Penny Crosman is Editor at Large at American Banker. Prior to taking on this role, she was Editor in Chief of Bank Technology News and Technology Editor of American Banker. She has held senior editorial roles at Bank Systems & Technology, Wall Street & Technology, Intelligent Enterprise and Network Magazine, among other titles.
It's an important pivot point for the industry — consumer trust is threatened by a steady flow of data breaches, and consumers are divided on whether they want to stick with plastic or move on to mobile and wearable payments.
About 175 million Americans now have access to a credit card, and the delinquency rate has gone up along with that, but an expert at TransUnion, which issued the data Tuesday, said the underlying metrics suggest there is no cause for alarm — yet.