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Yahoo!/HSBC: PayDirect from New York to Hong Kong

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jul 2001
CommentWire
CommentWire

Man Group: seeking diversification in derivatives

Man Group's purchase of leading derivatives broker GNI from Old Mutual will create the world's largest independent futures broker. Man Group has profited well from the growth in hedge funds to become a giant in this sector, but as demand for such alternative investment is weakening, diversifying away from its core business looks like a strong plan.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

AMP: selling the leaking boat before it floats?

Old Mutual [OML.L] is reportedly lining up a GBP1.5 billion bid that could put AMP's plans to float its northern hemisphere business on hold. Old Mutual's expansion outside of South Africa is in stark contrast to AMP's retrenchment to its home markets. Indeed, the weakened AMP group might even attract bids for more than just its UK operations.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Citigroup: future not cloudy in Saudi

Citigroup's [C] existing relationships with Saudi clients will not suffer from the disposal of its 20% stake in Samba Financial as it has a significant retail and investment-banking presence in neighboring Bahrain and the UAE, where Saudis have preferentially held their wealth. Nevertheless, Citigroup needs to ensure it does not let its competitors muscle in on its market share.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Jun 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Axa: insuring against humanitarian disaster

The UN World Food Program has given the first contract for insurance covering humanitarian emergencies to Axa's reinsurance arm, Axa Re. The scheme is the first of its kind, and has the potential to provide a vital addition to the armory in the fight against the impact of natural disasters in the developing world, although whether many other reinsurers will follow Axa's lead is doubtful.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Mar 2006
Expert View
Expert View

Forecourts set to benefit from $724 billion contactless payment market

The potential value of the global contactless payments market is estimated at $724 billion. These payments are gaining momentum in the US and Asia-Pacific, and developments in Europe are imminent. Furthermore, the speed of the technology's development - from early trials in 2002 to full commercial launches in 2005 - shows the strength of the proposition to issuers, merchants and consumers alike.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jun 2006
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Expert View

The future of online

The role of online technologies has evolved from supporting primarily the sales process to supporting all phases of the customer lifecycle, from customer acquisition to fostering long-term customer loyalty. Understanding how online channels are evolving, and how customer expectations are changing in tandem is, therefore, essential.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Aug 2006
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Hedge funds turn to technology

Traditionally, IT vendors have had limited scope to service the lucrative world of hedge funds, but increasing exposure and regulation are forcing this industry's participants to look to technology to ease some of their pain points. Opportunities for IT vendors are not restricted to the hedge funds industry alone but extend to service providers such as prime brokers and fund administrators.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2006
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Think big for cashless payments

The concept of cashless transactions appeals to consumers and suppliers alike. It reduces the overheads of handling cash, cuts down on the risk of theft, and the inconvenience of having to find the right amount of change for a vending or car park machine. However, there are a few things that every organization should know about cashless payments before committing to such a scheme.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2006
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

Banking IT compliance: MiFID spend tops $100 million

Published By Datamonitor
22 Sep 2006

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