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Could This Be the Next Big Thing at Google and Amazon?

By Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson – Feb 22, 2014 at 1:30PM

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Could Google or Amazon get into the banking business?

BBVA has decided to purchase the banking platform, Simple – does this open the door for Amazon (AMZN 4.46%) or Google (GOOGL 6.09%) to get into the banking business? Simple is not a bank, but only provides the front-end customer experience for users. Simple uses the banking services of the FDIC-insured, The Bancorp Bank.

In this segment of The Motley Fool's financials-focused show, Where the Money Is, banking analysts Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson discuss the possibility that Google and the other tech giants could move into the banking space.

David argues if Google was able to market its service as ultra-convenient and secure, it could be a great move for the company. Meanwhile, Matt points out that Amazon already has the trust of the its customers via the countless transactions already conducted on its platform. While the idea could ruffle the feathers of Facebook (META 7.89%) users, if done correctly, banking services through Facebook's platform could make its user base significantly more "sticky" and willing to spend time on its services rather than new upstarts.

David Hanson owns shares of Facebook. Matt Koppenheffer owns shares of Amazon.com. The Motley Fool recommends Amazon.com, Facebook, and Google. The Motley Fool owns shares of Amazon.com, Facebook, and Google. 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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