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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

Documents

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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