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Should Visa and MasterCard Be Terrified of Bitcoin?

By Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson - Feb 1, 2014 at 6:26AM

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Is Bitcoin a threat to MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal?

Nearly 90% of the world's electronic payments run through MasterCard (MA -1.09%) and Visa (V -1.21%). The two companies are so entrenched that few think they are vuleranble to distruption. But could Bitcoin unseat these global powerhouses?

In this segment of The Motley Fool's financials-focused show, Where the Money Is, banking analysts Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson discuss Bitcoin's pros and cons.

David Hanson has no position in any stocks mentioned. Matt Koppenheffer has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends eBay, MasterCard, and Visa. The Motley Fool owns shares of eBay, MasterCard, and Visa. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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