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US saving culture: the source of all problems?

Datamonitor's Financial Services Consumer Insights survey shows that the fundamental weakness in US savings behavior is a crucial driver of global imbalances. Despite the G20's intention to address the issue of imbalances in the world economy, US saving behavior must see a marked change if global imbalances are to be corrected and the $100 billion US current account deficit is to be paid back.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2009
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MicroSD-led NFC products may do more harm than good

DeviceFidelity's launch of an NFC-enabling cover for the iPhone follows hot on the heels of other developments to convert mobile handsets into contactless form factors. Given the sensitivity surrounding the NFC business model, this will provide added impetus for acquirers to build contactless acceptance but risks alienating mobile operators from future discussions around mobile payments.

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2010
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Visa enters new territory in the online payments sector with V.me

Visa has announced the launch of a new digital wallet, V.me, to compete directly with PayPal in the online payments sector. The digital wallet allows consumers to link their existing payment tools and make online transactions without having to reveal their card payment details to the merchant. Due to launch in early 2012, V.me will allow Visa to explore new territory as a digital wallet provider.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Dec 2011
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Banorte targets the underbanked in Mexico using its new mobile-based program

Mexican bank Banorte has announced plans to launch a mobile-based financial services program aimed at consumers currently without access to banking services in the country. The scheme will combine a deposit account with the bank alongside a MasterCard debit card, and can be opened online. Other features include the ability to send funds from one account to another using only a mobile phone.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jan 2012
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Brazil's state-owned banks bring down the cost of credit

Banco do Brasil and Caixa Economica Federal have announced that they will be lowering the cost of credit for consumers in Brazil. The government-driven move should finally provide ordinary consumers with the chance to make full use of credit cards in a country that is famous for its high APRs.

Published By Datamonitor
18 May 2012
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Providers are delivering personalized marketing by using social media

Consumers are showing an increasing appetite for receiving suitable marketing material on social media. Indeed, suitable is the operative word, with providers using customers' social profiles to learn more about their likes and interests to tailor their marketing to individual customers.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Sep 2012
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Virtual currencies are on the radar of central banks, but regulations remain a long way off

The European Central Bank recently released its first study looking at the nature and impact of emerging virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, Linden Dollars, and World of Warcraft Gold. While these currencies have grown strongly in recent years, in some instances resulting in extremely large virtual economies, they are likely to remain outside regulatory control.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Nov 2012
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Mass affluent offshore investment is led by expats

Mass affluents and HNWs display similar behavior in terms of the percentage of their investible assets they allocate offshore. However, the drivers behind these investments are very different. Mass affluent investors are often expats sending assets to their home country, while HNWs, on the other hand, are more motivated by tax efficiency and client anonymity.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Dec 2012
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Mobile POS: not just for rich countries

ABSA and Bank of America have both recently launched mobile POS services allowing small business customers to accept card payments using a smartphone. These rollouts in two very different markets highlight the growing popularity of mobile POS devices. Datamonitor research suggests that the opportunities for mobile POS are strongest in developing countries.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Dec 2012
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Packaged accounts are key to rebuilding global banking revenues

By offering added-value packaged accounts in return for higher monthly fees, banks can counter the decline in their core sources of revenue.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2012

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