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Barclays: life insurers must bank on new opportunities

Barclays [BARC.L] has announced that it is to sign multi-tie deals with a range of major insurers, giving the first indications of which providers will be the winners and losers in the new depolarized bancassurance market. Life insurers would do well to capitalize on this opportunity - at a time of significant upheaval in the industry, those that do not could regret missing out.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Mar 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Barclays: launching private banking business in India

UK bank Barclays plans to open its private banking business in India during the last quarter of 2008. The new services will target high net-worth and ultra high net-worth individuals at the top-end of the wealth market. Barclays is likely to succeed in its venture as local wealth grows rapidly and the bank builds up a highly experienced wealth management team.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Sep 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Barclays: Internet scam victim

Consumers are repeatedly warned to keep their bank security details secret. Yet these warnings have failed to stop a number of Barclays [BARC.L] customers from falling foul of an Internet scam. Security breaches like this damage consumer faith in Internet banking services.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Sep 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Barclays: going for gold

Barclays is launching a risk-free investment product linked to the price of gold. It is targeted at premium customers who have become nervous of investment risk as it guarantees return of the initial investment. This form of investment does also mean capped upsizing but, in the current market, investors are more inclined to play it safe than gamble.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
20 Mar 2003
Expert View
Expert View

Barclays: giving out mixed signals

Although Barclays has reported profits of GBP826 million in the first quarter of 2009, increased impairment charges and write-downs on its loan book accompanied this strong performance. Despite trumpeting its impressive results, Barclays is looking to sell off key assets, suggesting that all is not well at the bank.

Published By Datamonitor
18 May 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Barclays: French wealth deal could be glittering prize

Barclays [BARC.L] has entered into exclusive talks to buy two French wealth management operations from ING. The deal would be a natural extension of both groups' corporate strategies. It also provides Barclays with a rare acquisition opportunity that will make it a leading foreign player in the large but tightly held French private banking market.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jan 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Barclays: follow the bear

Barclays is set to axe 10% of its private banking staff. The causes are clear enough, and as stock markets plunge, Barclays is unlikely to be the last private bank forced into a rearguard action on costs.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Barclays: eyeing further growth after profits boost

Improving economic conditions and strong performances at Barclaycard and Barclays Capital helped Barclays' [BARC.L] strong 2003 results. The bank has held exploratory talks with US credit group Providian [PVN] with a view to beefing up its global credit card business and expanding into the North American market. Barclays looks keen to supplement organic growth with strategic acquisitions in 2004.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Feb 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Barclays: expensive comments

Matt Barrett, chief executive of Barclays [BARC.L], has been in the news since saying that he does not borrow on credit cards because they are too expensive. However, the broad availability of credit in the UK is arguably one of the market's more commendable features and the consequent price differentiation should not be highlighted as a flaw.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Oct 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Barclays: expansion to kick-start rival mergers

Barclays' takeover of Spanish Banco Zaragozano for E1.1 billion will significantly strengthen its position in the Spanish market. This move has sparked discussions over further pan-European mergers and acquisition activities in the banking sector.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
09 May 2003

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