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Australia: Challenger and AXA trade businesses

Challenger and AXA have agreed to trade business, with Challenger exchanging its financial planning division for AXA's closed annuities portfolio and a consideration of $100 million. The asset swap has been welcomed by industry observers, as it will allow AXA to free up capital and gain financial planners, while Challenger will reap scale benefits for its annuities.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jun 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Kasikornbank: seeking HNWs through premium services

Thailand's fourth largest lender, Kasikornbank, has officially launched Signature Private Banking services in an attempt to attract wealthy individuals living in the country. The private banking venture should be a success, providing the bank leverages from its existing customer base and large branch network throughout Thailand.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2008
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CommentWire

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
Expert View
Expert View

Wealthy Hong Kong clients are on the hunt for attractive investments

A new Datamonitor survey has found that high net worth individuals in Hong Kong are actively hunting for the best money making opportunities. Indeed, the country's future is promising after its economy successfully emerged out of recession in the second quarter of 2009. Investor confidence has flourished and clients are willing to accept extreme risks if greater returns are to be had.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Nov 2009
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CommentWire

Low-risk products are back in favor among Australian investors

Australian retail investors adopted a more cautious investment strategy in 2010, with fixed income products such as bonds and cash being the clear winners in terms of popularity. This suggests that despite the global financial crisis largely bypassing the Australian market, investors were still scarred by its effects and remain wary of taking on too much risk to their hard earned savings.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jan 2011
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A broad portfolio of wealth management services is necessary to attract Australian investors

The wealth management sector in Australia is experiencing rapid growth. Consequently it has become a target market for many international players, as well as domestic competitors looking to expand. However, providers of wealth management services need to offer a flexible portfolio, which appeals both to the self-governing investor as well as to those who require more financial guidance.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2011
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Greek retail investors to lose almost 40% of their wealth by 2013

The uncertainty surrounding the willingness and ability of the eurozone to deal with the debt crisis effectively is exacerbating problems that have been latent since its inception. Greece is now faced with tough choices that have been postponed since the country joined the euro over 10 years ago. This is expected to have dramatic impacts on the overall wealth held by Greek retail investors.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Oct 2011
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The UK is set to overtake Germany to become the largest wealth market in Western Europe

The latest edition of Datamonitor's "Western European Wealth Markets Database" shows that Germany is currently the largest wealth market by both liquid assets and the number of individuals; however, it is set to be overtaken by the UK in 2015.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2011
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Chile's retail savings and investments market will continue to grow robustly

The Chilean retail savings and investments market was one of only two markets in the Americas to grow during 2008, the other being Mexico. Since 2006, the Chilean market has grown at a CAGR of 14.7%. While growth is forecast to be slower in the next five years, the Chilean market will continue to grow at a CAGR of 9.02%.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jan 2012
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The FSA's sale and rent back ban offers a prelude to life under the FCA

The FSA has suspended all sale and rent back market activity following investigations that revealed a number of exploitive practices being used against homeowners. This action by the soon-to-be disbanded FSA is the first manifestation of the more proactive and pro-consumer regulatory stance set to be undertaken by the FCA.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Feb 2012

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