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Australia's financial hub status depends on fintech

If Australia is ever to secure a position as the preeminent financial center in Asia Pacific, it will need to build up a robust fintech environment. Technical innovation is fast becoming a crucial part of the global financial ecosystem.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Apr 2015
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Coutts International not the last European retreat

The long-heralded sale of Coutts' international private wealth management arm is the latest in a string of Western retreats from global markets, and Coutts is certainly not the last European player set to divest.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Apr 2015
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Let's get slim: mini-can packaging invigorates soft drinks and beer

Bigger is better, until it isn't. Just ask former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. While Bloomberg's effort to curb beverage serving size inflation and fight obesity by banning large soft drink servings in New York City fell flat, portion sizes are beginning to shrink on their own as soft drink and beer manufacturers warm up to miniature and slim cans and bottles.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Apr 2015
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BitPesa highlights specialization trend in P2P

BitPesa shows how new technology is enabling small companies to build specialized payments services that will disrupt the generalist incumbents.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Apr 2015
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Informal financial services key to unbanked penetration

Success in the unbanked landscape requires shredding formal notions of financial services and instead undertaking extensive due diligence on informal lending, borrowing, and transfer services.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Apr 2015
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Charles Schwab's robo offering not for HNW investors

Schwab Intelligent Portfolios took just three weeks to attract over $500m in client assets. The US giant's entrance into the robo-advisor space will further accelerate the growing popularity of these services, but not necessarily among HNW investors.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Apr 2015
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Packaging Innovation of the Month: plant your shampoo bottle and watch a tree grow

The use of "natural" ingredients and plant extracts in personal care product formulations may be commonplace nowadays, but incorporating actual plant material into the packaging of such products is an altogether different matter and still relatively unusual in this sector.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Apr 2015
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UK the top destination for HNW expats

The UK is the number one destination for HNW expats, according to "The Wealth Report 2015" by Knight Frank. Wealth managers must emphasize their global reach and expertise in order to tap into this lucrative yet niche market.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Apr 2015
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Threat to niche motor market as Gibraltar's insurers consider exit

Under pressure from incoming Solvency II rules, a number of Gibraltar-based firms are reportedly in danger of entering run-off. Home to several niche motor insurers, the resulting consolidation and market exits may harden the non-standard segment.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Apr 2015
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PLA Innovation of the Week: rare sugar cracks a new category with a novel salad dressing from Japan

Virtually unknown in the West, rare sugar has become something of a sensation in Japan. McCormick salad dressing is the first salad dressing to use a rare sugar - one with 70% of the sweetness of sugar but far fewer calories - as an ingredient. New in Japan, this product is the Datamonitor Consumer Product Launch Analytics innovation of the week.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Apr 2015

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