Financial Services

The Benefits of Applying for a Credit Card

In some markets, getting a credit card is really hard. The requirements are intense and it’s difficult to qualify. In other markets, credit cards are practically handed out in the mail. You barely even have to ask for it. This type of credit card often comes in the form of a store loyalty card. The…

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What is a Merchant Bank?

When you open an online store, you may design an ecommerce website, install a shopping cart, and facilitate payment options. On the surface, the process is pretty simple. Your customer visits your online store, puts their items in your online shopping cart, proceeds to checkout, and securely enters their credit card details. Depending on your preference,…

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The Rising Debate Over the Cashless Trend

A growing number of Washington businesses, and other establishments across America, are refusing to accept cash in favor of card and mobile payments. While most consumers prefer the convenience of paying by card, is completely removing the option to pay using cash really a good business move? Benefits of not accepting cash payments Companies going…

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Are ACH Payments Safe?

Automated Clearing House (ACH) has become a buzzword in the business world. It’s a network that links banks in the US, allowing them to safely and seamlessly transfer money to each other. ACH debits are only processed once or twice a day, but because they’re all done in a single electronic batch, it can significantly…

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Advantages of ACH Processing

The type of business that you run has a big influence on the modes of payment that you may wish to accept. For service industries and delivery-based businesses, cash-on-delivery is an option, but you might not want your staff handling large amounts of cash. It puts them and you at risk. It can be a…

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Wire Transfer vs. ACH

Electronic transfers of funds is a practical means of moving money from one place to another. It’s safe, convenient and trackable. Two of the most popular and established ways to move funds electronically include wire transfers and ACH transfers. A wire transfer is a real-time way of moving funds and supporting data immediately between two…

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Credit Card Fees Explained

Credit cards are a paradox. They’re the simplest thing to understand: you buy something by presenting your card, take your purchase home, and pay later. At the same time, it’s almost impossible for some consumers to comprehend how they accrued so much credit card debt, and why it seems to keep increasing with every week…

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A Short Guide to Payment Gateways and ACH Payments

When you first start ecommerce research, It’s easy to get confused. Yes, the information is readily available, but sometimes, it’s puzzling, technical, and even contradictory. For example, you probably know you need a merchant account so that you can accept credit cards from your customers. But then you start to hear about networks, gateways, clearing…

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Do You Really Need a Merchant Account?

If you sell any product or service and if you want your business to flourish, a merchant account is practically mandatory. But what exactly is a merchant account? It is a type of banking account that allows businesses to accept predominantly debit and credit card payments. A merchant account opened is under an agreement between…

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ACH vs. eChecks: What’s the Difference?

The terms ACH and eChecks are used synonymously, and there is only a minor difference between the two. To better understand this difference, consider the definitions of each term. What are eChecks and ACH? ACH, or Automatic Clearing House, is the process of the electronic moving of funds between bank accounts. It is a type…

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