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Expert View
Expert View

PayPal hit by regulations again, halts personal payments in Japan

PayPal recently announced that as of March 31 customers in Japan are no longer able to make personal payments to individuals using the company's 'send money' service and that the facility would remain suspended until further notice. It is possible that, by attracting regulatory attention, PayPal's very success is playing into the hands of competing firms.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Apr 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

JCB/Discover: global scheme deal set to benefit consumers

From autumn 2007, Discover will begin accepting JCB cards through its payment terminals across the US. This should quadruple merchant acceptance of JCB cards in the US, helping JCB expand its global presence and boost its profits as its home market becomes increasingly saturated. Furthermore, the tie-up looks set to not only grow JCB's profits, but also please consumers, who may benefit the most.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Sep 2006
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

Asia Pacific wealth: burgeoning market for philanthropic services

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jul 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Biometric banking technology: the future is now

In an attempt to offer increased convenience and protection to customers, the Japanese Bankers Association has announced plans to establish a standardized biometric customer identification system. If the technology proves successful, other banks may follow suit, although numerous concerns need to be overcome before this can become a reality.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jul 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Mizuho: when east meets west

Japan's Mizuho [8411.TO] bank has announced new links with US-based banks Wachovia [WB], Bank of New York [BK] and Wells Fargo [WFC]. Mizuho will use the links to develop a range of investment and retail products. More importantly though, Mizuho also plans to establish a private bank, but it will need to find a specialist wealth management partner to avoid over-stretching its capabilities.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Apr 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Japan Post: a lucrative opportunity - for a bank with the cash

Radical plans to privatize Japan Post from April 2007 were announced yesterday. The Japanese postal service is the world's largest financial institution with savings deposits of $2,095 billion and some 25,000 branches. Its likely privatization is a daunting prospect for local competitors.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Apr 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Merrill Lynch: renewed hope with the rising sun

Merrill Lynch [MER] and Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group (MTFG) are in the latter stages of negotiations to establish a private banking and brokerage joint venture in Japan. If the deal goes through it will represent a compelling combination, and provide Merrill with unprecedented access to the enormous Japanese wealth market.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Mar 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

HSBC / Korea First Bank: foreign players will steady Korean ship

The last few years have been turbulent ones for South Korea's banking sector following a consumer spending boom turned sour. Yet the great interest evoked by Newbridge Capital's sale of its stake in KFB shows the market is turning a corner, with foreign players now keen to invest in the market. The presence of these players should ensure greater stability going forward.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Nov 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Royal & SunAlliance: blue skies ahead

Improved financial results and the sale of its Japanese business to AIG [AIG] have capped Royal & SunAlliance's [RSA.L] rehabilitation. The turnaround in its fortunes reflects the company's determination to concentrate on its core operations by selling many disparate parts of the group and exiting the life sector. This new-found discipline should stand it in good stead for the future.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Nov 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UBS: Citigroup's woes could be wealth management opportunity

UBS' [UBS] results show a 37% increase in UBS Wealth Management's pre-tax profits for the first nine months of 2004, with record levels of invested assets and continued investment in expansion and recruitment. Having returned to the Japanese market during Citigroup's [C] recent regulatory troubles there, the wealth manager now has a significant opportunity that could propel it to greater heights.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Nov 2004

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