It has been a busy year here at Mercator Advisory Group and
looks to continue that way through the Fall. Along with baseball’s World
Series and football season, budgeting and 2019 plans are hot topics with the
holidays fast approaching.
Our 15th Annual U.S. Open-Loop Prepaid Cards Market
Forecasts, 2017–2021 was released in September. Be sure to
download it if you haven’t already, and contact me if you would like to
discuss the data and forecasts. The 15th Annual U.S. Closed-Loop Prepaid
Cards Market Forecasts, 2017–2021 is currently in progress, to be
released in late November or early December 2018. If you are not already
participating in this benchmark survey and would like to do so, please let me
October seems to be heavy with conferences for all of us. I presented at the
Financial Institution Service Center Association (FiSCA) Conference at the
Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on October 4 (“Prepaid, Mobile and Beyond”) as a
panel moderator and again on the October 5 as a general session speaker on
prepaid. Although I will not be attending Money 20/20, a large contingent of
the Mercator team is there, should you need to discuss membership or consulting
I want to make you aware of a change for 2019. The 16th Annual U.S.
Closed-Loop Prepaid Cards Market Forecasts, 2018–2022 is scheduled to be
released in late first quarter to provide calendar year 2018 results to our
members earlier in the year.
My practice, Mercator’s Prepaid Advisory Service, will also be preparing a
prepaid vendor processor report to publish early in 2019. The intent is to
create a comprehensive report that shows the various capabilities of each
processor (GPR, Gift, Incentive, Business, International, APIs, etc.) within
the market space. This is highly sought after information. If you would like
to participate, please reach out to me. The survey will be sent to
participants in late November 2018.
The 2019 Prepaid Outlook is also under development and will be
published in the next month. This is one of my favorite papers!
Can you believe New Year’s Day is less than 75 days away?