Most consumers are familiar with the MasterCard brand. Many of you, Foolish readers, may even be carrying a MasterCard branded card in your wallet or purse right at this very moment.

But brand familiarity is not enough to justify an investment, even in a company as well-known globally as MasterCard or its competitor Visa . In the video below, Motley Fool contributor Jay Jenkins takes a look at perhaps the most important fundamental of any company -- how does MasterCard actually make money?

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The article How MasterCard Inc Makes Its Money originally appeared on Fool.com.

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