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Transport is an untapped opportunity for contactless in Australia

The Australian public transit network represents an unexplored opportunity for contactless. Enabling open-loop payments for transport would help further encourage consumer adoption of contactless cards.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Sep 2013
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Time is money for wealth managers

Private banks and wealth management firms are dedicated to increasing cost efficiency, but they should not underestimate the potential of IT investment. Not only can it reduce costs in the long term, it can also increase revenue and profit.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2015
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Time for insurers to launch targeted apps

Insurance apps need to become more targeted to customer needs and offer real solutions in order to become popular and help insurers interact with and better understand consumers. AA's telematics app and Australian banks' homebuyer apps offer good examples in this respect.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2013
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Think big for cashless payments

The concept of cashless transactions appeals to consumers and suppliers alike. It reduces the overheads of handling cash, cuts down on the risk of theft, and the inconvenience of having to find the right amount of change for a vending or car park machine. However, there are a few things that every organization should know about cashless payments before committing to such a scheme.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2006
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There is still wealth in Japan

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has become the third international bank to pull out of the Japanese private wealth management market, announcing the sale of its stake in its joint venture with Mitsubishi UFJ. Japan is tough for foreign banks but is still the largest Asian private banking market, with high net worth assets forecast to grow.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2012
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The US: a major boost for contactless payments via transit applications

The Chicago Transit Authority is preparing a request for the development of a contactless fare collection system by means of open-loop payment and prepaid cards. If this development materializes, industry players are more likely to repeat the same model in other markets, which would symbolize a major boost for contactless payments worldwide.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Aug 2009
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The Securities Commission Malaysia's new retail bonds and sukuk framework to boost local market

To facilitate a greater retail presence in local bond markets, the Securities Commission Malaysia has launched a retail bonds and sukuk framework to provide retail investors with direct access to locally issued bonds and sukuk. According to Datamonitor, the opening up of this market will see bonds growing the fastest of all assets classes in retail investors' portfolios over the next two years.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Sep 2012
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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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