Square, Inc. is a tremendously fascinating company. It has played a real role in the democratization of payments systems, enabling small-scale businesses and even solo entrepreneurs the possibility of processing digital payments without having to make significant network purchases.
Additionally, it offers complementary analytics software that provides cumulative and per unit sales data that would have required the use of an accountant’s services and significant time delays even a mere generation ago.
The company is constantly innovative, launching the recent “Cash App” that allows individuals to transfer money among themselves even outside the business context (in a spirit similar to Venmo).
It is deciding to put its data to use, as it has … Read the rest of this article!
As I saw the news that Chevron was purchasing Anadarko Petroleum in a $33 billion merger deal, I revisited Royal Dutch Shell’s $50+ billion acquisition of BG Group several years ago that doubled down on Shell’s status as a colossus in the industry, boosting the annual revenues from the $360 billion to $430 billion range.
It is the dominant force. There are maybe one dozen companies in the entire world that sell as much “stuff” as Shell does. It is sitting on 16 billion barrels of oil and 40 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Whatever world the energy uses, Shell is there with its hand as an original source provider, cultivator/refiner, and … Read the rest of this article!
Many of you saw Richard Sherman’s post-game interview with Erin Andrews on Sunday night, shortly after battering a pass intended for the 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree that ended up saving the game for Seattle. Today, I want to talk about the professional and economic consequences of doing something like Sherman did in the public eye.
On the professional end with his job, Richard Sherman now has to deal with players that are going to be extra-motivated to take him down. Peyton Manning is already laser-focused at studying video footage in the game room, but he might be able to find that extra few percentage points of precision by studying Sherman just a … Read the rest of this article!
According to a report recently released by charity cum research outlet “Oxfam”, both the 85 richest people in the world and the bottom 3.5 billion have something in common: an aggregate net worth of around $1 trillion. The research, which you can read here, was part of an appeal that called for the most affluent to (1) support progressive taxation, (2) refrain from using wealth to seek political favors, (3) challenge governments to use tax revenue to provide universal healthcare, education, and social protection, and there were a few other social demands called for as well.
The report claimed that the trillion dollars in wealth wielded by the 85 richest people in … Read the rest of this article!
A common theme for people that write about finance (whether it be frugality, investing, or early retirement) is that when they peek out from their own writing platforms and enter the world of Yahoo, MSN Money, and Marketwatch, they are immediately met with scorn, disbelief, jeering, and personal accusations.
Pete from the website www.mrmoneymustache.com, whom I have written about previously here, recently ventured out of Money Mustache land to conduct an interview with Andrea Coombes from Marketwatch, which you can read here.
Of the 300+ comments that currently follow the article, it seems that at least nine out of ten were critical of MMM’s retirement strategy, citing … Read the rest of this article!