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The payment wars will only end when central banks like the U.S. Federal Reserve, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC; the Bank of Canada, the Reserve Bank of India, the European Central Bank, and the Bank of England step in and take control of the payment system. That will be a repeat of what happened with paper money, which was originally printed by private banks but eventually taken over by Central Banks.

My prediction is lesser solutions like Microsoft Pay and Stripe will eventually be rolled into a larger payment solution. Eventually, there may just be one payment app; which will probably be managed by the Federal Reserve, or an international agency of some sort.

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PayPal and the Future of Payments

PayPal might be shut out of markets by central banks like the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), or find itself competing with banks like the Federal Reserve. Something to remember is the paper money was developed by private banks and appropriated by central banks. The appropriation of electronic payments networks by central banks is beginning in countries like China and India, and it is likely to spread around the world.

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PayPal trying to Patent Next-Generation Cryptocurrency Processing System

U.S. Patent Application 20180060860 filed on August 30, 2016, is for an “Expedited Virtual Currency Transaction System,” Captain Altcoin reported. The system is supposed to speed up cryptocurrency transactions and ensure security with “private keys.”

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Apple Pay Cash goes International or Does it?

It is not clear what countries Apple Pay Cash will go to next, but the United Kingdom is a likely possibility – because it is right next door to Ireland.
Members of the European Union such as France, Italy, and Germany, are also a strong possibility because Ireland and Spain are both members of the Eurozone.

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PayPal’s Money Machine Keeps a Humming

The volume of Venmo payments increased by 86% during 2017, rising from $6.8 billion in 1st Quarter to $10.4 billion in 4th Quarter, Statisa reported. If those figures are accurate, Venmo’s payment volume increased by $3.6 billion during 2017.
These figures indicate that PayPal might be the most successful payment solution in the world. It might also be creating a Fintech network that will one day rival those of Visa (NYSE: VA) and MasterCard (NYSE: MA).

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PayPal adds Instant Transfer to Venmo

This should greatly increase Venmo use by eliminating two of the greatest drawbacks to the app. Those drawbacks were the inability to use it at most brick and mortar businesses, and the difficulty converting Venmo funds into paper cash.

Payments will be the big tech battle of 2018. Expect competition in this sector to heat up as PayPal starts raking in more cash.

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Is American Express Losing Money?

The brain drain is a serious problem for Amex because it deprives the company of needed industry knowledge and experience. Yet it is also an opportunity because American Express has a chance to promote younger and more creative executives more open to new opportunities.

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Ant Financial’s World Conquest Continues

Beyond enabling Chinese business the Oxford deal gives Ant; and Tencent, a beachhead to enter the Canadian market. Once ensconced at the centers the two companies will start marketing their payment options to Canadians.

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Is Income Inequality Profitable at Rent-A-Center?

Income inequality should be a blessing for companies like Rent-A-Center because it should provide them with more customers. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case because Rent-A-Center’s revenues are in free-fall.

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