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A Spanish offshore tax amnesty will have to be very lenient to encourage uptake

As part of Spain's tough new austerity package, the government has announced plans to launch an offshore tax amnesty. Such amnesties have been highly successful in other Western European countries such as the UK and Italy, but Spain will have to work hard to encourage wealthy individuals back into the struggling domestic banking sector.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2012
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A strengthened financial services compensation scheme comes at a price

The UK's Financial Services Authority has called for the substantial strengthening of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, which guarantees savings up to GBP50,000 in the event of a deposit taker collapsing. Although this is good news for depositors, the cost to financial institutions will be steep, which will hit them hard, particularly at a time when IT expenditure has been severely cut.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jan 2009
Expert View
Expert View

A time bomb: China's wealth management products

In China, investments in wealth management products have soared in recent years. However, these products' underlying assets are often linked to high-risk real estate investments, which means that in the event of an economic slowdown the risk may not be systematic, but defaults, especially among smaller lenders, are likely.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Apr 2013
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A total of 4.8 million Lloyds customers are to be moved to The Co-operative, but will any refuse?

Being transferred to The Co-operative Bank will likely mean that people will not be able to use their existing online and mobile banking facilities, and this may be enough to persuade some customers to stick with Lloyds.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jul 2012
Expert View
Expert View

A video is worth a thousand words

In-car cameras are rising in popularity as a method of establishing liability and fighting fraud. The technology has great potential for complementing telematics propositions and should be advocated by insurers.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Oct 2013
CommentWire
CommentWire

A&L/Abbey National: further consolidation may be on the cards

Alliance & Leicester is considered to be a prime target for a takeover bid. Recent reports suggest that Abbey National is one interested predator. This may be the start of a new round of domestic consolidation in the UK retail banking sector. However, the major players are likely to miss out for regulatory reasons.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jan 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

AA / Shoosmiths: a personal injury push

The AA's partnership with Shoosmiths will allow it to compete with RAC's blossoming legal services division and capitalize on new opportunities in the sector. The services group's timing is appropriate, as regulatory changes in the law profession are likely to see a raft of familiar retail brands offering legal services. Like RAC, the AA is well placed at the vanguard of this shift.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Apr 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

AA/Saga: insurer looks set to benefit from proposed in-house credit hire operations

In a move to tackle the costs associated with credit hire, AA/Saga plans to bring its arrangements in-house. Credit hire costs are a major source of claims inflation for motor insurers, and bringing credit hire in-house could generate a lucrative side line, while also giving it greater control over a key driver in claims costs.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jul 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Abbey National/Bank of Scotland: they've started, but will they finish?

Published By Datamonitor
03 Nov 2000
CommentWire
CommentWire

Abbey National/Credit Suisse: bailing out insurance

The day after the UK's FSA moved to reassure investors about the safety of the life and pensions sector, two more life insurers were forced to turn to their parents for funding. Although insurance companies claim they can withstand further equity falls, many are likely to be forced into strong measures, including capital injections and redemption penalties - or even closing to new business.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Oct 2002

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