Small Business Credit Cards Have Plenty of Growth Potential in the U.S.

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Mercator Advisory Group’s new research report sizes the U.S. small business credit card market, estimates shadow credit, and discusses best practices.

One of the 9 exhibits included in this document

There are some benefits to the consumer card, but when it comes to accounting for expenses and controlling usage it is hard to beat the current infrastructure. Issuers might accelerate movement if they give small business owners the same protections afforded to consumers in the CARD Act.

Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy, and credit card issuers have products that help them finance, procure, and transact. Small business credit cards control and report expenses with integration into many small business accounting programs; special tools help keep the financials organized.

Mercator Advisory Group’s latest research report, U.S. Small Business Credit Card Forecast, 2017–2022: Healthy Market, Room for Improvement, projects that small business card will approach $700 billion by 2022. The report suggests that an additional 50 percent of transactions now posted on consumer cards could instead run on small business payment cards if small business owners realize that the dedicated cards have features suitable for running a small business.

“Some small business owners prefer to use their personal credit cards for their business,” commented Brian Riley, Director, Credit Advisory Service, at Mercator Advisory Group, author of the research report. “There are some benefits to the consumer card, but when it comes to accounting for expenses and controlling usage it is hard to beat the current infrastructure,” Riley added. “Issuers might accelerate movement if they give small business owners the same protections afforded to consumers in the CARD Act.”

Highlights of the research report include:

  • Estimated spend volume
  • Shadow credit, small business spend posted to personal credit cards
  • Detailed market view of co-brand and issuer small business cards
  • Essential features of a small business card

This document contains 20 pages and 9 exhibits.

Companies mentioned in this research note include: American Express, Bank of America, Bank of the West, BB&T, Capital One, Chase, Citi, Discover, FICO, Key Bank, Navy Federal Credit Union, PNC, MasterCard, Regions Bank, SunTrust, U.S. Bank, Visa, and Wells Fargo.

Members of Mercator Advisory Group’s Credit Advisory Service have access to these reports as well as the upcoming research for the year ahead, presentations, analyst access, and other membership benefits.

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Mercator Advisory Group is the leading independent research and advisory services firm exclusively focused on the payments and banking industries. We deliver pragmatic and timely research and advice designed to help our clients uncover the most lucrative opportunities to maximize revenue growth and contain costs. Our clients range from the world's largest payment issuers, acquirers, processors, merchants and associations to leading technology providers and investors. Mercator Advisory Group is also the publisher of the online payments and banking news and information portal PaymentsJournal.com.

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