Mastercard Files More Blockchain Patent Apps 

Mastercard Files More Blockchain Patent Apps 

There has been much talk this year about the rapid rise and fall of Bitcoin. We here at Tematica have long said the far more interesting disruptor is Blockchain, and as Bitcoin has fallen hard in recent weeks, we’ve seen a flurry of renewed news flow for blockchain, including a growing number of patent filings […]

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Visa & Mastercard mandating contactless payment terminals

Visa & Mastercard mandating contactless payment terminals

New technology adoption can be driven, primarily, by two forces – bubbling up based on consumer demand or pushed down due to a mandate from companies or the government. With contactless payments, we’ve seen consumer uptake grow as mobile payments, like Apple Pay, have come to smartphones and wearables. Now Mastercard  (MA) and Visa (V) are mandating […]

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Tencent scales thematic investments in payments, AI and cloud

Tencent scales thematic investments in payments, AI and cloud

Our Content is King theme isn’t the only one getting a lot of attention this week as more companies look to invest not only in payments, which we see as Cashless Consumption but also artificial intelligence, a slice of our Disruptive Technologies theme. As we look at these moves, we are reminded of the global […]

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Tematica’s Take on the February Jobs Report, and What It Means for the Fed and Stocks

Tematica’s Take on the February Jobs Report, and What It Means for the Fed and Stocks

The February Jobs Report showed job creation and wage growth moving in the right direction, and clears the way for the Fed to boost rates next week at its next FOMC meeting.

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Mastercard Data Show Chip Cards Are Worth the Wait When it Comes to Card Fraud

Mastercard Data Show Chip Cards Are Worth the Wait When it Comes to Card Fraud

  While we may not be enthused with the longer check out times associated with the move to chip cards, data from MasterCard shows a few more minutes is making all the difference when it comes to credit card fraud. Credit card fraud is down by more than 60% at Mastercard’s top five EMV-enabled merchants […]

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China opens its markets to foreign bank card companies 

China opens its markets to foreign bank card companies 

Poised to be the largest population by 2020, Cashless Consumption is poised to get a big boost as global payment processing firms tap the China market. Analyzing how this impacts consumption and debt levels will factor into our Rise & Fall of the Middle class thinking. China will allow foreign payment card companies to operate […]

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