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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 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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ATM outsourcing: a viable option for struggling banks

In the current economic environment, banks should carefully analyze the current and future total cost of ownership of their technology assets, and evaluate the outsourcing alternative. With a widespread lack of capital for costly upfront investments, renting ATM hardware and associated services becomes an attractive, and in some cases the only feasible, option to struggling banks.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Apr 2009
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Banco Sabadell using cash to push mobile payments

Banco Sabadell's Instant Money service highlights a growing trend among banks looking to use ATM cash withdrawals as a means of promoting mobile payments. However, getting the balance right between convenience and security is key to success.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jun 2013
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Bank of America Merrill Lynch: strategic refocus may be necessary but risks alienating clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is circling its wagons, limiting its geographic footprint and focusing on higher-margin clients. This is a risky strategy that is unlikely to win hearts and minds among affluent clients.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jan 2012
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ResearchWire

Banking IT compliance: MiFID spend tops $100 million

Published By Datamonitor
22 Sep 2006

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