American Credit Card Companies Are flush with Cash

Despite the risks, the U.S. credit industry is capable of generating a lot of cash, which can lead to high levels of float. Float is Warren Buffett’s term for a constant stream of revenue or stockpile of cash that a company can tap or borrow against at any time. Classic examples of float include credit card fees and insurance policy premiums.

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Is Peer to Peer Lending a Bubble?

One reason why Lending Club’s business is so good could be that large numbers of Americans simply lack the money or the good credit records necessary to borrow from traditional banks.

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US Credit Card Companies Allowed into China

The loss of Costco Canada is already hurting American Express, where revenue fell slightly between December 2014 and March 2015. AmEx reported a TTM revenue of $34.04 billion on March 31, down from $34.29 billion on December 31. The loss of Costco Canada hit American Express hard because the club store giant is huge in Canada, as anybody who visits the country knows.

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What is the Cause of Income Inequality?

You see the problem here. Technology is most likely to take the jobs of those members of the working and lower middle classes that make the most. It also takes the jobs that provide them with some upward mobility. This

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Is Musk Ignoring Important Revenue Streams at the Tesla Superchargers?

The Superchargers seem to violate one of the basic rules of business and investment as outlined by Benjamin Graham: Don’t lose money! Graham, as value investors know, once famously said that “don’t lose money” was Rule #1 for investors; Rule #2 was see Rule #1. The Superchargers don’t make money—they cost money—and the disturbing thing is that they could make money.

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How Lower Gasoline Prices Could Affect Big Retail

Energy is not the only industry that would be disrupted by falling oil and gas prices. The effect of cheaper gasoline on big retail could be just as profound and wide ranging.

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Is PayPal’s Venmo the Bank Killer App?

In a recent Bloomberg interview, Ready makes Venmo and Braintree sound like a sort of Google for financial transactions. That is an open sourced platform through which a wide variety of transactions are made. The difference is that Braintree’s transactions are financial.

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Apple Pay vs. Venmo vs. Square

Square has also tried to launch its own payments apps called Square Cash and SnapCash. Square Cash is a payments app similar to Venmo and Apple Pay; SnapCash is a variation of Square Cash reengineered to work over the popular social network Snapchat. In other words, it’s Square’s answer to Venmo. One difference is that it can work with merchants that use Square.

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MasterCard’s Latest Product Demonstrates Apple Pay’s Threat to Credit Cards

The Zwipe experiment shows that MasterCard is worried about security, in particular high profile data thefts like those at Target (NYSE: TGT) and Home Depot (NYSE: HD). The card provider is scared that customers will prefer the higher level of security offered by Apple Pay, which can be secured by a fingerprint scanner.

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