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Vontobel/PwC: Y-O-U know it doesn't work

Y-O-U planned to combine the confidentiality of a Swiss bank account with the global reach of the Internet, vastly increasing Vontobel's customer base. Instead, it was abandoned in March 2001 after its costs spiraled out of control. The affair highlights the damage that can be done when online projects are just too ambitious.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Feb 2002
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Vontobel Private Bank retreats from Austria

Vontobel Group is closing down its onshore private banking business in Austria, where it employs 38 staff and manages approximately E1bn ($1.3bn) for its private banking clients. The office in Salzburg and the one in Vienna will be shut down, but the bank will continue serving its Austrian clients from Switzerland, which should help it to decrease its costs in the current challenging environment.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Sep 2012
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Vontobel / Raiffeisen: from co-operation to partnership

The Vontobel/Raiffeisen deal marks the start of a formal partnership between the two Swiss finance houses, which will bring Vontobel some much needed relief after a difficult period. The agreement provides significant product and distribution opportunities for Vontobel while enshrining the bank's independence, enabling it to look to the future with greater confidence.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jun 2004
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Vodafone: that'll do nicely

Vodafone is currently trialing a system to allow consumers to pay for goods and services, using their existing payment cards and bank accounts, over their mobile phones. The company hopes that the convenience of the system will attract customers, thus boosting its data revenues. However, it will need to ensure that people believe the service is secure.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jan 2002
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VocaLink seeks opportunities for international expansion

In order to diversify its revenues and reduce its dependence on its home market, UK payment transaction provider VocaLink is looking to expand internationally. As a major player in the UK's Faster Payments Service initiative, it is logical that VocaLink should seek to leverage its know-how as and when other EU countries move in this direction.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Nov 2009
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Vitamins, shampoo, bank account

GoBank in the US is encouraging customers to open current accounts on impulse. While this may reduce short-term customer acquisition costs, in the long term, this strategy may backfire.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jul 2013
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Visions of the future of bank branches

Branch-based retail banking is increasingly disrupted by online and mobile banking, leaving the future of the physical bank branch in question. New strategies launched by Westpac and Citibank offer a glimpse of the future of the bank branch.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Feb 2013
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Visa: smart cards set to take off in the US

Published By Datamonitor
13 Sep 2000
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Visa: new initiative will raise awareness of contactless payments among London consumers

Visa is carrying out the targeted launch of a new type of card terminal, one that will be connected to taxi meters. The scheme has the support of Transport for London, which already utilizes the contactless Oyster electronic ticketing system on much of the public transport services across the region. The initiative should raise the profile of the contactless payment method.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jan 2011
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Visa: IPO to net up to $18.8 billion

As Visa moves closer to its sale of Visa Inc stock, yesterday's SEC filing has revealed that the target stock price will see the card scheme generate up to $18.8 billion from the sale; a record sum for an IPO. Visa's member banks stand to gain from a share of the proceeds, while $3 billion will be set aside to cover costs related to litigation that Visa is currently involved in.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Feb 2008

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