Is American Express’s “Turnaround” for Real?

If American Express can integrate its cards with popular cryptocurrencies; such as bitcoin and ethereum, it would expand its reach particularly in the developing world. An intriguing option would be a card that pays reward points in bitcoin or ethereum. A long term revenue generator would be a card that allows for transactions in several different crypocurrencies; such as Litecoin, Bitcoin and ethereum. A company called TenX is already developing such a card in Singapore.

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Android Pay is now in Canada

Two of Canada’s Big Five banks; TD and RBC, are not on the list of those supporting Android Pay. Both institutions support Apple Pay so that’s a real blow to Android Pay north of the border. Interac debit cards are scheduled to start supporting Android Pay on June 5.

Another notable absence is American Express which is supporting Apple Pay in Canada. Amex supports Android Pay in the United States so it should not be long before that card supports it in Canada. This was the second major rollout for Android Pay in a little over a week. The app debuted in Russia on May 23.

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Microsoft Reveals its Answer to Apple Pay

So far you can only access Visa (NYSE: V) and MasterCard (MA) through Microsoft Wallet. American Express and Discover are not mentioned at its website. Just eight banks are mentioned but only two major US banks accept it; Bank of America and US Bank. One major Canadian Bank TD Bank is also mentioned at the website. Chase is listed there as coming soon

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Lendio Raises $20 Million in Growth Capital Led by Comcast Ventures and Stereo Capital

Funding Will Fuel Significant Marketing and Sales Growth to Expand Lending Options to Small Businesses

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Apple Pay Now in Russia

It looks as if expanding Apple Pay’s reach is easier than getting people to actually use it or retailers to accept it.

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Is Discover Financial a Value Investment?

Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) has long been a contrarian investors’ favorite because its revenue has been growing, even as

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American Express: Apple Pay Coming to Canada and Australia This Year

The release stated that Amex card members are “expected to be the first to use Apple Pay in Canada and Australia beginning this year.”

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Where Can You Use Apple Pay?

As you can see, many of the biggest names in American retail are still missing from the list, including the nation’s largest supermarket operator, Kroger, which owns such chains as Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Smiths, Harris Teeter, and King Sooper’s. All of the dollar store operators; Walmart, the largest retailer in the universe; Amazon.com; most department stores; and all of the hardware and home improvement stores are also missing.

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Some Ugly Truths BOFI Fans Do Not Want to Hear

The reality is you are getting a 2005-style jumbo mortgage lender (with other odd high risk loans) funded primarily by high cost brokered deposit.”

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Beijing’s New Open Door Bodes Well for Alibaba and Other Online Retailers

Other organizations that could benefit could be Netflix, Etsy (NASDAQ: ETSY), Sears (NYSE: SHLD), Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS), Best Buy (NYSE: BB) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT). All of these retailers could get access to the $404 billion Chinese market through alliances with Alibaba and stores on Tmall. Walmart, which already has a presence in China and a working relationship with Alibaba, could be in a great position here.

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