Bank of America has recently admitted to facing risks of lost revenues from the combination of factors in which include but are not limited to the credit card reform act, debit card law changes, and other such provisions and amendments.
Bank of America’s estimates losing at least $1 billion every year as new rules and regulations continuously target credit card company operations. Other banks project their revenue losses at an annual amount of 22.8 billion dollars due to lost interchange fees.
These projected amounts of revenue losses have come about in the face of growing legislation to reduce or minimize the amount of interest rates and fees that credit card issuers can charge their card holders.
Since the onset of the economic recession, large banks have already admitted to losing revenues, and the same effects were extended to the mortgage lending industry.
Today, credit card companies are looking for ways to recoup their lost revenues during the economic recession. Financial analyst Tim Blearing claims that the credit card issuer’s drive to increase their profit becomes evident at this point, more than ever.
In their bid at increasing revenue, credit card companies now offer more innovative and creative card management systems with the easier and more accessible prepaid cards. These cards have more competitive interest rates than previously compared.
The prepaid cards are now emphasized by card issuers to be equally important if not better than the traditional credit cards. Due to the current economic conditions, credit card companies have seen an opportunity to capitalize on emergent consumer preferences and behaviors after the recession.
Card companies market prepaid cards with its alternative payment system that compels its holders to first have an initial deposit or disposable credit before the account gets activated and thus becomes useful.
Financial analyst Tim Blearing says that the fees’ credit card companies charge their prepaid card holders can be an addition to the former’s annual profit. He says that the card issuers now have prepaid cards as a welcome addition for different ways of making profit.
Prepaid cards are useful and most often used by holders when cash is unavailable in making travel arrangements from reservations to ticket purchases, Blearing adds.
He also says that though debit and credit card fees charged to card holders are still much more significant enough when combined to make a profit for the credit card company, prepaid cards are here to stay as a solid step for the credit card industry to cope with the tough times.