Opinion on Financial Services in South and Central America

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CommentWire
CommentWire

Emerging markets: Wall Street backs the samba boys

Wall Street fears that a Brazil defeat in tomorrow's England soccer match could destabilize the country's volatile stock markets and weaken the right wing government's electoral chances. The US is largely unmoved by soccer - but if Brazil were to follow Argentina into meltdown, this would seriously affect American financial interests.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jun 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Tax havens: the loopholes disappear

Many wealthy UK citizens currently place money offshore in order to keep it secret and avoid tax. The European Savings and Tax Initiative will make this more difficult, and result in a decline in the amount of UK money held offshore. Fully compliant territories are forecast to lose more than half of the offshore funds and deposits invested by EU citizens.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Mar 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

HSBC: the world's local bank

HSBC's [HSBA.L] acquisition of the Bank of Bermuda will increase the company's client base and strengthen its Private Banking business in the area. However, the group will need to ensure that any changes it makes do not dissatisfy Bank of Bermuda's loyal customers, who may be wary of HSBC's scale.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Oct 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Lloyds TSB: looking at some home improvements

After several disposals in the last year, Lloyds TSB's [LLOY.L] Argentine sale would be yet more evidence of its decision to focus on its core UK market. While cutting back in countries where the bank has limited potential makes sense, Lloyds TSB should not necessarily expect an easy time in its home market.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jul 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Alea Group: time to sell up?

Following Standard & Poor's decision to downgrade the specialist insurer and reinsurer Alea from A- to BBB+, it is questionable whether the group can continue to meet its obligations, particularly if trading conditions were to worsen. The effects of Hurricane Katrina will do little to ameliorate the climate for insurers, and the company may yet be forced to put itself up for sale.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Sep 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Royal & SunAlliance: securing itself a place in the sun

The acquisition of Cruz del Sur enables Royal & SunAlliance to increase its market share in Chile from 6.4% to 22%, making it the market leader. This deal only serves to strengthen its position in Latin America where it already has substantial operations.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Oct 2005
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

Offshore fund management: retail investors account for just over half of assets

Published By Datamonitor
01 Feb 2006
Expert View
Expert View

Forecourts set to benefit from $724 billion contactless payment market

The potential value of the global contactless payments market is estimated at $724 billion. These payments are gaining momentum in the US and Asia-Pacific, and developments in Europe are imminent. Furthermore, the speed of the technology's development - from early trials in 2002 to full commercial launches in 2005 - shows the strength of the proposition to issuers, merchants and consumers alike.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jun 2006
Expert View
Expert View

The future of online

The role of online technologies has evolved from supporting primarily the sales process to supporting all phases of the customer lifecycle, from customer acquisition to fostering long-term customer loyalty. Understanding how online channels are evolving, and how customer expectations are changing in tandem is, therefore, essential.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Aug 2006
Expert View
Expert View

Think big for cashless payments

The concept of cashless transactions appeals to consumers and suppliers alike. It reduces the overheads of handling cash, cuts down on the risk of theft, and the inconvenience of having to find the right amount of change for a vending or car park machine. However, there are a few things that every organization should know about cashless payments before committing to such a scheme.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2006

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