V+MA 1Q/17 International CIF Up 7.7% YOY Driven by MA +9.9% YOY

International payment cards-in-force (CIF) for Visa and MasterCard, excluding Visa Europe, increased 7.7% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/17). International debit card CIF rose 15.7% YOY, while international credit card CIF increased 33.6% YOY, according to CardData. The figures are skewed as Visa began reporting Europe data in the third quarter. With Visa Europe…

Late-Stage Delinquency Edges Down Sequentially – Storm Clouds Gather

The average late stage U.S. credit card delinquency (90+ day) among the nation’s top four issuers edged down 1 basis points (bps) sequentially, but up 14 bps year-on-year (YOY) for the first quarter (1Q/17). Early stage delinquency, the precursor of 90+ day delinquency, among the peer group, rose in 1Q/17, according to CardData. For the Top…

Cap One Puts More Spark into its Business Card Product with SBA Month

Capital One Spark Business launched the “We Work As One” campaign to light-up its business credit card product. The initiative will start in Chicago (June), then San Francisco (July), New York City (August), Denver (September) and Boston (October). The new program partners small businesses in select markets with local Capital One Cafés for a series of…

U.S. Card Issuers Left with Bottom Fishing and Rewards Gamers

The number of new credit card accounts (those opened in the previous 24 months) rose to 88.1 million, driven in part by a 16% increase in new subprime accounts. Even with this increase, subprime accounts continue to comprise roughly one-fifth of total open accounts — equivalent to 2012 levels. According to the American Bankers Association’s…

UnionPay Jazzes-Up Credit Card Perks at 100+ Airports Globally

China’s UnionPay is upgrading its perks at 100 airports worldwide, providing discounts and services at various types of merchants including duty free shops, catering stores, souvenir shops, VIP lounges, Wifi rental and airport shuttle buses. Until February 28, 2018, UnionPay cardholders can enjoy exclusive privileges and value-added services at more than 100 international airports across…

Credit Card Account Acquisitions Driven by Sub-Prime with Low Credit Limits

The number of new credit card accounts (those opened in the previous 24 months) rose to 88.1 million, driven in part by a 16% increase in new subprime accounts. Even with this increase, subprime accounts continue to comprise roughly one-fifth of total open accounts — equivalent to 2012 levels. According to the American Bankers Association’s…

Bank Credit Card Delinquency Slowly Rears its Ugly Head Again

More evidence mounts showing credit card delinquency is steadily rising. The bank credit card default rate recorded a 3.31% rate in March, up nine basis points from February. This is the fifth consecutive month for the ratio to rise. The S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices, a comprehensive measure of changes in consumer credit defaults, shows…

Costco Card Drives Citi PDV Higher and Profits Lower in Q1

Citibank North America branded credit card purchase dollar volume (PDV) continued to soar in the first quarter (1Q/17), however net income dropped sharply, both driven by the 2016 Costco acquisition, according to CardData. North America Citi-branded card revenue increased 12.7% YOY to $2096 million for 1Q/17, compared to $2213 million in the prior quarter and $1860…

Sapphire Reserve Card Acquisition Costs Still Dog Chase in Q1

Chase, the nation’s largest bank credit card issuer, continued to post double-digit year-on-year (YOY) growth in purchase dollar volume (PDV) in the first quarter (1Q/17) while YOY growth in outstandings (OUT) remained in the mid-single digits. Card income remained depressed in the quarter due to higher new account origination costs and provisions to offset rising…

Belarus’ Sberbank to Give China’s UnionPay Card Boost on Silk Road Economic Belt

China’s UnionPay has inked a deal with BPS-Sberbank of the Republic of Belarus. Under terms of the agreement, the two parties will cooperate in improving UnionPay’s acceptance network in Belarus, promoting local card issuance, and rolling out UnionPay’s innovative products and services, and thus jointly enhance UnionPay’s service capacity in markets along the Belt and…