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NBNK Verde bid lacks some of The Co-operative Group's qualities

Lloyds Banking Group has announced that it is no longer exclusively dealing with The Co-operative Group in the sale of 632 branches required under EU guidelines. The FSA has questioned The Co-operative Group's suitability regarding its mutual structure and financial capabilities. Yet, the alternative bids will not provide the increased competition that the FSA desires.

Published By Datamonitor
10 May 2012
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New financial advice service hopes for popular uptake

Datamonitor research has shown that the free financial advice system launched last week by Alistair Darling has come not a second too late. The new service, run by the Financial Services Authority, seeks to provide consumers with impartial financial information, as well as the tools for calculating budgets, clarifying saving targets and simplifying small print.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Mar 2010
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New P2P payment tools are set to disrupt cash dominance in Australia

A number of new P2P payment methods have emerged in Australia and all have a common target: displacing cash in the low-value P2P payment sector.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Nov 2011
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New US bank aims to reinvent personal banking but faces traditional obstacles

Upon its US launch in 2011, BankSimple aims to provide an easy, intuitive, and social banking platform for people who appreciate simple online services. The web-based bank will partner with other financial institutions which will hold the actual deposits, while it focuses on the customer experience. However, its lack of physical presence and unconventional approach may limit its appeal.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jan 2011
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New year, new bank?

Coles gaining a banking license would be bad news for Australia's incumbents. Not only would it result in reduced share of wallet, but it would lead to heightened competition for a particularly lucrative target segment: young and affluent Australians.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Feb 2014
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Notice accounts to become more prominent

With Basel III looming, product design will be increasingly focused on minimizing regulatory issues and increasing the "stickiness" of deposits. Term deposits and notice accounts are set to become more prevalent under the regulation. However, offering a higher level of convenience, deposits kept in notice accounts will show more impressive growth rates than those held in term deposit accounts.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Mar 2013
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NTT DOCOMO's virtual prepaid card faces usage struggle

NTT DOCOMO's new virtual Visa prepaid card service for online shoppers will require considerable long-term investment to garner any real payoffs, as there is a general unwillingness to use prepaid online in Japan.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Sep 2013
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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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Online banking customers feel misunderstood

Consumers in the UK who conduct all of their regular banking through the online channel are less likely to think that their provider understands their personal financial situation. This poor perception of the relationship with a provider is worrying for retention efforts at a time when banks are trying to migrate more activities to remote channels.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jan 2013
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Online PFM tools taking off in Australia

While there is very limited differentiation among the online banking platforms that banks in Australia offer, consumers are demanding online tools to help them manage their finances. To provide value-added services to their current online offerings, banks should look to PFM tools as a way of maintaining and acquiring customers.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Feb 2013

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