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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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Google launches a new micropayment service for online content

Google recently announced the addition of a new feature to its wallet service that allows users to make micropayment transactions of $1 or less for online content. Online micropayments have long been lauded as the future of the Internet but have struggled under limited take-up among consumers and the intricacies of interchange fees.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Oct 2012
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Google Wallet rides smartphone loyalty wave

The loyalty market is shifting towards a mobile-based paradigm that prioritizes consumer convenience to maximize loyalty schemes' effectiveness. Recognizing this, Google Wallet has moved to position itself strongly in the emerging market.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Nov 2013
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Hong Kong: strong consumer demand but a lack of developments in the mobile payments sector

The uptake of mobile payment tools is highly varied on a global level. In Hong Kong, consumer demand is strong, but a lack of developments is threatening to inhibit the sector's growth. Further investment is needed if the industry is to move forward under a unified infrastructure.

Published By Datamonitor
21 May 2012

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