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Exchange traded funds: sunshine on a cloudy day

There remains a glimmer of hope in the asset management industry, even as significant outflows continue from hedge funds, capital protected structured products, property and equity funds. Exchange traded funds, only launched in the US in 1993, now account for almost 40% of all US stock trading volume.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jan 2009
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Facebook gains traction as banking channel

In a move that reinforces Facebook's emergence as a banking channel, CaixaBank has become the latest provider - and the first in Europe - to allow its customers to manage their accounts via the social media site.

Published By Datamonitor
15 May 2014
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Facebook looks to boost revenues to justify its $104bn IPO

In order to satisfy shareholders and justify its market valuation, Facebook is going to have to increase its revenue streams. Current indications are that Facebook aims to achieve this through a stronger focus upon the use of Facebook Credits and the development of its App Center. It looks entirely possible that a Facebook Wallet may follow.

Published By Datamonitor
23 May 2012
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Facebook's Buy button doesn't belong

Facebook's latest move towards payments is at odds with its own brand identity, and thus is unlikely to succeed.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Sep 2014
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Falcon Private Bank: Middle East provides onshore and offshore growth

Falcon Private Bank is focusing on four geographies to grow its business: Switzerland, China, Russia, and the Middle East. With US tax pressures damaging Swiss banks and Middle East growth prospects high, the bank's strategy should result in growth and a stable future customer base.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Feb 2012
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Falling oil prices hit the wealthy twice

Although the price of oil has recently been relatively stable compared to 2014, it remains more than 50% lower than in June 2014. And as our data shows, this will have a double impact on HNW individuals' portfolios.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Mar 2015
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Fear of fraud and lack of payment tools are preventing consumers from shopping online

Fear of payment fraud is the biggest obstacle to the growth of online commerce, while access to payment tools remains a big infrastructure barrier for consumers in emerging countries, according to Datamonitor's latest "Online Payments: Cards Not Present?" report (February 2012, CM00139-004).

Published By Datamonitor
13 Mar 2012
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Financial armageddon and the CDS market

The recent nationalization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac sent shockwaves through the credit default swap market. The subsequent collapse of Lehman Brothers and the nationalization of AIG have caused further turmoil within the industry. The sheer size of the market means that any credit risk failings have the potential to dwarf the sub-prime crisis, with dramatic consequences for all markets.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Sep 2008
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Finantix takes mobile banking to the next level

"Banking Assistant" from Finantix is an advanced mobile banking application that makes it far easier for consumers to conduct financial activities, as well as recommending relevant financial products. By helping banks to enhance their customers' lifestyles, Banking Assistant will boost customer engagement and brand warmth, both of which have been a weak point for most banks.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Feb 2013
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Fine wines: the taxman cometh

In the wake of the global financial crisis, high net worth investors continue to look toward not only traditional investments but also collectables such as art and jewelry. Chief among these is fine wines, a market that has grown substantially in the past year. However, this has not escaped the attentions of the taxman, and investors must recognize that a tax clampdown is coming into effect.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Dec 2010

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