Big 6 U.S. Issuer Outstandings Produce Weak YOY Gain

Big 6 U.S. Issuer Outstandings Produce Weak YOY Gain

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. credit card outstandings end-of-period (EOP) among the Big 6 issuers increased 1.5% in the first quarter (1Q/16) year-on-year (YOY) to $468.3 billion. The weak aggregate gain resulted from the huge YOY drop in American Express outstandings offset by the huge YOY gain in Capital One outstandings. The Big 6: American…

Consumer FOR and DSR Metrics Remain at Record Lows

Consumer FOR and DSR Metrics Remain at Record Lows

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Financial Obligations Ratio (FOR) and the Debt Service Ratio (DSR) for the first quarter (1Q/16) edged down a tad and continue to hover a record low levels. According to the Federal Reserve, on a seasonally adjusted basis, the FOR slipped downward to 15.31% in 1Q/16, compared to 15.36% in 4Q/15…

Global PDV for Major 4 U.S.-Based Networks Up 9.2% YOY FX

Global PDV for Major 4 U.S.-Based Networks Up 9.2% YOY FX

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Purchase dollar volume (PDV) for Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) globally rose 6.8% year-on-year (YOY) on a nominal dollars basis for the first quarter (1Q/16). However, on a currency adjusted basis (FX), global 1Q/16 PDV increased 9.2% YOY.  The major four networks posted $2367 billion in…

U.S. Credit Card Delinquency Remains at Historic Lows in 1Q/16

U.S. Credit Card Delinquency Remains at Historic Lows in 1Q/16

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The 30+ day delinquency rate, seasonally adjusted (SA), among the top 100 U.S. banks for the first quarter (1Q/16) decreased 3 basis points (bps) sequentially (QTQ), but up 6 bps year-on-year (YOY). On a not seasonally adjusted basis (NSA), the delinquency rate among the top 100 U.S. banks for 1Q/16, declined…

Other News: PYMNTS; ELAVON; EMAZZANTI; and AMEX

In Other News: PYMNTS (awards); ELAVON (ariane); EMAZZANTI (ranking); and AMEX (LGBTQ). PYMNTS – The winners of the 2016 PYMNTS/Alexa Challenge include Visa and USAA. There were 12 teams and 14 companies in a five-week competition to use Alexa and her voice-activated technology to reimagine how consumers interact with their payments and financial services solutions…

Verifone has Rough Sailing in 2Q and Will Cut Jobs & Review Weak Units

Verifone has Rough Sailing in 2Q and Will Cut Jobs & Review Weak Units

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Citing several difficult market dynamics in the second quarter, Verifone is reviewing underperforming businesses and launching a headcount restructuring. Verifone reported second quarter (2Q/16) net income nose-dived more than 80% year-on-year (YOY), with most of the growth coming from the North America segment. The recent InterCard and AJB Software Design acquisitions…

CivicPay Ready to Capture Citizen-to-Government Payments

CivicPay Ready to Capture Citizen-to-Government Payments

Accela has unveiled CivicPay on the Accela Civic Platform, enabling citizens to make payments to government agencies online in real-time. CivicPay offers residents an easier way to make payments anytime, from anywhere, and allows agencies to securely automate the process. CivicPay’s system addresses the pain points associated with traditionally time-consuming and difficult payment reconciliation processes…

Costco Begins to Accept Visa Only & New Co-Brand Takes Off

Costco Begins to Accept Visa Only & New Costco Visa Takes Off

Citi confirms it has successfully completed the acquisition and conversion of Costco’s U.S. co-brand credit card portfolio from American Express. Citi acquired in excess of $10.5 billion of credit card receivables. The new Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi and Costco Anywhere Visa Business Card by Citi are available exclusively to Costco members. The long-term…

Other Payment News: VISA; VISUALANT; BANKRATE; and ELAVON

In Other Payment News: VISA (campaign); VISUALANT (funding); BANKRATE (acquisition); and ELAVON (canada). VISA – Visa launched its most ambitious integrated global Olympic Games campaign in the company’s history. Marking a bold new direction in Visa’s marketing and communications, the “Carpool” campaign will run globally across all media channels from digital to broadcast as an…

MasterCard Speeds U.S. Merchant EMV Adoption

MasterCard Speeds U.S. Merchant EMV Adoption

MasterCard has now joined Visa in launching new initiatives to accelerate EMV adoption among U.S. merchants. The new EMV chip terminal testing and certification program covers acquirers and value-added resellers (VARs). More than 70% of all U.S.-issued MasterCard branded consumer credit cards are now chip cards. MasterCard operates a chip terminal testing and certification process…