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Wealth giants stand up to robo challengers

While growing fast, robo-advisors still represent only a fraction of the wealth management industry. To really take off, the automated investment space must be entered by the traditional incumbents on a larger scale.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2015
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Expert View

Wealth advisors can use technology to justify cost of advice

In an era where the cost of advice is becoming more transparent and needs to be justified, wealth advisors can utilize technology to make their offering more appealing to HNW individuals.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jun 2013
CommentWire
CommentWire

Warranty Direct: low price guaranteed

Warranty Direct, a leading UK extended warranty provider, has gone on the offensive in the run-up to the Christmas shopping season. Its survey highlights that the time is ripe for direct insurance providers to make their presence known. Consumer apathy is the biggest hurdle to overcome, but Warranty Direct is in a good position to do exactly that.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Oct 2002
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Warning bells sound over Help to Buy

A flurry of negative comment about Help to Buy has highlighted the potential harm that the scheme could do to the UK's mortgage lenders and their customers. The scheme risks encouraging behavior that could provoke another wave of unsustainable lending.

Published By Datamonitor
24 May 2013
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Wanted: flexible travel insurance policies

Insurers need to find the middle ground between annual and single-trip policies and develop travel insurance products that are more flexible to meet consumer needs, in order to tap into parts of the market that are not fully exploited.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Aug 2014
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Expert View

Walmart's new "Pay with Cash" option offers online shopping to a wider audience

Walmart's "Pay with Cash" option for online purchases dispels the widely held view that e-commerce and banking are intertwined. By side-stepping the need for a bank account or a credit card, the major retailer is looking to expand its online US customer base to individuals who are unbanked, under-banked, or who simply prefer to conduct transactions using cash.

Published By Datamonitor
17 May 2012
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Walmart is now a serious competitor to US banks and issuers

Walmart and American Express recently announced the launch of Bluebird, a packaged prepaid card and account service designed for low income consumers. Unlike other prepaid card accounts, the service has minimal fees and can be used for a range of traditional banking services.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Oct 2012
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Walmart expands card presence with equity stake in prepaid provider Green Dot

US retail giant Walmart recently acquired a minority share in prepaid card provider Green Dot, whose cards are sold in 50,000 locations in the US and remains one of the key market players in the US prepaid space. Green Dot may provide Walmart with a foothold in the US financial services sector, despite the retailer being previously denied a banking license.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jun 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Wall Street: regulators fight bankers - and each other

New York's Eliot Spitzer has launched a campaign against conflicts of interest between analysts and investment bankers. Now the SEC has joined in - much to the aggravation of Mr Spitzer. But despite this turf war, banks certainly need to initiate change to avoid tarnishing their credibility and destroying client confidence.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Wall Street: despised by Americans, according to Bloomberg

The recent Bloomberg National Poll reveals negative consumer sentiment towards the banking community is still present in the US, with over 50% of those surveyed expressing an unfavorable opinion about these institutions. However, Datamonitor's Financial Services Consumer Insight survey may bring some reassurance to industry players.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Mar 2010

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