Top 4 U.S. Credit Card Issuer Outstandings Up 9.1% YOY – CardData.com

U.S. credit card outstandings end-of-period (EOP) among the Top 4 U.S. issuers gained 9.1% in the third quarter (3Q/16) year-on-year (YOY) to $394.5 billion.  The gain was driven largely by Citibank as its acquisition of the Costco card portfolio from American Express has skyrocketed outstandings. BofA was unseated as the nation’s second largest in the second…

Penalty Fees

Penalty Fees YOY 2015

After rising predictably YOY for most of the last decade, penalty fee income continued to slide dropping to $11.5 billion in 2015, compared to $11.7 billion and $12.0 billion According to the R.K. Hammer Card Penalty Fee Index, the lowest level since Index began. Despite the decline in penalty fees, total card fee income is…

US Debit Cards

US Debit Cards

New research shows young adults and high-income earners are shifting away from debit card use. The latest Insight Summary Report from Mercator Advisory Group’s CustomerMonitor Survey Series reveals usage by both demographic segments declined to a seven-year low in 2015, 52% of households earning $100,000 or more a year and 56% of young adults, which…

NAB CIO

MI-based credit card processor North American Bancard has ankled Jim Parkinson as chief information officer. In his new position, Parkinson will be responsible for the company’s IT operations, including IT engineering, PMO and the IT products and strategy teams. Parkinson comes to NAB with extensive experience with digital projects and strategies, and in leading IT…

Special Mentions

FREEDOMPAY – FreedomPay has launched of Pay-At-Table solution with PCI Validated Point-to-Point Encryption (PCI P2PE). Available on Ingenico Group’s iWL 258 wireless smart terminal and powered by FreedomPay’s payment gateway, the Pay-At-Table solution is a fully integrated solution with the point of sale at the merchant’s location. In 2016, FreedomPay will be rolling out Pay-At-Table…

Data Security 2016

Data breaches are the new normal. IT departments have to tackle constantly evolving security threats and many are struggling to keep up. Users continue to be the biggest threat to enterprise wide security, and in 2016, we’ll see a shift towards smart interoperable security tools which take the decision of what and when to encrypt out of their hands.

Outlooks 2016

Next year will be full of complex challenges for pay-now product experts, as the last decade has been. Indicators suggest that less effort will be wasted on legal entanglements and arbitrary requirements and more thought and effort will be focused on improving the user experience, improving payment security, and solving real payments problems.