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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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Bionym brings biometric authentication to wearables

Bionym's multi-bank trial of Nymi Band will see the start-up capitalize on the rising ownership of contactless payment cards in Canada, tapping into the growing use of biometrics as a payment authentication tool.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Nov 2014
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Fees are fine, but they must be clear

In retail banking, good service is crucial to keeping customers happy and improving their loyalty. However, it is just as important, if not more so, to manage their expectations on fees.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Nov 2014
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CBA taking contactless to the next level

Commonwealth Bank Australia (CBA) has initiated the next evolutionary stage of contactless payments in the Australian market, with New South Wales' Opal transit payment system slated to accept CBA-issued contactless payment cards in the future.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Nov 2014
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"Simplechannel," not omnichannel, is the holy grail

There is much discussion focused on omnichannel servicing and the benefits it brings to customer choice and convenience. However, banks can serve customers better by creating a single customer journey that is clearly signposted and simple to fulfil.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Nov 2014
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Online investment management steps up

The proliferation of online investment services poses an increasingly severe threat to the traditional brick and mortar business model. Only those wealth managers willing and able to evolve will remain competitive in the mass affluent space.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Nov 2014
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Citibank's retreat opens up Japanese mass affluent space

Of all the markets that Citibank is withdrawing customer operations from, the retreat from Japan will have the most impact on the mass affluent space.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Oct 2014

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