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There's Going To Be A War

And it is taking place right now in your neighborhood. No, I'm not talking about ISIS invading your neighborhood, what I'm talking about is credit card payments to merchants.

Earlier this month, Apple announced its mobile payment system called ApplePay. The Apple iPhone 6 uses a technology called Near Field Communication or NFC, which is built into their new iPhones to pay for a product in a store that supports this technology. This is similar to Google Wallet which uses the same technology.

On one side of battlefield you have Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), on the other side you have a consortium of merchants led by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT), , which includes CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS) and Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD). That consortium whose name is MCX (The Merchants Exchange) want to use their own mobile system that they have been developing since 2012. That system is named CurrentC. What's that going to do for consumers? You only have to look at the MCX website to understand what their goal is.

From the MCX Web site: "Merchant Customer Exchange is the only merchant-owned mobile commerce network built to streamline the customer shopping experience across all major retail verticals."

From the press kit: "It will also offer innovative features and benefits, such as merchant loyalty programs and instant coupon savings, all stored on the phone and available right at the point-of-sale."

Sounds very similar to Google wallet and ApplePay, does it not? Mobile payment solutions such as Google wallet have not really caught on with Millennials or anyone else for that matter. It was only when Apple came along with their new payment system that the MCX realized they had to attack. The first part of the attack was putting pressure on CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS) and Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) to turn off their NFC receivers on their cash registers so ApplePay would not work. What is strange is that Target, who is also a member of MCX, will accept ApplePay as it offers a more secure and superior method of payment over a regular credit card. Looking at some of the recent challenges that Target has had with credit card theft, it is understandable.

So today's poll question is:

Who do you think will win the mobile payment wars?

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If you have any comments you'd like to share with us about this post or about mobile payments in general, please feel free to leave them below this post.

Life is never boring, even in the mobile payments section.

Every success with MarketClub,
Adam Hewison
President, INO.com
Co-Creator, MarketClub

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Poll: Even Ben Bernanke Cannot Get A Loan

Former Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, was addressing the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care conference in Chicago on Thursday and said that, "I recently tried to refinance my mortgage and I was unsuccessful in doing so." He went on to explain that lenders "may have gone a little bit too far on mortgage credit conditions" according to the Bloomberg report.

I thought I would ask you the same question today....

Do you think lenders have gone to far on mortgage credit conditions?

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As always, I would love to hear you thoughts on the subject. Please take a moment to vote and leave a comment.

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INO.com and MarketClub.com

Poll: Will you buy Alibaba stock?

IPO day has finally arrived for the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding. Alibaba Group Holding will trade on the NYSE using the symbol BABA. Alibaba's IPO debut has become a hot debate for the market. The demand for its shares has risen so much so that the bankers had to stop taking orders in some places recently.

That leads us to our poll question today....

Will you buy Alibaba stock?

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As always, we would love to hear what you thing about Alibaba Group Holding (NYSE:BABA).

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Do you plan on buying one of Apple's new iPhones?

Today is Apple's big day as it announces new products at 1 pm ET. What Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ:APPL) will announce has been the talk and buzz of the tech world for the past several weeks and we want to know what you think.

So here is today's question....

Do you plan on buying one of Apple's new iPhone?

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Poll: Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day is upon us here in the U.S. and it marks the unofficial end of summer. The kids are back in school, the NFL is about to start their season and investors will come back to the markets after their summer break.

When they come back, they will see that the S&P 500 hit the 2000 level and we are in the 4th longest bull run in market history. There seems to be a growing confidence for the market to head higher. What do you think?

Will the market head higher after Labor Day?

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As always we would love to hear your thoughts on the markets. Please take a moment to vote and leave a comment.

Have a great holiday weekend,
The INO.com Team

Poll: Are You Bidding On Bitcoins Today?

A couple of days ago we came across an article on Bloomberg about an upcoming auction (6/27/14 - Today) on a cache of Bitcoins worth about $17 million. The auction is for 29,656 Bitcoins, which are part of more than 144,000 the FBI transferred to U.S. Marshals after shutting down the Silk Road marketplace and arrested its operator last year. This auction offers a rare opportunity to secure a large amount of the virtual currency at one time.

Here's a link to FAQ's about the auction - Bitcoin Auction FAQ's

I thought it would be interesting at ask....

Would you bid in this auction?

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As always, we would love to hear what you have to say on the subject of the auction or just Bitcoin (BITCOIN:BITSTAMPUSD) in general.

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Jeremy Lutz
INO.com and MarketClub.com

Poll: Will You Buy Solar Stocks?

Shares of SolarCity Corp. (NASDAQ:SCTY) jumped almost 18% yesterday on news that they would be acquiring solar module start-up Silevo for $200 million with another $150 million potential in earn-outs. This acquisition will be the company's first move into the solar panel manufacturing side of the business.

That leads me to the poll question today.....

Will you buy solar stocks?

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Please take a moment to vote and share your thoughts on this emerging market.

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Jeremy Lutz
INO.com and MarketClub.com

Poll: Will You Buy Apple Stock After The Stock Split?

If you're like me, I've wanted to Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock to my portfolio, but it's too pricey for me to buy at its current level. With Apple's seven-for-one stock split happening after the close of business today, I'm excited to add it to my holdings next week. At the current price, the new shares would be worth $92.12 after the split takes effect Monday.

I wanted ask everyone if they will be....

Will You Buy Apple Stock After The Stock Split?

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Please take a moment to vote and leave a comment with your thoughts on Apple's stock split.

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Poll: Alibaba Files For Landmark IPO

Alibaba was founded 15 years ago in a small Chinese apartment by Jack Ma. Ma is a former English teacher who started the company with an initial investment of $60,000, kicked in by 18 friends.

The company has since evolved into the dominant force in China's (maybe even the world's) e-commerce industry. As a market with so much potential, Alibaba's IPO may be the largest ever by a tech company. The initial document filed with the SEC indicates that Alibaba plans to raise $1 billion, but that figure is just a placeholder. Analysts believe it could haul in more than the $16 billion Facebook raised in 2012.

Now for the real question.....

Will you invest in Alibaba?

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As always, we would love to hear what you think as well. Please take a moment to leave a comment after you vote.

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The INO.com Team

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