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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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Western Europe presents opportunity for sub-prime lending

Western Europe poses significant opportunities for the expansion of sub-prime lending, but must be approached with caution, according to Datamonitor research. While the UK now has a highly developed sub-prime lending market, Ireland is fast following on its heels, with a number of other countries likely to follow suit.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Mar 2007
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Wedding insurance: cover for your special day

Wedding insurance offers cover in the event of your big day having to be cancelled or re-arranged, as well as less expensive wedding related mishaps. But insurance doesn't protect against all wedding disasters and some of the things that it does cover may already be protected against by home contents insurance.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2003
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Warranty Direct: low price guaranteed

Warranty Direct, a leading UK extended warranty provider, has gone on the offensive in the run-up to the Christmas shopping season. Its survey highlights that the time is ripe for direct insurance providers to make their presence known. Consumer apathy is the biggest hurdle to overcome, but Warranty Direct is in a good position to do exactly that.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Oct 2002
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Warning bells sound over Help to Buy

A flurry of negative comment about Help to Buy has highlighted the potential harm that the scheme could do to the UK's mortgage lenders and their customers. The scheme risks encouraging behavior that could provoke another wave of unsustainable lending.

Published By Datamonitor
24 May 2013
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Virgin: rebranding for growth

Published By Datamonitor
03 Sep 2001
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CommentWire

Virgin Money: gambling on monthly account fees

Virgin Money has broken rank with the rest of the banking industry by opting to charge a monthly fee to all its current account customers when it launches banking facilities later this year. Although this could act as a catalyst for other banks to move to a fee-based model, it is a high-risk strategy that is likely to deter a large proportion of potential applicants.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Mar 2010
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Virgin Money rocks the banking world

The UK government has confirmed that Virgin Money will buy Northern Rock, with the sale due to be completed at the beginning of 2012. This will create a new entrant with the potential to contend with the largest players almost overnight. However, the amalgamation of the two providers will not be without obstacles as customers from both sides start to witness change.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Nov 2011
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Vanquis Bank: testing the credit limit

After a two-year pilot project, Vanquis Bank has launched a new sub-prime Visa credit card targeted at people with a low income or history of bad debts. The card can charge APRs up to 69.5%. Unsurprisingly, it has been attacked by consumer groups; however, Vanquis is certainly not the first and will not be the last issuer to target this underdeveloped market.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Feb 2005
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Upfront rewards will attract more savers in today's climate

Santander's new savings product offers an iPad upfront rather than interest payments. This will appeal to consumers as it caters to their demand for instant gratification, and may prompt other providers to consider similar strategies.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Nov 2012

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