Is MasterCard Unstoppable?

Nor was it just cash that was growing at MasterCard. The number of Americans that used a MasterCard grew by 550,000 between Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, Statista data indicates. Around 92.16 million people in the United States swiped a MasterCard in Fall 2015. That number grew to 92.71 million a few months later in Spring 2016.

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MasterCard Investors are Profiting from Credit Cards

To add icing to the cake this is the second stock buyback program, MasterCard has launched in a year. Last year MasterCard started another $4 billion buyback program, but only $2.7 billion that money has been spent.

That means MasterCard is scheduled to buy back $5.3 billion worth of stock in the months ahead. That should have quite an impact because MasterCard had a market capitalization of $114.56 billion on December 7, 2016.

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PayPal Keeps Growing and Growing and Growing

That makes PayPal a growth stock that generates a lot of cash. My guess is that it will pay a nice dividend day, but until then it will generate a lot of cash and grow systematically. PayPal is on track to becoming a payment industry giant that might outstrip such historic rivals as American Express (NYSE: AXP) at some point.

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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 Western Union Doomed or an Income Value?

Western Union is making a lot of money and generating a lot of float for its size. It’s also easy to see why its stock value is going up. Ycharts reported that investors were rewarded with a dividend yield of 3.13% and a return on equity of 63.2% on September 16, 2016.

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Is Discover the Value Investment in Credit Cards?

My take is that both Visa and MasterCard are overpriced; and headed for a fall, but Discover is not. Visa in particular is on shaky ground because its booming revenue is not translating into net income.

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American Express is a Great Contrarian Play in Finance

There is no better contrarian play in finance than American Express right now. It is making a lot of money, and in a great position to take advantage of the exciting opportunities offered by Fintech.

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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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MasterCard Joins the Payment App Wars

MasterPass looks like a serious contender in the payment wars that has a few advantages over Apple Pay. A big one is the existing MasterCard payment network. One critical step the company has done is to get the big monster banks including BOA and Citi (NYSE: C) onboard. Notably missing is Chase which is pushing its own Chase Pay solution.

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Why you Need Visa and/or MasterCard in Your Portfolio

Therefore; both Visa and MasterCard are good widows and orphans stocks to hold in your portfolio on a long-term basis; because of the low risk, steady dividend and high-growth potential. Visa stockholders received a 23.59% return on equity, and MasterCard owners were rewarded with a 61.47% return on equity in May 2016.

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