How does NFC payment work?

The burgeoning technology used for tap-and-go payment relies on radio waves and electromagnetic fields

What might in-store payments of the future look like?

What might in-store payments of the future look like?

Technologies of the future exist today—but consumer adoption will slow things down

How does PayPal work?

Why making payments easier for the consumer means layers of complexity behind the scenes

The past, present, and future of PayPal

How the payments giant started, grew, and continues to adapt to change

’Tis the season for payments processing

How holiday spending benefits the players handling payments but also increases potential for fraud

Why payment innovations are essential to progress in consumer technology

Why payment innovations are essential to progress in consumer technology

A look at eBay, Uber, and Flipkart as examples of how payments underpin innovation as a whole

Who’s winning the digital wallet wars

And is anyone making money on it?

Credit or debit: What’s the difference?

The numbers game

Unpacking the bank account, routing, debit, credit and other numbers that ultimately control how we send and receive money

How debit cards stack up

The debt debit owes to ATMs, banks, and credit card networks in becoming America’s preferred form of payment

What is SWIFT?

What is SWIFT?

Tracking how money moves internationally from bank to bank thanks to the SWIFT messaging system

Inside ACH payments with Stripe and Plaid

Inside ACH payments with Stripe and Plaid

Accepting ACH payments was once a daunting process to get started, but these days it’s much simpler

What are co-branded credit cards?

In 2014, payments made with co-branded cards amounted to 31 percent of all credit card purchases

A history of account and routing numbers

A history of account and routing numbers

Accounting for the development of two identifiers that suddenly underpin a vast number of transactions

What are remittances?

What are remittances?

Countless people around the world rely on remittances as a key source of income, but the system hangs in a careful balance

Holding all the cards

The history of how banks helped create and manage the credit card system—and the impact that has today

How EMV hopes to chip away at fraud

How EMV hopes to chip away at fraud

U.S. credit card fraud is at an all-time high, but will switching to EMV cards help?

How Venmo does P2P without fees

Why playing the long game in the fiercely competitive peer-to-peer payments market pays off for Venmo

How Starbucks won mobile payments

How Starbucks won mobile payments

Relying on loyalty and simplicity—a 2D barcode—helped the coffee giant crack the mobile payments code

The primary players in payments processing

The primary players in payments processing

A breakdown of the major players in the payment processing industry