Card Diversity and Novel Prepaid Card Applications Spur Growth in the Prepaid Cards Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

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GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Prepaid Cards markets. Global market for Prepaid Cards is projected to reach US$2.4 trillion by 2020, driven by introduction of innovative new prepaid card solutions, rising demand from unbanked consumers and expansion into other application markets.

Prepaid Cards: A Global Strategic Business Report

Follow us on LinkedIn – Prepaid cards are plastic payment cards that are preloaded with money and can be used to make in-store or online purchases. Prepaid cards are gradually evolving into a mainstream market driven by widening acceptance. These cards act as portable checking account, but entail lesser risk when compared to loans and credit cards. The market is expected to witness growth supported by a host of factors such as rise in the number of consumers preferring payment cards over traditional banking, entry of new brands, and pull back of free checking facility for low balance consumers by banks. Given the flexibility, security and convenience factors associated with prepaid cards, demand for these cards is expected to gain further over the coming years. Another growth driver is e-commerce as consumers use prepaid cards instead of credit or debit cards for making online purchases.

Prepaid Cards offer stiff competition to debit cards, especially payroll and general purpose re-loadable cards. Prepaid gift cards and prepaid payroll cards are other areas with favorable growth prospects. Despite an increase in the underbanked consumers over the last few years, prepaid card providers are looking beyond the cohort, to venture into new revenue streams. Buoyed by the increasing demand for protection against currency fluctuations, budgeting and security, the demand for prepaid travel cards continues to gain momentum.

Closed loop prepaid cards represents the largest market segment in terms of card load. Network-branded open loop prepaid cards are gaining wider acceptance among global investors, with growth largely fuelled by the popularity of general purpose reloadable cards, government disbursement cards and payroll cards.

As stated by the new market research report on Prepaid Cards, the United States represents the single largest market worldwide. Asia-Pacific represents the fastest growing regional market with a projected CAGR of 17.6% over the analysis period. Steady economic growth, growing population, rising standards of living, expanding retail network, and increasing per capita consumer spends represent key growth drivers in the region.

Major players covered in the report include American Express Company, Axis Bank Limited, The Bancorp Bank, Blackhawk Network Inc., Caxton FX Limited, Edenred S.A., Green Dot Corporation, InteliSpend Prepaid Solutions LLC, Inter National Bank, Itz Cash Card Ltd., MasterCard Inc., MetaBank Inc., Travelex Group Limited, Visa Inc., The Western Union Company, and WEX Inc.

The research report titled “Prepaid Cards: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of market trends, issues, drivers, company profiles, mergers, acquisitions and other strategic industry activities. The report provides market estimates and projections for all major geographic markets such as the US, Canada, Japan, Europe (France, Germany, Italy, UK, Russia and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China and Rest of Asia-Pacific), Latin America (Brazil and Rest of Latin America), and Rest of World. The market is analyzed by the segments - Closed Loop Prepaid Cards and Open Loop Prepaid Cards.

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About Global Industry Analysts, Inc.
Global Industry Analysts, Inc., (GIA) is a leading publisher of off-the-shelf market research. Founded in 1987, the company currently employs over 800 people worldwide. Annually, GIA publishes 1500+ full-scale research reports and analyzes 40,000+ market and technology trends while monitoring more than 126,000 Companies worldwide. Serving over 9500 clients in 27 countries, GIA is recognized today, as one of the world's largest and reputed market research firms.

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