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The North-South divide in the UK wealth market will remain substantial through to 2015

At a regional level the wealth markets in the south of the UK have a greater value than those in the north, owing to a larger affluent base in southern parts of the country. Despite the recent volatility in the financial markets from which southern regions tend to generate a larger degree of their wealth, the wealth gap in the UK is set to remain unchanged.

Published By Datamonitor
21 May 2012
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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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The global wealth market is unlikely to experience steady growth before 2014

The persisting eurozone crisis, a slowing Chinese economy, and escalating political instability in the Middle East are all contributing factors to the unpredictability that is expected to continue in global markets over the next couple of years. This will translate into continued stock market volatility, as seen in 2011 and early 2012.

Published By Datamonitor
21 May 2012
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Building societies benefit from big bank weakness

Building societies have increased their share of the mortgage market as big banks cut back on lending. Exposure to the European sovereign debt crisis, stricter lending criteria, and a heavy reliance on wholesale markets have left the larger banks less able to service mortgage demand, allowing smaller lenders to increase their market share.

Published By Datamonitor
22 May 2012
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Facebook looks to boost revenues to justify its $104bn IPO

In order to satisfy shareholders and justify its market valuation, Facebook is going to have to increase its revenue streams. Current indications are that Facebook aims to achieve this through a stronger focus upon the use of Facebook Credits and the development of its App Center. It looks entirely possible that a Facebook Wallet may follow.

Published By Datamonitor
23 May 2012
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The MAS refines list of investments subject to new investor protection rules

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has decided to widen the scope of the list of Excluded Investment Products (EIPs), which are excluded from new investor protection rules. Expanding the EIP list will keep the regulatory burden of investor protection manageable and ensure that Singapore remains competitive with Hong Kong as a center of wealth management.

Published By Datamonitor
23 May 2012
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HSBC: moving in the right direction on social media strategy

An IT hardware failure affecting HSBC's ATMs and card payments tested the bank's social media strategy over the weekend, as consumers took to Twitter to raise the issue and complain. The social media strategy was originally developed as a result of a major outage in November 2011. Transparent communication with consumers in a crisis is vital, and HSBC has put the right plans in place to do this.

Published By Datamonitor
24 May 2012
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Westpac: platinum is the new gold

The latest decision by Westpac to upgrade all of its gold credit cards to platinum cards reconfirms the direction of the credit cards product proposition, that platinum is the new gold. This strategy will allow card issuers to tap into extra revenue and increase customer acquisition in 2012; however, there may also be some negative effects on the Australian credit card industry.

Published By Datamonitor
24 May 2012
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Ireland's wealth market to outperform the rest of the PIIGS

The wealth markets in Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain (PIIGS) are among the worst performers at a global level, highlighting the difficulties faced by some of the traditional wealth markets. Western Europe as a whole has performed poorly in recent years, and the outlook up to 2015 is now even bleaker, with downward developments looking increasingly likely.

Published By Datamonitor
25 May 2012
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Rapid growth in mobile banking at Bank of America signals shift away from other channels

Bank of America has just announced that it has signed up 10 million of its customers to mobile banking, with 30% of these being acquired in the last 12 months alone. This is just the latest indication that consumers across the world are enthusiastically adopting a way of banking that scores highly for speed and convenience.

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2012

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