Opinion on Financial Services in South and Central America

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Government and private sector to benefit from prepaid cards

The prepaid card market has already defined a place for itself within the payment card industry, but players in this market must continue to concentrate on marketing their products and make them more easily accessible in order for prepaid cards to succeed and reach their full potential, in both the private and public sectors.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2007
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Green IT initiatives are not insurers' top priority

The insurance industry, perhaps more than any other sector, has the most to lose - and gain - from global climate change. In spite of this, a recent Datamonitor survey has found that few insurers operate their IT departments with the environment in mind. This does not mean, however, that insurers are not actively and positively affecting today's most challenging environmental issues.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jul 2008
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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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Hedge funds poised to register headline returns, but are investors getting bang for their buck?

With recent data from Hedge Fund Research showing that the industry was up 18.81% to November 24, 2009, a return of just 0.63% between now and December 31 would mark the best yield in a decade. However, with other investment vehicles also performing well, hedge fund managers must now justify their fees and show that they have the expertise worthy of their prestige and remuneration packages.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Dec 2009
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Hedge funds turn to technology

Traditionally, IT vendors have had limited scope to service the lucrative world of hedge funds, but increasing exposure and regulation are forcing this industry's participants to look to technology to ease some of their pain points. Opportunities for IT vendors are not restricted to the hedge funds industry alone but extend to service providers such as prime brokers and fund administrators.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2006
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HNW investors want in on advice

The HNW investor does not have the same profile as five years ago, and firms most capable of adapting their service to embrace these new traits are most likely to be successful. 2013 will see the HNW client meeting change from a one-way conversation to a two-way interaction, satisfying both the increased focus on the cost of advice and the heightened involvement desires of HNW customers.

Published By Datamonitor
14 May 2013
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HNW NRIs: lucrative but competitive

Its large size makes the high net worth (HNW) non-resident Indian (NRI) market an attractive target, but wealth managers looking to exploit this opportunity have to expect fierce competition, making a differentiated strategy critical.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Mar 2014
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HNW offshore investment: it's not just about tax

Tax efficiency and the availability of better investment options overseas are the top two drivers of HNW offshore investment globally. With growing regulatory pressure on offshore centers, the appeal of investing offshore for tax purposes alone is set to become increasingly limited. Wealth managers need to understand other key drivers for offshore investment and target their offerings accordingly.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Dec 2012
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HNWs start spending again, or is it investing?

Tiffany has joined other luxury goods companies in declaring an improved performance in the last quarter of 2009. However, this apparent evidence that HNWs are beginning to feel more confident in the economy may in fact be more accurately attributed to investments in tangibles.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Mar 2010
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HSBC in talks to sell its retail and wealth units in Mauritius

HSBC has been in talks concerning a possible sale of its retail banking and wealth management business in Mauritius. However, the lender said that it will remain in the country through its investment banking and commercial units. Discussions are still ongoing, and no definitive plan has been confirmed. Such a divestment would highlight HSBC's commitment to "right sizing" its global presence.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Apr 2012

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