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Growing threat from alternative lenders to business

Business lending from non-traditional providers has grown in recent years, and a new government policy could give it the fuel to really take off.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Jul 2014
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The FSA's crackdown on mis-selling shows it is still slow to react to events

Following a succession of mis-selling scandals, the FSA has announced a policy initiative to address the widespread practice of incentivizing staff to sell products and services through the use of bonuses and commissions. There are concerns, however, that the regulator is once again responding to events well after they have happened instead of acting in a more preventative manner.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Sep 2012
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Indonesian market one of the few to tempt further CBA expansion

While considered to be the most domestically focused of the big Australian banks, CBA recently announced plans to speed up expansion in the fast-growing Indonesian market. Unlike its other big Asian presence in China, its operations in Indonesia focus on SMEs and the mass affluent, a combination that will stand it in good stead with the local wealthy.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Apr 2012
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Small businesses looking elsewhere for funding as banks miss lending targets

The UK's top five banks have missed their targets for lending to small businesses by over GBP1bn. Fears of refusal have caused a fall in the demand for credit, and have increased the use of alternative sources of credit.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2012
CommentWire
CommentWire

Business lending: new opportunities emerging in the UK market

The credit boom of the last decade ended with an abrupt crunch. While stimulus measures and low interest rates have resulted in cheap credit, business leaders have been clamoring over the failure of banks to meet the lending needs of small and medium businesses. To address these concerns, new lending opportunities and strategies may begin to develop.

Published By Datamonitor
04 May 2010
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Absolute Systems offers a payment switch for deposits in South Africa

Absolute Systems, a South African ATM software developer, has launched Imali, a payment switch for secure deposits, consisting of a switch and a strongbox for use in secure environments to which small retailers have access. The attractions of the Imali service are security, since the cash becomes the responsibility of the bank once it is in the strongbox, and also its real-time capability.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jul 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Credit Agricole: Greece is a land of opportunity

In its latest European expansion, French bank Credit Agricole has set its sights on the thriving Greek market, with plans to boost in current 10% stake in Emporiki Bank to 40%, prior to an outright buy. However Credit Agricole faces a stiff test as opposition mounts from Emporiki unions and staff, showing that entering the Greek market is not without its risks.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Aug 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

ANZ: profits to be found off the beaten track

ANZ has announced a credit card joint venture with Sacombank in Vietnam, a market that is expected to undergo significant growth in the medium term. Given Vietnam's encouraging economic projections and the very small proportion of the population currently using banking services, this is positive strategic move by ANZ.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jun 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

GE Consumer Finance: following the flock

GE Consumer Finance is to buy a $100 million stake in Shenzhen Development Bank, subject to the approval of Chinese regulatory authorities. The move is just one of the many strategic alliances contracted by foreign banks with local banks in China in 2005. The opening-up of the Chinese banking sector presents bountiful opportunities for western firms, provided they make their investments carefully.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Oct 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Britannia / Bristol & West: branching out

Britannia has announced that it is to buy the entire UK branch network of Bristol & West (B&W) from Bank of Ireland in a GBP150 million deal. The move suits both sides, as it adds significant scale and strength to Britannia's position in the household banking sector, while allowing Bank of Ireland to dispose of a poorly performing asset.

Published By Datamonitor
25 May 2005

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