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AIG: lure of the Orient

AIG [AIG] intends to steal a march on its rivals by launching a credit card in China. The insurance giant is awaiting regulatory approval and is yet to announce whether it will introduce a card in local or foreign currency. This diversification away from insurance and towards personal finance should prove to be a profitable move.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jan 2004
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Alea Group: time to sell up?

Following Standard & Poor's decision to downgrade the specialist insurer and reinsurer Alea from A- to BBB+, it is questionable whether the group can continue to meet its obligations, particularly if trading conditions were to worsen. The effects of Hurricane Katrina will do little to ameliorate the climate for insurers, and the company may yet be forced to put itself up for sale.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Sep 2005
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Alibaba looks to credit space for growth

Alibaba's financial arm Ant Financial Services (AFS) is set to target the Chinese credit space. By leveraging its roots in e-commerce, the company understands where its strengths lie and how to leverage them to capture market share.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Feb 2015
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Alipay flies to foreign climes

Alipay's partnership with US airline Delta will clear the skies for the Chinese payment tool's expansion into foreign markets, on the back of rising international tourism demand among affluent Chinese consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
06 May 2015
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Alipay must push its international relevance

Alipay will need to effectively communicate its relevance to overseas markets, before it is branded as just another payment company for Chinese consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Nov 2014
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Alipay poised for global acceptance

The strength of the Chinese e-commerce market is pushing e-tailers around the world to accept Alipay, which will eat into the market share of established online payments players.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Sep 2014
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Alipay's foreign expansion strategy will pay off

Alipay is aiming to expand into foreign markets and is in talks to acquire a payment provider in India. The strategy is a smart move and confirms Alipay is seeking to target companies and markets with the greatest potential for payment provision.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jan 2015
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All change in the offshore market

The performance of offshore centers around the globe has varied enormously in recent years. While some hubs have thrived, others have struggled due to increasing regulation and changing client needs.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Oct 2014
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Allfunds Bank: UK offering may struggle to replicate Spanish success

Allfunds Bank, a joint venture between Sanpaolo IMI and Abbey's parent Grupo Santander, will launch its third-party distribution platform in the UK. The venture accounts for about half of the third-party fund distribution market in Spain, but the company is unlikely to enjoy the same strong performance in the UK.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jun 2005
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Alliance & Leicester takeover could signal an end to UK banking competition

Banco Santander announced on July 14 that it had, rather hastily, agreed a deal to take over Alliance & Leicester for a reported GBP1.2 billion. While regulators welcome the move, the deal also symbolizes another nail in the coffin for innovative competition in the UK banking market.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jul 2008

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