Opinion on Financial Services in South and Central America

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Amazon Local Register: a gateway to omni-channel retailing

The new Amazon Local Register is a strategic move by Amazon to boost its merchant offering and ensure its long-term commercial relevance. Crucially, it signals that mobile point of sale (mPOS) is a potentially lucrative gateway to omni-channel retailing.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Aug 2014
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Amazon vies for online checkout dominance

Amazon has launched a new online payments service, Login and Pay with Amazon. Although the service is well placed to go head-to-head with digital wallet newcomers Visa and MasterCard, competing with the likes of PayPal will not be an easy feat.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Oct 2013
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Amex launches Twitter payments

American Express has extended its Sync service with social media site Twitter to allow users to pay for purchases using special hashtags. Although unlikely to remain anything but a niche offering, Amex's move is focused more on its traditional space of consumer targeting and reward programs.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Feb 2013
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Amex to restructure business with a renewed focus on digital

American Express's plan to restructure its business - chiefly its corporate travel unit - is a defensive move by the payment provider to align itself with the growing consumer preference for technology-based services. The move also reinforces wider company developments, shedding some light on American Express's long-term strategy.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jan 2013
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An opportunity in Brazil: local hedge funds

The average Brazilian HNW investment portfolio has almost a quarter of its funds in alternative investments, with the popularity of the local hedge fund market a major motivation. The funds are more strongly regulated than their European equivalents and demand greater regulatory compliance, but this burden should not discourage foreign firms, given the demand for such products.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Nov 2012
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Apple announces the upcoming launch of its Passbook digital wallet

Apple recently announced that its first digital wallet service, Passbook, will launch alongside iOS6 in the autumn of 2012. The system does not yet support payments and is not NFC-based, but Passbook is likely to be a major milestone in the development of mobile payments.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jun 2012
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Apple Pay won't popularize NFC overnight

Apple's highly anticipated entry into the NFC market strengthens the case for the technology, but full-scale adoption remains unlikely in the short term.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Sep 2014
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Apple takes a different path to quietly enter the world of mobile payments

The launch of the iPhone 5 reconfirms Apple's strategy to rule the global mobile payments space by focusing on what it will take for consumers to shift their payment behavior in future. The iPhone 5 from a payments point of view is essentially only skinnier and faster, notably with no NFC functionality, but its Passbook features in iOS 6 hold the most likely indicator of its long-term intentions.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Sep 2012
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Apple to take a bite out of the m-payments market

Apple has so far been conspicuous by its absence in the digital wallet market, but two recent patents seem to herald its intention to finally break into this space.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jun 2013
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Asset management firms turn to technology to cope with ever-changing financial landscape

As the asset management industry experiences significant change, firms are turning to technology to reinvent and differentiate themselves. Outsourcing fund marketing functions is growing in popularity, while online issuance is developing as an effective distribution channel. Indeed, global asset management spend on front office technology is expected to top $3.4 billion by 2012.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Nov 2007

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