(There's been a deluge of lists published over the last couple of months, but this one is quite a decent analysis)
Key Excerpts below:
#12 AmEx Goes Global
American Express transformed itself from a largely American go-it-alone card company into a global network with 128 bank partners in 127 countries (based on its 2008 10-k) including the United States. Read the full post here
#11 How the World War on Interchange Fees Transformed the Card Industry
A global war on interchange fees raged during most of the decade and will continue into the next. We'll have to wait until next decade to find out who wins the war. But the war itself has already led to massive ramifications for the card business around the globe.
#10 Collateral Damage from the Financial Crisis: Consolidation and Regulation
The CARD Act has transformed the card business in the United States and that's why it is number 10 on my list of the great developments in the card industry in the last decade along with the further consolidation that resulted from the crisis.
#9 Shanghai Surprise
The fact that in a decade China has achieved such rapid growth of the card business and expanded globally is remarkable. As always, China has both opened up a vast new market and unleashed new competitors onto the global scene.
#8 The Mag Stripe Lives On
Some of the greatest developments in the last decade were the failure of massive efforts to displace the humble magstripe card. It is also serves as a reminder that innovations in payments have to make people and merchants significantly better off to gain traction.
#7 How the ACH System in the U.S. is Encouraging Electronic Payments Innovation
#6 What Has a Bigger Head and Longer Tail? Card Issuing
Its head has gotten bigger and the tail longer and skinner. I'm not talking about a scary monster but about the distribution of purchasing volume for the credit and debit card issuers in the United States.
#5 Innovation Driven by Prepaid Cards
The use of prepaid cards has exploded during the first decade of this century and they have enabled many types of payment innovation from whipping through transit lines to helping disaster victims to transferring money to mom in Mumbai.
#4 The New Kid on the Block: PayPal
Starting a new payment system is incredibly difficult. Many try, few succeed. MasterCard and Visa did it in the 1960s. No one did it in the 1970s at least in the US. Sears brilliantly did it with Discover in the 1980s. The 1990s was a miss. For this decade the only company that entered the exclusive club of major payment systems was PayPal.
#3 Debit Takes the Plastic Throne in the U.S.
Debit cards helped make prepaid card possible and may lead to significant changes in banking relationships if decoupled debit cards take off. Debit cards have led to an enormous change over the decade in how Americans use plastic.
#2 The Marriage of Mobile and Payments Make the World a Better Place
#1 MasterCard and Visa Go Public
MasterCard and Visa emerged as publicly traded financial powerhouses after four decades of working for associations of banks. Their transformation marks a radical shift from the past and will most likely define the shape of the payment ecosystem for decades to come.