratings says it expects the cost…

Visa Now Claims 56% of All Global Purchase Transactions

Visa Now Claims 56% of All Global Purchase Transactions

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] New research also reveals debit cards with the Visa brand continued to account for the most purchase transactions with a share of 35.50%, followed by Visa credit cards with 20.02%, and MasterCard credit cards with 13.14%. According to The Nilson Report, MasterCard debit cards posted a 13.13% share, UnionPay credit cards…

BRIEFS: BANKRATE; TIMETRIC; BLUEPOINT; and EATSTREET

In Other News: BANKRATE (acquisition); TIMETRIC (report); BLUEPOINT (client); and EATSTREET (app). BANKRATE – Bankrate has reached an agreement to acquire the business of NextAdvisor, an online source of independent and in-depth research and reviews of credit cards, personal finance and internet services.  TIMETRIC – Timetric’s ‘The Cards and Payments Industry in Nigeria: Emerging Trends…

Credit Card ABS Not Impacted by Stressed Energy Sector

Credit Card ABS Not Impacted by Stressed Energy Sector

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Wall Street ratings firms says stress in the U.S. energy sector should not materially impact the credit profiles of large consumer lenders with national footprints, says Fitch Ratings. Furthermore, the credit outlook for U.S. ABCP (Asset-Backed Commercial Paper) for the remainder of 2016 remains stable. Fitch Ratings says the recent evidence…