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The regulatory future for ETFs

The huge losses incurred at UBS in September 2011 by an ETF trader have posed questions as to the adequacy of the regulation of the increasingly popular investment product. The recent statement by BlackRock, backing calls for regulatory improvements, points to imminent changes: the question is, what will those changes be? Datamonitor has an opinion.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Oct 2011
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The Red Queen dilemma: can the insurance industry resolve it?

Following the financial crisis, the landscape of the insurance industry has changed. Due to the Red Queen dilemma, players are going to have to adapt quickly to the changing market, but some have not even yet realized that this is necessary. Research by Ovum reveals that insurers' awareness of the dilemma and ability to deal with it vary by geographic location.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Aug 2010
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The Philippines: huge potential for payments

Due to the geographic nature of the Philippines, it is currently very difficult for banks and retailers to reach every island in the nation. However, the emergence of online and mobile payment services will resolve the issue of cost, with payment providers set to benefit from the country's young population and accelerating economic growth.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Feb 2013
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The mobile money market must offer better value to replicate its success in the developing world

A survey carried out by the World Bank, the Gates Foundation, and Gallup reveals significant differences in mobile money usage between low- and high-income countries, with usage much higher in less developed economies, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Higher-income countries are lagging behind in developing these services, but these markets pose a different challenge.

Published By Datamonitor
11 May 2012
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The MAS refines list of investments subject to new investor protection rules

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has decided to widen the scope of the list of Excluded Investment Products (EIPs), which are excluded from new investor protection rules. Expanding the EIP list will keep the regulatory burden of investor protection manageable and ensure that Singapore remains competitive with Hong Kong as a center of wealth management.

Published By Datamonitor
23 May 2012
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The market for mass affluent programs remains untapped in Australia

Margins in Australian retail banking are not what they used to be as costs mount and growth slows. Banks have therefore focused on widening their margins by offering higher value services such as wealth management. Mass affluent banking programs represent a key avenue for introducing these products to the customer base and bolstering margins, but have largely been neglected by banks in Australia.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Oct 2012
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The Malaysian market may be small but it has a number of attractions

The Malaysian wealth market will never be as large as Asia Pacific's titans like Japan, nor can it boast the prodigious growth rates of China and India, but the market is fast becoming one that wealth managers need to take into account. Steady growth, an open economy, and a developing Islamic finance center give Malaysia a prominence in wealth management above what its current size may warrant.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Feb 2012
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The launch of Centurion may be the first step to market maturity in China

American Express recently announced that its premium, invitation-only Centurion card is being made available in China through the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and China Merchants Bank. While payments in China are rapidly evolving, in some respects the market is beginning to enter the first stages of maturity.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Oct 2012
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The global wealth market is unlikely to experience steady growth before 2014

The persisting eurozone crisis, a slowing Chinese economy, and escalating political instability in the Middle East are all contributing factors to the unpredictability that is expected to continue in global markets over the next couple of years. This will translate into continued stock market volatility, as seen in 2011 and early 2012.

Published By Datamonitor
21 May 2012
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The G20 clampdown on tax havens has not signed their death warrant - yet

Tough talk from the G20 about clamping down on tax havens is making for very uncomfortable reading among jurisdictions that hold non-resident client assets, including those in Europe. Although no specific sanctions against uncooperative jurisdictions were outlined, Brazil provides an example of the kind of 'stick' that could be used on the European jurisdictions to make them show willing.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Apr 2009

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