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Service Description

Prepaid represents a fast growing segment of card-based payments, supporting numerous vertical markets. Mercator Advisory Group is recognized as the premier industry thought leader in this “pay-in-advance” payment type having established a unique benchmark in this space.

The Prepaid Advisory Service researches 25 different prepaid market segments, which include solutions that are implemented on branded card, closed-loop, and the electronic benefits transfer (EBT) networks.  Benchmarks measuring the growth of all 27 market segments have been performed annually since 2003.

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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
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  • 7 user IDs to access research reports – per service area.
  • Scheduled video and/or teleconferences with analysts
  • Presentation/Consulting Days

Service Director

Jordan Hirschfield
Jordan HirschfieldDirector, Prepaid

Contributing Analyst

Tim Sloane
Tim SloaneVice President, Payments Innovation

Contributing Analyst

Ben Danner
Ben DannerAnalyst, Research Services


Canadian Prepaid Market: Rapid Growth and Developing Opportunities

In-Depth Report / Laura Handly / April 2022

Digital Gaming: Expanding Prepaid Opportunities

Viewpoint / Laura Handly / February 2022

The PaaS Value Chain: Enabling Disruptive Payments

Viewpoint / Tim Sloane / January 2022

Greenfield Opportunities to Serve the Banking Needs of Kids

Viewpoint / Sarah Grotta / December 2021

Prepaid Mobile Phone Market 2021: Key Trends and Use Cases

Viewpoint / Laura Handly / December 2021

Commercial Prepaid: U.S. Closed-Loop Market Review and Forecast, 2020-2025

In-Depth Report / David Nelyubin / December 2021

2022 Outlook: Prepaid

Viewpoint / Laura Handly / November 2021

Gift Card Fraud: Trends and Mitigation

Viewpoint / Laura Handly / November 2021

18th Annual U.S. Open-Loop Prepaid Cards Market Forecasts, 2021–2025

In-Depth Report / David Nelyubin / November 2021

18th Annual U.S. Closed-Loop Prepaid Cards Market Forecasts, 2020-2025

In-Depth Report / David Nelyubin / September 2021

International Prepaid Market Developments and Growth Trends

In-Depth Report / Laura Handly / September 2021

The U.S. Population of Unbanked Individuals is Shrinking

In-Depth Report / Sarah Grotta / April 2021

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