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DIY US online tax prep filings up 11%

RESTON, US: comScore, Inc has released an analysis of the Online Tax Preparation segment for the tax season ending 18 April 2012, which showed that the volume of tax returns or units filed online grew 11% from the previous year. Among online do-it-yourself (DIY) tax preparation providers, comScore data showed that Intuit continued to lead the market with nearly 60% of all tax units filed online through the end of the tax season. The three largest DIY online tax preparation providers (Intuit, TaxACT and H&R Block) accounted for more than 92% of DIY tax units filed online for the season.

4 Jun 2012 11:58


IMD announces its 2012 World Competitiveness Rankings

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND: IMD, a top-ranked global business school based in Switzerland, has announced the findings of its annual World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY). The WCY rankings measure how well countries manage their economic and human resources to increase their prosperity.

1 Jun 2012 10:44


Chapter 11 bankruptcy: How it works

This article refers to Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US, but the information and guidance it contains can be applied in any country, anywhere... Bankruptcy is bankruptcy - the trick is to avoid it in the first place, or, if you cannot, then take those actions that will ameliorate its affects as far as possible; hence, this article...

30 Mar 2012 06:28


Clickatell announces Connect API

REDWOOD CITY, US: Clickatell, a global leader in personalised priority messaging (PPM) through all mobile devices, today announced the availability of the Clickatell Connect API to enable developers to integrate SMS text messaging seamlessly with their web or mobile applications.

12 Mar 2012 08:53


US tax sites category grows 15% vs year ago

RESTON, US: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, has released an analysis of US visitation to the online taxes category in January, which showed nearly 1 in 7 US Internet users visited the category to compile information and begin filing their 2011 tax returns. This number represented a gain of 15% versus January 2011.

6 Mar 2012 05:39


MasterCard launches partnership program

PURCHASE, US: MasterCard has announced a global initiative called the MasterCard Mobile Money Partnership Program to help more than 2.5 billion financially-underserved consumers worldwide gain access to formal financial services through their mobile phones.

28 Feb 2012 11:08


US customer satisfaction grows for financial institutions and banking websites in 2011

RESTON, US: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, has released the 2011 edition of its annual State of Online and Mobile Banking report, which provides a comprehensive view of the key online and mobile banking trends in the US in 2011.

3 Feb 2012 10:20


Four in five US consumers won't tolerate a monthly debit card fee

CHICAGO, US: Consumers are quickly becoming fed up with banking fees. If your financial institution began charging US$2/month for the convenience of having a debit card with your cheque account, what would you do?

8 Dec 2011 10:06


comScore to speak at the Credit Suisse 2011 Technology Conference

RESTON, US: comScore, Inc has announced that Kenneth Tarpey, chief financial officer, will present at the Credit Suisse 2011 Technology Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

24 Nov 2011 11:49


Mobile banking app usage in the US up 45% from Q4 2010

RESTON, US: comScore, Inc has released an analysis of mobile financial services usage in the US showing that 32.5 million Americans accessed mobile banking information on their devices at the end of Q2 2011 in June, representing 13.9% of all mobile users.

31 Oct 2011 11:56


Trust, transparency issues emerge for banks

NEW YORK, US: As public perception sours about the banking industry, financial institutions need to rebuild relationships and credibility with consumers by being more fair, transparent and innovative in their products, services and communications, according to new research by GfK, a leading global market research firm.

27 Oct 2011 07:31


Mood of the World report shows most of world focuses on inflation

NUREMBURG, GERMANY: British consumers are facing the double whammy of still feeling the effects of recession even as rising costs fuel inflationary worries. They are not alone in the world, though, according to GfK Roper Consulting's 2011 Mood of the World Report, which is based on a global survey of more than 32 000 consumers ages 15 and older in 25 countries.

25 Aug 2011 11:21


US$37.5 billion* in Q2 2011 US retail e-commerce spending, up 14% vs 2010

RESTON, US: comScore, Inc has released its Q2 2011 US retail e-commerce sales estimates, which showed that online retail spending reached $37.5 billion for the quarter, up 14% versus year ago.

10 Aug 2011 09:13


Bank customers quick to sign up for debit rewards programs - but slow to redeem

CHICAGO, US: Debit rewards programs have often been touted as an easy way to gain and retain customers. However, as banks eliminate debit rewards programs as a result of changing legislation, Mintel Comperemedia surveyed consumers on their debit reward behaviour and attitudes.

28 Jul 2011 10:33


Apple reports record revenues; quarterly profit

CUPERTINO, US: Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 third quarter ended 25 June 2011. The Company posted record quarterly revenue of US$28.57 billion and record quarterly net profit of US$7.31 billion, or US$7.79 per diluted share.

