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Who Needs Paper When There’s Plastic and Phones?

23 November 2015 in Trading Ideas

Last week’s headlines highlighted the so-called “disappointing” initial public offering of mobile payments provider Square, which ended up pricing its shares below Wall Street’s expectations. Some disappointment – in its first day of trading, the stock jumped 45%.

Perhaps regular investors are just bullish about the opportunities presented by the global noncash payments markets, which saw its global volume rise by nearly 9% in 2014 to 389.7 billion transactions. But it’s not just investors – financial and technology companies are hustling to introduce new networks and break into new markets. Apple is looking to get into the person-to-person digital payments arena, while rival Samsung is set to launch its Samsung Pay platform in China in the first quarter of 2016.

Electronic payments are the theme behind this week’s Motif of the Week, Digital Dollars. Beginning today through Friday, Nov. 20, you can trade this motif, commission-free.

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Capgemini press release, “Non-Cash Payments Grow Faster Than GDP Across All Regions Finds World Payments Report,” Oct. 6, 2015, http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2015/10/06/773645/0/en/Non-Cash-Payments-Grow-Faster-Than-GDP-Across-All-Regions-Finds-World-Payments-Report-2015.html, (accessed Nov. 19, 2015).

Luke Villapaz, “Samsung Is Beating Apple Inc. To The Bunch On Mobile Payments In China,” ibtimes.com, Nov. 18, 2015, http://www.ibtimes.com/samsung-beating-apple-inc-punch-mobile-payments-china-2189903.

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