What Is American Express (AXP)?

BY Chris Andreou

|November 1, 2021

Trade a multinational financial services corporation

American Express (AMEX) is a financial services firm whose primary product is credit cards and related services. The company operates in more than 100 countries and has fostered strategic partnerships with large third-party card issuers such as Wells Fargo, Bank of America and HSBC.

In addition to payment card services, AMEX offers additional financial services including travel-related perks and memberships, merchant acquisition and fee/transaction services.

The company makes frequent appearances in some of the world’s eminent “top brand” lists, and in 2020 was ranked 9th most powerful brand by Tenet. In 2021, it was ranked 20th by Forbes in its annual survey of “World’s Most Admired Companies”.

It is the world’s 4th-largest card network based on cards in circulation on purchase volume, with around 114 million customers.

American Express History

The company was founded in 1850 as an express mail delivery service out of Buffalo, New York. Two of its original founders, Henry Wells and William Fargo, also went on to create the US bank Wells Fargo.

The company began offering money-order services in 1857. In 1988, the company introduced and invented the traveller’s cheque, after Fargo returned from a trip to Europe where he had found it impossible to obtain cash. The traveller’s cheque quickly transformed the company into a global business. It was the first company in the world to issue embossed plastic cards in 1959.

Where Does American Express Operate?

American Express is headquartered in Manhattan, New York City and has operations in more than 100 countries. In the American continents, AMEX holds major offices in the US, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico. In the Asia-Pacific region, it maintains a local presence in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo and Mumbai. In Europe, it is present in London, Rome, Stockholm and across the continent.

American Express Recent Performance

AMEX blew away estimates when it reported earnings for Q3 2021, while quarterly updates from the company have delighted investors during the pandemic and beyond. American Express is also one of the favourite stocks of Warren Buffet, ranking third in Berkshire Hathaway equity positions. The company has traditionally attracted high-net-worth individuals, and more recently has turned its attention to younger customers who the company sees as future users of its products for the coming decades.

In Q3 of 2021, AMEX reported that millennial and Gen-Z billed business skyrocketed by more than 48% year on year. This segment of its customer base is drawn by its travel perks, experiences, exclusive events, and recent focus on benefits for streaming and food delivery.

How Can I Trade American Express (AXP)?

American Express is a tradable asset under the ticker AXP on TIOmarkets MT4 or MT5. Like all other assets listed on our platforms, you can choose to long or short on AXP.

You can also trade the Dow 30 index (DOW), which includes AXP as a constituent company.

What are the best trading conditions for American Express (AXP)?

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Chris Andreou

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