The Prepaid Card Evolution

The Prepaid Card Evolution

These days, general-purpose reloadable prepaid cards are better served by the phrase “prepaid account,” which helps underscore their evolution from payment cards to fully-fledged banking products.


Goldman Sachs Reaches for the Apple (Pay Credit Card)

Goldman Sachs Reaches for the Apple (Pay Credit Card)

Backed by the marketing muscle of Apple as the world’s largest company by market value, the reach of its ecosystem, and the loyalty of many of its customers, the card could make a splash at the deep end of the consumer payment pool, at top-of-digital-wallet and incent more iPhone users to migrate to Apple Pay.


ACH: Beat It or Join It?

ACH: Beat It or Join It?

In the U.S., electronic B2B payment value remains dominated by ACH: Packaged Facts in the report "Commercial Payment Cards: U.S. and Global Market Trends, 10th Edition" estimates that commercial cards comprised 3.7% of electronic B2B payment value in 2016.


The truth of the consumer banking matter

The truth of the consumer banking matter

Myths, half truths, falsehoods. Consumer banking in the modern era is fraught with as many unfortunate misconceptions as it is growth opportunities. In this blog, Packaged Facts sorts fact from fiction and sheds light on how important this segment of the financial services still is to Americans of all ages.


What’s in your (digital) wallet?

What’s in your (digital) wallet?

This blog is based on the report Mobile Payments in the U.S. View the abstract and table of contents here.

Aug. 10 - Take a peek at your wallet or purse and what do you see? A little cash? A driver’s license? Employee ID and insurance cards? Some lint? And, of course, a nice mix of payment cards?

For a card issuer, it all comes down to where their card stands in your wallet: is it your primary card, the one that sits at the top of your wallet-the one you grab the most when paying? For many i...


Millennials: Unbanked but bankable?

Millennials: Unbanked but bankable?

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June 27 - Survey analysis performed for Packaged Facts’ Underbanked and Unbanked Consumers report suggests a clear general trend away from having checking and savings accounts at traditional banking institutions even while consumers eschewing th...


For commercial payment cards, globalization is good business-but competition is increasing

For commercial payment cards, globalization is good business-but competition is increasing

Globalization is occurring at a rapid pace, requiring increased simplification and control over employer payments and expenses across multiple countries. Among payment providers (networks and card issuers alike), this has undoubtedly caused growing pains, as they struggle to craft solutions sophisticated and robust enough to meet global challenges of many stripes-regulatory and operational hurdles among them.

But in plain English, it also means payments expansion-following the arc of global gr...


Millennial adults increasingly seek alternatives to traditional banking

Millennial adults increasingly seek alternatives to traditional banking

While consumers historically underserved by mainstream financial services industry are often referred to as unbanked or underbanked, young adults are quickly joining their ranks. In Unbanked and Underbanked Consumers in the U.S., 3rd Edition , Packaged Facts found that the percentage of 18-24s who self-identify as unbanked has grown by almost 25% during 2005-2013. This jump has likely been influenced by recession-driven unemployment and wage trends that have disproportionately affected younger e...


Carrots for store credit card holders

Carrots for store credit card holders

Once home to consumers with higher risk profiles and higher chargeoff rates, store credit card volume and active accounts took a nosedive during the recession, as issuer portfolios groaned under the strain of bad debt and reduced customer engagement. But signs point to a private label turnaround. Deal-making activity suggests that private label card programs have become a more viable and stable income source for issuers; the payment card segment has been buoyed by a spate of deals that has invig...