Payments 101, Part 8 – Enterprise Payments

By |2021-09-07T21:10:32+00:00September 7th, 2021|Enterprise Payments, Payments, Payments 101|

With this installment, we come to the end of our tour of major payments systems with a description of enterprise payments, which brings them all together.  You can read the earlier installments here. I hope it has been clear throughout these essays that all payment systems share a common structure, which I call the Five [...]

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Payments 101, Part 4 – Debit Cards

By |2020-12-23T18:11:16+00:00December 23rd, 2020|Debit cards, Legal issues, Payments, Payments 101|

This is part of an ongoing series.  For earlier installments, see The Five Actor Model, Credit Cards, Part One, and Credit Cards, Part Two. In this article, we will dive into debit cards: what they are, how they work, the two different models, and legal issues. Here is the version of the Five-Actor Model I [...]

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Bitcoin is Not a Viable Currency. Stablecoins Will Be.

By |2021-01-19T18:30:44+00:00December 14th, 2020|Cryptocurrency, Payments|

(Note: this article was updated on January 19, 2021 to account for new information, particularly the extension of the boom in Bitcoin valuation since the original publication on December 14, 2020. These changes reinforce the points made in the original) Bitcoin has been on a roll lately, hitting a record high of $40,258.92 on January [...]

Payments 101, Part 1 – The Five Actor Model

By |2021-01-27T16:25:56+00:00September 29th, 2020|Financial, International, Payments, Payments 101|

Payments has been a rapidly evolving space over the past 20 years, and many companies have sought to get into it, even as the incumbents seek to evolve and expand their offerings.  I have noticed, however, a lack of resources to get new employees up to speed on how different payment methods work.  The purpose [...]

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