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Interoperability essential for mobile financial services

The International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) is developing a new international standard for mobile financial services. Once agreed the standard will provide a foundation for interoperability, stimulating further growth.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jul 2015
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Can blockchain technology reinvent banking?

Blockchain technology will have a much wider impact on the financial industry than payments alone - the shared public ledger has the potential to radically simplify banking itself.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jul 2015
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Hairy beauty: what implications does the recent "armpit hair trend" have for personal care brands?

Currently there is a heated debate online going on about the so-called "armpit hair trend": while men are keen to keep themselves baby smooth, women are trying to challenge characteristics of traditional femininity, one of which being hairless armpits, by growing underarm hair.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jul 2015
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Admiral deal signals evolution of telematics

Admiral's new telematics partnership with Redtail illustrates how telematics offerings are becoming more sophisticated and - perhaps more importantly - that insurers are increasingly looking to harness the Big Data they have access to.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jul 2015
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Tide turns against buy-to-let mortgages

Buy-to-let lending has been the main engine of growth in the UK mortgage market in recent years. However, the 2015 Budget set out changes to the tax relief these mortgages enjoy. This will cut demand and harm growth prospects for specialist lenders.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jul 2015
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Xoom worth the extra for PayPal

PayPal's acquisition of US-based remittance firm Xoom will complement its existing competencies, but an investigation into the agreed sale price raises the question of exactly how much this acquisition is worth to PayPal.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 2015
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Investors remain unaware inflation erodes savings

Cash in savings accounts consistently offers returns lower than inflation - thus eroding savings - but investors remain unaware of the realities. Wealth managers must remind clients that equities offer the best long-term protection against inflation.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 2015
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Collaboration key in the mobile wallet wars

In most countries, banks, telcos, and online providers are fighting for a piece of the mobile wallet space. However, in Turkey and New Zealand competing players have banded together to establish a national mobile wallet scheme.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jul 2015
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IPT rise to cost insurers additional £1.5bn

UK Chancellor George Obsorne's latest budget speech announced that the insurance premium tax (IPT) rate will see a 3.5% hike, creating a new challenge for insurers battling to maintain margins in a highly competitive space.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jul 2015
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Travel insurers should embrace the aging population

Insurers that set age restrictions on the eligibility for their travel insurance products are missing out on a growing and increasingly important market segment.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jul 2015

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