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G20: the future of the industry needs more than banker bashing

A year on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers, there has been little in the way of practical progress towards the kind of bank regulation that is desperately needed - particularly given the accusations of a return to 'business as usual' in the industry. Thus, it is hoped that the G20 summit will not be hamstrung by attempts to make the high-visibility, low-impact issue of bank bonuses a priority.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Sep 2009
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Galaxy S4 and Mobeam face NFC challenges

Samsung recently announced that the hotly anticipated Galaxy S4 mobile handset will include a means to interact with traditional barcode scanners. The technology gets around some issues facing the wider rollout of mobile proximity payments, but despite the scalability benefits, many considerable hurdles remain.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Mar 2013
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Global standard set to shake up online payments

The online and mobile proximity payments markets are set for upheaval, in the wake of the recent proposal by the major card schemes to establish a global online standard for card transactions.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Oct 2013
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Goldman Sachs, a leading investments house, pins its hopes on private banking

Goldman Sachs has announced that it is increasing its focus on wealth management by targeting high net worth clients around the world. As financial institutions have been faced with the increasingly high costs of capital, diversification into less capital-intensive businesses like private banking has kept competitive pressure high in the wealth market.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jul 2012
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Goldman Sachs: commitment to asset management does not herald wider change in sector trends

Goldman Sachs intends not just to hold on to its asset management business, but to actively grow it going forward. Its plans stand in contrast to the global trend of large universal banks exiting, dividing or reducing their asset management businesses. While the argument for retention is not without merit, there is unlikely to be any let-up in the trend away from asset managers any time soon.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Oct 2009
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Google Wallet leans away from NFC towards P2P

Google Wallet has shifted away from its reliance on NFC and further towards P2P payments and loyalty. The move has potential to grow the Wallet brand but faces competition from Apple and PayPal.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Sep 2013
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Google's new Save to Wallet feature could have a significant impact on the industry

Google recently announced the expansion of its Google Wallet offering with the release of Save to Wallet, a new digital wallet facility. The service, which is designed to enhance the way in which consumers store their card details and use rewards and offers from merchants, signals a noteworthy development that may help to shape the future of mobile payments.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 2012
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Google's payment ambitions expand into localized, lower-tech services

The company has announced its first foray into more traditional card-based payments, and its first real-world payments launch outside of Google Wallet in the US, with the unveiling of an NFC contactless transport card system in Kenya. This may mark a significant step in Google's branching out from its other high profile payment launches.

Published By Datamonitor
31 May 2012
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Government and private sector to benefit from prepaid cards

The prepaid card market has already defined a place for itself within the payment card industry, but players in this market must continue to concentrate on marketing their products and make them more easily accessible in order for prepaid cards to succeed and reach their full potential, in both the private and public sectors.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2007
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Green IT initiatives are not insurers' top priority

The insurance industry, perhaps more than any other sector, has the most to lose - and gain - from global climate change. In spite of this, a recent Datamonitor survey has found that few insurers operate their IT departments with the environment in mind. This does not mean, however, that insurers are not actively and positively affecting today's most challenging environmental issues.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jul 2008

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