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2013: micro-managing finances through the mobile

Consumers attempting to stick to a budget have a number of tools available to them through their mobile phones to aid the management of their money. Regular micro-management of finances facilitates saving and keeps track of everyday spending. Third-party providers are currently leading the field but these tools are a clear next step for mainstream banking apps.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jan 2013
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A broad portfolio of wealth management services is necessary to attract Australian investors

The wealth management sector in Australia is experiencing rapid growth. Consequently it has become a target market for many international players, as well as domestic competitors looking to expand. However, providers of wealth management services need to offer a flexible portfolio, which appeals both to the self-governing investor as well as to those who require more financial guidance.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2011
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A strengthened financial services compensation scheme comes at a price

The UK's Financial Services Authority has called for the substantial strengthening of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, which guarantees savings up to GBP50,000 in the event of a deposit taker collapsing. Although this is good news for depositors, the cost to financial institutions will be steep, which will hit them hard, particularly at a time when IT expenditure has been severely cut.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jan 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Abbey: back to black

Abbey [ABBE.L] has returned to profit in the first quarter of 2004. However, when compared to the recent record profits of many of the UK's high street banks, parts of the results are still disappointing. Investment sales in particular have fallen dramatically, however its future plans to offer 'wrap' platforms should see it bounce back.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Apr 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Aberdeen Asset Management: future gains may eclipse current pain

Virtually all of Aberdeen Asset Management's GBP88 million pre-tax loss for 2004 can be attributed to costs associated with a settlement agreed with the UK Financial Services Authority. The company is now able to draw a line under its problems and focus on building on positive underlying trends. Among investors however, the impact of split capital investment trusts mis-selling can still be seen.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jan 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

ABN Amro/State Street: it's all about focus

ABN AMRO Asset Management [ABN] has agreed to outsource its investment operations services in Europe to State Street [STT]. The deal represents another big win for State Street, and is a further example of the importance of specialist focus in a competitive environment. State Street and ABN AMRO Asset Management's deal leaves both players able to concentrate on what they do best.

Published By Datamonitor
17 May 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

ABN Amro: market exit could prove too hasty

ABN Amro Capital's sale of its German portfolio to its management team could be seen as a little hasty. True, the German market is a tough one to operate in but, given ABN Amro's [ABN] size and resources, the group should instead have recruited an exceptional management team to access upcoming market opportunities.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jun 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Aegon/Ranbaxy: joining forces for the long term

With its surging macroeconomic growth and vast population, Dutch investments provider Aegon's decision to team up with local firm Ranbaxy to offer asset management and insurance services in India is underpinned by sound logic. However both firms must realize that their partnership will take time to bear fruit in a market unfamiliar with the complexities of advanced investment products.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jul 2006
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AIG rescue news raises new questions for the market

The welcome news that AIG is to be bailed out by the Federal Reserve Bank through an $85 billion loan seems to have calmed fears in the markets, despite questions over whether this injection will be sufficient to stabilize the ailing insurer. For now, however, it seems that while the Fed was prepared to let Lehman file for bankruptcy, the demise of AIG was too much for it to bear.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Sep 2008
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AIG seeking life raft in the wake of the Lehman storm

AIG has seen its share price tumble amid doubts over its financial stability. As a result, the US's largest insurer is looking for ways to come through its current financial crisis. Although the source of this solution remains unclear, a decision needs to be made as soon as possible, before the mounting financial crisis worsens.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Sep 2008

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