Nilson in the News

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A sampling of the articles where our proprietary data has been featured this past 12 months appears below.

May 7, 2021


Cash Discounts Come Back as Small Businesses Tire of Swipe Fees
"In 2019 swipe fees for credit card transactions amounted to $93 billion in the U.S., or 2.2% of credit card sales, according to [the] Nilson Report." > See Article

May 7, 2021

The Motley Fool

This Figure Suggests Cryptocurrencies Are in a Massive Bubble
"...But according to The Nilson Report released in 2020, there were 368.92 billion credit card transactions worldwide in 2018 for goods and services." > See Article

Apr 30, 2021

Payments Source

Don´t believe the talking points: Cards benefit businesses.
"...Naturally, the op-ed neglected to mention the total cost to merchants has declined by more than 20 basis points in the last decade, according to the Nilson Report."   > See Article

Apr 30, 2021

Freight Waves

The payment industry’s rebirth
"According to a 2020 Nilson Report, 10.7 million merchants accept Visa and Mastercard, while 10.6 million accept Discover and American Express." > See Article

Apr 30, 2021

Business Insider

Credit Card Issuers in COVID-19: Debt relief, stimulus checks, & vaccine impact
"Card payments´ transaction share—roughly two-thirds in 2019, per the Nilson Report—rose to roughly 81.4% of ecommerce transactions and 76.8% of in-person payments in 2020, per FIS." > See Article

Apr 29, 2021

Banking Dive

Retail organizations sue Fed over debit law enforcement
"Visa and Mastercard debit card processing fees were $19.7 billion in 2019, about equal to fees before the Durbin amendment was passed, the NRF estimates, citing data from the Nilson Report." > See Article

Apr 9, 2021

Payments Journal

Excessive Online Credit Card Rejections During Pandemic Mean Frustration for Consumers, Missed Sales for Retailers
"Payment card fraud averages 0.08 percent of in-person transactions, but 0.18 percent online, according to the Nilson Report." > See Article

Apr 9, 2021

Payments Dive

Payroc plans to keep buying up payments players Still... (Payroc is) growing rapidly, with a 15.6% jump in volume last year, according to payments industry research firm Nilson Report, which shared the report with Payments Dive. > See Article

Apr 8, 2021

Fox Business

Most big debt collectors backed off during the pandemic. One pressed ahead.
"In 2005, Sherman bought a small bank, rebranded it Credit One, and increased the business from $647 million in outstanding credit-card receivables in 2006 to $6.81 billion in 2020, the most recent reported figure, according to Nilson Report." > See Article

Apr 6, 2021

Biometric Update

Zwipe signs up Indian partner to manufacture biometric payment cards KL Hi-Tech is the second-largest payment card manufacturers in India, and 31st in the world according to the 2020 Nilson Report. > See Article

Apr 6, 2021

Global Banking and Finance

It´s time to Ditch plastic cards, says former banking boss
"There are more than 22 billion plastic payment cards in circulation worldwide, according to data published by Nilson." > See Article

Apr 2, 2021

The Fintech Times

APAC´s Massive Digital Payments Shift Fuels Featurespace´s Growth in Singapore "By 2025, the Nilson Report estimates that consumers using global branded cards issued in the region will account for 44.86% of the world’s total purchases." > See Article

Mar 23, 2021

The Motley Fool

Top Credit Card Issuers Reduced Credit Limits by $99 Billion in 2020
"According to figures from the Nilson Report... Capital One had nearly 51 million active card accounts in 2019. The tally for JPMorgan Chase was slightly over 42 million, and Citigroup was just shy of 40 million."   > See Article

Mar 23, 2021

Mizhuo Securities

Should the Rise of Modern Card-Issuing Platforms Worry GPN Investors?
"According to Nilson, debit purchase volume of the top 50 debit card issuers in the US increased from +6% on average in 2016-2017 to +8% in 2018-2019."   > See Article

Mar 15, 2021

American Banker

This credit union is going after Chase cardholders. Will other lenders do same?
"Most credit unions already have the ability to determine how members are making payments outside of their own institution, the latest Nilson Report on payments showed the nation´s eight largest banks currently account for 75.8% of all outstanding credit card debt."   > See Article

Mar 5, 2021

Fitch Ratings

Fitch Assigns First-Time Rating of ´BB-´ to NCR Corporation
"The Nilson Report projects cash usage will decrease from 22% of transactions in the U.S. in 2019 to 12% by 2024." > See Article

