Credit Cards: Over 41% of Total Revenue Going to “Fraud Prevention”

Credit card issuing companies are spending upward of 41% of total revenue every year on — more or less futile anyway — attempts to prevent (or at least limit) credit card fraud. This is a well-known fact throughout the banking and credit card industries. Largely anachronistic money transfer systems such as credit cards but also bank wire transfer technologies, dating from the age of the telegraph but still in use today, prove increasingly unfit for today’ where much more frequently than in pre-internet days some sort of “overseas” aspect is present. Despite the high extra cost thus associated with all “international”...

Why Bitcoin, Other Crypto Coins Have Value

“Where is the value of Bitcoin coming from, actually…?” Pretty simple: Bitcoin has evolved into something that a lot of people want — like, or even more so than, a dollar or a yen — and Bitcoin is in limited supply due to the complex proof-of-work requirements underlying Bitcoin. This means, that even tough the system continues to crank out “coins”, this will stop when it reaches 21 million. The underlying idea of Bitcoin was to create a currency whose value, unlike that of the dollar, could not be watered down by some central authority like the Federal Reserve. When...