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Tesco admits necessity of mortgage brokers

Tesco Bank, which has sold its mortgages solely through direct channels since entering this market in 2012, is to expand into intermediary distribution as well. This move reflects growing consumer demand for advice in the wake of regulatory changes.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Feb 2015
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Putting the phone down on cold calls

The days of being bombarded with nuisance cold calls and text messages may be numbered, with the UK government introducing new laws to tackle the issue.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Feb 2015
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Payday loans, meet price comparison

New regulations affecting the payday loan industry have been announced by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which should significantly drive down the costs of payday loans for consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Feb 2015
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Competition between Tencent and Alipay set to intensify

Tencent and Alipay have had their biggest showdown so far over digitization of the traditional monetary gifts given in red envelopes for Chinese New Year. With both companies now holding a banking license their battle will escalate in 2015.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Feb 2015
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Bitcoin edges closer to the mainstream

The last few months have seen numerous businesses throwing their support behind bitcoin, suggesting that the potential of the cryptocurrency is finally being realized.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Feb 2015
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US stock market peaks, but investors need alternatives

US stock prices have already tripled since panicky March 2009. There is nothing more exciting for investors than a bullish market, but wealth managers have to start thinking about rebalancing their clients' portfolios.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Feb 2015
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RBI keeping telcos in India at arm's length

The National Payments Corporation of India has announced plans to pilot a consolidated payments system, allowing anyone with a bank account to send and receive money via a mobile phone using a single identifier.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Feb 2015
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Lloyds streamlines online account opening

The decision by Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) to allow customers to submit ID documents via smartphone image capture makes it the latest bank to capitalize on the growing trend for removing friction from the onboarding process.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Feb 2015
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Plaso is not what Google Wallet needs

Google is piloting a new mobile payments service, dubbed "Plaso," which may never see a mass-market launch but does provide insight into the firm's mobile payments strategy.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Feb 2015
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Visa hedges its authentication bets

Visa's move to invest in a geolocation confirmation service soon after the release of its Visa Transaction Advisor service signals that the future of payment security lies in both multi-factor and risk-based authentication.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Feb 2015

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