The biggest share price gains for Visa and MasterCard over the past year have come in response to Chinese government policies that open the local payment card market to foreign players.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Global bank card operators including Visa and MasterCard can seek licences to clear domestic Chinese payments starting today, following a long-running(...)

American Express has slid the most in the Dow Jones Industrial Average since December 31st after setbacks including the end of the company’s partnership with warehouse-club chain Costco and a ruling by a federal judge that its policies prohibiting merchants from steering customers to cheaper cards violated antitrust laws.

American Express’s short-term stock results have been “disappointing,” as the company faces a variety of issues including the loss of its biggest reta(...)

US president Barack Obama (left) is interviewed during a taping of the “Late Show with David Letterman” in New York. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Following a week of racially charged protests in Baltimore, US president Barack Obama has said that the residual effects of racism have built up over (...)

Aer Lingus shed some of the gains it made on Thursday on the back of reports the Government was close to agreeing to sell the State’s stake to  IAG. Photograph: Alan Betson

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Visa Europe has announced a new, more secure way for consumers to pay retailers via smartphones, a move that could set the stage for Apple’s Apple Pa(...)

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In early December a reader called Ros signed up to a package with her local hairdresser to get eight blow-dries for €140. Ros assures Pricewatch th(...)