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  1. February 4, 2016

    Colin Evans, Collinson Group, chairman

    Colin Evans was suffering chaos in the departure hall of Tokyo’s Narita airport, when he caught a glimpse of...

  2. January 17, 2016

    Olympic sponsors Swatch and Visa get set to compete with Apple

    Scheduled to be released early in 2016 — initially in the US, Switzerland and Brazil — the Swatch Bellamy watch will...

Special Reports

  1. Watches and Jewellery

    The question of what exactly consumers expect — or want — from a wrist device is incre...
  2. Global Brands

    Successful companies not only provided goods and services that were distinct from thos...
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  1. January 17, 2016

    Growth in wearables sparks ‘battle of the wrists’

    For the global watch industry, the latest James Bond film Spectre has a poignant moment. At the end of his usual...

  2. January 10, 2016

    American Express: identity crisis

    Flash an American Express card at dinner and your date (or your parents) will probably be impressed. Yet a handful of...

  3. January 6, 2016

    Issuers raise $15.8bn in first test of 2016 bond market

    US and European companies raised $15.8bn on Tuesday, in the first test of US capital markets since the start of the...

  4. FT Alphaville

    December 15, 2015

    The ghosts of fintech past

    Not a day goes by without a “blockchain is going to revolutionise finance” story in the press, despite no working proof...

  5. Tech blog

    December 15, 2015

    #techFT - Follow the money men to fintech

    The financial tech sector’s start-ups are now attracting banking’s grandees, Uber drivers in Seattle may start a union,...

  6. December 14, 2015

    Former Wall St titans shake-up banking with fintech investments

    They made their name on Wall Street. Now, they are trying to disrupt it. Some of the world’s highest-profile bankers...

  7. December 10, 2015

    Strong demand for Visa’s $16bn bond deal

    Visa raised $16bn in the year’s fourth-largest corporate bond offering as a record wave of mergers and acquisitions...

  8. December 9, 2015

    Costco among top decliners on S&P 500

    Costco was among the biggest decliners on the S&P 500 after the membership-based US wholesale retailer reported...

  9. December 9, 2015

    Costco slides on membership fees setback

    Costco was among the biggest decliners on the S&P 500 after the membership-based US wholesale retailer reported...

  10. November 30, 2015

    Swatch takes on Apple with Visa payments tie-up

    Swatch, the Swiss watch company, is expanding its counterattack against Apple and other smartwatch manufacturers by...

  11. November 8, 2015

    Dash for debt ahead of US rate rise

    A spate of jumbo corporate debt offerings has lifted US issuance to a record high as companies seek to lock in...

  12. November 2, 2015

    Visa to buy back former European arm for up to €21bn

    Visa has agreed to acquire its former European subsidiary for up to €21.2bn in a deal that will generate large...

  13. November 1, 2015

    Week Ahead: Markets diary

    Investors expect a flood of market-moving news this week. The hallmark data event is the US jobs report for the month...

  14. October 27, 2015

    New payments service to launch in Kenya

    The Nigerian company Interswitch is to launch its Verve payments cards in Kenya, a move that should cut banks’ costs...

  15. October 16, 2015

    Visa deal set to deliver windfall for European banks

    Visa Inc, the US payments company, is closing in on a deal to acquire its former European subsidiary for $20bn as early...

  16. FT Alphaville

    October 12, 2015

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Monday, - When is a global recession not a recession? - “Hey, we should all be thankful that Ben Bernanke...

  17. October 1, 2015

    First Data: hard sell

    There have been easier times to pull off the year’s biggest initial public offering. With First Data, though, the...

  18. September 9, 2015

    Finance heavyweights invest in blockchain start-up

    A group of financial industry heavyweights, including Visa and Nasdaq, are investing in a blockchain start-up in the...

  19. September 8, 2015

    Visa veteran backs marketplace lender

    Hans Morris, a long-time Citigroup banker and former president of Visa, has become the latest finance-industry veteran...

  20. August 18, 2015

    Target to pay $67m over Visa data breach

    Target has reached a $67m agreement with Visa over a massive breach of customers’ payment data during the 2013 holiday...

  21. August 8, 2015

    Berkshire Hathaway hit by weaker investment gains

    Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway made a paper profit of more than $700m in a matter of minutes on Friday, as it...

  22. July 31, 2015

    How to . . . avoid holiday scams

    It is the stuff of holiday nightmares. After an early start from the UK to reach your chosen villa in the sun, you...

  23. July 24, 2015

    Visa chief Charlie Scharf adds to pressure for Sepp Blatter exit

    The chief executive of Visa has increased the pressure on Fifa president Sepp Blatter to leave immediately, saying that...

  24. FT Alphaville

    July 23, 2015

    Wirecard: adjust your perspective (part 1)

    Wirecard is a middleman. It stands between online stores and the payment networks of Visa and Mastercard, briefly...

  25. July 17, 2015

    Apple seen as leading the field in phone payments race

    The barista at the well-known coffee shop chain looked blankly at the phone being brandished in front of the till to...

  26. FT Alphaville

    July 8, 2015

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Wednesday, - Remember when front-running meant something? - Where Bloomberg discovers that large orders...

  27. July 7, 2015

    UK banks seek to Zapp Apple with digital payment services

    Britain’s largest high street banks are launching digital payment services in an attempt to retain customers and fend...

  28. June 29, 2015

    Wearable devices offer bank customers new ways to pay

    Bank customers will be able to make payments using a wristband, key fob or even a sticker at high street shops with the...

  29. June 14, 2015

    Visa and MasterCard face down China techno-nationalism

    The opening of China’s bank card market to foreign companies this month appeared to signal the end of their long...

  30. May 31, 2015

    China opens door for Visa and MasterCard to challenge UnionPay

    Global bank card operators including Visa and MasterCard can seek licences to clear domestic Chinese payments starting...

  31. May 29, 2015

    Blatter wins fifth term as Fifa presidency in closer than expected vote

    Sepp Blatter has won a fifth term as president of Fifa after his challenger conceded following an inconclusive first...

  32. May 28, 2015

    Fifa: Grand Theft Football

    Video game review Fifa 2015 Soccer (Foreign Corrupt Practices Edition) for Xbox and PS3, £22 from Esoteric Arts EA has...

  33. May 28, 2015

    Sponsors step up pressure on Fifa over corruption probe

    Companies close to Fifa have stepped up pressure on football’s governing body, after US and Swiss authorities combined...

  34. May 27, 2015

    Banks fight to repair damage to brands after financial crisis

    Few industries were left unscathed by the global financial crisis, but the banking sector was among the worst hit and...

  35. May 27, 2015

    Apple’s core business ensures fortunes rise

    The world’s top technology brands, headed by Apple, extended their influence yet more deeply into consumers’ lives as...

  36. May 8, 2015

    Visa in talks to buy former European unit

    Visa Inc is in early-stage talks to buy its former European subsidiary in a deal that could be worth as much as $20bn,...

  37. April 8, 2015

    Carmakers hunt for share of the mobile wallet market

    The Visa executive slips into the front seat of a new BMW, wakes up the tablet computer in the dashboard, and orders...

  38. March 30, 2015

    Vodafone to add bank cards to mobile wallet service

    Vodafone will add bank cards to its mobile payments service following an agreement with Visa and Carta Worldwide From...

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