The report, produced by ETA and The Strawhecker Group, examines the top five topics impacting the industry this year including: data breaches, PayPal's split from eBay, Apple Pay, the competition between Amazon and Square, and EMV. The report then discusses payments indicators currently affecting the industry. One such indicator, the TSG Payments Index (TSGPX), compares payments companies to the S&P 500 and finds that a $100 investment in the TSGPX in Q1 2007 would now be valued at $286, as compared to $138 if invested in the S&P 500. Other indicators to follow include a look at the balance between merchant attrition and growth, and a review of 90 payments acquisitions from 2000 - 2014.
Special Edition ETA/TSG Economic Indicators Report
TSG Commentary on the Apple Pay Announcement
The Attrition Challenge
Kurt Strawhecker, Managing Partner of The Strawhecker Group, presented at the 12th annual MidWest Acquirers Association Conference on the topic of Merchant Attrition & Retention.
TSG's Thoughts & Analysis on Priority Payments Merger with Cynergy Data
The announced merger of Priority Payment Systems and Cynergy Data will create the 21st largest (est.) U.S. acquirer with more than 125,000 merchants and $20 billion in annual card volume. The merger propels the new Priority into a select group of the largest super-ISOs which include TransFirst, EVO Payments International, iPayment, North American Bancard, CardConnect and First American Payment Systems.
TSG ANALYSIS - Vantiv's Acquisition of Mercury Payment Systems
With the announcement of the planned acquisition of Mercury, Vantiv continues its aggressive acquisition strategy to increase penetration into the SMB market; this includes Litle & Co., National Processing Company (NPC), Element Payment Services, and now Mercury Payment Systems.
Trends of Payments Industry Google Search Terms
This FREE report shows how certain payments industry companies and terms are trending on Google web searches.
Categories of research include: mobile card processing, bitcoin, mobile wallets, card brands, public/non-public merchant acquirers, public payments tech companies, retailers, and trending payments topics.
ETA & TSG Release Q1 2014 U.S. Economic Indicators Report with Special TRANSACT 14 Introduction
The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), the trade association of the global electronic payments industry, and The Strawhecker Group (TSG), a management consulting company focused on the global payments industry, have released the U.S. Economic Indicators Report for the first quarter of 2014.
Be sure and check out the special introduction: What is Average? A look at market rates around the U.S.
INFOGRAPHIC: The Top Ten Ways Acquirers Can Block the Breach
The Strawhecker Group (TSG), in coordination with the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) for the benefit of TRANSACT 14 attendees, has developed a new Infographic entitled The Top 10 Ways Acquirers Can Block the Breach. This communication piece illustrates the best steps acquirers can take to minimize the risk of a payment card data breach, both internally and for their merchant clients.