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Clarity is key for Barclays overdrafts

Barclays' decision to make its UK overdraft charges more straightforward will promote a greater sense of openness and trust in the bank, despite arguably leading to higher charges in many cases.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2014
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Who said insurance can't be innovative?

The birth of a new type of insurance is a rare occurrence within the UK market. Yet insurers abroad are developing ever more niche offerings, with China in particular setting an example as to how insurance can be innovative.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jun 2014
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Barclaycard adds wearables to contactless roster

Barclaycard's plan to roll out "bPay band" is a strategic move by the bank to capitalize on the rising ownership and awareness of contactless payment cards in the UK. However, making it a mainstream payment tool will be challenging.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jun 2014
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PLA Innovation of the Week: beat the summer heat with a new freezer snack from South Korea

Beating the summer heat usually means cold drinks or ice cream, but what if a snack could cool you down? That is the proposition with Nongshim's corn snack in a new ice corn flavor. This puffed corn snack is intended to be placed in the freezer 20 minutes before consumption. New in South Korea, it is the Datamonitor Consumer Product Launch Analytics innovation of the week.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jun 2014
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HSBC Wealth takes punt on Aberdeen

As HSBC makes a move into the oil capital of the UK - Aberdeen - the question over Scottish independence doesn't seem to have put off the wealth manager.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jun 2014
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Cyber the buzzword at AIRMIC

Never far from conversation at the 2014 AIRMIC Conference was the topic of cyber risk. Challenges remain in building fit-for-purpose cyber cover and helping businesses conceptualize their need for it.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jun 2014
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HSBC signals change on packaged accounts

HSBC has become the latest in a succession of UK banks to revisit its packaged bank account proposition, as complaints about these accounts continue to multiply at a faster rate than for any other financial product.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jun 2014
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Turkey's power consumption to grow at rapid pace

Turkey's power consumption will continue to grow over the coming decade. Industrial sector energy usage is projected to be the primary factor behind the country's strong demand, with residential and commercial markets also following a similar positive trajectory.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jun 2014
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Can offering functional food and drinks by subscription make them more accessible?

In the US, 81% of people aged over 15 say that they take vitamins, minerals, and/or other food supplements at least a few times a year, compared to 66% who claim to eat foods that deliver a specific health benefit, One concept that might help to break supplements' hold on the market is offering functional food and drinks by subscription.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jun 2014
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Mashreq's innovative boost to mobile banking

In the UAE Mashreq Bank has made it even more attractive for customers to use mobile banking by offering a desirable incentive and removing some of the friction.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jun 2014

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