Nine Threats to Banks

Cryptocurrencies are a menace because they can form the basis of a wide variety of financial products including loans, bonds, and savings account. A major threat to banks is that fast-growing altcoins such as Bitcoin and Ethereum provide a better hedge against inflation than cash. Particularly dangerous to banks will be cryptocurrency Visa and MasterCard products that allow payment at brick and mortar stores with altcoins. Also on the horizon are cryptocurrency banks such as Change Bank. A major threat is that cryptocurrencies will become the money transfer mechanism of choice, allowing consumers to cut out banks completely.

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PayPal Keeps Growing and Growing

That situation is great for PayPal because it creates vast numbers of new customers. People who get used to paying for everything via their phones will start using PayPal for their banking and online payments. A major opportunity for PayPal is to serve as a pass through solution through which the proceeds of cryptocurrency transactions enter the traditional financial system.

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Chase Proves Banking is Back!!

Chase Pay will be integrated with both PayPal’s digital wallet and the Braintree merchant platform, TechCrunch reported. That means Chase Pay users might be able to use the app to pay at merchants will Braintree accounts.

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Android Pay Adds International Remittances

WorldRemit might become a major player in the remittance and finance business because it has raised $148 million in venture capital. The next logical step for WorldRemit will be to launch its own digital wallet.

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PayPal’s Extraordinary Growth Continues

PayPal sees a bright future for P2P and is betting big on the technology. The company acquired the Canadian cloud-based payment processor TIO Networks for $233 million in February, a press release indicates.

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Tim Cook: Apple Pay Grew by 450%

Tim Cook is hiding some important data about Apple Pay, for example he did not say how many users the digital wallet actually has. Cook’s omission of that important detail was deliberate; because it would show small Apple Pay’s footprint really is.

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Insurance Added to India’s Most Popular Digital Wallet

Wallet Insurance will cover Paytm users for losses due to fraud, theft, or loss of phone of up to 20,000 rupees ($311.87), Initiate India reported. There is no charge for Wallet Insurance as long users have the latest version of Paytm installed on their device.

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Does Square Make Money?

Square (NYSE: SQ) is one of those companies that looks like it would be a great value investment on paper.

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eBay is Still a Better Investment than Amazon

There is also one very ugly number in eBay’s financials and that’s cash from operations. Over the course of 2016 the amount of cash flowing through eBay’s till fell by $1.207 billion, and that occurred in eBay’s first year without PayPal.

eBay reported $4.033 in cash from operations at the end of fourth quarter 2015, and $2.826 billion in cash from operations on December 31, 2016. This is worrisome because all the additional revenue growth does not seem to be translating into additional cash.

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Android Pay Now Supports PayPal, Discover and Visa Checkout

Among other things that means Android Pay is now accepted at all Walgreens (NASDAQ: WBA) drugstores, Payments.com reported. It also means but Android Pay can now be integrated with Walgreens Balance Reward card program much like Apple Pay is. Unfortunately Walgreens was the only store mentioned in news stories about the new registers.

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