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Lead Story

A political action plan for ISOs


Industry Update

New best practices for data storage

Financial reform bill passes. What now?

Cash-only holiday to protest Durbin Amendment

ETA/Strawhecker report: Reason for optimism


Research Rundown

Top 25 privately held industries for the last 10 years

Selling Prepaid

Prepaid in brief

Evolution Benefits ties prepaid to philanthropy

What's next in gifting technology

Walter Paulsen
Giiv Inc.


Three kinds of consolidation to watch

Brandes Elitch
CrossCheck Inc.


Street SmartsSM:
Is dial dead?

Ken Musante
Eureka Payments LLC

Agent or employee: Which are you?

Adam Atlas
Attorney at Law

Budgeting: A crucial management skill

Vicki M. Daughdrill
Small Business Resources LLC

Best practices for crisis communications

Peggy Bekavac Olson
Strategic Marketing

Putting the cold call in its proper place

Jeffrey Shavitz
Charge Card Systems Inc.

More than PCI

Tim Cranny
Panoptic Security Inc.

Avoid 'always be closing' and other old traps

Jeff Fortney
Clearent LLC

Company Profile

Voltage Security Inc.

New Products

Determine the best interchange for each transaction

Merchant Warehouse

Layered protection for ACH

ProtectPay ACH
ProPay Inc.


Focus on success with self-help CDs



Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

August 09, 2010  •  Issue 10:08:01

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ETA/Strawhecker report: Reason for optimism

A joint report from the Strawhecker Group and the Electronic Transactions Association indicates the payments industry has reason to be optimistic despite the ongoing recession and new legislation that will regulate card interchange

"Though the payments industry is not immune to the economy and outside factors such as retail sales and consumer spending, two major drivers of payments related revenue, the industry as a whole continues to be more resilient than the overall market," the report states.

"This resiliency comes from the still increasing use of debit cards and consumers' affinity for e-commerce transactions."

According to the report, e-commerce sales totaled $38.7 billion in the first economic quarter of 2010, up from $38.1 billion during the fourth quarter of last year. In the first quarter of 2009, e-commerce sales totaled $33.9 billion.

Alternative payments seem to be doing particularly well, perhaps a mixed blessing that bodes well for e-commerce overall but may pose a threat to conventional payment card players in the space.

In the first quarter of 2010, PayPal Inc. and Bill Me Later Inc. - which are both owned by eBay Inc. - totaled $21.3 billion, roughly the same level as in the fourth quarter of 2009. But they totaled only $15.9 billion in the first quarter of 2009.

Meanwhile, total dollar volumes for Visa Inc. and MasterCard Worldwide have both dropped slightly in 2010. Visa's totals fell from $201 billion in the fourth quarter of 2009 to $182 billion in the first quarter of 2010, while MasterCard totals slid from $123 billion to $110 billion, respectively.

In the first quarter 2010, Visa's sales volumes were 45.1 percent credit card-based and 54.9 percent debit card-based, while MasterCard's were 54.3 percent credit based and 45.7 percent debit.

"Credit card losses at major U.S. card issuers remain at above average levels while delinquencies began to slow, signaling future decreases in uncollectable accounts," the report says. "Chargeoff rates declined among four of the five largest issuers."

The report also ranked the top 10 U.S. acquiring firms in 2009 based on dollar volume. Number one was Bank of America Merchant Services, with a 19.3 percent share of the acquiring market, with First Data Corp. and Chase Paymentech Solutions LLC rounding out the top three.

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