The inclusion of home rent payments in Vantage Scores is having a significant positive impact for subprime consumers as well as consumers with thin files such students and recent graduates.
Prepaid card giant Blackhawk Network has beefed-up its digital services platform with exchange services, which allows users to instantly sell their retail, restaurant and a large variety of other brands’ gift cards.
Since the Great Recession finance executives’ confidence in the U.S. economy has never been higher and now have adopted a ‘spend-to-grow’ attitude. The U.S is joined by finance executives in India, Spain, China and Brazil wherein 75% of the top executives express the same optimism.
Aptito has ankled Eric Kirk as executive vice president of Aptito. The company offers a new generation, customer-engaged, patent-pending payments platform specializing in mobile Point of Sale, mobile commerce application, and self-ordering Apple iPad-based kiosk.
The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) announced it will convene acquirers and processors to collaborate on payment security solutions for the merchant community. The Acquirer Forum will take place on 2 April alongside TRANSACT15, the Electronic Transaction Association’s marquee global payment technology event in San Francisco.
CardWeb.com’s CardWatch database of more than 57,000 marketing items today features the 2012 Chase Premium Visa “2X Points on Travel & Dining” TV ad.
The top six U.S. credit card issuers are all reporting a slight uptick in delinquency for the fourth quarter. However, Bank of America held steady. Therefore, given the recent rise in card usage the stage is set for higher charge-offs throughout 2015.
Given the uptick in bank credit card delinquency in the third and fourth quarters, it is likely charge-offs will start to climb upwards as early as the first quarter and will continue to march north for the rest of 2015.
U.S. bank credit card active accounts (accounts with sales activity) grew 16.8% year-on-year (Y/Y) and 13.4% quarter-to-quarter (Q-Q) in 2014. This comes despite the slight erosion in gross accounts of 1% by Chase, Bank of America and Citibank last year.
MasterCard (MC) Canada’s Gross Dollar Volume (GDV) rose year-on-year (Y/Y) 10.5%, on a local currency basis, in the fourth quarter (Q4/14). Growth exploded in the fourth quarter despite surveys showing Canadians reined in their wallets for the holiday season.
It is likely American Express will continue to lose U.S. marketshare to Visa (VS) and MasterCard (MC) in the first quarter, with MC doing the most damage, according to forecaster RAM Research. The AmEx erosion will continue throughout 2015 and will be impacted in the second quarter of 2016 when AmEx ends the Costco card, which accounts for 10% of AmEx Cards-in-Force (CIF).
GA-based Agilysys has beefed-up its POS software solutions to include a number of enhancements designed to boost efficiency, increase revenue and improve guest service, including support of Apple Pay, new mobility options and more.