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New US bank aims to reinvent personal banking but faces traditional obstacles

Upon its US launch in 2011, BankSimple aims to provide an easy, intuitive, and social banking platform for people who appreciate simple online services. The web-based bank will partner with other financial institutions which will hold the actual deposits, while it focuses on the customer experience. However, its lack of physical presence and unconventional approach may limit its appeal.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jan 2011
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FS: consumer confidence remains low despite signs of recovery

While there is a general belief that the economic recovery is at hand, policy uncertainty and fears of a 'double dip' recession mean that consumer anxieties remain. Indeed, recent figures show that consumer confidence in the US has fallen to its lowest level in 10 months. Financial services providers must engage with consumers and field products which offer security if they are to succeed.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Feb 2010
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Revlon: not reveling in success

Revlon registered an operating loss of $114.9 million for 2002, compared to an operating income of $16.1 million in 2001. A large part of the drop was due to a $100 million charge for its 'growth plan'. Revlon is currently in the middle of major repositioning efforts, which appear to be paying off.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Mar 2003
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Consumer goods: store for war

Uncertainty about the increasingly likely US-led war on Iraq, together with continuing concerns over terrorism, are troubling consumers. This state of fear has repercussions on consumer purchasing behaviour, encouraging cutbacks on some products and the stockpiling of others.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
11 Mar 2003
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US economy: time to focus on the bare necessities

The gap between incomes and housing costs has grown in every state. With the economy not expected to recover to previous peaks, middle-income households might soon feel the pinch and have to curb spending. CPG manufacturers must respond appropriately, through greater offerings of more affordable goods sold through cheaper channels.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Sep 2002
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Finovate 2015 Analyst Profile: Sean Harrison

> Which areas of financial services are you most interested in and why?

Published By Datamonitor
06 Feb 2015
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Finovate 2015 Analyst Profile: Theresa Jameson

> Which areas of financial services are you most interested in and why?

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2015
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MicroSD-led NFC products may do more harm than good

DeviceFidelity's launch of an NFC-enabling cover for the iPhone follows hot on the heels of other developments to convert mobile handsets into contactless form factors. Given the sensitivity surrounding the NFC business model, this will provide added impetus for acquirers to build contactless acceptance but risks alienating mobile operators from future discussions around mobile payments.

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2010
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Tesco: losing share but riding high

Tesco is comfortably riding out the challenging trading conditions facing UK retailing, recording pre-tax profits of GBP2.95 billion for the 52 weeks to February 28. Although exposure to non-food and the impact of its Discounter brand have dented sales growth, the supermarket's international credentials and ability to diversify into new markets will see it continue to prove a formidable retailer.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Apr 2009
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New personal care products: focusing on the benefits of the freezer

Frozen products appear to be gaining ground in personal care, as this month's roundup of new products shows. As well as a freezable sore throat pouch, a frozen cube has been launched for sensual massage. Elsewhere, antioxidant fruits have become popular, appearing in a new blusher.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Dec 2008

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