Sixth Annual Prepaid Benchmark Findings: A Bright Spot in a Down Economy

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 The growth of the prepaid industry in 2008 continued to show great vitality despite challenging economic conditions. When the prepaid market is evaluated on a segment-by-segment basis, it’s clear that there are far more prepaid markets that are expanding or thriving in this economy than there are segments experiencing negative growth.
Tim Sloane, Director of Mercator Advisory Group Prepaid Advisory Service, provides a thurough overview of the current prepaid landscape and a snapshot of how this  market continues to evolve and grow, even in a down economy. 
The total load for all 33 prepaid segments in 2008 (Open & Closed) and Mercator's forecast out to 2012.
Segments driving the growth of Open Loop solutions. In 2008, dollars loaded onto Network Branded solutions incrased by 48.6% from the previous year. 
Understnading the shift occurring as Open Loop gift cards continue to penetrate the sale of Closed Loop gift cards.
The challenges and opportuntities for Closed Loop Solutions.
How the use of new technologies such as Restricted Authorization is impacting the industry.