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Service Description

Mercator Advisory Group’s Debit  and Alternative Products Advisory Service focuses on the needs of debit issuers,  processors, and the vendors who serve them. The emphasis of this service is on various forms of “pay now” payment methods that  access a transaction account including, debit cards, private label debit, ACH, bill pay, real time and faster payments.

From the perspective of account holders, financial institutions, and merchants, Mercator Advisory Group examines the impact of current and future technology on business processes at all stages of the pay now account and transaction life cycle.

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Membership Deliverables

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  • Unlimited analyst inquiries within subscribed service areas
  • 5 to 15 hours of firm-wide analyst inquiries
  • Access to a minimum of 17 new research documents each year
  • Access to full back library
    of research documents
  • 7 user IDs to access research reports – per service area.
  • Scheduled video and/or teleconferences with analysts
  • Presentation/Consulting Days

Service Director

Sarah Grotta
Sarah GrottaDirector, Debit and Alternative Products

Contributing Analyst

Steve Murphy
Steve MurphyDirector, Commercial and Enterprise Payments

Contributing Analyst

Ben Danner
Ben DannerAnalyst, Research Services


FedNow Instant Payments Starts to Take Shape

Viewpoint / Sarah Grotta / October 2020

Debit Card Abruptly Finds Itself Top of Wallet

In-Depth Report / Sarah Grotta / September 2020

Debit: A Good Man in a Storm

Viewpoint / Sarah Grotta / August 2020

COVID-19: The Power Behind Contactless

In-Depth Report / Sarah Grotta / July 2020

Debit Card Trends Across Europe

In-Depth Report / Sarah Grotta / July 2020

2020 Annual U.S. Debit Card Market Data Review

In-Depth Report / Sarah Grotta / June 2020

On-Demand Earned Wage Access: U.S. Vendor Comparison

In-Depth Report / Sarah Grotta / April 2020

Autonomous Checkout: Brick-and-Mortar Retail Goes Full Digital

In-Depth Report / Raymond Pucci / April 2020

2020 Outlook: U.S. Payments

Viewpoint / Aaron McPherson / January 2020

Faster and Real-Time Payments Fraud

In-Depth Report / Sarah Grotta / January 2020

Fintech and Debit Cards: Battling for Consumers’ Attention

In-Depth Report / Sarah Grotta / December 2019

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