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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Three Ways your Exercise and Your Money are Closely Connected

It might initially seem like exercise negatively impacts your finances since you have to pay for your gym membership, workout classes, athletic clothes, personal trainers etc. However, if you really consider all the ways exercise positively affects your mind and body it starts to make sense that working out and staying healthy can have a positive influence on your finances.

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All You Need to Know About Groupon

Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) was founded in November in 2008, by 2010 it was already available in 250 cities and had 35 million registered users. In 2014 Groupon Getaways was launched, an app that is used for browsing and booking trips.

2016 saw the company sell its 1 billionth promotion.

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Four Habits of Successful Money Savers

One habit for a successful saving, and probably the most important of them all, is paying yourself first. Prioritizing yourself doesn’t mean spending your money on inessential things, but actually means putting money into your savings first.

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Is Black Hills Corporation Making Money?

The dividend is troubling in itself because the company simply cannot afford it. The money would be better spent on expansion or better technology. Instead, it looks as if the company is trying to buy shareholders off with a high dividend.

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Is Monster Beverage a Value Investment?

Buffett loves to invest in “toll-booth companies;” such as Coke and Pepsi, that control the gateway to an industry. A gateway company does not have to worry about next-generation competitors; because it can simply charge them a toll, if they want to sell through its market channels.

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Choosing a Bank for Your Financial Needs

Local banks are usually small in size and as such, it is easy to develop a personal relationship with the bank if you choose to work with them. The interest rates charged by such banks, however, are usually high as they may not have diversified their sources of income and the interest rates charged on loans could be their only source of income.

Large banks, on the other hand, have branches across the country and even internationally. Such banks have favourable rates for their loans and if this is what you are looking for in a bank, such banks are perfect for you.

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Is Allstate Making Money?

Allstate faces an uncertain future because of a changing media and insurance landscape. A major challenge for the company in the years ahead will be maintaining brand recognition in a changing media environment.

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Is Ford Making Money?

It goes without saying that Ford will be in a great position to buy up the remains of Tesla when it finally collapses.

Until then Ford and its competitors are enjoying some great auto sales. Americans purchased 17.4 million vehicles in November 2017, down slightly from 18.1 million in vehicles in October and 18.6 million in September, The Detroit Free Press reported.

More importantly, Ford’s sales rose by 6.7% in November while those at competitors fell. Fiat Chrysler’s (NYSE: FCAU) sales fell by 4% and General Motors’ (NYSE: GM) slid by 2.9%.

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Is UPS Making Money?

Currently, I’m leery of both UPS and FedEx because of the danger they are in, in a changing retail market. Threats to these companies abound from both new businesses and new technologies.

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