Fasten your seat belts—it’s going to be a bumpy year for debit and “pay now” payments

In 2016, the debit card and pay now market found itself managing through the unexpected consequences of a changing market. If anything can be predicted for 2017, it is more unpredictability. Some of the surprises stem from the interconnectedness of transactions, which is such that a change to one payment product reverberates across several. For those managing payments, contingency planning and the ability to deftly optimize market shifts will be key in the year ahead.