Feb 26, 2021

Business Insider

Mastercard and Visa Credit Card Fee Hikes May Be On the Horizon
" card fraud has been steadily increasing and is projected to reach $32.04 billion in 2021, per (the) Nilson Report." > See Article

Feb 24, 2021

The Wall Street Journal

Covid-19 Shopping Makes Card Fees a Bigger Burden for Merchants
"The amount of Visa and Mastercard credit-card interchange fees paid by U.S. merchants actually fell last year, down 17% to $44.4 billion, according to the Nilson Report..." > See Article

Feb 11, 2021

The Motley Fool

Here Are 3 Great Starter Stocks
According to the Nilson Report, Visa operates the world´s largest payments network, connecting financial institutions, merchants, and consumers in over 200 countries and territories. > See Article

Feb 9, 2021


Wells Fargo Decides to Keep Its Private-Label Credit Card Unit "...Even before the pandemic, Wells-Fargo didn´t rank among the top five firms in the space, according to (the) Nilson Report, which tracks the industry." > See Article

Feb 8, 2021

The Bancorp Provides Prepaid Debit Card and Technology Solutions to Non-Bank Financial Firms
"Business solutions enabled by The Bancorp have helped make the company the #1 issuer of prepaid card volume for eight strait years and the eighth-largest issuer of debit cards by purchase volume according to data from the Nilson Report." > See Article

Feb 2, 2021

24/7 Wall Street

BofA Securities Adds 3 Blue Chip Leaders to US 1 List of Top Stocks to Buy
"According to Nilson estimates, Mastercard is the third-largest global credit and debit network, as measured by volume." > See Article

Jan 27, 2021


Credit Card Fraud Will Increase in Due to the Covid Epidemic, Experts Warn
"Payment card fraud losses reached $28.65 billion worldwide in 2019, according to the most recent Nilson Report data. The United States alone is responsible for more than a third of the total global loss, making it the most card fraud-prone country in the world." > See Article

Jan 27, 2021

The Wall Street Journal

Apple Pay Offers Germ-Free Shopping—If Only We Could Figure Out How it Works "In 2019, they (mobile wallets) represented roughly 4% of card purchase transactions in the U.S., according to the Nilson Report, a trade publication. Apple Pay accounted for most of them. > See Article

Dec 14, 2020


Covid-19 Has Accelerated The Evolution Of The U.S. Credit Market
"The (Nilson) Report revealed: ´Because credit card penetration in most markets in Latin America is less than 15%, the opportunity for BNPL lending is substantial." > See Article

Dec 14, 2020


Three Stocks for Christmas Shopping
"Senior equity analyst Brett Horn... says: "According to the Nilson Report, Visa holds over 50% market share (by purchase volume) in the US, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East and Africa." > See Article

Dec 8, 2020

Jamaica Gleaner

Growth & Jobs | Be Cautious When Shopping Online
"...payment analytics firm Nilson Report revealed that consumers are increasingly using this option, with transactions expected to reach US$1 trillion globally by 2027." > See Article

Dec 3, 2020

3 Reasons Mastercard is a Buy
"Visa offers a similar range of payment solutions on an even larger scale, with an estimated 42% market share according to the Nilson Report. By comparison, Mastercard´s market share is estimated at 25%..." > See Article

Nov 18, 2020


How DeFi can improve the e-commerce sector
"According to the Nilson Report, the $32 billion was lost to card fraud in 2019..." > See Article

Nov 16, 2020


Lanistar´s New Card Supports Personalized Security...
"By 2023, bank card fraud is projected to reach $35.6B, according to the Nilson Report, a market research firm specializing in the financial services industry." > See Article

Nov 13, 2020


Rapyd introduces global fraud protection framework
"According to the Nilson Report, global card fraud is projected to reach over $37 billion over the next five years." > See Article

Nov 12, 2020

Wells Fargo Seeks Bidders For Private-Label Credit Card Unit
"A recent Nilson Report estimated Wells Fargo´s share of private-label card spending at 5.75% in 2019 and its share of borrowings at 3.63 percent." > See Article

Nov 5, 2020

Wall Street Journal

Justice Department Files Antitrust Lawsuit Challenging Visa´s Planned Acquisition of Plaid
"Visa is the largest U.S. card network... It accounted for about 70% of debit and prepaid transactions during the first half of the year, according to the Nilson Report, a trade publication." > See Article

Nov 2, 2020

Wall Street Journal

Private-Equity Firm Hellman & Friedman in Talks to Sell Nets in Latest Payments Sector Deal
"The deal would catapult Nexi into the top five biggest payments companies in Europe measured by value and volume of card transactions handled last year, according to Nilson Report, a data provider."
> See Article

