U.S. Credit Card Debt Picks Up Steam in May – Still Outpaced by the U.K.

U.S. consumer revolving credit for May, mostly credit card debt (95%), continued to climb above the $1 trillion milestone set in December, growing at a solid clip annually. While climbing steadily throughout 2016, consumer revolving credit increased at an +8.7% annual rate of growth in May, compared to a revised +1.4% annual rate in April…

JCB Expands Issuance & Acceptance in Sri Lanka via LankaPay & NCS

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has inked a partnership with Japan’s JCB to establish the National Card Scheme (NCS) to introduce the issuance of LankaPay-JCB co-branded cards and to jointly promote the acceptance of such cards with JCB payment solutions. By integrating JCB payment solutions to LankaPay participant members and leveraging the planned interconnection…

Thailand’s KBank JCB Credit Card Accommodates Japanese Culture

Thailand’s KBank and JCB have buddied to introduce the “KBank JCB Credit Card” to accommodate Japanese culture and lifestyles. The new card offers a wide range of attractive privileges are offered to Japanese cardholders, with first-year targets of 100,000 cards and spending of 2 billion Baht. Being among the most-visited destinations of Thai travelers, Japan…

Discover & Capital One Emerge as Leaders in Mobile Apps for Cards & Banking

When it comes to mobile apps Capital One ranked highest in the retail bank category while Discover ranked highest in overall satisfaction in the credit card category. According to the “J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Banking App and U.S. Credit Card App Satisfaction Studies”: • Ease of use/navigation is the most heavily weighted driver of satisfaction among…

V+MA+AXP+DFS Q1 U.S. CC GDV – V +20% AXP -6%

Gross dollar volume (GDV) for Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover credit cards (CC) in the U.S. climbed 9.4% year-on-year (YOY) in 1Q/17 reaching $793 billion, according to CardData. Visa led the way in the first quarter posting a 19.8% YOY gain for U.S. GDV, offsetting the American Express decline. Visa reported first quarter U.S.…

V+MA 1Q/17 International CIF Up 7.7% YOY Driven by MA +9.9% YOY

International payment cards-in-force (CIF) for Visa and MasterCard, excluding Visa Europe, increased 7.7% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/17). International debit card CIF rose 15.7% YOY, while international credit card CIF increased 33.6% YOY, according to CardData. The figures are skewed as Visa began reporting Europe data in the third quarter. With Visa Europe…