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Direct Line must do more to drive down costs

Direct Line Group (DLG) has divested its UK life business to consolidate its financial position. However, it will need to cut even more costs to ensure that its non-life business becomes profitable and remains competitive.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Oct 2013
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118 118 Money spies gap in loans market

The entry of directory enquiries provider 118 118 into the "near prime" personal loans market highlights the extent to which the consumer credit market is currently failing to meet the needs of a large segment of the population.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Oct 2013
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Williams & Glyn's will face stiff competition in SME banking

The Williams & Glyn's brand is being revived. However, this new SME-focused bank will face tough competition as powerful rivals look to grow their share of the market.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Oct 2013
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Insurers must focus on profitable underwriting

General insurance companies are still struggling to achieve returns from investments, with low interest rates, high competitive pressures, and a fall in investment income resulting in insurers becoming highly reliant on achieving underwriting profit.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Oct 2013
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Cloudy with a chance of liability

As cloud computing spreads and the internet plays a bigger role in conducting business, the importance of insuring against risks arising from this medium is increasing too. Uptake of cyber insurance by SMEs has not kept pace with this.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Oct 2013
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Centrica withdraws from UK gas storage plans

In September 2013 the UK government confirmed its decision to rule out public subsidies to support gas storage. The decision tacitly assumes existing gas reserve levels are sufficient for supply security at peak times in winter, and that other sources of gas, such as LNG and pipeline imports, will be ample to avoid steep price hikes during cold spells.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Oct 2013
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Fidelity targets GBP150bn self-directed wealth proposition

Fidelity UK has launched a new wealth management service aimed at the rising HNW self-directed market, and with limited existing competition the move is likely to prove successful.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Sep 2013
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Price comparison sites lose the X factor in advertising

With heavy advertising from price comparison sites continuing to dominate the small screens, consumers are becoming indifferent to their messages.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Sep 2013
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PayPal Beacon to be launched in Australia

PayPal Beacon represents the group's latest attempt to popularize facial photo verification for instore payments. However, it may be too soon for the technology to achieve mass adoption.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Sep 2013
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Barclays empowers branch staff to boost loyalty

Barclays is using its most visible resource - its staff - to improve the customer experience and hence maximize customer retention. Selected branch employees have been trained to help customers use the latest technology.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Sep 2013

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