Issue 1190

Award-winning business intelligence, payment card statistics, industry news, and dozens of executive contacts in every issue. Subscribers receive 22 issues a year.
January 2021
Featured Chart

Outstandings on General Purpose Credit Cards in the U.S.

Outstanding receivables tied to consumer and commercial Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards issued in the U.S. declined 14.9% to $866 billion at the end of 2020.

Featured Companies

Message from the Publisher

We always enjoy hearing when a business relationship begins owing to an article
we have published. For more than 50 years, the Nilson Report has included
contact information for the executives we interview in each issue. Over the
course of your annual subscription, the Nilson Report provides everything you
need to begin a conversation with hundreds of executives around the world.

David Robertson, Publisher
January 31, 2021



Outstandings on General Purpose Credit Cards in the U.S.

Market Shares of Outstandings on U.S. Credit Cards—2000 through 2020

Investments in Merchant Acquiring and Processing by Region—2020

Investments by Region—Number of Transactions in 2020

Income at Top U.S. Credit Card Issuers—2020 vs. 2019

American Express Cards 2020 vs. 2019

Discover Card 2020 vs. 2019

Investments and Acquisitions—December 2020


American Express Cards 2020 vs. 2019

American Express issues cards directly and in partnership with financial institutions worldwide. Figures for cards issued, transactions generated, and outstanding receivables are listed on page 10.

1. Inside the U.S.
$691.52 billion purchase volume, –16.2%
2. Outside the U.S.
$313.36 billion purchase volume, –21.7%
3. Global total
$1,004.88 billion purchase volume, -18.0%

Full access to the American Express Cards 2020 vs. 2019 results is available when you subscribe to the Nilson Report.

Free Sample Issue

Act Now – Receive a free issue of the Nilson Report