Friday, 26 March 2021

Digital Payments - US still in the Dark Ages

Even though the US is home to both Silicon Valley and Wall Street, yet it has long seemed in the dark ages on digital payments.

Just consider that until 2018 card purchases still required hand signatures, 15 years after Europe switched to chip-and-pin. Then the cosy credit-card duopoly, consisting of Visa and Mastercard, works with the banks to issue cards, with the result that there has been too little competition and sky-high profit margins. 

The key to making payments more competitive in the US is to create a new network of financial plumbing: a “real-time” interbank-payment system that will permit near-instant and cheap transfers.

Read more from The Economist -Fintech comes to America at last


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