Global Purchase Transactions

Global Purchase Transactions (Q4 PTX) Growing Strongly in All Four Corners

Global purchase transactions (PTX) for Visa and MasterCard debit and credit cards soared 15.9% year-on-year (YOY) in the fourth quarter (4Q/18). The YOY growth rate has been steadily expanding each quarter. One-year ago the YOY PTX growth rate was 12.5%. The two networks combined processed 69.1 billion purchase transactions in 4Q/18, compared to 65.6 billion for…

Processed Switched Transactions

Processed Switched Transactions Globally for Visa and Mastercard Vigorous in 2018

Processed or switched transactions (TX) in the fourth quarter (4Q/18), for Visa and Mastercard combined, globally, remains in double-digits year-on-year (YOY), hovering around a 12% growth rate. MasterCard, is by far running away with significant YOY gains over Visa, posting a 700 basis points (bps) spread over Visa in 4Q/18 for processed switched transactions. Combined…

Holiday Spending Data

Real-Time Holiday Spending Trends Powered by First Data is Awesome Commerce Tool

Real-time holiday spending data are here from a payments industry leader for the first time. Payments processor First Data, launched the live dashboard just before Black Friday, November 23rd and offering free access until January 3rd. Spending Data The Holiday Insights dashboard reflects actual transaction data from millions of U.S. merchants. The Thanksgiving-Black Friday period…

Shanahan to Continue to Steer CardConnect Post-FDC Acquisition

The deal is done. First Data (FDC) and CardConnect have completed their acquisition agreement. CardConnect is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of FDC and CardConnect shares will no longer be traded on the NASDAQ. CardConnect CEO Jeff Shanahan will continue to lead CardConnect operations and will serve as an Executive Vice President and as a member…

Vantiv & Chase Chases a Worldpay Play for $10B

Worldpay Group confirms it has received preliminary approaches from Vantiv and JPMorgan Chase Bank in relation to the potential acquisition of the entire issued, and to be issued, share capital of Worldpay. Any deal is expected to be valued in the US$10 billion range. The companies now have 28 days, or until August 1, to…

First University for Merchant Payment Services Training Now Online

The payments industry first and only online video university for merchant services professionals has been launched. Linkpay.University offers 12 courses and over 64 videos of merchant services training. Courses include everything from introduction into credit card processing, analyzing statements, how to sell merchant services, lead generation and consultants on real sales calls. After each 6-video…

V + MA International Q1 GTX +12% YOY Discounting V EU

International gross transactions (GTX) for Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards grew an adjusted 11.8% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/17). International unadjusted GTX for credit cards increased 22.5% YOY while international unadjusted GTX for debit cards soared an unadjusted 62.4% YOY in 1Q/17, according to CardData. The data are skewed by the…

Processors Not Fintech Startups Most Likely to Disrupt the Payments Industry

While all new technologies will be important to their business in the next two years, the majority of CFOs say they are most concerned with mobile payments and mobile capabilities to manage and approve payments (55%), with blockchain a close second (54%), followed by cloud payments (48%) and data mining (46%). Despite the buzz around…