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Prepaid Advisory Service Update - October 2018
Date: October 23, 2018
Research Team

Dear Colleagues:

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 know.

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 needs.

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?

Best regards,


C. Sue Brown
Director, Prepaid Advisory Service
Mercator Advisory Group