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Westpac engages mobile users with augmented reality

From September 2014, Westpac's mobile app users will be able to view account information just by holding their bank card in front of their smartphone's camera. This technology could make financial management much more engaging for consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Aug 2014
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Mortgages are not all about price

The recent move among Australia's big banks to drop interest rates highlights the increased competition in the mortgage market. However, price isn't everything, and providers should not lose sight of factors such as brand image and customer service.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jul 2014
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Coles to strike gold in personal loans

Australian supermarket Coles is planning to include personal loans within its financial range as of 2015, alongside its insurance and credit card offerings. With its strong brand and huge customer base, Coles should be a formidable competitor.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jul 2014
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Australian parliament approves carbon tax cut

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot has finally actioned his election promise to cut the country's carbon tax imposed by the previous Labor government in 2012. Yet the tax repeal seems counterproductive to Australia's commitment to cutting its carbon emissions by 5% from 2000 levels by 2020, and could potentially lead to an insurmountable challenge in six years' time.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2014
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Lack of trust the greatest barrier to advice

Following the defeat of the FoFA disallowance motion in Australia, establishing trust in the advisor-client relationship is becoming more important than ever.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jul 2014
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Westpac branches have high-value potential

As its competitors have continued to slash branch numbers, Westpac maintains its extensive bank network. Yet a shift in product focus might provide Westpac with the return on investment that other banks are shunning.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jul 2014
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Australian banks must leverage Big Data

In recent years, competition among Australian deposit-taking institutions has largely centered on savings products. However, providers are now focusing on transaction accounts, with cross-selling and Big Data strategies more important than ever.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jun 2014
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More creativity required to net MFI relationships

Transaction accounts that reward continued regular activity can capture critical main financial institution (MFI) relationships.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jun 2014
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First-home buyers in Australia at risk

With first-home buyer activity in Australia at a record low, now is not the time to scrap First Home Saver Accounts.

Published By Datamonitor
21 May 2014
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Australia's FATCA deal offers no competitive advantage

The FATCA intergovernmental agreement (IGA) will ensure continued Australian access to US financial markets, but it confers no real competitive bonus for the domestic financial sector.

Published By Datamonitor
02 May 2014

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