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Venezuela Country Report

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  • Published Date: May 2017

A comprehensive overview of the cards, payments and consumer banking market in Venezuela.


  • Economic and social conditions in Venezuela have deteriorated dramatically in recent years under the watch of a socialist government which has been in power since 1999.
  • The decline in global oil prices triggered a series of crises. Continuous government intervention and price controls have resulted in hyperinflation.
  • A shortage of officially published data combined with the fact that there are three official exchange rates makes it difficult to get a true picture of Venezuela's economy.
  • The financial industry has been subject to continuous regulation in recent years. However, financial institutions have managed to adapt to these changes, increasing productivity and profitability.
  • A large gap between inflation and capped interest rates makes borrowing very attractive to consumers.
  • Credit card loans have overtaken mortgage loans as the largest segment of consumer credit. Delaying payment for everyday goods offers large savings to consumers.
  • Venezuela's cards market has also been boosted by the fact that paying in cash is often impractical as inflation has eroded the value of banknotes.
  • To address this problem, the government began the rollout of a new series of higher-denomination notes in January 2017.
  • Around ten million Venezuelan workers are partially paid in food vouchers. These vouchers are being migrated from paper coupons to prepaid plastic cards.
  • Acquiring in Venezuela is carried out by the issuing banks. Merchants typically have contracts with multiple banks with separate POS terminals.

Venezuela Payments Research | Report Contents

Demographics and Economy:
Outlines the key metrics and trends which influence the development of retail banking and payments in the country:

  • Population structure
  • Income
  • Mobile and internet use
  • Economic data

Retail Banking:
Explores the structure of the local banking system, its infrastructure and the leading players. Data includes:

  • Aggregate retail banking indicators
  • Bank branch, ATMs and POS terminals
  • The profitability of top banks

Consumer Finance:
Overview of consumer finance in the country. Categories analysed include:

  • Mortgage loans
  • Personal loans
  • Credit card loans
  • Vehicle loans

Credit Cards:
Industry-leading credit card coverage. We detail the past present and future of the industry through our credit card data and commentary, including:

  • Market size split by consumer and commercial credit cards: number of cards, transaction volume, billed volume
  • Profit pool analysis
  • Competitive landscape: networks, issuers

Debit Cards:

  • Market size: number of cards, transaction volume, billed volume
  • Competitive landscape: networks, issuers

Prepaid Cards:

  • Market size: number of cards, transaction volume, billed volume


Verisk reports deliver invaluable market and competitor intelligence on payments cards, e-money, acquiring/processing, retail banking, and consumer credit in Latin America. Analysts and researchers use both primary and secondary source data and conduct in-depth interviews with Latin American industry executives and experts.

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