Order Form

    This individual Report Prepaid Market Forecasts 2006-2009 is available for purchase. This Report is available to members of Mercator Advisory Group’s Prepaid Advisory Service. Please be advised that this Report is normally part of a research and advisory service that provides ongoing support throughout the year. As such, this Report contains significant depth of content that is selected for its strategic importance to our members. (For a description of these services, see our Advisory Services section).

    While the Report represents significant analyst time invested, there is no means of our ascertaining if it will fully meet your specific intended purposes. Typically, these Reports form the basis for future discussions with our clients where we are able to fine-tune additional information that we have gathered in the construction of the series of Reports (or locate new information rapidly due to our exclusive focus on gathering information in the payments industry) for specific member needs.

    Unfortunately, in fairness to our paying members, we are not able to offer this level of support for a single Report purchase. We will, however, credit any Research Document purchase against the future purchase price of the service should you become a member within 30 days of purchasing the document.

    The price for individual Report purchases is $2450 per document. 


    Use the form below to request this individual Report purchase or

    Click here for a fax-back order form




Prepaid Market Forecasts 2006-2009

Boston, MA
December 2006

Prepaid Market Forecasts 2006-2009
(34 Open and Closed Prepaid Markets)

Using data derived from the 2004-2006 prepaid market benchmarks that investigated both the Open and Closed prepaid markets, Mercator has developed a detailed forecast for both Open and Closed segments, with specifics on the growth and estimated load volumes in each of 34 prepaid segments.

The report delivers significant data that addresses the comparative growth rates of different segments and the forecasted future growth based on Mercator's exclusive insights and analysis of these segments.

The report and underlying analysis (available to our members in a spreadsheet format) also delivers a comparison of Open spending versus Closed spending for all relevant prepaid market segments - information critical to anyone planning a prepaid strategy since it identifies markets where Open Cards are gaining market share over Closed Solutions, where Closed Solutions remain dominant, and where the markets are expanding to embrace both solutions.

"While the recently released Third Annual Market Performance: Spend, Growth and Opportunity delivers current market performance data and delves into total market size for each of the 34 segments, the Prepaid Market Forecast report addresses market penetration over the coming four years.  The insights available from this analysis (and underlying data) shed light on the changing mix of Open versus Closed solutions as well as the practical expectations emerging from the Prepaid hype.  This report shows the categories for growth and enables the reader to see the full scope of prepaid product growth moving forward," comments Tim Sloane, Director for Mercator Advisory Group's Debit Advisory Service.

Highlighted findings from this report are:

  • The total spend on all prepaid products, both open and closed, in 2005 was $165.02 Billion.  This report indicates that the prepaid market will top $236 Billion by 2009 reflecting a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.37%
  • The Closed Prepaid Market will reach $192.3 Billion by 2009 reflecting a CAGR of just over 6.25%
  • The Open Prepaid Market will grow at a CAGR of more than 32% achieving a total spend in 2009 of more than $43.8 Billion -- less than 1/4 the size of the Closed Prepaid Market in the same timeframe.
  • The fastest growing markets include all of the Gift Card markets, Employer and Consumer Incentives, Open Campus and State Unemployment solutions.
  • Mercator Advisory Group forecasts typically underestimate growth (conservative approach).  This year selected Closed prepaid markets were found to be slightly over estimated.  The methodology used in this report has been modified to address this issue.  The market causes for the shift in growth rates is identified.

Also included in this report is a total spend for each category in one consolidated table.  This enables readers to extract growth rates for each sector and for the total market from Open and Closed systems. 

One of the 36 Exhibits included in this report


The report contains 26 pages and 36 Exhibits.

Members of Mercator Advisory Group have access to these reports as well as the upcoming research for the year ahead, presentations, analyst access and other membership benefits. Please visit us online at

For more information call Mercator Advisory Group's main line: 781-419-1700 or send email to