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CommentWire
CommentWire

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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Expert View

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
CommentWire
CommentWire

Alliance & Leicester: cards unit red-carded

Mortgage bank Alliance & Leicester has agreed a deal to sell off its credit card book. Although A&L has not yet released details of the agreement, it's likely to be an outsourcing deal with a player such as MBNA. As consolidation makes it harder for smaller players to compete in the market, this decision looks like a good move for the bank.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Alliance & Leicester: judgment day draws near

Scores of recent news reports have concentrated on potential takeover bids for Alliance & Leicester. They may not be so far from the truth. A takeover bid will not be as straightforward as it first appears, but Alliance & Leicester cannot stave off interest from suitors such as Abbey National forever.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Apr 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Alliance & Leicester: no riches from the mass affluent

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2000
CommentWire
CommentWire

Alliance & Leicester: spreading the net

Alliance & Leicester's [AL.L] decision to shut 15% of its branch network in October is a result of consumers' increasing use of Internet and telephone banking. While the initial hype surrounding uptake of such direct channels proved to be an exaggeration of reality, some of the promises of online banking are slowly starting to materialize.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jun 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Alliance and Leicester: profit drive or takeover defense?

Published By Datamonitor
09 Oct 2000
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Allianz finally delivers full-cycle e-trading, focusing on SMEs

Online broker platforms are supposed to be an easy and comprehensive way for brokers to research and buy insurance products for their customers, catering very well to SMEs. Allianz is the last of the large insurers to deliver a full-cycle platform focused on the SME sector.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Apr 2013
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Allianz focuses on direct and partnerships

Allianz achieved growth in personal lines through the direct and partnership channels in 2012, while growth from the broker segment of the business was sacrificed to attain an underwriting profit. The insurer is increasing its focus on the direct and partnership channels for private motor insurance distribution going forward. This is a sensible move that is in line with current consumer trends.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2013
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Allianz has big plans to grow in commercial

Despite limited room for growth in the commercial space, Allianz plans to expand its book by £1bn over the next two years. It will have to sacrifice a share of its profits in order to achieve its target and see the expected returns.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Mar 2014

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