Mercator Ankles Iacobuzio as Senior Manager

Mercator Ankles Iacobuzio as Senior Manager

Mercator Advisory Group has ankled Theodore Iacobuzio to the firm’s senior management team as Managing Director of Custom Research and Consulting Services. Most recently before joining Mercator Advisory Group, Ted was responsible for Global Insights, MasterCard Worldwide’s interdisciplinary thought leadership organization. With Global Insights he produced groundbreaking work in consumer acceptance of mobile payments technology,…

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Defying Forecasts Late Stage Delinquency is Moderate

Defying Forecasts Late Stage Delinquency is Moderate

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The average late stage U.S. credit card delinquency (90+ day) among the nation’s top four issuers edged down 1 basis points (bps) sequentially, but up 5 bps year-on-year (YOY) for the first quarter (1Q/16). Early stage delinquency, the precursor of 90+ day delinquency, among the peer group, also declined in 1Q/16. For…

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Visa and MC U.S. Credit & Debit CIF Break 1.2B

Visa and MC U.S. Credit & Debit CIF Break 1.2B

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. cards-in-force (CIF) for Visa and MasterCard payment cards (credit & debit) increased 6.5% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/16). U.S. credit cards increased 7.4% YOY while CIF for debit cards rose 5.7% YOY, in 1Q/16. There are were 1218 million Visa and MasterCard payment cards in circulation in the…

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U.S. Credit Card GTX Continues Outpace Debit Cards YOY

U.S. Credit Card GTX Continues Outpace Debit Cards YOY

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. gross transactions (GTX) for Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards grew by 11.9% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/16).  U.S. GTX for credit cards jumped 12.9% YOY while U.S. GTX for debit cards increased 11.5% YOY in 1Q/16. Visa’s U.S. GTX for credit cards rose 12.2% YOY as…

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Stormshield Integrates with Gemalto's SafeNet Mobile PKI

Stormshield Integrates with Gemalto’s SafeNet Mobile PKI

Stormshield and Gemalto are teaming to strength their technological relationship with the development of technology capable of providing end-to-end security for the connection and data exchanges with mobile devices. This new development will allow users of tablets and smartphones to exchange email message securely and to protect their data on tablets on the move.  By…

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Romania to Offer Card Payments via Mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS)

Romania to Offer Card Payments via Mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS)

GoSwiff, UniCredit, and MasterCard have formed a partnership to launch mobile payments in Romania. The partnership is created to enable Allianz-Tiriac Asigurari agents to start accepting card payments with mobile point of sale (mPOS) for the insurance policies issued by the company. Allianz-Tiriac Asigurari is the first insurance company in Romania to offer this solution,…

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Seamless Expands SEQR to 16 Countries; Tops 3.7B Transactions Annually

Seamless Expands SEQR to 16 Countries; Tops 3.7B Transactions Annually

Stockholm-based Seamless is establishing its mobile payment solution SEQR in four more countries. The company’s rapid expansion means that consumers can now use SEQR to make payments in 16 countries. SEQR is already available in Sweden, Finland, Romania, Belgium, Portugal, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, the UK and the US. SEQR enables anybody with…

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UnionPay Unveils First Open Cross-Border Marketing Platform

UnionPay Unveils First Open Cross-Border Marketing Platform

UnionPay International and its first partners jointly announced in Shanghai the launch of “优计划”, the world’s first open cross-border marketing platform developed by a bankcard scheme. The partners involved in developing the platform include Bank of China, China Merchants Bank, CYTS, Ctrip, Spring Airlines, SaSa Hong Kong, Prince Jewelry & Watch, LUKFOOK JEWELLERY, and ISA.…

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Cap One Muscles Out Big 6 in U.S. PDV Soaring 20%+ YOY

Cap One Muscles Out Big 6 in U.S. PDV Soaring 20%+ YOY

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV), credit and debit cards, among the Big 6 U.S. card issuers, rose 7.5% year-on-year (YOY) for the first quarter (1Q/16). Capital One completely blew out the Big 6 pack by a nearly 2-to-1 margin.

 The Big 6 U.S. issuers racked up $479.8 billon in PDV for…

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