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A black day for payment protection insurance

The UK's Financial Services Authority and Office of Fair Trading have both published reports expressing concern over the payment protection insurance market, citing problems with sales standards and competition. This, they argue, can lead to customers receiving a poor deal. As a result, the FSA plans to continue its review of the market, while the OFT has referred it to the Competition Commission.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Oct 2006
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A Britannia and Co-op merger could threaten the big banks

Britannia and the Co-op have confirmed that they are holding talks concerning a potential merger, the success of which would depend on the passing of the Butterfill Bill. If such a union is formed, the combined institution could use its unique branding position to take on the big banks in a sector seriously wounded by the ongoing financial turmoil.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Oct 2008
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A broad portfolio of wealth management services is necessary to attract Australian investors

The wealth management sector in Australia is experiencing rapid growth. Consequently it has become a target market for many international players, as well as domestic competitors looking to expand. However, providers of wealth management services need to offer a flexible portfolio, which appeals both to the self-governing investor as well as to those who require more financial guidance.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2011
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A competitive Chinese online landscape means PayPal China will focus on the international market

PayPal China has revealed that it will continue to focus on the lucrative cross-border market in the region due to greater revenue potential. The dominance of competitor Alibaba Group's marketplace services and its third-party payment processor Alipay means that although China is a substantial online market, gaining a foothold is difficult.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Mar 2012
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A crushing blow to uninsured drivers

The Greenaway report, a UK government-commissioned study into the problem of uninsured driving, signals the start of a crackdown on motorists that drive without insurance. This report should provide the catalyst for strengthening legislation and Datamonitor's James Greenwell argues that it will finally bring UK compliance levels in line with the rest of Europe...

Published By Datamonitor
12 Aug 2004
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A decline in petrol sales illustrates behavior that may contribute to a dip in car insurance GWP

Datamonitor has forecast the private motor insurance market will plateau during 2012-15. One influence will be static growth in volume as the cost of driving spirals. Insurers are currently unconcerned while the size of the motor parc remains stable, with declining traffic signifying less risk exposure. Yet as drivers react and adapt their behavior, larger consequences for the market are expected.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Oct 2012
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A government-backed central pool is the only way forward for insurers offering flood coverage

A central flood insurance pool such as those proposed by the ABI and Marsh will only be effective if it is administered by an organization with industry-wide support and backed by the government. It is essential that one of the plans is agreed upon and implemented in the next six months, as policy holders and the insurance industry are being exposed to significant uncertainty in the meantime.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Nov 2011
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A new breed of hedge fund enters the market

Published By Datamonitor
11 Sep 2000
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A slow rollout of EMV for US credit cards may benefit the prepaid sector

United Nations Federal Credit Union has launched the first credit card in the US market to feature globally valid EMV. Some issuers may well follow suit in the near term, but the process is likely to be slow given the general apathy towards EMV in the market, and the delay could allow prepaid travel cards to further differentiate themselves in the market.

Published By Datamonitor
19 May 2010
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A Spanish offshore tax amnesty will have to be very lenient to encourage uptake

As part of Spain's tough new austerity package, the government has announced plans to launch an offshore tax amnesty. Such amnesties have been highly successful in other Western European countries such as the UK and Italy, but Spain will have to work hard to encourage wealthy individuals back into the struggling domestic banking sector.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2012

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