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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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Interview: Lawrence Wintermeyer, CEO of Innovate Finance

Daoud Fakhri recently interviewed the new CEO of Innovate Finance, Lawrence Wintermeyer, about the role of Big Data in improving the quality of financial insight that providers can offer to consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
15 May 2015
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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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Current account switching must focus on real issues

The UK's Current Account Switch Service (CASS) has significantly simplified the switching process for consumers. However, underlying issues still remain in the market, which the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) must address.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Aug 2015
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HSBC should look to robo-advice and gamification

While HSBC has created a successfully targeted product and campaign for affluent consumers with its Advance account, taking steps to "gamify" the application process and offering automated investment support would give it a further, innovative edge.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jul 2015
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Lloyds' eligibility tracker shows wider promise

Lloyds Banking Group has launched a new tool that checks the eligibility of current account applicants without affecting their credit score. The tool removes another barrier to switching, but also shows promise as a digital acquisition platform.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jul 2015
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UK pension freedom highlights the advice gap

UK citizens have been taking advantage of greater access to their pension pots, following new rules that came into force in April. The unanswered question is: what will happen with the money that has been "liberated?"

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jul 2015
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Collaboration key in the mobile wallet wars

In most countries, banks, telcos, and online providers are fighting for a piece of the mobile wallet space. However, in Turkey and New Zealand competing players have banded together to establish a national mobile wallet scheme.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jul 2015

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