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Downturn reveals weaknesses in UK consumers' pensions' savings plans

Datamonitor's Financial Services Consumer Insights survey reveals that attempts to promote pension savings have been a failure, with around 69% of individuals globally still not having any pension policy in place. Consumers in the UK are particularly vulnerable and may not be able to rely on overburdened state systems in their retirement, making private pensions more vital than ever before.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jul 2009
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Are we in the grip of a 'Psychological Recession'?

The Generation Recession report recently commissioned by Friends Provident has indicated that the UK is in the grip of a 'Psychological Recession', an assertion supported by Datamonitor research. While there is a significant disparity between the perceived effect of the recession on consumers and its actual effect on their day-to-day financial lives, such perceptions are perpetuating the problem.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Aug 2009
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Low interest rates depress savers

The last six months have seen unprecedented low rates of interest, which are great for borrowers but make life hard for savers. Datamonitor's Financial Services Consumer Insight survey revealed a trend of consumers wanting to shift their savings from long-term to short-term easy access, but this makes it even harder to find strong returns.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Sep 2009
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CommentWire

US saving culture: the source of all problems?

Datamonitor's Financial Services Consumer Insights survey shows that the fundamental weakness in US savings behavior is a crucial driver of global imbalances. Despite the G20's intention to address the issue of imbalances in the world economy, US saving behavior must see a marked change if global imbalances are to be corrected and the $100 billion US current account deficit is to be paid back.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2009
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Offering 'one size fits all' savings products in Asia Pacific is a recipe for failure

Datamonitor's Financial Services Consumer Insight survey has shown that consumers in Asia Pacific defy being pigeonholed by saving providers, revealing diverse product tastes, saving methods and plans for the future. Financial services providers must appreciate the unique savings culture of their target market and the variety of preferences if they are to successfully build wallet share.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Nov 2009
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CommentWire

Good guys finish last: not in the case of ethical financial services

In the past, ethical investment involved avoiding 'sin' stocks such as alcohol, gambling or armaments. This has evolved into fund managers who actively seek out opportunities in clean tech, energy security and water, among other socially responsible investments. These not only bring moral assurance but, according to new research, are earning very attractive returns.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2009
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CommentWire

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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CommentWire

Economic slowdown highlights the importance of savings culture

According to OECD data, the average household savings rate between 1992 and 2001 was 8.46%. This fell to 3.46% between 2002 and 2008, symptomatic of the high levels of consumer spending that characterized much of the decade. Although the global economic slowdown exacerbated the low level of household savings in 2008, for many consumers the crisis has highlighted the importance of saving.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Apr 2010
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CommentWire

Commbank: looking to educate tomorrow's customers, today

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has launched Coinland, a virtual online game designed to educate primary school children in money management and the consequences of spending. With new Datamonitor findings highlighting a lack of understanding and engagement between banks and consumers, this new initiative sees Commbank well poised to capitalize on this gap in the market.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Apr 2010
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CommentWire

UK financial services industry: transparency in product information is vital to regaining trust

The global financial downturn has cast doubt upon the integrity of the financial services industry. Consequently, openness and honesty are in demand from consumers who want simple, straightforward information from their providers. While some banks are taking steps to increase transparency, more needs to be done by all providers if they want to gain, and retain, the trust of consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Oct 2010

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