U.S. Consumer Credit Ramps Up in June

U.S. Consumer Credit Ramps Up in June

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. consumer revolving credit card soared in June, growing at an annual rate of +9.7%, compared to a revised +2.2% annual rate in May and a revised +1.3% annual rate in April. Overall consumer credit increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of +4.1% in June. Non-revolving credit increased at an…

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Australian Consumer Credit Rises Moderately in May

Australian Consumer Credit Rises Moderately in May

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Australian credit card outstandings edged up by 1.6% year-on-year (YOY) in May. Credit card credit limits increased 3.1% YOY and the number of credit card accounts rose 2.2% YOY. The average balance per account in May declined 1.5% YOY to AU$3147, compared to AU$3149 for April, and AU$3196 for May 2015.

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Charge-Offs Among Big 6 Rise Across-the-Board

Charge-Offs Among Big 6 Rise Across-the-Board

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Charge-offs among the nation’s top 6 issuers jumped 19 basis points (bps) year-on-year (YOY) to 2.86% for the first quarter (1Q/16), and up 2 bps sequentially.  All six issuers posted sharply higher charge-offs in the first quarter. The Chase 1Q/16 charge-offs ratio inched up by 20 bps from 4Q/15 and flat…

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Visa + MC International Purchase Transactions Robust

Visa + MC International Purchase Transactions Robust

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] International purchase transactions (PTX) for Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards grew by 18.9% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/16). International PTX for credit cards increased 17.6% YOY while international PTX for debit cards rose 20.3% YOY in 1Q/16. In the first quarter gross international payment card PTX for…

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U.K. Consumer Credit Up at a Brisk Pace in June

U.K. Consumer Credit Up at a Brisk Pace in June

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.K. consumer credit continued to expand at a brisk pace in June, topping 10% year-on-year (YOY). In June total consumer credit grew to £186.0 billion. The three-month annualized and twelve-month growth rates, seasonally adjusted (SA), were 11.0% and 10.3% respectively. The Bank of England (BOE) reports consumer credit increased by £1.8…

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Debit Cards Lead Visa + MasterCard International CIF

Debit Cards Lead Visa + MasterCard International CIF

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] International payment cards-in-force (CIF) for Visa and MasterCard increased 6.7% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/16). International debit card CIF rose 8.9% YOY, while international credit card CIF increased 3.5% YOY. MasterCard’s international debit card CIF YOY is growing more than seven times Visa’s international debit CIF. International payment card…

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Top 4 Credit Card Profits Spiral Downward

Top 4 Credit Card Profits Spiral Downward

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Profits (after tax) among the nation’s top four bank credit card issuers declined 8.0% in the first quarter (1Q/16), compared to one year ago (YOY), and down 10.8% sequentially (QOQ). BofA was the only issuer with a positive YOY gain in credit card profits. Citi credit card profits collapsed by more…

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Briefs: BUZZ POINTS; ACCULYNK; USAT; and FRAGMOB

In Other News: BUZZ POINTS (study); ACCULYNK (Payzur); USAT (Coastal Canteen); and FRAGMOB (CMS). BUZZ POINTS – Buzz Points, the Austin-based rewards and marketing platform, announced the results of “The Total Economic Impact of Buzz Points,” a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Buzz Points. Forrester interviewed four community financial institutions (CFIs)…

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Big 6 Issuers Losing Marketshare to Smaller Players

Big 6 Issuers Losing Marketshare to Smaller Players

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Big 6 issuers, based on U.S. total outstandings of $950 billion, control 49.3% of the U.S. bank credit card business at the end of the first quarter (1Q/16). However, as a group the Big 6 lost 250 basis points (bps) quarter-to-quarter (QTQ) in marketshare to smaller issuers in the first quarter.…

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PAYFORT Integrates Mastercard Payment Gateway Services

PAYFORT Integrates Mastercard Payment Gateway Services

Mastercard and PAYFORT, a major Arab online payment service provider, have announced a strategic collaboration to introduce the next generation of payment solutions – enabled by Mastercard Payment Gateway Services. Building on Mastercard’s proven approach to helping businesses create better online purchase experiences for their customers, the agreement will enable e-commerce merchants using PAYFORT’s online…

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