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TowerGroup has published a new report titled 'Pointing in the Right Direction: Rethinking Card Payment Rewards in a Challenged Economy' by Brian Riley, senior research analyst in the Bank Cards practice that examines existing reward and loyalty programs and explores how credit card issuers may rework their programs to inspire customers to maintain the terms of their accounts.
TowerGroup has published a new report titled "The Ignition of US Mobile Banking in 2008: Do the Core Banking Vendors Hold the Key?" that finds that core banking technology vendors have a big role to play in helping mid-tier and small institutions take advantage of the emerging mobile banking channel and that doing so will soon just be a cost of doing business.
TowerGroup has announced new research that "finds that the most critical driver for the successful evolution of mobile banking and payments will be the ability of financial institutions and mobile operators to balance ease of use with security.
TowerGroup has announced new research that finds that, even though "long stalled by lack of adoption and a range of technical issues", mobile banking is finally coming into its own. "Banking over the mobile channel, especially when considered in the context of an evolution toward mobile payments, is now fast becoming a market mandate -- and is no less important than the dawn of Internet banking in the late 1990s."
A research report titled "Crediting Debit: How Debit Cards Will Grow in a Changing Environment" from TowerGroup concludes that "the debit card's increasingly dominant position as a payment vehicle will continue through 2009 and beyond. Prepaid cards will also continue their rapid growth as a result of foreclosures affecting credit scores and consumers continuing to require the benefits of payment card access."
TowerGroup has announced a new research report titled "Mobile Peer-to-Peer Payments: Verizon Wireless and Obopay Take a Short Step Down a Long Road" that finds that "while online peer-to-peer payments and their mobile counterparts are not new to the payments arena, the use of mobile devices to exchange payments between consumers is still in its infancy. The newly announced deal between Verizon Wireless and Obopay is novel, given the fact that a major U.S. mobile operator has chosen to partner with a startup technology vendor to support peer-to-peer payments by means of a downloadable application on mobile phones."
TowerGroup says that while historically private equity has not been strongly attracted to the technology companies serving the financial services industry, private equity firms are now "starting to see beauty in the financial technology sector, reflected in the value of its products, its revenues and its client base. Stickier revenue models, more spending by clients, and a global business environment that demands innovation will encourage private equity firms to take a closer look at the technology providers to the financial services industry, accelerating investment in this sector."
TowerGroup has announced a new report titled "Price Optimization: A Practical Guide to a Retail Bank Implementation" that finds that the "strategies and procedures used by most banks today to set prices remain too simplistic. Banks are still relying heavily on manual processes and so are prone to errors, and they often exclude consideration of a critical factor -- the consumer's price elasticity of demand."
TowerGroup has announced a new research report titled "Lessons in Loyalty: A Look Inside the American Express Rewards Program" by Brian Riley, senior analyst in the Bank Cards practice.
Matt Hamblen reports for Computerworld on comments made about mobile banking in the US by Tower Group analyst Bob Egan, in an interview after a keynote address at the consulting firm's financial services conference this week. Egan said currently only about "400,000 consumers are using mobile banking out of almost 240 million mobile phone users in the U.S."
TowerGroup has announced new research finding that the "adoption of online banking by
U.S. consumers is going strong, outpacing growth rates for every other
method of retail banking delivery" - including everything from ATM to call centers. The firm says that "the long touted promise of online banking is now hitting its stride."
TowerGroup has published new research concluding that "financial institutions offering wholesale banking as a line of business to corporations currently face unrelenting pressure from clients to improve their integration technology services."
TowerGroup has issued a research note titled "Micropayments: Turning Nickels and Dimes into Profits" that "illustrates how card use for micropayments reinforces and can deepen issuers' relationships with their customers, thereby indirectly enhancing profitability. Customer retention is directly linked to product usage. Ideally, frequent use of cards for small everyday transactions will lead consumers to use the cards for larger and more profitable transactions."
TowerGroup has published a new research report titled "Fraud, Virus and ID Theft: Mobile Malware Stands to Create a New Beginning" - saying that as the use of mobile devices for banking and payments increases, incidents of mobile virus and mobile malware are likewise going to be on the upswing.
TowerGroup has published a new report titled "Check 21 in 2007: The Year of Image Exchange" on bank adoption of Check 21 - predicting that 2007 will be the first year in which monthly check image exchange volumes surpass paper check presentment volumes.