Oct 27, 2020

Yahoo Finance

DOJ Considers Blocking Visa´s Acquisition of Fintech Firm Plaid: Report
Visa processed $2.2 trillion worth of card transactions...based on data from Nilson Report." > See Article

Oct 27, 2020

Wall Street Journal

Visa’s Planned Purchase of Plaid Faces Antitrust Scrutiny at the Justice Department
> See Article

Oct 21, 2020


Kiplinger´s Best Firms for Customer Service
For credit card issuers, we examined information from industry publication Nilson Report about issuers total credit card purchase volume." > See Article

Oct 16, 2020


This Week in Credit Card News...
"According to the Nilson Report, the 2019 market share for the top issuers..." > See Article

Oct 16, 2020

Seeking Alpha

Fiserv vs. Fidelity National Information Services...
> See Article

Oct 12, 2020

Motley Fool

Credit and Debit Card Share by Market and Issuer "We dug into the most recent data from the Nilson Report, the premier collection of financial data, to get you the answers." > See Article

Oct 5, 2020

The Wall Street Journal

Europe´s Nexi Agrees to Acquire SIA...
"...Nexi ranks outside the top 10 biggest payment companies in Europe measured by value and volume of card transactions handled last year, according to Nilson Report..."   > See Article

Oct 5, 2020


Sangy Vatsa Named Chief Technology and Digital Officer of FIS Global
"FIS serves 90% of the top 50 global banks and is the top merchant acquirer in the world by volume, according to the Nilson Report."
> See Article

Sept 25, 2020


How Amex Uses AI to Automate 8 Billion Risk Decisions (and Achieve Less Fraud)
"If you go by the Nilson Report, you´ll see that American Express for 13 years has come out as the lowest in the fraud space..." — American Express VP/Risk Management Anjali Dewan > See Article

Sept 14, 2020

What´s the difference between a secured and an unsecured credit card?
"...using data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Nilson Report found that there were approximately 1.12 billion credit cards in the U.S. as of 2018..." > See Article

Sept 12, 2020

Ars Technica

Why Online Voting is Harder Than Online Banking
"The Nilson Report, a financial industry trade publication, estimated that credit card fraud cost the world almost $28 billion in 2018." > See Article

Sept 9, 2020

Why Buy Now, Pay Later is Sweeping the Globe
"...while Addi is the best known regional name in the game, (a) recent Nilson Report (issue 1181) indicates the market has become increasingly competitive and crowded in recent months." > See Article

Aug 24, 2020

15 Disturbing Credit Card Fraud Statistics
"It´s great to be on top — unless it´s regarding credit card fraud. According to the latest Nilson Report, the United States eclipses every country on the planet as the most credit fraud-prone, with 38.6% of all reported card fraud losses in 2018." > See Article

Aug 18, 2020


The differences between Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards
"...each of the four major credit card processors do business with millions of merchants in more than 100 countries. According to (the) Nilson Report, both Visa and Mastercard have the most merchants worldwide..." > See Article

Aug 17, 2020

Fintechnews Singapore

How Artificial Intelligence is Powering Asia´s Fraudtech Fight Against Financial Crime
"Global losses due to card fraud alone cost almost US$27.85 billion in 2018 and could reach US$44 billion by 2025, according to the Nilson Report." > See Article

Aug 11, 2020

Bank of America

Euromoney Names Bank of America the Best Transaction Services Bank in Latin and North America
"For the sixth consecutive year, Bank of America has been ranked as the No. 1 issuer of Visa and Mastercard Commercial Credit and Prepaid Solutions by market share in the Nilson Report." > See Article

Aug 9, 2020


Cryptocurrency Cards: An Unnecessary Solution That Should Be Stopped
According to Nilson Report (issue 1162) there are currently more than 22 billion payment cards in circulation around the world...." > See Article

Jul 28, 2020


Apple´s New Services Off to a Slow Start in First Year
"The bank accumulated about $2 billion in credit lines since launch, a fraction of other co-branded cards, according to a February update by the Nilson Report." > See Article

Jul 28, 2020

In Crypto, Financial Empowerment Isn´t Just a Buzzword
"...according to the Nilson Report, in the nect five years alone, global fraud losses are expected to rise to $35.67 billion." > See Article

