Ways we Pay — A Primer on Modern Payment Solutions

Payments mechanisms for individuals — for payments to merchants and between individuals — are evolving fast worldwide. Solutions are often difficult to differentiate in their execution, so it’s useful to compare their features from time to time. This article provides a basic primer on more common modern payment mechanisms and recent developments. Future articles may focus on specific solutions or market participants.

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