Opinion on Financial Services in Spain

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Banco Sabadell using cash to push mobile payments

Banco Sabadell's Instant Money service highlights a growing trend among banks looking to use ATM cash withdrawals as a means of promoting mobile payments. However, getting the balance right between convenience and security is key to success.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jun 2013
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Sabadell mops up retrenchment fallout

As retrenchment sweeps across the finance sector, Banco Sabadell stands out. Recent acquisitions in Spain and the US will benefit from the bank's past acquisition integration success and strengthen its international banking presence.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jun 2013
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The pain in private banking Spain

Lloyds Banking Group has decided to sell its loss-making Spanish retail and private banking units to Banco Sabadell. While some banks like Sabadell are seeing an opportunity to expand, others are undergoing major retail business restructures that are affecting private banking divisions. This has implications for market competition, private banking employment, and the wider onshore wealth market.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Apr 2013
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Spain's unstoppable decline

Spain's savings and investment market is headed for the fourth straight year of decline. Its appalling economic performance, stagnating wages, and high unemployment are all impacting the market and will hinder any real recovery for at least another three years. To make things worse, Spain could easily be the next victim of a Cyprus-style scenario, further intensifying the problems in the market.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Mar 2013
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Bankinter: cloud NFC a big blow to telcos

Bankinter's plans to launch a mobile payments service that bypasses the need for a handset's secure element highlights a major shift in the market dynamics for mobile NFC payments. Despite Bankinter's activities being heavily concentrated in Spain, its plans spell bad news for telcos and smartphone manufacturers globally, as this approach would remove them from the NFC value chain.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Mar 2013
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India climbs into the top 10 wealth markets list

The global wealth market declined in 2011 after two years of robust recovery, with the eurozone sovereign crisis, natural calamities, and stock market volatility taking their toll. Uncertainty about the future of the euro and the worsening of the sovereign crisis in Europe are predicted to cause continuing problems, but many emerging markets are expected to continue marching ahead.

Published By Datamonitor
29 May 2012
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Ireland's wealth market to outperform the rest of the PIIGS

The wealth markets in Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain (PIIGS) are among the worst performers at a global level, highlighting the difficulties faced by some of the traditional wealth markets. Western Europe as a whole has performed poorly in recent years, and the outlook up to 2015 is now even bleaker, with downward developments looking increasingly likely.

Published By Datamonitor
25 May 2012
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Spanish banking: external evaluation is finally on the cards

The latest round of bank reform in Spain has seen a u-turn on the pledge not to use any more public funds to support the sector, the resignation of a top banker, and an increase in the provisioning for non-toxic loans. However, most importantly, the Ministry of Economy and Finance has decreed that the banks must undergo evaluations from at least two external "recognized industry experts."

Published By Datamonitor
18 May 2012
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A Spanish offshore tax amnesty will have to be very lenient to encourage uptake

As part of Spain's tough new austerity package, the government has announced plans to launch an offshore tax amnesty. Such amnesties have been highly successful in other Western European countries such as the UK and Italy, but Spain will have to work hard to encourage wealthy individuals back into the struggling domestic banking sector.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2012
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Online commerce: creating opportunities for new type of cooperation in combating fraud

The growth in online commerce is creating opportunities for fraudsters and this in turn calls for a new type of cooperation between consumers, merchants, and card-issuing banks. For banks, this means that educating the customer and the merchant is becoming as important as directly targeting compromised accounts, particularly given the magnitude of recent security breaches in the industry.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Aug 2011

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