E-commerce and payment processing

E-commerce and payment processing

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THEME: E-commerce and payment processing

The U.S. e-commerce market has grown 16% annually since 2001, and peer-to-peer electronic money transfers have rapidly become more common. Credit card usage for consumer-to-business payments has increased at a steady pace globally. This should continue as regions with less card usage close the gap with North America and Europe.

The digitization of other large payment markets has yet to catch up with the penetration of credit cards in the consumer-to-business market.

STOCK: Mastercard (MA)

Mastercard’s near-universal merchant acceptance and large consumer base sustains a two-sided network with scale advantages. Mastercard also continues to invest in emerging growth markets within payments.

  • Mastercard is accelerating digitization of cash through cards and e-commerce.
  • It is expanding value-added services such as fraud monitoring, authentication, and analytics.
  • New flows from large payment markets can expand the total addressable market of Mastercard’s traditional business.

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e-commerce has grown much faster than traditional retail


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