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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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Barclaycard adds wearables to contactless roster

Barclaycard's plan to roll out "bPay band" is a strategic move by the bank to capitalize on the rising ownership and awareness of contactless payment cards in the UK. However, making it a mainstream payment tool will be challenging.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jun 2014
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Barclays Pingit extends its reach to all UK banks

Barclays Pingit, the P2P consumer payment service, has extended its coverage to non-Barclays customers. Barclays has been promoting the latest download figures, of around 400,000, in the two months since the app was released. However, Datamonitor believes it needs to reach the millions and the bank needs to address concerns about intra-operability before the system can revolutionize P2P payments.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Apr 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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Chinese consumers are ready for mobile payments, but the ecosystem faces familiar challenges

According to Datamonitor's 2012 Financial Services Consumer Insight Survey, a staggering 81.7% of Chinese consumers are interested in gaining the ability to pay for things in shops using their mobile phones. This compares to only 49.0% of UK consumers, and a low of 36.2% among Dutch consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Oct 2012
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Commonwealth Bank should not fear Google

Rather than worrying about non-financial institutions muscling in on their territory, banks need to embrace the change and beat the payment upstarts at their own game.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jun 2013
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eBay accelerates online/offline conflux

In unveiling its new strategies for 2013 and 2014, eBay provides a glimpse of the future of online commerce: a total blurring of the distinction between online and offline.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Sep 2013
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Eftpos Australia evolves to compete in a new era of payments

Eftpos, Australia's largest payment card scheme, is to implement a new interchange fee in Australia effective as of October 1, 2011, to embrace a new era in the Australian payments system. Mixed responses are expected from all payments participants, from merchant operators and acquirers to card issuers.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Oct 2011
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Facebook reveals its growth potential in the virtual payments space

In its filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission to raise $5bn in new funding through its long anticipated initial public offering, Facebook revealed that its payments business accounted for 15% of the company's total revenue in 2011, giving the virtual games payment market an estimated $1.9bn annual value within Facebook's platform alone.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Feb 2012
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FICO uses mobile location to reduce false positives

FICO's new Proximity Location service strategically capitalizes on rising smartphone penetration, providing banks with a major opportunity to effectively tackle fraud without compromising the consumer payment experience.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Nov 2013

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