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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
  • 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

Jordan Hirschfield
Jordan HirschfieldDirector, Prepaid

Contributing Analyst

Tim Sloane
Tim SloaneVice President, Payments Innovation

Contributing Analyst

Ben Danner
Ben DannerAnalyst, Research Services


2021 Outlook: U.S. Payments

Viewpoint / Mercator Research Team / April 2021

A Maturing U.S. Neo-Bank Market: Growing Pains and Opportunities

In-Depth Report / Laura Handly / April 2021

2021 Outlook: Prepaid

Viewpoint / Mercator Research Team / February 2021

17th Annual U.S. Open Loop Prepaid Cards Market Forecast 2020-2024, Part Two

In-Depth Report / Mercator Research Team / December 2020

17th Annual U.S. Open Loop Prepaid Cards Market Forecast 2020-2024, Part One

In-Depth Report / Mercator Research Team / December 2020

Senator Durbin is Not Done with Debit Yet

Viewpoint / Sarah Grotta / October 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

IoT Payments: Taxonomy Driven Market Size and Company Rankings

In-Depth Report / David Nelyubin, Tim Sloane / July 2020

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