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TBT: Looking back on some predictions

Posted by on December 12, 2019 at 2:43 pm

Nine years ago to the day, I wrote the post below, in which I offered some predictions about the future of mobile banking. I’d say the predictions held up pretty well.   The Future of Mobile Banking (2010)  With every technological advance, there’s never a shortage of cheerleaders predicting around-the-corner marvels. Their timeframe of choice [...]

Sales tax in a digital age

Posted by on December 9, 2019 at 3:36 pm

I shall open with something of a circular observation: If it weren’t for digital technology, there could be no Internet commerce.  Lest you think I’m being too obvious, I’m not talking about payments via wearables, portables, laptops, or desktops, vital though they are. I’m talking about a morass that would be all but impenetrable without [...]

TBT: In a hollow in the snowy ground

Posted by on December 5, 2019 at 3:43 pm

Here’s a poignant, year-end reminder I shared in 2017.   * * *   In a hollow in the snowy ground This time of year it’s traditional, and I am inclined, to offer a holiday thought. I admit to a bit of apprehension. Of late, what one says or fails to say has the potential [...]

We just had a $7.4 billion Black Friday

Posted by on December 2, 2019 at 3:17 pm

This just in from Associated Press:  This year’s Black Friday was the biggest ever for online sales, as fewer people hit the stores and shoppers rang up $7.4 billion in transactions from their phones, computers and tablets. That’s just behind the $7.9 billion haul of last year’s Cyber Monday, which holds the one-day record for online [...]

Early TBT: Grateful Act of Congress

Posted by on November 27, 2019 at 4:13 pm

This post originally ran on November 20, 2017 THE FOURTH THURSDAY of November is a legal holiday in the United States. Designated as a national day of thanks, it is named, appropriately enough, Thanksgiving. Observing Thanksgiving in autumn has been around since the early 17th century. An act of Congress signed on October 6, 1941 established [...]