Jul 22, 2020

The Wall Street Journal

Fake Busineses Are Fooling Real Banks Into Processing Online Drug Purchases
"Illegal purchases, including drugs, are being processed unwittingly by banks and payments networks including Visa Inc., Mastercard Inc. and American Express Co...." > See Article

Jul 21, 2020

Selecting the Right Credit Card Processor for Your Business
Merchants... paid $53.6 billion in Visa and Mastercard credit card interchange fees in 2019... according to a Nilson Report. > See Article

Jul 20, 2020

Analytics India Magazine

How American Express Leverages ML To Achieve Lowest Card Fraud Rates In The World
An interview of Dr. Manish Gupta, VP, Machine Learning & Data Science Research and Head of Risk COE Bangalore.
> See Article

Jul 6, 2020

Business Insider

Mastercard and Visa may be challenged by a new European payment system
"Visa counted 57.3 billion purchase transactions from general purpose cards in Europe in 2019, while Mastercard racked up 38.3 billion, per the Nilson Report." > See Article

Jul 4, 2020

Yahoo Finance UK

Forget the volatile Bitcoin price!...
"Purchase transactions on global general purpose card brands totaled 440.99 billion in 2019, up 19.4% over the previous year."   > See Article

Jul 2, 2020

The Wall Street Journal

How Wirecard Went From Tech Star to Bankrupt
"The Nilson Report, a widely followed industry ranking of payment industry players, didn´t include Wirecard in its rankings because it says the company, unlike most rivals, wouldn´t explain how its reported payments volume broke down by different types of business."  > See Article

Jul 1, 2020


Why More Retailers are Accepting American Express
"The Nilson Report, an influential industry newsletter, confirms that third-party partnerships have helped boost AmEx acceptance. And per 2019 Nilson data, the 2018 average merchant fee for American Express credit cards was reduced to 2.3%..." > See Article

Jun 30, 2020

American Express Merchant Map Campaign

"American Express can now be accepted at 99% of places in the US that accept credit cards." —Nilson Report > See Article

Jun 29, 2020


The (near) cashless society arrives
"COVID-19 is ´pushing people into e-commerce who would not normally be using it,´ David Robertson, publisher of the authoritative card industry publication the Nilson Report, tells Axios." > See Article

Jun 29, 2020


Amex will give you up to $50 to shop at small businesses
"Amex fees have recently fallen more in line with rivals. In 2018, the company charged an average of 2.3% per transaction versus Visa and Mastercard´s 2.26% and Discover´s 2.15% according to data from Nilson Report."   > See Article

Jun 29, 2020

Business Insider

Wirecard´s Partners Face New Challenges
"The card networks accounted for 69.3% of all global brand general purpose purchase transactions in 2018, per the Nilson Report..." > See Article

Jun 29, 2020


7 of the Newest Stocks That Made Good on Their IPOs
According to the Nilson Report, the purchase volume on cards in the U.S. is forecast to hit $10.4 trillion by 2027, up from $5.5 trillion in 2017." > See Article

Jun 26, 2020

First commercial biometric cards issued in France.
"Fingerprint Cards Chairman... Johan Carlström Tweeted that the Nilson Report has forecast 29 billion payment cards will be in circulation by the end of 2023." > See Article

Jun 26, 2020

Business Insider

Mastercard US switched volume posted positive growth in June
This points toward a global increase in spending, since Mastercard accounted for 24.5% of global card brand purchases in 2018, per the Nilson Report." > See Article

Jun 24, 2020

JP Morgan MD: Coronavirus could slow innovation in e-commerce. "JP Morgan were recently named in the Nilson Report as the number one e-commerce acquirer in Europe by web transactions..." > See Article

Jun 23, 2020


"Credit Card Swipe Fees Continue to Thwart Merchants" > See Article

Jun 21, 2020

The Wall Street Journal

Credit-Card Fees Merchants Hate, Banks Love and Consumers Pay > See Article

Jun 18, 2020

National Retail Federation

"U.S. Visa and Mastercard credit card swipe fees totaled $67.6 billion in 2019 according to the Nilson Report." > See Article

Jun 16, 2020

PBoC opens local currency payments market to AMEX > See Article

Jun 12, 2020

Why American Express isn´t universally accepted. > See Article

Jun 7, 2020


Here´s The Difference Between A Credit Card Network And Card Issuer > See Article or Download PDF

Jun 5, 2020


"Each year approximately 6 billion plastic payment cards are produced, according to the 2018 Nilson Report." > See Article

May 12, 2020

S&P Global

Prepaid Cards´ Dark Underbelly Hides Potential Financial Sector Pain > See Article

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