Chase buys CurrentC

Chase apparently plans to fold Current C into its digital wallet Chase Pay, Business Insider reported. Chase Pay is accepted only at Starbucks and Best Buy right now, but Walmart has plans to start taking it sometime this year. That will give Chase an advantage over Apple Pay and Android Pay, which Walmart refuses to take.

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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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Chase Pay is Available

There are also plans to roll out Chase Pay at Walmart, Phillips 66 gas stations, Conoco filling stations, Shoprite and The Fresh Grocer supermarkets and Shell convenience stores within the next year or so. Chase and Walmart made a big deal of the availability through Walmart Pay a while back so that is probably a done deal.

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Walmart Brings Blockchain to the Grocery Store

If Walmart can roll out the world’s first blockchain-based inventory system it would be able to greatly reduce costs. That would make the company more efficient and ease the integration of online retail and brick and mortar stores.

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JPMorgan Chase Growing with FinTech

Major retailers prefer Chase Pay because the technology it uses to connect with cash registers QR (quick read) scanning maybe more secure than Apple Pay’s NFC (near-field communications). Chase Pay also limits retailers’ liability because the transaction takes place in Chase’s system rather than the retailer’s. Apple Pay directly accesses the store’s systems, which is one reason why companies like Walmart are so leery of it.

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Walmart to Accept Chase Pay

Starting in 2017 customers will be able to use Chase Pay at more than 5,000 Walmart and Sam’s Club Stores in the United States, a Chase press release indicates. Chase users that do not want to wait until then can use Chase Pay through Walmart’s, Walmart Pay app right now.

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Banking Apocalypse Thousands of Brick and Mortar Branches Closing

If this trend progresses to its logical end bank tellers will disappear much like elevator operators did. It also raises a fascinating question: what will communities do with all those empty bank buildings?

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1,443 Financial Institutions Accept Apple Pay, Chase Pay at Phillips 66

There is an interesting reason for the widespread acceptance of Apple Pay among U.S. banks and credit unions that many Americans do not realize. Your Uncle Sam is partially subsidizing Apple Pay; by underwriting its insurance costs, through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or FDIC.

The FDIC provides $250,000 in deposit insurance for every depositor at most banks and credit unions. That means it; and not Apple or the bank, might be responsible for the losses that might be incurred if Apple Pay failed or got hacked.

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Is PayPal the Best Value in Finance?

Interestingly enough the biggest threats to PayPal among these solutions; will be Chase Pay and Walmart Pay. Apple Pay is not a direct threat to PayPal, because it is a niche product that major retailers are refusing to use. That might change this fall; if reports Apple is planning to offer online payment via Apple Pay for the holiday season are true.

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JPMorgan Chase can Big Banks Survive?

There is an interesting black; or rather grey, swan threat to Chase’s future in the form of Glass-Steagall. Glass-Steagall was the Depression era law that forcibly separated investment and consumer banks for 60 years. Its repeal was one the hallmarks of Bill Clinton’s 1990s financial reforms.

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