Future of Payments Key: Unlocking the Socio-Economic Ecosystem

The socio-economic ecosystem that empowers people to share accommodation, transportation, buying or selling of goods, on-demand professional services and sharing or renting of goods is experiencing an extraordinary level of growth, transforming the fundamental way industries operate and people experience a variety of things. A new Mastercard white paper identified three inter-related themes around which…

Recurring Payment Failure Drives eSubscription Payments Involuntary Churn

In the e-business world losing existing customers to involuntary churn is the quiet culprit of profit loss, since it costs two times more to acquire a new subscriber than to keep an existing one. Recurring payment failure is the primary cause of involuntary churn, driven by insufficient funds, credit card limits, credit card expiration or replacement,…

Bankers Behind the Eight Ball on Formal Payments Strategy

Nearly nine of 10 bankers admit their bank does not have a formal payments strategy. Of those, only 46% have plans to develop a formal payments strategy. Furthermore, 36% of respondents characterize their bank’s approach to payments strategy as “fast follower,” while 54% said their bank takes a “wait and see” approach. Only 3% consider…

Five Factor Framework for Mobile Biometrics Slowly But Surely Evolving

Whether using a fingerprint, an iris scan or a “selfie” to confirm identity, banks see biometric technology as a way to provide greater convenience and security to customers as they use their accounts. But, it’s still early days in mobile biometrics. A new report from Mastercard and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford…

Perfect Storm Forms for U.S. Bank Credit Card Issuers Mid-Year 2017

The stage is set for rough seas for the U.S. card industry going forward. Three indicators signal risk new account bookings surged since 2011; active credit card lines now exceed $3.4 trillion; and 30-day credit card delinquency deteriorated in first quarter 2017. Exceeding year’s pace, Chase opened up 2.5 million accounts in 1Q/17, compared to…

V+MA+AXP+DFS Q1 U.S. CC GDV – V +20% AXP -6%

Gross dollar volume (GDV) for Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover credit cards (CC) in the U.S. climbed 9.4% year-on-year (YOY) in 1Q/17 reaching $793 billion, according to CardData. Visa led the way in the first quarter posting a 19.8% YOY gain for U.S. GDV, offsetting the American Express decline. Visa reported first quarter U.S.…

V+MA Q1 Canada PDV Solid Double-Digits FX YOY Growth Driven by MA

Purchase dollar volume (PDV) in Canada for Visa and Mastercard posted strong performance in the first quarter (1Q/17) up 16.4% year-on-year (YOY). Canadian cards-in-force (CIF) increased 5.9% YOY to 108 million, according to CardData. For 1Q/17, Visa posted a 430 basis points (bps) increase YOY in PDV, while Mastercard reported a 370 bps YOY PDV…

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…