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IndusInd Bank brings branches in-home

IndusInd Bank's new video branch service increases the range of communication options available to its customers, and signals a future far less dependent on physical networks.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Aug 2014
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UBS Advice will be a hit in Taiwan

UBS has announced that it has extended its UBS Advice package to Taiwan. The service will prove popular in the country, where HNW investors overwhelmingly favor advisory asset management.

Published By Datamonitor
12 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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Singapore moves to protect investors

The Monetary Authority of Singapore has released a consultation paper on proposals to improve investor protection, which will strengthen confidence in the market over the long term.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jul 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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ASEAN banking scene takes shape

Malaysian banking groups CIMB, RHB Capital, and the Malaysian Banking Society are confirmed to be in three-way merger talks. The combined bank would be the largest player in Malaysia, eclipsing Maybank, the current market leader.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jul 2014

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