Matthew Cochrane

Matthew Cochrane


As an economic crimes detective, Matthew focuses on helping others avoid becoming victims of fraud and scams. He is most familiar with the fintech and payments industry and devotes much of his writing to covering these two sectors.

Recent articles

How to Invest in E-Commerce

E-commerce has forever changed the way consumers shop. Here's how investors can best capitalize on this macro trend.

Where Will Mastercard Be in 5 Years?

Find out why this credit-card network company has a business model and a competitive advantage that can stand the test of time.

Could The Home Depot Be a Millionaire Maker Stock?

The giant home-improvement retailer's shares outperformed the broader stock market in the past, but not this year. Can investors expect Home Depot to lead their portfolios to out-sized gains in the future?

The Best FinTech Stock to Buy in 2019

Customers are loving what this small-cap, founder-led, SaaS company offers. It's time investors show it some appreciation as well.

Is HP Inc. a Buy?

This stodgy hardware company has five straight quarters of 20%-plus earnings growth while sporting a P/E ratio much lower than the market's average.

Better Buy: PayPal Holdings vs. Mastercard

Both PayPal and Mastercard are riding macro trends such as the war on cash and mobile payments technology. But which makes for a better investment today?

Better Buy: Mastercard vs. American Express

Both of these are seen by most as just different credit card companies, even though they have two different business models. Which makes for a better investment now?

The 1 Stock You've Been Overlooking for Your IRA

This fintech leader still has a long runway of growth ahead of it while holding a competitive advantage over would-be rivals -- exactly the type of stock you should want compounding in a retirement account.

3 Top Fintech Stocks to Buy Now

Recent market volatility might have tripped up these companies, but there is still plenty of upside left for patient investors.

Where Will Home Depot Be in 5 Years?

The home-improvement retailer's shares are down year to date, but can the company's initiatives deliver market-beating returns in the years ahead?

How Square Successfully Serves Substantial Sellers

The small businesses that Square helped get up and running are now growing up, and that is good news for shareholders. Here's how Square is selling to larger merchants than ever before.

3 Reasons This Small-Cap SaaS Stock Is a Buy

Large enterprise clients are finding value in this company's software services, as it eliminates the need for cumbersome tasks previously performed by manual labor. It's time for investors to realize the value of this high-growing tech company, too.

3 Reasons Visa Inc. Is a Buy

The payments network's full fiscal-year results provided more evidence that the company is perfectly poised to capitalize in overseas markets.