The news: The two largest US card networks reported slower payments volume growth in Q3 than the same period a year ago, when the post-lockdown spending boom turbocharged volume gains.
How we got here: The geopolitical and macroeconomic headwinds buffeting Mastercard and Visa, including Russia’s war on Ukraine and the uneven global COVID-19 recovery, carried into Q3.
Aside from inflation—which increases nominal payments volume—here are other factors that may have helped buoy Visa’s and Mastercard’s results:
What’s next? Both Visa and Mastercard said they’ll keep monitoring how economic conditions develop and update their strategies if needed.
Visa sees growth opportunities for 2023 in three key areas: consumer payments, new payment flows, and value-added services. As cash use declines globally, investing in these areas can help Visa sustain revenue growth. The share of point-of-sale payments made with cash is expected to decrease 44% between 2021 and 2025, according to FIS.
Mastercard laid out similar plans: It wants to establish deeper relationships with customers by encouraging them to use both its card services and its open banking innovations—which Mastercard CEO Michael Miebach said were a “tremendous opportunity” during the firm’s earnings call.
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