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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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US banks must board the EMV train

EMV adoption is gathering steam in the US, and issuers and acquirers must be prepared for what this will mean for card fraud.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Aug 2014
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Visa uses analytics to tackle self-service fraud

The new Visa Transaction Advisor service capitalizes on VisaNet's extensive transaction database, providing banks and merchants with a major opportunity to effectively tackle fraud at self-service checkouts without disrupting the payment experience.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Aug 2014
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Banks must simplify overdraft charges

The UK overdraft market has seen declining lending volumes for a number of years due to falling customer use and a tougher regulatory stance. Banks must simplify overdraft charges to reverse this trend.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Aug 2014
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TfL no game-changer for contactless

Transport for London (TfL)'s decision to open its closed-loop transport payments system to other contactless form factors will have a minimal impact on wider UK contactless acceptance.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Aug 2014
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Westpac engages mobile users with augmented reality

From September 2014, Westpac's mobile app users will be able to view account information just by holding their bank card in front of their smartphone's camera. This technology could make financial management much more engaging for consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Aug 2014
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Mortgages are not all about price

The recent move among Australia's big banks to drop interest rates highlights the increased competition in the mortgage market. However, price isn't everything, and providers should not lose sight of factors such as brand image and customer service.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jul 2014

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