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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


The Canadian Open-Loop Prepaid Market: 2019

In-Depth Report / Theodore Iacobuzzio / June 2020

Do State Payroll Card Laws Help or Hurt the Unbanked?

Viewpoint / C. Sue Brown / April 2020

Merchant Mobile Apps: Much More Than Payments

In-Depth Report / Raymond Pucci / February 2020

2020 Outlook: U.S. Payments

Viewpoint / Aaron McPherson / January 2020

Digital Gift Cards: U.S. Market, 2019

In-Depth Report / C. Sue Brown / January 2020

2020 Outlook: Prepaid

Viewpoint / C. Sue Brown / November 2019

16th Annual U.S. Open Loop Prepaid Cards Market Forecast, 2019–2023

In-Depth Report / C. Sue Brown / October 2019

U.S., Canada, and U.K. Prepaid Markets: Similarities and Differences

In-Depth Report / C. Sue Brown / September 2019

Payments for Work in the U.S. Gig Economy

Viewpoint / Sarah Grotta / August 2019

The Evolution of U.S. Payroll Cards in the 21st Century

In-Depth Report / C. Sue Brown / August 2019

The Canadian Open-Loop Prepaid Market: 2018

In-Depth Report / C. Sue Brown / June 2019

The Growing Business of U.S. Small Business Debit

Viewpoint / Sarah Grotta / April 2019

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