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Apple Pay may grow better in UK

Apple Pay is reportedly aiming to expand to the UK in 2015. This may seem ambitious given it is still far from establishing a prominent position in the US, yet the UK will offer more favorable conditions for contactless payments.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jan 2015
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Moven uses smartwatches to further its ambitions

Moven's launch of a smartwatch version of its personal financial management (PFM) app marks the latest step in its quest to expand its reach and become a leading provider of added-value financial solutions for consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jan 2015
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Kinship networks: new collateral for the unbanked?

According to the World Bank, 2.5 billion of the world's population are without a bank account, representing a sizable untapped segment. However, servicing the unique needs of the unbanked in a cost-effective manner remains the key obstacle to expansion.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jan 2015
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Insurers should take a leaf out of American books

American insurers are using apps to get home owners engaged with managing their home contents insurance - a lesson that UK insurers should take heed of.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jan 2015
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Ignore crowdfunding at your peril

The UK Alternative Finance Industry Report 2014 by Cambridge University and innovation-focused charity Nesta questions the notion that crowdfunding is largely a social enterprise supported by low-value investments.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jan 2015
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PLA Innovation of the Week: a new deodorant that may be smarter than you are

New ClickStick electric deodorant is the world's first "smart deodorant." Dispensing gel deodorant with the click of a button, ClickStick has a mobile app that calculates the right amount of deodorant needed - based on your personal needs and activity level - and offers a way to order refills. New in the US, it is the Datamonitor Consumer Product Launch Analytics innovation of the week.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Dec 2014
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Desire for reward and luxury protects premium food and drink sales from Japanese tax increase

Japan has seen negative GDP growth for two consecutive quarters after the state consumption tax increased from 5% to 8% in April 2014, indicating a recession. The tax has no exceptions by product/service category, so the FMCG market has been affected. Despite the slowdown, a keyword that has emerged is "premium," with sales of such products showing resilience and in some cases growth.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Dec 2014
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Nuclear and hydro will remain key to Sweden's energy future

Sweden's domestic energy production is one of the most carbon-friendly in the world. Conventional thermal energy accounts for only 2% of its energy production, while 98% comes from renewable energy, hydro, and nuclear power sources as of 2014. Hydro and nuclear power will produce 133.5TWh of energy by the end of 2014.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Dec 2014
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Russian HNW hungry for property

As economic conditions worsen, Russian HNW clients are requiring more than traditional investment knowledge from their wealth managers. Credit, mortgage, and property support is becoming increasingly important as a safe means of investing wealth.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Dec 2014
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The rapid rise of the beauty advent calendar

Traditionally, advent calendars have been associated with the confectionery space and have often been targeted at younger consumers. However, this concept is expanding as innovation concepts traditionally found in food and drink migrate into the personal care space. Advent calendars within the beauty space are now gaining rapid traction as a seasonal "must-have" for consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Dec 2014

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