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

Better Buy: PayPal Holdings, Inc. vs. Discover

One of these two companies is growing its top and bottom lines at a torrid pace. The other looks to be a rare value stock in today's bull market. But which is a better buy now?

Worldpay's Sum Is Greater Than Its Parts

Last year's $10 billion acquisition of Worldpay Group by Vantiv has produced a formidable industry payments player that is still recognizing cost and revenue synergies from the integration of the two companies.

Better Buy: PayPal Holdings, Inc. vs. Mastercard

Both companies are poised to benefit from the global economy's shift from cash to digital payments. Which makes for a better investment now? That's a tougher question.

Your Guide to Early Retirement

Thinking you can't stand the drudgery of working 45 years in a job you can barely tolerate? It might be time to set your retirement plans on FIRE.

Square Is Hungry for Success

This payment processing company has an appetite for a huge opportunity in the restaurant industry. Can it capture this key market, or is it biting off more than it can chew?

A Modern Approach to Asset Allocation

Is your portfolio designed to maximize reward and minimize risk no matter the market conditions? If you're not sure, read ahead.

Invest in What You Know -- the Screens Edition

The company behind your smartphone’s glass looks like a pretty compelling long-term investment, but it’s not completely without risk.

Better Buy: Visa Inc. vs. PayPal

Investors in both of these payment companies have been richly rewarded the past couple of years, but which makes for a better investment today?