Credit Card Rates Rise Nationally

Credit Card Rates Rise Nearly 150 bps YOY or 2X Prime Rate Increase

Nominal credit card rates among banks and credit unions nationally increased 137 basis points (bps) in the second quarter (2Q/18) year-on-year (YOY) while rates assessed on accounts with balances rose 154 bps over the same period. Sequentially, nominal interest rates rose 51 bps as accessed credit card rates increased 22 bps. Nominal credit card interest…

Payment Card Transactions for V+M U.S. Rises 9.5% YOY in Q2

Payment card transactions (PTX) for Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards in the U.S. grew by 9.5% year-on-year (YOY) in the second quarter (2Q/18) to 24.1 billion. The growth was driven by Mastercard credit and debit cards. U.S. payment card purchase transactions for Visa and Mastercard (debit+credit) hit 24,067 in 2Q/18, compared to 22,221…

British Brexit Economy Sputters as Credit Card Lending Slows in July Amidst Stagnate Workers’ Pay

U.K. consumer credit growth continued its downward spiral in July, dropping to 8.5% year-on-year (YOY), its lowest level this year and well below the peak of 10.8% YOY set in November 2016. For July, driven by the Brexit fallout, the decline was 50 basis points (bps) sequentially, and flat YOY. However, according to the July…

Big 6 U.S. Card Issuer Q2 Outstandings +6% YOY +13.5% Since Q2/16 – Driven by AXP & DFS

U.S. credit card outstandings end-of-period (EOP) among the Big 6 issuers increased 6.3% in the second quarter (2Q/18) year-on-year (YOY) to $563.0 billion. Over the past two years, Top 6 outstandings have jumped 13.5%. The robust aggregate gain resulted from strong YOY growth from Capital One, American Express and Discover. The Big 6: American Express,…

Major U.S-Based Card Network Global Q2 GDV Rises 10% YOY – Propelled by MasterCard

Gross dollar volume (GDV) for Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) globally increased 10.9% year-on-year (YOY) on a nominal dollars basis, for the second quarter (2Q/18). However, on a currency adjusted basis (FX) global GDV for 2Q/18 increased an estimated 10.3% YOY.  The major four networks posted $4648 billion in global…

COF Continues to Drive Growth in Q2 – Top 4 EOP Outstandings +4% YOY

U.S. credit card outstandings end-of-period (EOP) among the Top 4 U.S. issuers gained 4.3% in the second quarter (2Q/18) year-on-year (YOY) to $427.1 billion. The YOY growth rate is down 150 basis points (bps), compared to the prior quarter. The gain was largely driven by Capital One, the nation’s second largest U.S. issuer. Bank of America…

V + M Q2 U.S. Credit CIF +6% — Debit CIF +7% YOY — Led by Mastercard

U.S. cards-in-force (CIF) for Visa and Mastercard payment cards (credit & debit) increased 6.6% year-on-year (YOY) in the second quarter (2Q/18). U.S. credit cards increased 5.9% YOY while CIF for debit cards rose 7.1% YOY, in 2Q/18. There are were 1334 million Visa and Mastercard payment cards in circulation in the U.S. at the end…

Big 6 Credit Card GDV

U.S. Credit Card Q2 PDV Tops Double-Digits YOY

U.S. Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV), for credit cards, among the Big 6 U.S. card issuers, rose 10.6% year-on-year (YOY) for the second quarter (2Q/18). Capital One scorched the Big 6 with a 17.3%+ YOY gain. 
The Big 6 U.S. issuers racked up $640.7 billon in PDV for 2Q/18, compared to $584.1 billion in 1Q/18 and…

Consumer Credit Card Debt Solidly Above $1T; But Plateaued in June; +4.9% YOY Quarterly

U.S. consumer revolving credit for June, mostly credit card debt (95%), remained above the $1 trillion level for the fifth consecutive quarter. However, the year-on-year (YOY) change edged downward in June. Consumer revolving credit decreased at an 0.2% annual rate of growth in June, compared to a revised +11.2% annual rate in May and a…

V+M Q2 U.S. Credit + Debit Cards GTX Up 7.9% YOY – Up 180 bps Over 2017

U.S. gross transactions (GTX) for Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards grew by 7.9% year-on-year (YOY) in the second quarter (2Q/18), compared to 6.1% one-year ago.  U.S. GTX for credit cards jumped 8.1% YOY while U.S. GTX for debit cards increased 7.8% YOY in 2Q/18. Visa’s U.S. GTX for credit cards rose 8.5% YOY…