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Capgemini: Asia-Pacific leads world in wealth growth


Singapore, Hong Kong, October 21, 2014 – With Japan and China leading the way, the Asia-Pacific region registered world-leading levels of High Net Worth Individual (HNWI)1 population and wealth growth in 2013, with no signs of slowing down, according to the Asia-Pacific Wealth Report 2014 (APWR), published today by Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management. The region’s population of HNWIs grew 17 percent to 4.3 million, while their wealth grew 18 percent to reach US$14.2 trillion, compared to growth rates of 13 percent and 12 percent respectively in... Read More »

Rob DeVincent of Corcentric reveals the 3 ways to audit your AP Performance at IOFM’s 2014 Accounts Payable Conference & Expo


McLean, VA - Corcentric, a leading provider of Accounts Payable automation and electronic invoicing software, today announced Rob DeVincent, Vice President of Product Marketing, will be speaking at the Institute of Finance & Management's (IOFM) 2014 Accounts Payable Conference & Expo, the only AP membership meeting that focuses on accounts payable education and practical approaches to automation. DeVincent's presentation, "3 Ways to Audit Accounts Payable Performance" will take place on Monday, October 27, 2014 from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM PD... Read More »

BANQUE DE LUXEMBOURG: current positioning in an unstable environment


What to do? Strong penalisation for caution, which means avoiding volatility To avoid losses, you have to take risks. Sacrifice the security in the short-term to protect its long time purchasing power Avoiding of all risks is not an appropriated strategy "Far more money has been lost by investors waiting for corrections, than has been lost in corrections themselves.“ (Peter Lynch) To privilege: The search for returns has brought bond yields to extremely cheap levels and has evocated a potential instable bond market. The yield... Read More »

Barclays passes EBA EU-wide stress test


The stress test results published by the EBA are based on a CRD IV CET1 ratio calculated on a transitional basis as implemented by each bank’s local regulator. For UK banks, the CRD IV Transitional CET1 ratio reflects the maximum pace of transition (“PRA Transitional CET1 Ratio”), which means that it is not directly comparable to the transitional ratios of banks in other EU jurisdictions where a slower pace of transition is adopted. Barclays published a consolidated Fully Loaded CET1 ratio of 9.9% as at 30 June 2014. Barclays is targeting a ... Read More »

Halifax: The value of hard work – children earning their pocket money


Two thirds of children are working for their pocket money Pocket Money rises three times quicker than average wages since 1987 Tidying their bedroom is the most common task children will have to undertake in order to receive their pocket money, with 42% of children confirming that they do this. Meanwhile, a quarter of children (25%) will be washing up, the second most common household chore. Among the jobs that will be avoided, only 3% will be asked to help out with the ironing, 4% will be making dinner, and 8% will be assisting with the s... Read More »

MasterCard nearby launched as the essential companion app for Apple Pay Users


Available on the App Store, the MasterCard Nearby App enables on-the-go consumers to easily find the more than 220,000 merchants in the United States – including Subway, Toys R’ Us, Walgreens, Whole Foods Market and all Apple Store retail locations – that accept contactless payments. Contactless technology allows consumers to make everyday purchases quickly and safely by holding their contactless-enabled card or device – like their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – near a contactless reader. With their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, users place their... Read More »

MasterCard and Zwipe announce the launch of the world’s first biometric contactless payment card with integrated fingerprint sensor


The launch of the card comes after a successful live pilot with Norway’s Sparebanken DIN, aligned to the Eika Group, as an answer to the complex challenge of providing a fast, convenient payment solution that does not compromise on security. The Zwipe MasterCard payment card is the world’s first fingerprint authenticated contactless payment card. It includes an integrated biometric sensor and the Zwipe secure biometric authentication technology that holds the cardholder’s biometric data. It contains an EMV certified secure element and MasterCar... Read More »

GfK: Consumers sense gloomy outlook for European economy


The economic development in almost all European Union (EU) countries has been significantly lower than economic institutes and governments had predicted in spring. In some countries, economic performance has in fact begun to fall again. This is attributable to a variety of very different reasons. Germany is no longer the engine room of economic growth in Europe, with its economy actually declining slightly by 0.2 percent in the second quarter. According to experts, growth is expected to return again in the third quarter, albeit remaining som... Read More »

Lloyds Bank: £60,000 gap to jump up the housing ladder to second home


Almost half (46%) say the costs and fees associated with moving house is the biggest barrier to moving up the ladder. However, 40% of Second Steppers think it will be easier to sell this year, almost double the figure of 2013 and treble that of 2012. According to the fourth annual Second Steppers Report from Lloyds Bank, growing house prices mean there is an ever widening gap for those making the move to the second step on the housing ladder. Yet despite this, many have increased confidence in the housing market and as a result, more confi... Read More »

AIMCo, Allianz and Hastings successfully bid for Acquisition of Porterbrook


Porterbrook owns a diverse portfolio of passenger and freight rolling stock and leases this stock to train and freight operating companies in the UK under long-term lease agreements. It owns and manages a modern fleet of approximately 5,900 passenger and freight vehicles and its portfolio represents approximately one third of Britain’s passenger rolling stock fleet. All Consortium members are long-term infrastructure investors with a similar investment strategy and have considerable experience in acquiring and managing infrastructure assets ... Read More »

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