The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer goods editor and analyst Austin Smith and technology analyst and editor Andrew Tonner discuss topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Andrew and Austin discuss whether investors should love a classic Dow component: American Express. To answer this question, investors really need to figure out where they stand on closed versus open loop credit card systems. It's an undeniable fact that consumers are increasingly paying with plastic instead of cash. While the open loop system may have more reach currently, the ability for closed systems to realize full value along the transaction chain makes companies like American Express a compelling buy.

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