Nilson in the News

Relevant and respected. The Nilson Report is quoted by more business news publications than any other in the payments industry.

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

Sept 8, 2021

Positive Technologies Uncovers Vulnerabilities in PAX Point-of-Sale Terminals That Could Be Exploited to Commit Fraud
"Positive Technologies researcher, Artem Ivachev discovered three vulnerabilities in mobile Point-of-Sale (POS) terminals from PAX Technology, a company that ranked third in the global POS terminal market in 2019, according to The Nilson Report. Now patched, the vulnerabilities affected PAX S920 and PAX D210..." > See Article

Sept 7, 2021

The Motley Fool

2 Smart Stocks That Millionaires Are Buying
Mastercard is the third-largest payments network in the world, capturing 24% of purchase transactions in 2020, according to The Nilson Report. > See Article

Sept 1, 2021

Business Insider

Stripe´s UnionPay partnership might attract sellers looking to tap Chinese cross-border ecommerce
"In 2019, UnionPay was the largest card network worldwide: It counted 8.4 billion branded cards worldwide, up from 6.69 billion in 2017, per The Nilson Report—nearly all of which are in China." > See Article

Sept 1, 2021


PayEm comes out of stealth with $27M and its answer to the expense report
"The global B2B payments market is valued at $120 trillion annually and is expected to reach $200 trillion by 2028, according to payment industry newsletter Nilson Report." > See Article

Sept 1, 2021

PayEm secures USD 27 mln in funding
"At the same time, (the) Nilson Report estimates that annual B2B payment volume presently sits at USD 127 trillion and is expected to reach USD 200 trillion by 2028." > See Article

Aug 24, 2021

Bank Info Security

Payment Cards Finally Set to Lose Their Stripes "Not coincidentally, the U.S. remains the undisputed world leader in credit card fraud. In 2019, worldwide card losses totaled $28.7 billion, of which the U.S. was responsible for more than one-third, despite only accounting for one-fifth of the world´s card-payment volume, according to data from Nilson Report." > See Article

Aug 19, 2021

The Wall Street Journal

Paying With a Credit Card? That’s Going to Cost You. "The total dollar amount of these merchant fees from Visa and Mastercard credit cards more than doubled between 2012 and 2019 to $67.6 billion, according to the Nilson Report." > See Article

Aug 16, 2021

Security Boulevard

What is a PCI Audit? And How to Get Your Business Ready
"Today, payment card fraud is a booming business with no signs of slowing—out of every hundred dollars spent with a bank card, roughly six dollars and change is stolen, according to Nilson Report numbers." > See Article

Aug 11, 2021

IBS Intelligence

MOCA launches browser-based online payment assistant Mia
"According to The Nilson Report, credit card fraud is on the rise in the U.S., leading to billions of dollars in losses every year." > See Article

Aug 10, 2021

The Straits Times

Amazon to introduce 0.5% surcharge for Visa credit card transactions in Singapore
"According to statistics from payments industry research firm Nilson Report, cards from Visa accounted for 34 per cent of global card payment transactions in 2019, while Mastercard accounted for 19 per cent." > See Article

Jul 23, 2021

Wall Street Journal

Fake It to Make It: Companies Beef Up AI Models With Synthetic Data
"American Express has had the lowest U.S. fraud-loss rates among the major banks for the past 14 years, according to a February Nilson Report, a source of news and statistics on the payment industry." > See Article

Jul 15, 2021

The Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing

Merchants Welcome President´s Order on Competition
"Banks that issue Visa and Mastercard credit cards charge merchants an average 2.25% of the purchase price to process transactions, according to the Nilson Report, a global news and statistics provider for the payment industry."   > See Article

Jul 14, 2021

2022 Prepaid Card Growth Projections Swing Door Open Wide for Adoption of White Label Programs...
"This past November, the leading card and mobile payment industry trade publication, The Nilson Report, announced growth projects for the niche that likely have marketing executives around the globe taking a fresh look at their brand public relations plans to factor in white label prepaid card programs as a driving tactic." > See Article

