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SMS payments to overtake NFC

With burgeoning populations and high mobile phone penetration, developing economies offer significant opportunities for mobile payments. However, demand for SMS technology is likely to outstrip that for NFC.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Feb 2014
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Children crying out for financial engagement

Children are tomorrow's banking consumers, and there is a strong business case for banks to serve the needs of this segment. However, only a minority of providers have effective strategies in place to engage with children.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Feb 2014
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Loyalty to go card-linked in 2014

The payment card loyalty market is saturated, and banks' resources stretched in offering competitive rewards packages. Providers cannot profitably offer more, but they can provide better offers through use of data and card-linked marketing.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2014
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Wealth managers finally getting social

After a slow initial take-up wealth managers are catching on to the idea of social media, with significantly more client contact taking place via this communication channel in 2013.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2014
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Middle Eastern multimillionaires to increase by 45%

Middle Eastern wealth markets, driven by stubbornly high oil prices and the stabilization of the world economy, are expected to continue booming. As a result, the number of individuals with $10m+ will increase by 45% between 2013 and 2017.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2014
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Returning expats need more advice from providers

Most providers are aware that the expat community requires offshore advice. However, much more could be done to target affluent citizens who have returned to their country of origin after an extended absence.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Dec 2013
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UAE: hub for HNW entrepreneurs

Due to the success of the Emirati government in attracting entrepreneurs, wealth managers in the UAE need to provide specialized support to expats arriving to set up new enterprises.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Nov 2013
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Services not tax evasion will differentiate offshore centers

In an increasingly transparent global banking industry, offshore centers will compete against one another based on the quality of their services and the stability of their economy, rather than their ability to shield HNW assets from tax authorities.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Oct 2013
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Card-linked offers: the changing face of loyalty

Card-linked offers are taking over from daily deal providers in the loyalty market, offering more sophisticated and convenient deals for consumers. The formation of the CardLinx Association will only accelerate this change.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Oct 2013
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France strengthens profile in South Africa with GDF Suez deal

GDF Suez has been awarded a EUR1.5bn contract to build new conventional thermal electricity capacity in South Africa. This outcome is partly due to France's aggressive stance concerning its domestic industrial interests abroad, and bodes very well for future South African transport, infrastructure, and nuclear development contracts to be awarded to French companies.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2013

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