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HSBC may spin off its buyout business, creating further uncertainty in the private equity sector

Europe's biggest bank has joined a number of other large institutions in announcing that it is considering a retreat from the private equity arena, against the background of restrictive regulatory proposals in the EU and US. The move can be seen as a further indication of change in the sector, although the ultimate implications for clients are as yet unclear.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jun 2010
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Banking reform: addressing the sustainability of banking business models

The financial crisis has highlighted the fragility of banking business models which are based on high levels of risk and low reserves. In the aftermath of the crisis, many banks are aiming to demonstrate that sustainability is making its way onto their agendas. However, there is currently little evidence that this is indeed the case.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jul 2010
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IMF: mixed message unlikely to inspire consumer confidence

The International Monetary Fund has raised its forecasts for world growth from predictions earlier in the year, with growth for 2010 estimated at 4.50% followed by a slight dip to 4.25% in 2011. However, the IMF also highlighted the risk of a double dip recession and, as policy makers continue to dole out mixed messages, it could be some time before consumer confidence recovers completely.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jul 2010
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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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Joint In2Pay solution is attractive but consumer reaction remains unclear

ViVOtech and DeviceFidelity have partnered to bring a full range of applications for mobile commerce to smartphones. For the payments industry, this could be a big step forward in building momentum behind all kinds of contactless applications. However, only the success of the recently announced trials and customer experience will determine the feasibility of further developments in this area.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Sep 2010
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RBC: the quietly expanding wealth manager

RBC's wealth management arm is to expand in Asia through its Hong Kong and Singapore hubs, the latest in a number of deals that the bank has been quietly carrying out over the last year. Through such deals, it has become one of the 10 largest wealth managers in the world, and with its expanded geographic reach, assured focus and investment expertise, now presents a potent threat in the market.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Nov 2010
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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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JP Morgan: Middle East wealth management on the up

JP Morgan expects its private banking business in the Middle East to grow by 10-20% over 2011. However, the US wealth manager is not the only competitor to see potential in the region, with many of the bank's rivals boosting staffing numbers and opening new offices. As such, Datamonitor believes that the Middle East will be one to watch in 2011 as the market rebuilds itself after the crisis.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jan 2011
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The Co-operative Bank: good with alimony

British financial services provider The Co-operative Bank has joined forces with law firm DWF to offer affluent divorcees loans to help pay their legal bills. This is just one example of customer segmentation, which is a trend to watch: in today's tough economy, smart banks are tailoring services to potentially lucrative niches.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jan 2011
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Barclays Wealth: ahead of the emotional curve

Barclays Wealth has been using behavioral finance theory for four years in an attempt to understand the potential impact of investors' tendency to make irrational investment decisions. According to the company's vice president of private banking, the market leading insight that this practice provides has given it an edge over rivals and, in Aberdeen, led to a significant upturn in 2010 revenues.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Feb 2011

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