In this segment from Thursday's Investor Beat, Motley Fool analyst David Hanson discusses why Discover (NYSE:DFS) should stand in its own right as a strong performing investment, rather than continuing to hold the stigma among investors as "the poor man's American Express (NYSE:AXP)." David also talks about why this company should stand apart in investors' minds from the two big players in credit cards, Visa (NYSE:V) and MasterCard (NYSE:MA), and why Discover should almost be viewed more as a bank than a credit card company.

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