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Low interest rates depress savers

The last six months have seen unprecedented low rates of interest, which are great for borrowers but make life hard for savers. Datamonitor's Financial Services Consumer Insight survey revealed a trend of consumers wanting to shift their savings from long-term to short-term easy access, but this makes it even harder to find strong returns.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Sep 2009
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UK car insurance providers must be careful about charging interest

The latest report from the Automobile Association in the UK reveals the extent to which car insurance providers charge for monthly repayments of car insurance premiums. Datamonitor's Financial Services Consumer Insight research suggests that this tactic may not be sustainable in the long term, given consumers' growing value awareness and the financial difficulties in which many find themselves.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Aug 2009
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US saving culture: the source of all problems?

Datamonitor's Financial Services Consumer Insights survey shows that the fundamental weakness in US savings behavior is a crucial driver of global imbalances. Despite the G20's intention to address the issue of imbalances in the world economy, US saving behavior must see a marked change if global imbalances are to be corrected and the $100 billion US current account deficit is to be paid back.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2009
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Downturn reveals weaknesses in UK consumers' pensions' savings plans

Datamonitor's Financial Services Consumer Insights survey reveals that attempts to promote pension savings have been a failure, with around 69% of individuals globally still not having any pension policy in place. Consumers in the UK are particularly vulnerable and may not be able to rely on overburdened state systems in their retirement, making private pensions more vital than ever before.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jul 2009
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Microsoft cautiously taps digital currency opportunity

Microsoft's move to accept Bitcoin payments is a proactive endeavor to tap into the growing awareness of digital currencies. However, for a number of reasons it is unlikely that such payment options will become widely used in the near term.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Dec 2014
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Technological solutions reel in the mass affluent

Barclays has introduced two new digital innovations that squarely target the mass affluent segment of the market. Both innovations will improve retention rates and significantly enhance Barclays' mass affluent acquisition strategy.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Dec 2014
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Mexican consumers driven by comfort online

As an online payment tool, cash continues to account for a sizable portion of online purchases in Mexico. Payment providers need to emphasize comfort and convenience to drive greater electronic payment adoption.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Dec 2014
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Mobile apps critical for Malaysian mass affluent

While mobile banking apps are essential to servicing all mass affluent individuals across Asia Pacific, in Malaysia this is a key banking channel.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Dec 2014
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Rise of the deal-savvy consumer

Retailers that incorporate mobile into their customer engagement strategy stand to win big as the marked rise in smartphone-wielding deal-seekers threatens instore impulse sales.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Dec 2014
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Financial incentives costly without customer satisfaction

One year on from the introduction of the seven-day switching guarantee in the UK, competition among the challenger banks is fierce with the smaller players facing high rates of attrition.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Dec 2014

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