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Wealth managers need to join the mobile bandwagon

Private wealth managers are by necessity more cautious than the rest of the financial services market, as they are responsible for the preservation and growth of their clients' money. As such, technological innovation comes slow to the market. However, the mobile banking revolution is unfolding so fast that wealth managers have to develop a mobile strategy or risk losing affluent customers.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2013
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Visa enters new territory in the online payments sector with V.me

Visa has announced the launch of a new digital wallet, V.me, to compete directly with PayPal in the online payments sector. The digital wallet allows consumers to link their existing payment tools and make online transactions without having to reveal their card payment details to the merchant. Due to launch in early 2012, V.me will allow Visa to explore new territory as a digital wallet provider.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Dec 2011
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Virtual currencies are on the radar of central banks, but regulations remain a long way off

The European Central Bank recently released its first study looking at the nature and impact of emerging virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, Linden Dollars, and World of Warcraft Gold. While these currencies have grown strongly in recent years, in some instances resulting in extremely large virtual economies, they are likely to remain outside regulatory control.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Nov 2012
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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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UnionPay set to shake up US card market

China UnionPay's entrance into the US payment card market with a prepaid card offering signals a bold strategic move by the payment network to not only tap into the growing popularity of prepaid cards, but also to expand its consumer reach and global brand presence. If successful, UnionPay could potentially spell bad news for major payment providers and their standing in the market.

Published By Datamonitor
02 May 2013
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The branch is still a comfort to Australians

Australian consumers still see the value in branches, which is bad news for banks that are looking to reduce costs.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jun 2013
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Tesco: losing share but riding high

Tesco is comfortably riding out the challenging trading conditions facing UK retailing, recording pre-tax profits of GBP2.95 billion for the 52 weeks to February 28. Although exposure to non-food and the impact of its Discounter brand have dented sales growth, the supermarket's international credentials and ability to diversify into new markets will see it continue to prove a formidable retailer.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Apr 2009
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Tesco looks to the East for growth but must not neglect the UK

Competitive pressures are mounting in Tesco's domestic market and with growth in the UK set to become far more subdued, aggressively pursuing growth in its Asian operations is a sensible strategy for the grocer. However, Tesco must ensure that the emerging avenues of growth in the UK are exploited to the same extent as those provided by the exciting opportunities in its key growth region.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Nov 2010
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Split strategies in the savings market

Consumers with small savings balances prize ease of access whereas consumers with large balances focus on interest rate. This requires banks to segment and market their savings proposition in terms of either rate or ease of access.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Apr 2013
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Social media is critical for switchers in Hong Kong

The Asian banking market is tipped to slow over the next year, meaning the ability to take market share from rivals while retaining existing customers will become more important. In Hong Kong, this means effectively leveraging social media.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Feb 2014

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