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Theodore Iacobuzio

Theodore Iacobuzio

Theodore Iacobuzio
Vice President, Global Insights

Theodore Iacobuzio is vice president in charge of Global Insights, MasterCard’s interdisciplinary thought leadership organization. He and his team use research and analysis to better understand consumer behavior and market dynamics—and how those insights can strengthen the business performance of MasterCard customers around the world. Under his direction, MasterCard has published groundbreaking work on payments profitability, the myth of debit “cannibalization,” global debit point-of-sale migration, remittances in Asia/Pacific and the Middle East, and affluent segmentation in Brazil.

Prior to joining MasterCard in 2009, Mr. Iacobuzio led the Payments Practice at TowerGroup. Based in Purchase, N.Y., he can be reached at ted_iacobuzio@mastercard.com.

Recent Posts

How to Enjoy Labor Day without Jerry Lewis, or, Spending Pulse Predicts a Gas Surge

MasterCard’s Spending PulseTM, Advisors’ macroeconomic indicator based on aggregated and anonymous consumer spend patterns, is predicting a surge in gas usage, as Americans decide to squeeze a little more out of Summer during the upcoming  Labor Day weekend. Check it out here, as well as the infographic that spells out some of the key numbers below.

Get Focused, Get Targeted, but Most of All Get the Payments Piece

On Thursday our friends at research and advisory firm Aite Group are set to publish a very interesting piece of research by Ron Shevlin on something Aite calls “activity-based marketing”. Shevlin says in part that banks need to get more targeted in their marketing so their apps make offers based on what the consumer wants
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Card Offers: Getting Creative with the Underserved

The Wall Street Journal ran an interesting story [subscription required] recently about a spike in U.S. “subprime” credit card issuance. And one of the interesting things about it is the nomenclature. According to the story, Capital One CEO Richard Fairbank calls many of those inhabiting the FICO band of, say, 600 to 650 “fallen angels”,
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Karl Marx Rides Again…or Not

Don’t bother trying to get it fast—it’s on backorder at Amazon.com—but Thomas Piketty’s book on capital in the new (if aging) century is setting tongues wagging globally. If you want to get a head start on the conversation, you can’t do better than our own Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, whose opening salvo is definitely worth a read.
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Four New Paths to Financial Inclusion

Remember “thin file”? No, it was not son of “thin client”, which was the financial services technology buzzword du jour around 1996. Thin file is technology for getting credit scores on the unbanked. It never went away, really, and Michael McEvoy in the latest issue of MasterCard Advisors Compedium explores how technology can be used
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