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  1. March 24, 2014

    Monitise to raise £100m as part of overhaul

    Monitise, one of UK’s highest profile tech groups, is to raise about £100m as part of an overhaul of its business model...

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    March 24, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asia-Pacific markets started the new week with broad gains, even in the face of new data showing that China’s...

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  1. March 23, 2014

    Visa and MasterCard restart payments for Russian banks

    Visa and MasterCard have restarted processing payment transactions for customers of a Russian bank linked to oligarchs...

  2. FT Alphaville

    March 21, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Cardiff parses what Janet Yellen actually said about the ditching of thresholds in...

  3. March 19, 2014

    MasterCard and Visa’s priceless business model

    Some things in life are priceless. It would appear that they include MasterCard as well as Visa, and several other companies...

  4. February 28, 2014

    China falls out of love with cash

    Chinese spending habits China is rapidly ditching the centuries-old habit of paying its bills with trunkloads of cash, and...

  5. February 26, 2014

    Brussels agrees Visa Europe antitrust deal

    Brussels has accepted Visa Europe’s antitrust settlement offer to cap interbank fees for handling transactions, which...

  6. February 23, 2014

    Rise of mobile commerce fuels rash of rival payment solutions

    With mobile commerce growing so quickly, banks know it is vital to enable customers to pay for goods with their smartphones....

  7. February 20, 2014

    MasterCard, Visa back smartphone payment

    MasterCard and Visa are about to make it easier for consumers to pay for goods with a tap of a smartphone, a payment method...

  8. February 5, 2014

    MasterCard creates contactless pay system

    MasterCard will create the UK’s most comprehensive contactless payments platform backed by the major mobile telecoms groups...

  9. February 2, 2014

    MasterCard: sell now, pay later

    A credit card is the means and the symbol of short-sightedness: buy now, pay later. Yet MasterCard’s shareholders have...

  10. January 31, 2014

    Chipotle shares surge to record high

    Chipotle Mexican Grill shares surged to a record high on Friday as the company shrugged off broader weakness in the dining...

  11. January 23, 2014

    Ebay / PayPal: payment denied

    Ebay management turned the $1.5bn acquisition of PayPal into a business worth $30bn-plus – a rare instance of success in...

  12. December 23, 2013

    A year in a word: Bitcoin

    (noun) A unit of the first and most famous cryptocurrency. After “bit”, a contraction of “binary digit”, the basic unit of...

  13. December 17, 2013

    Big retailers back Brussels cap on card payment fees

    The chief executives of some of Britain’s largest retailers – including J Sainsbury and Marks and Spencer – have swung...

  14. December 12, 2013

    Mastercard stock split evokes 1990s spirit

    A large and unexpected stock split this week by Mastercard has revived memories of the roaring stock markets of the late...

  15. December 11, 2013

    MasterCard: hat trick?

    MasterCard has unveiled not one, not two, but three ways to fiddle with its capital structure: a stock split; a dividend...

  16. December 11, 2013

    MasterCard given credit by investors after dividend spike and buyback

    MasterCard received credit from investors for the decision to launch a stock split and a big jump in its quarterly dividend,...

  17. October 4, 2013

    Centrica appoints Rick Haythornthwaite as chairman

    Centrica has appointed Rick Haythornthwaite, one of the UK’s leading business figures, as its new chairman. The former BP...

  18. beyondbrics

    October 4, 2013

    MasterCard and Visa look to woo Africa's unbanked

    As incomes rise in Africa, the battle is on to snap up the millions of ‘unbanked’ – those without a bank account. The...

  19. October 1, 2013

    Visa, MasterCard and Amex seek new online payments standard

    Visa, MasterCard and American Express are proposing a new industry standard to make online payments more secure, by...

  20. August 28, 2013

    Big Mother is watching you

    When Apple introduced the Find My iPhone app three years ago, its aim was to help people locate their lost smartphones. But...

  21. August 18, 2013

    Boom in plastic money as Nigeria spends, spends, spends

    In 2002, when Mitchell Elegbe was starting his technology business, there were few proper bank cards in Nigeria, ATMs were...

  22. August 4, 2013

    Mumbai’s Mr Fixit delivers passage to India

    Sanjoy Bhattacharyya fell in love with the art of investment after blindly following stockpicking advice from a friend...

  23. August 1, 2013

    Exxon ticks down but S&P 500 hits record

    The S&P 500 broke above the 1,700 level for the first time as disappointing earnings from ExxonMobil were outshined by...

  24. July 31, 2013

    Banks hit by debit card cap fee ruling

    The Federal Reserve was criticised on Wednesday for being too soft on the financial industry after a judge ruled that limits...

  25. Brussels Blog

    July 25, 2013

    MasterCard, Google and the risks of Mega-Lobbying

    Is some lobbying in Brussels too heavy and contrived for its own good? Two examples spring to mind from some of the most...

  26. July 24, 2013

    Brussels’ ruling on card fees unleashes charged emotions

    Arcane card fees can whip up considerable emotion in Brussels. Few policy issues have better padded the wallets of lawyers...

  27. July 24, 2013

    European Commission unveils plan to tackle high card fees

    Banks face curbs on “unjustifiably high” card fees, and a requirement to separate payment card schemes and the entities that...

  28. July 16, 2013

    Card transaction fees to be capped under EU proposal

    Lucrative fees to process card transactions are to be capped under a proposal by the European Union’s executive arm aiming...

  29. beyondbrics

    June 3, 2013

    New York headlines

    *Erdogan calls for calm as stocks tumble * China and US stage delicate rebalancing act * Indonesia trade deficit underlines...

  30. beyondbrics

    June 3, 2013

    London headlines

    * China and US stage delicate rebalancing act * Beijing returns to global metals market * Argentines hope Lula will pull off...

  31. June 2, 2013

    China blocks MasterCard processing renminbi transactions

    China has blocked MasterCard from processing credit card transactions in renminbi, raising concerns about Beijing’s...

  32. May 15, 2013

    Oakland objects to $7.25bn credit card price-fixing settlement

    The City of Oakland is objecting to the multibillion-dollar settlement of a price-fixing case against payment networks...

  33. May 14, 2013

    Visa Europe bows to EU fees pressure

    Visa Europe has yielded to Brussels’ antitrust complaints with an offer to cap cross-border credit card fees at a...

  34. beyondbrics

    May 10, 2013

    New York headlines

    * EBRD: sharpish cut in forecasts * Indian industrial output up, but underlying growth weak * Sri Lanka: why the unexpected...

  35. beyondbrics

    May 10, 2013

    London headlines

    * Chinese car market recovery continues * KRG to train Syrian Kurds to stop extremists gaining ground * Annan report blasts...

  36. May 9, 2013

    Nigeria signs up MasterCard to make dual-purpose identity card

    MasterCard is teaming up with the Nigerian authorities to launch identity cards that will double up as electronic payment...

  37. May 6, 2013

    Visa and MasterCard: fortunes diverge

    Visa and MasterCard, the two largest payment processors, are often lumped together. But lately their fortunes have diverged....

  38. May 3, 2013

    MasterCard fails to delay action over transaction fees

    MasterCard, which is being sued at the High Court by several high street retailers including Wm Morrison and Asda, has...

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