After the coronavirus pandemic forced issuers to adapt rewards, enhance forbearance, and build out digital tools to cope with a volume hit in 2020, they’re looking to reimagine their offerings in the future to add new customers and regain primary card status.
Three Key Questions This Report Will Answer
WHAT’S IN THIS REPORT? Insider Intelligence evaluates the future of consumer credit cards through a pandemic-focused lens. After recapping the events of 2020 and exploring the state of the industry, we divide the pandemic recovery into three phases beginning in 2021, identify economic and spending trends within each phase, and determine how they might affect credit card spending, customer acquisition, retention, and risk. We then discuss core trends in the realm of rewards, credit access, and the digital user experience—three categories that drive volume, engagement, and new account acquisition for issuers—and identify tactics issuers will likely take to drive growth in each phase.
KEY STAT: After falling to $1.902 trillion in 2020, Insider Intelligence expects credit card spending in-store to rebound to $2.018 trillion in 2021—exceeding pre-pandemic levels—and maintain growth through 2022.
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