20 Jul 2011 12:05


Green marketing could pay off for financial services firms

CHICAGO, US: For many financial institutions, pre-recession initiatives such as green marketing have taken a back seat as they have been dealing with the aftermath of the economic crisis. However, it may be time to pull out those tools again in order to help rebuild their image.

By Mintel Oxygen 4 May 2011 11:40


Surge in mobile data revenue makes case for managed service model

CALABASAS, US: According to projections from Informa Telecoms & Media (, mobile telecom revenues will reach US$1.1 trillion* by 2015 with 40% of this figure (US$440 billion) coming from data services. The pressure on carriers to maximise returns from data revenues is therefore becoming intense.

11 Apr 2011 11:09


US mobile financial account usage surges

RESTON, US: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, has released the latest insights on the state of the mobile financial services market from its quarterly Mobile Financial Advisor report.

30 Mar 2011 06:19


Top 50 US web properties, February 2011

RESTON, US: comScore, Inc has released its monthly analysis of US web activity at the top online properties for February 2011 based on data from the comScore Media Metrix service.

29 Mar 2011 08:00


Western Union offers no-fee money transfers to Japan

ENGLEWOOD, US: Western Union Company, a leader in global payment services, in cooperation with its agents, has activated a limited-time "No Transfer Fee"* program for money-transfers sent to Japan from participating agent locations around the world.

18 Mar 2011 07:16


New study discovers link between social media popularity, stock prices

NEW YORK, US: A new study conducted by a researcher at Pace University, in association with, has looked at the link between social media popularity of key brands and their respective share prices - and identified a statistically significant correlation.

17 Mar 2011 11:12


Emerging auto insurance and aggregator sites attracting meaningful market share

RESTON, US: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, has announced the availability of an expanded competitive set of insurers and aggregator sites for its online auto insurance benchmarker. In Q4 2010, these additional sites accounted for 724 000 submitted quotes, making up 8% of quotes submitted online.

8 Mar 2011 09:58


Fees could alienate online bill pay users

CHICAGO, US: Online banking continues to grow in popularity, and according to Mintel, 79% of consumers visit their banks' online website on a daily or weekly basis. However, it seems that loyalty to online banking would vanish if the service wasn't complimentary, as just less than 80% of consumers would stop using their banks online bill pay services if their financial institutions charged a monthly fee.

24 Feb 2011 08:22


Retail banks continue to resist social media

LONDON, UK: Despite fragile consumer confidence, most retail banks do not view social media as an important tool to engage with customers, putting them in a dangerous position, according to Ovum, one of the Datamonitor group of companies.

By Published by Ovum 22 Feb 2011 12:24


Top 50 US web properties for January 2011

RESTON, US: comScore, Inc has released its monthly analysis of US web activity at the top online properties for January 2011 based on data from the comScore Media Metrix service.

22 Feb 2011 07:28


Financial services CEOs look to emerging markets to feed growth aspirations

LONDON, UK: Financial services companies need to look far beyond their domestic markets if they are to achieve their ambitious growth aspirations. This is according to the 14th annual PwC Global CEO Survey, which shows CEOs of financial services companies believe emerging markets are more important than developed markets to their organisation's future.

16 Feb 2011 11:21


Deloitte Consumer Spending Index continues steady decline in January

NEW YORK, US: The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index (the Index) continued to decline in January, hitting its lowest level since August 2009. The Index attempts to track consumer cash flow as an indicator of future consumer spending.

15 Feb 2011 10:43


Anti-corruption Act scuppers deals

NEW YORK, US: According to results of Deloitte's annual Look Before You Leap survey of corporate executives, investment bankers, private equity executives and hedge fund managers, 63% of respondents reported that the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and anti-corruption issues caused their companies to renegotiate or pull out of planned business relationships, mergers or acquisitions over the last three years.

8 Feb 2011 11:48


2010 US online property insurance report

RESTON, US: comScore, Inc. has released its 2010 Online Property Insurance Report, based on behavioural data from comScore's 1 million person US panel and a survey of more than 2 000 US Internet users aimed at understanding attitudes and intentions with regard to conducting insurance transactions online.

24 Nov 2010 07:28


Hope for full global economic recovery in 2010 diminishes

NEW YORK, US: After an upbeat start to the year with two consecutive quarters of increases in optimism, global consumer confidence fell three points in September to an Index of 90 as consumers' hopes for a full economic recovery this year fades in most parts of the world, according to the latest edition of the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index.

27 Oct 2010 06:22

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