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What will an offshore yuan trading center in London mean for wealth managers?

A forum has been established between the UK and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) to discuss the development of London as an offshore yuan trading center. Reaching the status that Hong Kong holds for the offshore currency will not happen overnight, but wealth managers should be aware of approaching implications.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jan 2012
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What conclusions can be drawn from the net inflows at Credit Suisse Private Banking?

Credit Suisse has announced strong net inflows within its private wealth management unit. In Q1 2012, net inflows from wealth management clients reached CHF5.8bn, up 45.0% on Q4 2011. The origins of the new assets highlight a number of characteristics that define the global wealth management industry in 2012.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Apr 2012
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Westpac: stepping up competitive pressure

A leaked confidential Westpac briefing document has provided an interesting insight into the strategic planning of the bank's operations in Victoria. The document outlines an aggressive expansion plan, with Westpac looking to target Commonwealth Bank of Australia customers. Competition in this market is, therefore, set to heat up.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jul 2011
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Westpac: platinum is the new gold

The latest decision by Westpac to upgrade all of its gold credit cards to platinum cards reconfirms the direction of the credit cards product proposition, that platinum is the new gold. This strategy will allow card issuers to tap into extra revenue and increase customer acquisition in 2012; however, there may also be some negative effects on the Australian credit card industry.

Published By Datamonitor
24 May 2012
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Westpac: giving debit where it's due

Westpac has invigorated New Zealand's card market with the launch of its Debitplus Visa card. This should prove a shrewd move for the bank as schemed debit cards such as this have been very popular around the globe and similar success is expected in New Zealand. In addition, Westpac has reaffirmed its position of an innovative leader in the country's card market.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Nov 2006
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Westpac: doubts and rumors surround proposed merger

In the months following the announcement of the proposed Westpac/St.George merger, doubts regarding the deal have mounted, as market movements and customer sentiment have turned negative. Westpac is coming under increasing pressure to improve its offer, particularly as rumors of potential counter bids have emerged.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Jul 2008
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WestLB: Mellon on a roll with asset management venture

German public sector bank WestLB has greed an asset management joint venture with US group Mellon Financial that will see a new entity formed with an estimated $49 billion in assets under management. The deal will see the consolidation of both groups' German asset management businesses, while providing Mellon with a key distribution channel for its products through WestLB's network.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Sep 2005
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Western European immigrants need help saving

While immigrants from Western Europe are generally quite attractive as clients, they are the most likely to require savings products that help them to be disciplined savers.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Oct 2013
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Western Europe presents opportunity for sub-prime lending

Western Europe poses significant opportunities for the expansion of sub-prime lending, but must be approached with caution, according to Datamonitor research. While the UK now has a highly developed sub-prime lending market, Ireland is fast following on its heels, with a number of other countries likely to follow suit.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Mar 2007
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Wendy's move highlights mobile wallet challenges

Wendy's is entering the US mobile payments market, launching a pilot program introducing POS payment functionality to its existing MyWendy's mobile app in three US cities. Retailer mobile wallet apps undoubtedly have the potential for success, but their focus on customer loyalty makes mobile wallets less payment tools and more marketing devices.

Published By Datamonitor
16 May 2013

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