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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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Ant Financial shakes up Chinese banks

Having received approval to set up its own banking entity by the Chinese regulator, Ant Financial Services has several advantages on its side when it comes to shaking up a market that has been dominated by the state banks.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2014
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Amex piggybacks into Chinese mobile payments

For foreign providers to gain traction in China's vast mobile payments market, they need to replicate American Express's strategy by forming partnerships with local players.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Oct 2014
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Banks are losing the wallet war

Banks must step out from the shadows and command greater control of mobile wallets if they are to maintain their customer-facing relationships.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Oct 2014
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Wearables beat mobile on convenience

Mobile payments have yet to take off and the next big thing for NFC is already right around the corner.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Sep 2014
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Santander uses mobile innovation to attract students

Santander has raised the bar in the competitive UK student account market with the launch of a mobile app for students that has built-in personal financial management functionality.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Sep 2014
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Apple's Sun Tzu moment with UnionPay

Apple has carefully planned its foray into the mobile payments arena. The tech giant's deal with China UnionPay shows that in the battle to win the mobile payments race, relationships are just as important as technology or first-mover advantage.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Sep 2014

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