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Westpac: stepping up competitive pressure

A leaked confidential Westpac briefing document has provided an interesting insight into the strategic planning of the bank's operations in Victoria. The document outlines an aggressive expansion plan, with Westpac looking to target Commonwealth Bank of Australia customers. Competition in this market is, therefore, set to heat up.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jul 2011
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Westpac: platinum is the new gold

The latest decision by Westpac to upgrade all of its gold credit cards to platinum cards reconfirms the direction of the credit cards product proposition, that platinum is the new gold. This strategy will allow card issuers to tap into extra revenue and increase customer acquisition in 2012; however, there may also be some negative effects on the Australian credit card industry.

Published By Datamonitor
24 May 2012
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Westpac: giving debit where it's due

Westpac has invigorated New Zealand's card market with the launch of its Debitplus Visa card. This should prove a shrewd move for the bank as schemed debit cards such as this have been very popular around the globe and similar success is expected in New Zealand. In addition, Westpac has reaffirmed its position of an innovative leader in the country's card market.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Nov 2006
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Westpac: doubts and rumors surround proposed merger

In the months following the announcement of the proposed Westpac/St.George merger, doubts regarding the deal have mounted, as market movements and customer sentiment have turned negative. Westpac is coming under increasing pressure to improve its offer, particularly as rumors of potential counter bids have emerged.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Jul 2008
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Westpac engages mobile users with augmented reality

From September 2014, Westpac's mobile app users will be able to view account information just by holding their bank card in front of their smartphone's camera. This technology could make financial management much more engaging for consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Aug 2014
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Westpac branches have high-value potential

As its competitors have continued to slash branch numbers, Westpac maintains its extensive bank network. Yet a shift in product focus might provide Westpac with the return on investment that other banks are shunning.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jul 2014
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Wells Fargo branches: less is more

Wells Fargo is launching a smaller mini-branch format that will allow it to operate in areas where normally sized branches are unviable. Reducing branch size will result in significantly lower operating costs. This means that banks can continue to keep branches - still a vital acquisition tool - despite the continuing migration of customers to digital channels.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2013
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Web 2.0 holds promises and threats for online banking

Web 2.0 technologies represent a means through which retail banks can more accurately serve the modern consumer. As such, many banks appreciate the benefits that such technologies could bring to their online offerings, such as a new, more customizable and interactive internet experience. However, they remain cautious about implementing the technology due to perceived security implications.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Sep 2008
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Wealth management: the rush to pick up the pieces

The global wealth management market is now seeing a number of M&A deals, with Kleinwort Benson and parts of ING's private banking division now under the hammer. Yet the actual number of top-tier businesses coming to market remains small and competition for these assets is becoming fierce as more wealth managers get back on their feet, making it essential to move cautiously and strategically.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Sep 2009
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Wealth management IT spending to top $28 billion by 2012

The mass affluent market remains a growth opportunity for the banking sector as the asset base of typical investors grows. According to Datamonitor research, spending by financial services firms on front-to-back wealth management IT in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific will reach $28.5 billion by 2012 as they increase investment in the technology to cope with regulations and stay competitive.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Oct 2007

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