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London launches world’s first contactless payment scheme for street performers

Here’s a casualty of the cashless society you might not have previously thought of: the humble street performer. After all, if more of us are paying our way with smartphones and contactless cards, how can we give spare change to musicians on the subway? London has one solution: a new scheme that …

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The FBI's Best Negotiator Says This Is the 1 Thing You Need to Influence Anyone

Hostage negotiators don't kid themselves about emotions. You shouldn't either.<p>Chris Voss may be the best negotiator in the world.<p>Voss spent more than two decades in the FBI, during which he worked on more than 150 international hostage cases. Eventually, he was chosen among thousands of agents to …

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More Americans are struggling to pay their credit cards, and what's holding them back is only getting worse

It's getting more expensive to borrow from banks in America, and some credit-card holders are struggling to keep up.<p>Interest rates, which influence the cost of borrowing, are on the rise after the Federal Reserve kept them near zero for years. That period of super-low interest rates achieved one …

Personal Finance

Bajo la lupa

S<p>i la inteligencia artificial (IA) definirá el dominio geoestratégico en la próxima generación, su ideología emergente marcará el destino de la …

The Bank Employee of the Future

1 The trend toward universal bankers will only accelerate, and in-person branch staff will need to become expert not just in transactions and sales …

The Challenger Bank Playbook: How 6 Digital Banking Startups Are Taking On Retail Banking

Digital banking startups — or challenger banks — have gained traction over the past few years by bringing retail banking services mobile.Europe has …

Banco Popular reboots Eloan for new era in online lending

One of online lending’s pioneers is back, upgraded for a new digital era.<p>Banco Popular is relaunching E-loan (it dropped the hyphen from the name) to …

Update: VISA issuers and Mastercard make it harder to buy Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies

Justin Mauldin Contributor<p>Justin Mauldin is the founder of Salient PR and an investor in cryptocurrency.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The Bank Of Facebook<p><i>Update: This article has been updated with a statement from VISA and an indication that VISA issuers have changed rates. The company says that</i> …

U.K. banks join American ones in banning buying bitcoins with credit cards

That Visa or MasterCard credit card is now useless if you’re going to buy cryptocurrencies, reports <i>Reuters</i>. <b>On Sunday the U.K.’s biggest lender, Lloyds Bank, said it would join U.S. banks, including JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup, in banning the purchase of bitcoins with credit cards.</b> Concerns have …

When fintech lite is the right small-business lending strategy

Adding a community touch to automation has proved a profitable lending strategy for one bank.<p>Marquette Bank in Chicago has been able to digitize its …

Small Business

Gisele Bündchen blasts critics for 'twisting' her post-Super Bowl comment about the Eagles

Following the Patriots 41-33 Super Bowl LII loss to the Eagles, Tom Brady’s wife Gisele Bündchen was seen comforting her two crying children in a U.S. Bank Stadium hallway.<p>The post-game exchange was detailed, via USA TODAY Sports:<p>“They haven’t won in a million years,’’ Bündchen said of the Eagles, …

NFL

Here are 3 theories about why stocks are puking, and what they mean for the economy

So, why are stocks down 1,700 points in two trading days? Nobody really knows, but it's always fun to guess.<p>I see three big stories out there, with very different implications for the real economy. Here they are, in order from most to least optimistic.<p>1. Stocks are down because faster business …

3 Reasons Why Bitcoin Beats Credit Cards for Businesses & Consumers - Bitcoin News

Featured<p><b>Unreasonably high card fees continue to be borne by retailers and ultimately by consumers. Merchants are paying billions of dollars to have</b> …

Amazon is coming. Game over for the insurance industry?

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Insurance Industry

The technology behind bitcoin is only halfway through its evolution

The hype around bitcoin, and its underpinning blockchain technology, is real. But we are still a ways off from blockchain reaching full maturity.<p>Blockchain, which is best explained as a decentralized ledger, is best known for being the technology behind red-hot bitcoin. But its potential use-cases …

La relatività di Einstein in 3 minuti: il video con cui una 18enne filippina ha vinto 250mila dollari

Hillary Diane Andales, filippina di 18 anni, ha vinto il Breakthrough Junior Challenge, un premio di 250mila dollari destinato ai giovani che …

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Fintechs can help incumbents, not just disrupt them

While true for other financial services, it’s most striking in corporate and investment banking.<p><b>Fintechs,</b> the name given to start-ups and …

Amazon's New Credit Card Primed To Disrupt Retail

In July 1995, when Amazon sold its first book, <i>Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies</i> by Douglas Hofstadter, few could have predicted the disruptions that would follow.<p>One-click purchasing. Drones. Amazon Prime. Amazon Go.<p>Yesterday, Amazon announced its latest benefit for Amazon Prime members: an …

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