- Visa's US credit-card volumes fell sharply in May year-on-year, while debit-card usage grew 12%, according to an SEC filing this week.
- The payment-card company's internal analysis found that the transition could drive away $100 billion annually from credit to debit cards.
- "There's a consumer psyche of sort of not spending someone else's money but spending my own money," said Oliver Jenkyn, Visa's North America group executive.
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Consumers are likely to pull billions of dollars of spending away from credit cards and onto debits cards in the coming years, driven by the fear of being in debt during the coronavirus pandemic, a senior Visa executive said this week.
Consumers are turning to debit cards in what could be a $100 billion annual shift from expensive high-end credit cards over time, according to Visa executive Oliver Jenkyn.
US credit-card volumes declined by 21% in May year-over-year, while debit card volumes grew 12%, as per Visa's SEC filing this week .
"There's a consumer psyche of sort of not spending someone else's money but spending my own money," Oliver Jenkyn, Visa's president for North America said at Wednesday's Baird 2020 conference .
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