Financial Transaction Processing Industry Profile

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Companies in this industry provide services such as credit card processing, electronic funds transfer, and check clearing. Major companies include Alliance Data Systems, Fiserv, Global Payments-owned Heartland Payment Systems, Mastercard, Visa, and Western Union (all based in the US), as well as Cielo (Brazil), Moneris (Canada), and UnionPay International (China).

Worldwide, many large credit card processors operate and maintain processing centers globally. About 45% of all card transactions occur in the Asia/Pacific region; over a quarter of transactions is in US and Canada, and over 20% in Europe, according to The Nilson Report. Transactions are expected to reach $640 billion by 2025 or more than 40% increase from 2020 numbers with Middle East and Africa seeing the biggest percentage growth.

The US financial transaction processing industry includes more than 4,300 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $78 billion.

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Technology is transforming the financial transaction processing industry and consumers' interactions with money. The use of cash as a payment method is plummeting, although it remains the predominant form of payment for small purchases: Approximately 60% of in-person payments under $10 were made in cash, compared to 20% of in-person transactions for $25 or more, according to the Federal Reserve. By number, the growth rate of core noncash payments was 6.7 percent per year from 2015 to 2018, higher than the growth rate of 5.1 ...

 
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