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Barclays / Wells Fargo: breaking banking barriers

Recent press reports suggest that UK bank Barclays [BARC.L] and US-based Wells Fargo [WFC] are in merger talks. A tie-up between the two would create the world's fourth largest bank, however many observers believe that a deal remains unlikely. Nonetheless, it cannot be denied that we are entering a new era of international banking.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jan 2005
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Barclays Wealth: ahead of the emotional curve

Barclays Wealth has been using behavioral finance theory for four years in an attempt to understand the potential impact of investors' tendency to make irrational investment decisions. According to the company's vice president of private banking, the market leading insight that this practice provides has given it an edge over rivals and, in Aberdeen, led to a significant upturn in 2010 revenues.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Feb 2011
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Barclays Wealth: expanding headcount as it looks to become a top five player

Barclays Wealth has become one of the first wealth managers to launch a big hiring program in the wake of the financial crisis, announcing that over the next few years it is looking to double the number of its relationship managers serving high-end clients. This is a well-timed and far-sighted move by Barclays, which is intent on establishing itself as one of the dominant global wealth managers.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2010
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Barclays-Asda tie-up: cutting costs, improving service

Barclays' decision to relocate four of its branches within nearby Asda stores will enable the bank to reduce costs and increase convenience for consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Nov 2013
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Barclays: eyeing further growth after profits boost

Improving economic conditions and strong performances at Barclaycard and Barclays Capital helped Barclays' [BARC.L] strong 2003 results. The bank has held exploratory talks with US credit group Providian [PVN] with a view to beefing up its global credit card business and expanding into the North American market. Barclays looks keen to supplement organic growth with strategic acquisitions in 2004.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Feb 2004
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Barclays: preparing to ride the international merger wave

Mergers between large universal banks across Europe and across the Atlantic are on the cards for the next few months and years. However, synergies that are to be exploited only exist outside retail banking. Retail banking expansion will be pursued most successfully by buying up smaller operations abroad.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
14 Aug 2003
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Barclays: the lure of wealth

Barclays' revelation this week that it would consider buying a US wealth management company has provided the latest indication of how highly sought after such operations are in the current financial turmoil. However, despite the lure of wealth, profiting from high net worth clients is not easy, and success will depend on good strategies and excelling at the basics.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Aug 2008
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BBVA-Simple tie-up is a win-win deal

Although not as newsworthy as the tie-up between Facebook and WhatsApp, BBVA's acquisition of US-based Simple has striking parallels. It is a significant event in banking, one that blurs the boundaries between incumbents and challengers.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Mar 2014
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Bear Stearns: latest victim of the sub-prime crisis

The effective collapse of Bear Stearns and its subsequent takeover by JPMorgan Chase is the start of further consolidation in US investment banking. Further, the market now has an indicative value for mortgage-backed securities held in banks' portfolios.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Mar 2008
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Bell ID set to ring the changes in NFC

Bell ID's move to deploy software that facilitates storing and accessing customer NFC payment credentials on the cloud is bad news for smartphone manufacturers and mobile network operators, as its approach removes these players from the value chain.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jun 2013

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