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Lafferty Group is the world's leading provider of advanced knowledge services and thought leadership to the retail banking and consumer financial services industry for over three decades.

With particular specialisations in the fields of retail banking, cards and payments and mobile financial services, the group's comprehensive services include Senior Management Councils, Benchmarking Research, Thought Leadership Reports, Global Events, Bank Ratings, News and Advisory Services.

Lafferty Global Events and Councils

Global Events

Over the last 30 years, Lafferty conferences and events have provided a unique and highly interactive format to create an engaging experience through our keynote speakers, live interview panels and debates. Supported by Lafferty industry expertise and thought leadership, Lafferty Global Events address the real challenges and opportunities in retail banking, cards and payments, mobile financial services and the latest innovations in banking.


Lafferty Group developed the concept of a global peer group for senior industry executives around the world. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the International Councils are a neutral forum, independent of existing affiliations, where industry leaders meet their peers in a confidential environment and work together to identify best practices.

Today, the Lafferty Councils continue to support members to enhance customer service, improve profitability and increase shareholder value, providing research, intelligence and global networking services to key players in the retail banking, cards and payments and merchant services industries. Current Lafferty Councils include:

  • Brexit Council
  • International Retail Banking Council
  • International Cards & Payments Council
  • Global Merchant Services Council
  • Retail Banking Councils for Africa


Lafferty Research and Advisory

Lafferty Global Research

Lafferty Global Research (formerly known as World Cards Intelligence) is an online resource providing critical market and competitor intelligence on payment cards, e-money, acquiring/processing, retail banking and consumer lending. Covering over 70 countries, Lafferty Global Research provides clients with access to in-depth country reports and interactive databases with the information they need to undertake comparative benchmarking and make informed decisions in those markets where they already have a presence, as well as enabling them to make an accurate assessment prior to entering (or leaving) a market.

E-commerce Payments Databank

The databank offers unique insight and competitor intelligence based on 100+ granular e-commerce metrics, from transactional data by top merchants to iPSP relationships with acquirers. This product offers clients a unique view of merchants' volume of sales by channels and methods of payments (cards, bank transfers, direct debits, e-wallets, mobile, COD and more) and cross border activity. This is also extended to volume of sales by schemes/networks, mobile payments via apps and mobile browser.

Lafferty Advisory Services

Lafferty Advisory is a leading provider of research consultancy and advisory services in the fields of retail banking, cards and payments and mobile financial services. Whether it is benchmarking research, comparative analysis, key market development or strategic advisory services, Lafferty Group can provide a tailored, client-focused solution.

Lafferty Bank Quality Ratings

Lafferty Bank Quality Ratings is a unique service that rates banks worldwide for their quality, integrity, credibility and trust.

The Lafferty Bank Quality Ratings service provides an independent resource that will benchmark your bank against its local and global peers — and provide a roadmap for ongoing improvement.

Lafferty Publishing

Lafferty Reports

Lafferty Thought Leadership Reports provide our worldwide audience with the latest thinking in retail banking and cards and payments. Some are forward-looking publications; others offer blueprints, strategies and best practices. All of them can help you change your business for the better.

Lafferty Group's annual series of Regional Research Reports provides market and competitor intelligence across seven regions for retail banking, cards and payments and merchant services. Each report contains critical information you need to make informed decisions.

Lafferty News Service

For the past 30 years, Lafferty Group has made its name providing honest, impartial and unique insights into the banking industry. Lafferty Retail Banking Intelligence, Lafferty Cards, Payments & Mobile Intelligence and Lafferty Merchant Services Intelligence are compiled by leading practitioners and highly qualified analysts and are read by senior retail banking and cards and payments executives globally. Ecah newsletter offers a unique and compelling blend of news, commentary, interviews, analysis, country reports, statistics and more.


Retail Banking Academy

With the launch of the Retail Banking Academy in 2012, Lafferty Group made a major commitment to professional education for the banking industry. The Academy operates worldwide and is the only educational and professional body in the world dedicated exclusively to offering postgraduate professional education in the retail banking and cards and payments fields.


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