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Insurance distribution changing in Europe

Price comparison sites have changed the way consumers research and buy insurance products in the UK, and a similar pattern is underway across Europe. This will mainly affect tied agents, who will need to adapt or miss out.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jul 2014
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The expansion of frozen yogurt franchises

Frozen yogurt franchises are spreading worldwide. This trend began in the US, where two young men opened a store in 2005, called Pinkberry. This company now has almost 250 stores and is present in 19 countries on four continents. It spread to the UK, and frozen yogurt bars are now expanding across the country, with names such as Yoomoo, Tutti Frutti, Samba Swirl, Moosh, Yogland Yuforia, and Snog.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jul 2014
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Switzerland still key for wealth managers?

Leumi's recent sale of its Swiss operations casts doubt on the need to have a wealth presence in Switzerland. With secrecy eroding and compliance costs rising, the wealth hub is losing its prestigious appeal.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2014
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UK smart meters will soon be indispensable

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced that 98,600 smart meters were installed in households in the first quarter of 2014, a marginal increase from the 95,300 installed in Q4 2013. It is likely that we will see more than 100,000 installations in the second quarter of 2014 to take the total number of smart meters in UK domestic properties to approximately 450,000.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2014
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Digital vital to capturing youth market

A digital strategy is essential to making inroads into the youth market. Banks need to focus on using new communication channels and social media to engage with teenagers.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2014
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Metro Bank shifts customer expectations

Metro Bank is demonstrating how it uses customer demand to drive innovation. Its newly launched mobile app enables its customers to relax in the event of a lost or stolen card. The move will also lead to an overall shift in consumer demand.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2014
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P2P payments a big boost for SnapChat

SnapChat's trademark filings signal the company is looking to facilitate fund transfers via its instant messaging service. SnapChat is tapping into the rising popularity of mobile payment services ahead of competitors.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jul 2014
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Zurich sets ambitious SME target

With its new e-trading broker platform Zurich's declared intention is to take a 10% share of the SME market. However, it has a number of challenges to overcome first.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jul 2014
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LevelUp's iBeacon support a strong first step

LevelUp's move to incorporate Apple's iBeacon technology into its service offering highlights a growing trend among payment technology providers looking to promote the use of BLE technology and location-based offers among merchants.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jul 2014
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Wonga aiming for lower profits?

After much criticism, Wonga has finally shown willingness to amend its business practices in a bid to step away from its position as the industry's punching bag. And the changes are coming from Wonga rather than being enforced by regulators.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jul 2014

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