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eftpos can only rival PayPal on price

For 30 years eftpos has dominated the Australian debit transaction market, but it now hopes to compete with PayPal in the online payment space as well. Regardless of its strong brand in Australia, eftpos will only succeed if the price is right.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Sep 2014
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Australian banks must maximize branch efficiency

Rather than closing branches, Australian banks should reduce the size of existing branches and focus on sales of higher value products, as online banking has taken over as the main transaction channel for consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Sep 2014
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St.George fingerprint login will boost mobile banking

St.George Bank's decision to adopt fingerprint login technology for its iPhone app will address security concerns around mobile banking, as well as increasing the ease of use associated with this channel.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Aug 2014
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Australian banks must develop mass affluent programs

The Australian market is ripe for mass affluent banking programs, but authorized deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) have been slow to offer joined up solutions. ADIs will need to do better if they want to be their customers' investment manager as well as their credit card provider.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Aug 2014
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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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