Global Payment Cards (V+MA+AXP+DFS) Tops 5 Billion Up 6% YOY

Global payment cards-in force (CIF) [credit + debit] grew by 19.2% year-on-year (YOY) in the fourth quarter (4Q/16) to 4995 million. However, the figure for 4Q/16 includes 554 million for Visa Europe. (Visa added Visa Europe data as of 3Q/16.) Therefore, discounting Europe, the growth in global CIF was 6.0% YOY, adjusted, according to CardData.…

Major 4 Network Adjusted PDV Up 6.5% YOY FX in Fourth Quarter

Purchase dollar volume (PDV) for Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) globally rose 20.0% year-on-year (YOY) on a nominal dollars basis for the fourth quarter (4Q/16). However, on a currency adjusted basis (FX), global 4Q/16 PDV increased 20.7% YOY, according to CardData. The fourth quarter PDV figures are skewed as Visa…

Visa Credit Cards Drive V+M Payment Card Purchase Transactions Growth

Purchase transactions (PTX) for Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards in the U.S. grew by 7.0% year-on-year (YOY) in the fourth quarter (4Q/16) to 21.3 billion. The growth was driven by credit cards, and more specifically Visa, according to CardData. U.S. purchase transactions for Visa and MasterCard payment cards (debit+credit) hit 21,311 in 4Q/16, compared…

Mastercard and Soros to Catalyze & Accelerate Economic Development for Vulnerable

Mastercard has emerged as one of the world’s leader in financial inclusion initiatives and has now teamed up with Budapest-born investor George Soros to create Humanity Ventures. The enterprise could catalyze and accelerate economic and social development for vulnerable communities around the world, especially refugees and migrants. Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga and George Soros met…

Visa Mastercard CIF Up 8% YOY Driven by Costco Card Conversions

U.S. cards-in-force (CIF) for Visa and Mastercard payment cards (credit & debit) increased 7.8% year-on-year (YOY) in the third quarter (3Q/16), according to CardData.com. U.S. credit cards increased 11.2% YOY while CIF for debit cards rose 5.1% YOY, in 3Q/16. There are were 1249 million Visa and Mastercard payment cards in circulation in the U.S.…