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Macquarie-Yellow Brick deal is set to heighten APR-based competition for Australian mortgages

Wealth manager Yellow Brick Road has entered into a deal with Macquarie Group, as part of which the latter will provide wholesale mortgage funding to Yellow Brick Road. The deal will see the wealth manager compete head-to-head with Australia's leading mortgage providers, with a strong focus on rate-based competition.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Nov 2012
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Market not yet ready for Moven

Moven, a radical new banking entrant in the US, will face considerable challenges in its aim to provide a credible alternative to the traditional banks. By focusing exclusively on digital channels in an effort to offer a truly innovative proposition, Moven risks cutting itself off from the large majority of US consumers who prefer to use physical branches.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2013
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Marks & Spencer demonstrates its faith in face-to-face banking

Marks & Spencer has surprised the world of financial services by announcing its entry into full service banking. As well as offering Marks & Spencer's existing range of financial products, the newly formed M&S Bank will offer current accounts from late 2012, with mortgages to follow. The retailer will also open up to 50 bank branches over the next two years within its store network.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jun 2012
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Mass affluent offshore investment is led by expats

Mass affluents and HNWs display similar behavior in terms of the percentage of their investible assets they allocate offshore. However, the drivers behind these investments are very different. Mass affluent investors are often expats sending assets to their home country, while HNWs, on the other hand, are more motivated by tax efficiency and client anonymity.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Dec 2012
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Mass affluents want banking innovation

Mass affluent customers show much greater demand for innovation in banking services than their mass market counterparts, and are willing to switch providers if not satisfied.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Mar 2014
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MasterCard and Telefonica "Zuum" into Brazil's unbanked

Zuum, the mobile payment service launched in Brazil by MasterCard and Telefonica, will tap into a big market opportunity but it will not be an easy road to mass adoption.

Published By Datamonitor
29 May 2013
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Mexican consumers driven by comfort online

As an online payment tool, cash continues to account for a sizable portion of online purchases in Mexico. Payment providers need to emphasize comfort and convenience to drive greater electronic payment adoption.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Dec 2014
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MicroSD-led NFC products may do more harm than good

DeviceFidelity's launch of an NFC-enabling cover for the iPhone follows hot on the heels of other developments to convert mobile handsets into contactless form factors. Given the sensitivity surrounding the NFC business model, this will provide added impetus for acquirers to build contactless acceptance but risks alienating mobile operators from future discussions around mobile payments.

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2010
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Microsoft cautiously taps digital currency opportunity

Microsoft's move to accept Bitcoin payments is a proactive endeavor to tap into the growing awareness of digital currencies. However, for a number of reasons it is unlikely that such payment options will become widely used in the near term.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Dec 2014
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Minimum deposits offer an alternative way forward

Nationwide has launched a free current account that pays 2% interest as long as customers deposit GBP1,000 every month. Minimum deposit requirements are an underutilized method of engaging customers with added value accounts.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Nov 2012

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