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Banking on the go

Identifying and capturing value in mobile banking

As some banks begin to exploit the mobile phone to offer customers services characterised by a previously unimaginable level of accessibility, convenience and personalisation, a profound transition in the relationship between people and their finances is underway. This paper looks at how banks can...
Financial services

Emerging markets in microinsurance

How to establish a foothold in the new market segment serving low-income customers

Low-income households feel the impact of adversity more heavily than most in society, yet have little access to affordable insurance products that could help to protect them. However, as insurance providers become increasingly aware of this unmet need, a new microinsurance industry is emerging. To...
Financial services

Microfinance on the Rise

A Socially Inpsired Business Model about to Emerge into an Asset Class

Microfinance has already reached millions of households worldwide. This practice of extending small loans to very poor people for self-employment projects does not limit itself to developing countries but can also be found increasingly in European countries. As a result of the unmet demand for...
Financial services

Powertrain at the Crossroads

Mapping the Future for the Global Bus and Truck Industry

The impact of the global financial crisis on the truck and bus industry has been profound. However, other forces are also driving significant changes in the powertrain industry. These forces will fundamentally change the rules of the game for players in the industry, affecting OEMs, dealers and...
Automotive

Profitable Growth through Service

Profitable Growth through Service

Innovative service strategies offer a large potential for increasing growth and profitability in the investment goods industries as in these mature markets competitive pressure is rising continuously and differentiation through physical products becomes more and more difficult. In this situation...
Industrial goods & services

How to manage portfolio companies when the economy is down

Strategies to Turn an Economic Slump to Portfolio Companies’ Advantage

Management summary The current U.S. economic environment has profoundly hurt companies of all sizes and ownership structures. Rising raw material costs, driven by volatile commodity prices and rising supply chain costs, have crippled EBITDA margins. Adding to the pain, companies...
Private equity

The accidental distressed investor

Optimizing investment recovery

Management Summary As the credit and economic crisis deepens, many investors aresuddenly finding themselves in possession of assets or portfolio companies that are closing in on default scenarios.Managerial under-performance and over-leveraged balance sheets coupled with the economic...
Private equity