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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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The future of online

The role of online technologies has evolved from supporting primarily the sales process to supporting all phases of the customer lifecycle, from customer acquisition to fostering long-term customer loyalty. Understanding how online channels are evolving, and how customer expectations are changing in tandem is, therefore, essential.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Aug 2006
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The downturn in wealth management has begun

Since the financial crisis many financial institutions have invested in their wealth management arms to drive overall growth; however, this is about to change.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Sep 2013
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The Commonwealth Bank: mortgage rates to rise

The Commonwealth Bank has become the latest Australian bank to announce that it will pass on the recent rise in funding costs to its mortgage customers, and other banks are expected to follow suit. As a result, further financial pressure will be placed on struggling Australian mortgage holders, with no signs of relief anytime in the near future.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Nov 2007

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