New Apple ecosystem service: the credit card

Apple (AAPL) announced yesterday that the new credit card with Goldman Sachs (GS) will be available to all iPhone owners in the US later this month. Apple said earlier in March that it is developing this credit card with Goldman.

This new credit card will be part of the Apple ecosystem, with all the payments and pay back & messaging functions. According to Apple, the new card do not have a visible number on it, but it has a secure chip inside and the iPhone can generate virtual numbers for online and over-the-phone shopping.

The credit card will offer customers Daily Cash on the purchases, from 3-1 % of the purchases depending on the transaction and the Cash can be used like any other cash or send to friends. The cash is paid back to customers every day.

Apple has around 50 million Apple Pay users in the US and this service will be also part of the Goldman Sachs Marcus – consumer business. According to Apple, Goldman Sachs will not get the right to use or sell the data for marketing purposes.

Apple´s shares closed yesterday up 1,89 % to 197 dollars  and the shares of Goldman Sachs (GS) also up, 2,15 % to 206,1 dollars in New York.

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Stocks markets rally – rate cut & QE possible

The stock markets rallied on Tuesday, when Federal Reserves Chairman Jerome Powell signalled a possible interest rate cut if needed. He was referring to the trade negotiations between the China and US. Also some markets estimates that the ECB, The European Central Bank, would start again the quantitative easing actions from January, lifted the trade worries.

Dow Jones index ended up 2,06 % to 25 332 points, S&P 500 index ended up 2,14 % to 2803 points and the technology-index Nasdaq closed up 2,65 % to 7527 points. According to Bloomberg News, this increase was the biggest since January.

The big banks and the car manufacturers were the leading sectors. The economic slowdown due to the trade tariffs between the China and US has been pushing the stocks downward trend.

The recent IPO-companies were mixed, the Uber (UBER) closed up 3,64 % to 42,53 dollars, while Lyft (LYFT) closed down 0,62 % to 59 dollars. The market speculation which of the new companies would power the better way to autonomous future continued. The electric car manufacturer Tesla (TSLA) closed up 8,17 % to 194,50 dollars.

From the financial markets side, Goldman Sachs (GS) ended up 3,65 % to 190,40 dollars and JP Morgan (JPM) closed up 3,08 % to 109,77 dollars.

The global economic situation was also in the World Bank´s new economic estimate on Tuesday, that the global economy is decreasing next year due to the trade situation. -Global economic growth is forecast to ease to a weaker-than-expected 2.6% in 2019 before inching up to 2.7% in 2020, the World Bank says.

The Dutch banking group ABN Amro said in their review that they expect the European Central Bank to start the quantitative easing program again in January 2020. They expect the buying of bonds start from 70 billion euros next year and that the ECB would need to rise the issuer limit from 33 % to as high as 50 %.

It is expected that this new policy decision will be given to the new ECB president, which is going to be elected during this year as part of the EU top jobs puzzle. Mr Mario Draghi is leaving the central bank during this year. The ECB is having its next Governing Council meeting on Thursday in Vilnius, Lithuania.

In Europe, the stocks ended also up and the FTSE 100 index closed up 0,41 % to 7214 points in London. In Germany the DAX-index closed up 1,51 % to 11971 points and in France the CAC 40 index ended up 0,51 % to 5268 points.

The euro was trading flat at 1,125 dollars and the sterling was up 0,01 % to 1,2699 dollars.

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