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PayPal returns to its online roots

PayPal's recently launched Log In with PayPal platform allows consumers to use their PayPal credentials to log in to merchant websites and complete the checkout process without needing to enter personal or payment information. The service focuses on mobile internet, a popular and growing market, and is likely to prove more successful than PayPal's previous forays into mobile POS payments.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2013
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Skoda's ambitious sales targets are no joke

Skoda has announced that it will add a second SUV to its line-up and build new Chinese production capacity as part of its plans to boost global sales by 50% over the next few years. This is a potentially risky strategy, as a disappointing recent performance by the Chinese economy could result in the brand suffering from some of the oversupply issues that are affecting other volume manufacturers.

Published By Datamonitor
07 May 2013
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Record liquefied natural gas production, but downstream activities are being neglected

LNG production and exploration has increased significantly since 2010, with the top five global fuel retailers making it a major part of their future strategies. These companies have focused on upstream production of LNG, but are neglecting the retail distribution infrastructure and the relative lack of vehicle manufacturers that make natural-gas-powered vehicles.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Apr 2013
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Oil prices heading down to new range

Brent crude oil prices - still important as the basis for pricing in the global energy system - are moving below $100 a barrel as a slide that began on April 1, 2013 gathers momentum. Datamonitor Energy believes that we are seeing a decisive move downward, not a temporary blip.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Apr 2013
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Wells Fargo branches: less is more

Wells Fargo is launching a smaller mini-branch format that will allow it to operate in areas where normally sized branches are unviable. Reducing branch size will result in significantly lower operating costs. This means that banks can continue to keep branches - still a vital acquisition tool - despite the continuing migration of customers to digital channels.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2013
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UBS Brazil: crunch time

UBS finally received a banking license and approval to take over Link Investimentos in early 2013 after an arduous two year wait. Now sources at the bank suggest it is cutting non-wealth management staff. 2013 is becoming a crunch year for UBS to cement its local presence.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2013
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Vehicle recall could prove damaging to Japanese automakers

Up to 3.4 million Japanese-made cars will be recalled worldwide by Toyota, Honda, Mazda, and Nissan over faulty airbags. Toyota is the hardest hit, being poised to recall 1.73 million cars. The firms have declined to reveal the financial cost of the move, but reputational damage - including loss of consumer confidence and sales declines - may be more significant than any monetary loss.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Apr 2013
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Growing savings by acting on impulse

Banks need to offer an impulse saving service to foster a savings habit among customers who find it difficult to put money aside. This will help to grow the deposit base as well as assuaging negative perceptions regarding the ability to save.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Apr 2013
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FATCA: UK follows in US's footsteps

The Cayman Islands has announced that it will implement a FATCA Model 1 intergovernmental agreement with the US and that it will seek similar automatic exchanges of information with the UK. The announcement marks the latest major offshore jurisdiction to enter into a FATCA agreement with the US and, unsurprisingly, also with the UK.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Apr 2013
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Split strategies in the savings market

Consumers with small savings balances prize ease of access whereas consumers with large balances focus on interest rate. This requires banks to segment and market their savings proposition in terms of either rate or ease of access.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Apr 2013

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