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’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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Capital One Consumer Finance Comes Back or Does It?

Another lesson we can infer here is the big growth in online banking is going to established players like Capital One, and not to upstarts such as Bank of Internet (NASDAQ: BOFI). That makes Capital One a good growth stock in financial services and fintech, but is it a good investment?

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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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Some Great Alternatives to Checking

It is possible to survive without a checking account; and even live a fairly normal middle class life in modern day America. There are actually a wide variety of excellent alternatives to checking out there.

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The Most Valuable Unicorn That You Have Never Heard of

The Thunder Network is an open-sourced payment processing platform that could be capable of processing up to 100,000 financial transactions per second if fully implemented. The network is potentially revolutionary because all those transactions will be fully encrypted and authenticated.

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Square Accepts Apple Pay and Android Pay

The retail behemoths could also be locking themselves out of a huge market, by not accepting mobile payments or contactless payments. Statista estimates that Americans will spend $210.45 billion in contactless payments by 2019.[2]

The number of contactless payment users is also growing dramatically, in 2014 16.4 million Americans used contactless payments, Statista found. That number grew to 23.2 million at the end of 2015. It is expected to grow to 37.5 million by the end of 2016, 50.2 million by the end 2017, 58.8 million by New Year’s Day 2019 and 69.8 million by the end of 2020.[3]

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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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