First-Quarter BofA Card Metrics

First-Quarter BofA Card Metrics Uninspiring

First-quarter BofA card metrics were lackluster at best. Bank of America (BofA), the nation’s third largest Visa and MasterCard issuer, posted no growth in outstandings, subpar growth in purchase dollar volume (PDV), increasing delinquency rates and rising charge-off ratios. The bright spot is credit card yield continues marching upward, approaching 11%, rising 87 basis points…

Credit Card Rates and Sreads

First-Quarter Rates Set New Records

First-quarter rates for U.S.-issued major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover) increased by 146 basis points (bps) between the first quarter 2018 (1Q/18) and 1Q/19, as the U.S. prime rate increased by 75 bps. The average credit card rate charged by the nation’s Top 100 banks hit 15.09% in 1Q/19, compared to 13.63% for…

First Quarter Credit Card Profits

First Quarter Profits Top 4 Credit Card Networks & Issuers

First quarter profits for the first quarter (1Q/19) for the four largest networks and the credit card businesses of four largest issuers will likely be all over the map starting tomorrow as Chase releases its first quarter numbers before the opening bell. The first quarter is historically a slow consumer spending period and a time…

Visa Mastercard International Transactions

Visa Mastercard International Gross Transactions up 19% YOY

International gross transactions (GTX) for Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards grew by 18.6% year-on-year (YOY) in the fourth quarter (4Q/18), compared to 11.8% YOY in 2017. International GTX for credit cards increased 18.1% YOY, compared to 4.1% YOY in 2017. International CTX for debit cards soared 18.9% YOY in 4Q/18, compared to 17.1%…

Active Credit Card Accounts

Big 6 U.S. Credit Card Sales Accounts Slow Nearly 50% in Q4

U.S. issuer credit card active accounts (AAC) (accounts with sales activity), among the top six U.S. issuers, increased 3.1%% year-on-year (YOY) in the fourth quarter (4Q/18), compared to 5.6% YOY in 2017. There were 161.4 million active bank credit card accounts for 4Q/18 in the U.S. among the top six issuers: Citibank [C]; Capital One…

International Card Cash Transactions

International Card Cash Q4 Transactions Up 6% YOY

International card cash transactions (CTX) for Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards grew by 6.0% year-on-year (YOY) in the fourth quarter (4Q/18). International CTX for credit cards increased 0.2% YOY while international CTX for debit cards rose 6.3% YOY in 4Q/18. In the fourth quarter gross international payment card CTX for Visa and MasterCard…

credit card issued

American Express Leads Progression of U.S. Credit Cards Issued in 2018

U.S. credit cards issued among the Big 6 issuers grew 3.6% year-on-year (YOY) at the end of the fourth quarter (4Q/18), up 11.9 million cards-in-force (CIF) YOY to 345.7 million cards, compared to 343.4 million in 3Q/18 and 333.8 million for 4Q/17, according to CardData. The Big 6: (Chase [JPM], Capital One [COF], Bank of…

Credit Cards-in-Force

Credit Cards-in-Force Continue to Saturate U.S. Market Up 3% for Top 4 Q4

U.S. credit cards-in-force (CIF) among the Top 4 U.S. issuers slowed up in 2018, growing 2.7% year-on-year (YOY), compared to 4.8% in the prior year. For the fourth quarter (4Q/18) and among the Top 4 U.S issuers there were an estimated 228.2 million credit U.S. CIF, compared to 226.3 million in 3Q/18, and 222.3 million…