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March 4, 2015

The Rising Power of Female Consumers

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The global female population totalled an estimated 3.6 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach 4.2 billion by 2030. Average disposable income amongst women is the highest it's ever been, and women are living longer than men.

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  • The size and distribution of the female consumer market
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March 2, 2015

Samsung Betters Apple and Others in Mobile Payments War

Michelle EvansAnalyst Insight by Michelle Evans - Senior Consumer Finance Analyst

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The mobile payments war has heated up with the official arrival of Samsung onto the scene. The world’s largest smartphone manufacturer unveiled its new mobile payment system, Samsung Pay, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday.

Samsung Pay, which will be available on its new line of smartphones including both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, will launch this summer in the US and South Korea. The South Korean smartphone manufacturer expects to expand the mobile payments service to Europe and China thereafter. Samsung Pay works when a user launches the service and then confirms payment with his or her fingerprint. This mobile payments service will use NFC chips to communicate with compatible POS terminals as Apple Pay does today, but a recently acquired technology will enable the Samsung Pay system to work with traditional card swipe readers as well.

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February 28, 2015

Euromonitor to Speak at CARTES America 2015

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Event Name: CARTES Secure Connexions – America

Dates: May 5-7, 2015

Location: Washington, DC

Description: The Global Event for Payment, Identification and Mobility - CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS AMERICA will take place in Washington, DC, May 5-7, 2015 for its 4th edition. The 2014 event attracted attendees from more than 50 countries, with 166 companies exhibiting, a 20 percent increase from the CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS EVENT in 2013.

CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS AMERICA hosts a top-quality, three-day conference uniquely concentrated on North American issues for senior level decision makers. In addition, the show floor features one of the largest cross-sections of the industry suppliers, representative of the full supply chain. Register with a 20% conference discount and free expo hall badge as a Euromonitor International subscriber using promo code: EURO15!

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What the Loss of the Costco Co-branding Partnership Means for American Express

Kendrick SandsAnalyst Insight by Kendrick Sands - Senior Consumer Finance Analyst

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American Express recently reported that its Costco exclusivity agreement that had been in place for 16 years would come to an end in 2016. Both Costco and American Express cited an impasse on terms that would make it “economical” as the justification for the termination. A similar agreement was cancelled in Canada last year between the two companies and could provide some insight into what the future relationships between Costco and American Express will look like going forward in the US. Co-branding presents a sizable opportunity for card networks and issuers beyond immediate revenue from payment volume. The loans and access to a particular consumer segment can provide an initial contact point for additional financial service cross-selling. However, in an increasingly competitive environment for co-branding partnerships among networks, the share of profit created from the programs may continue to shift toward retailers.

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February 19, 2015

Samsung Readies for its Entry into Mobile Payments

Michelle EvansAnalyst Insight by Michelle Evans - Senior Consumer Finance Analyst

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Rumors have been rampant for a number of months that Samsung Electronics would announce its entry into the still-burgeoning mobile payments arena when it debuts its next line of smartphones in conjunction with the upcoming Mobile World Congress next month. Samsung gave mobile-payment watchers a sneak peek of those plans on Wednesday.

The announcement that the South Korean smartphone maker plans to acquire US-based start-up LoopPay is as strong of an indication as any that Samsung plans to compete against the likes of Apple Inc in order to capture some of the billions of dollars that are already shifting to mobile devices. Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Jonathan Cheng says,

The acquisition of LoopPay for an undisclosed amount will pit the South Korean smartphone maker against other technology giants with mobile payment services, including Google Inc., eBay Inc. ’s PayPal and Apple Pay, which started in the U.S. last fall.

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January 30, 2015

MasterCard and Visa Report 4th Quarter 2014 Results

Kendrick SandsAnalyst Insight by Kendrick Sands - Consumer Finance Analyst

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MasterCard and Visa reported their final quarter results of 2014 on January 30th and 29th respectively. In the fourth quarter, both Visa Inc. (excluding Visa Europe) and MasterCard reported a decline in y-o-y growth of card payment value in 2014 compared to 2013 as a result of a strengthening dollar and the falling price of gas. MasterCard acquired two companies in the fourth quarter bringing their total acquired companies in 2014 to six. The fourth quarter acquisitions of Transaction Network Services and 5one Marketing Limited focused on increasing MasterCard’s digital products, services and global reach. From 2013 to 2014 Visa Inc. and MasterCard increased total payment value by US$376 billion and US$289 billion respectively. However, MasterCard’s growth rate surpassed that of Visa with a y-o-y growth of 9.7% compared to 8.6% for Visa.

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December 12, 2014

Converting Paper Payments: The Impact of Moving from Cash to Alternatives

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Understanding why consumers are using paper payments is key to converting spending to alternative payment methods. This conversion boosts efficiency though cutting the cost of cash payments, increasing financial transparency. This podcast discusses the cost of shadow cash economies, the financial policy score card, financial services in emerging economies and more insights from the Converting Paper Payments report. 

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Kendrick SandsPodcast features Kedrick Sands - Consumer Finance Analyst

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November 29, 2014

United Arab Emirates Leading the Way in Mobile Banking in the Middle East

Mobile is expected to account for 20% of e-commerce in the UAE in 2015.  This video discusses consumer trends, government initiatives and technological advances driving this trend.

Video features Ali Abbas - Manager, Professional Services – MENA & Turkey

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November 26, 2014

Key Takeaways from Cartes Secure Connexions

Michelle EvansAnalyst Insight by Michelle Evans - Senior Consumer Finance Analyst

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The Cartes Secure Connexions took place in early November in Paris. The emergence of the connected mobile consumer was a key trend discussed throughout the entire three-day conference. As the world has become more integrated and more interconnected, it has created great shifts in a number of industries, including payments. Traditional payment players now find themselves competing against payment entrants while all players try to determine how to most effectively leverage these emerging technologies in their business today. And along the way, the traditional shopping and payment experience is being turned on its side.

Below are four key takeaways from the conference:

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November 10, 2014

Euromonitor to Speak at Hong Leong Bank Conference 2014

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Event: ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) as a Dynamic Consumer Market

Date: 18 November 2014

Location: Summit Room, Level 2, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

An HodgsonSpeaker: An Hodgson - Income and Expenditure Manager

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Presentation Time: 12:00pm – 13:00pm

Presentation Title: Understanding the ASEAN Consumer

Conference and Presentation Description: The proposed establishment of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015 has given rise to vast business opportunity for investors looking to tap into a vibrant economic block with population of more than 600 million. As we approach end- 2014, it becomes more crucial for investors to keep abreast of the progress of AEC integration as well as the trends in consumer spending patterns across ASEAN economies. HLIB is proud to bring you An Hodgson- Income and Expenditure Research Manager at Euromonitor International to share her research on trends in consumer income and expenditure across ASEAN economies.

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The Rising Power of Female Consumers

Samsung Betters Apple and Others in Mobile Payments War

Euromonitor to Speak at CARTES America 2015

What the Loss of the Costco Co-branding Partnership Means for American Express

Samsung Readies for its Entry into Mobile Payments

MasterCard and Visa Report 4th Quarter 2014 Results

Converting Paper Payments: The Impact of Moving from Cash to Alternatives

United Arab Emirates Leading the Way in Mobile Banking in the Middle East

Key Takeaways from Cartes Secure Connexions

Euromonitor to Speak at Hong Leong Bank Conference 2014