Jul 8, 2021

Fintech Magazine

Payment solutions: Transaction evolution and the IoT
"According to data by the Nilson Report, there were 368.92bn digital purchase transactions for goods and services globally in 2019 - translating into 1.01bn credit card transactions alone, daily." > See Article

Jul 7, 2021

Investors Launch Another Corporate Card FinTech Into Unicorn Status
"Bank of America was recently named as the top Visa and Mastercard commercial card issuer by the Nilson Report’s 2020 Rankings..." > See Article

Jul 1, 2021

The Financial

BofA Ranks No. 1 in Nilson Report’s US Commercial Credit Card Rankings
"In an extraordinary year for payment trends, Bank of America once more retained its ranking as the top issuer of Visa and Mastercard commercial credit card solutions in the U.S. The 2020 rankings, published by the financial industry publication The Nilson Report, represent the seventh consecutive year wherein Bank of America has achieved the top honor." > See Article

Jun 25, 2021


Fighting (fake) fire with fire: can deepfakes catch financial scams?
"Global payment card fraud losses reached $28.65 billion in 2019, according to the Nilson Report." > See Article

Jun 22, 2021

Banking Dive

Deutsche Bank, Fiserv team up in German market
"That combination made Fiserv the fifth-largest U.S. merchant payment acquirer last year, based on card transaction volume, according to research from the Nilson Report." > See Article

Jun 16, 2021

Robb Report

Forget Plastic. The World´s Most Exclusive Credit Cards Are Now Made With Metal; and Sometimes Gold
"(The Nilson Report) expects there to be 150 million metal credit cards in use worldwide by the end of 2021" > See Article

Jun 16, 2021


Plaid, Visa, and the best fintech deal that never happened "While Visa and Mastercard accounted more than $5.9 trillion in purchase volume across debit, credit, and prepaid cards issued in the U.S. last year, Visa alone accounted for more than 70% of that figure, according to data from the Nilson Report." > See Article

Jun 8, 2021


Wells Fargo Goes on the Offensive With New No-Fee, 2% Cash-Back Credit-Card "The firm is unusually lopsided among U.S. card issuers. It ranks No. 2 in debit cards but languishes at No. 8 in credit cards, even after revamping its Propel card in recent years, according to the Nilson Report." > See Article

Jun 4, 2021


Marqeta IPO: 5 things to know about the fintech company serving Square, DoorDash and others "Marqeta processed about $60 billion of volume last year, which it notes is less than 1% of the $6.7 trillion of volume that flowed through U.S. issuers in the same period, based on estimates from the Nilson Report, a payments-industry publication." > See Article

Jun 2, 2021


AmEx makes online fraud fighting tech available to more merchants "American Express has had the lowest fraud losses in the industry for 14 consecutive years, according to the February 2021 Nilson Report." > See Article

May 11, 2021

Wall Street Journal

Credit-Card Debt Keeps Falling. Banks Are On Edge.
"Credit-card spending in the U.S. totaled nearly $3.9 trillion on general-purpose and store cards last year, down 9% from 2019, according to the Nilson Report, an industry publication." > See Article

May 11, 2021

7 Reasons to Ditch Dogecoin and Buy These Stocks Right Now
"...By comparison,Visa and Mastercard averaged 700 million transactions daily in 2018, per the Nilson Report." > See Article

May 10, 2021

Payments Journal

Retailers Say Fed Move on Debit Card Routing Will Bring Competition to Payments Market
"Card processing fees totaled $116.4 billion in 2019, up 88 percent over the previous decade, according to Nilson Report, a trade publication that follows the card industry." > See Article

May 10, 2021

Payments Journal

Retailers Say Fed Move on Debit Card Routing Will Bring Competition to Payments Market
"Card processing fees totaled $116.4 billion in 2019, up 88 percent over the previous decade, according to Nilson Report, a trade publication that follows the card industry." > See Article

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