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Halifax removes friction from account switching

Halifax has added the ability to populate current account switching forms with debit card data captured with smartphone cameras. This enhancement will strengthen - albeit marginally - Halifax's already strong showing in the switching market.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jul 2015
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HSBC should look to robo-advice and gamification

While HSBC has created a successfully targeted product and campaign for affluent consumers with its Advance account, taking steps to "gamify" the application process and offering automated investment support would give it a further, innovative edge.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jul 2015
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Lloyds' eligibility tracker shows wider promise

Lloyds Banking Group has launched a new tool that checks the eligibility of current account applicants without affecting their credit score. The tool removes another barrier to switching, but also shows promise as a digital acquisition platform.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jul 2015
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UK pension freedom highlights the advice gap

UK citizens have been taking advantage of greater access to their pension pots, following new rules that came into force in April. The unanswered question is: what will happen with the money that has been "liberated?"

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jul 2015
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Banks' retreat will impact household insurance distribution

As banks pull back from the household insurance space and orientate their activity more towards core services, the distribution landscape will shift accordingly.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jul 2015
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Admiral deal signals evolution of telematics

Admiral's new telematics partnership with Redtail illustrates how telematics offerings are becoming more sophisticated and - perhaps more importantly - that insurers are increasingly looking to harness the Big Data they have access to.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jul 2015
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Tide turns against buy-to-let mortgages

Buy-to-let lending has been the main engine of growth in the UK mortgage market in recent years. However, the 2015 Budget set out changes to the tax relief these mortgages enjoy. This will cut demand and harm growth prospects for specialist lenders.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jul 2015
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IPT rise to cost insurers additional £1.5bn

UK Chancellor George Obsorne's latest budget speech announced that the insurance premium tax (IPT) rate will see a 3.5% hike, creating a new challenge for insurers battling to maintain margins in a highly competitive space.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jul 2015
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Travel insurers should embrace the aging population

Insurers that set age restrictions on the eligibility for their travel insurance products are missing out on a growing and increasingly important market segment.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jul 2015
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Accelerating competition though digital banks?

The digitization of financial services is making it easier for new banks to enter the market. However, the challenge for the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) is to create the conditions that will allow all banks to compete fairly.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jul 2015

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