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PLA Innovation of the Week: bottled water with the taste and health boost of yogurt

Yogurt in drink form tends to have a thick, milkshake-like consistency that is satisfying and filling, but not necessarily refreshing. However, Suntory Minami Alps yogurt-flavored water has the tart taste of yogurt, but is transparent and aims to be as refreshing as plain water is. New in Japan, this product is the Datamonitor Consumer Product Launch Analytics innovation of the week.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jun 2015
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Car insurance market retreats from break-even COR

2014 financial results for the UK car insurance market reveal a worsening performance, as shrinking GWP from competitive premiums failed to tally with a space still facing a whiplash epidemic.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jun 2015
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Aspiration and reality clash in HNW inheritance planning

High net worth (HNW) individuals are keen to secure the financial future of their offspring, but are often unsure of the preparations they need to make. Wealth managers can capitalize by guiding their clients on how to pass their assets on to the next generation.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jun 2015
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Telematics can work for motorcycle insurers too

Insurers should rethink the application of telematics and its exclusivity to car owners, especially as motorcycle owners are classed as a high-risk group.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jun 2015
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Global commission model in retreat

Canada has become the latest jurisdiction to consider banning the commission advice model, with the publication of the Brondesbury Report confirming that investors often lose out under this system.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jun 2015
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Ethical banking breeds acquisition and trust

Banks have been slow to recognize the growing demand for ethical products; however, their inclusion in banks' portfolios has the potential to open up a vast pool of opportunities in the sector.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jun 2015
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Retail investors are looking for liquid alternatives

With HNW investors keen to see both return and diversification benefits, wealth managers must ensure their propositions provide the opportunity for alternative investment strategies.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jun 2015
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Danske Bank to make PINs a thing of the past

Danske Bank is the latest Norwegian issuer to pilot Zwipe's fingerprint-scanning contactless card. Although biometric payment authentication is still relatively novel, Norwegians are ready to ditch PINs in favor of the technology.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jun 2015
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mBank shows that branches still matter

Although mobile banking has been getting all the attention recently, mBank's success in tripling sales with its new branch format shows that there is still life left in bricks-and-mortar.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jun 2015
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FDA artificial trans fat ruling: time for a simpler solution?

The FDA has ruled artificial trans fat to be "generally not recognized as safe," meaning that those who currently use it in their products now have an obvious, urgent need to reformulate to meet the deadline of three years to eradicate it completely. Leaving the issue of sourcing to one side for a moment, however, this also raises the question: which types of fat are Americans more receptive to?

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jun 2015

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