Is Amazon Becoming a Bank?

Posted by Ken Sawka on Aug 23, 2016 3:54:49 PM

UPDATE: Wells Fargo and Amazon ended their partnership on 08/31/2016 with minimal comment. The partnership fell under criticism from consumer advocates and organizations promoting affordable education.

Last month, Amazon.com entered the student loan business in a partnership with Wells Fargo, offering lower rates for student loans to Amazon customers who subscribe to the online retailer’s Prime Student service.  Wells Fargo will cut half a percentage point from its interest rate on student loans to Amazon Prime Student members, who also get benefits such as free two-day shipping and access to movies, TV shows, and online photo storage.

Does this deal signal what many have felt is the inevitable entry of technology companies into the financial services industry, or is it a convenient and mutually beneficial partnership between two companies with common interests?

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Topics: Brand Insights, Financial Services, Market Analysis, Competitive Strategy

Upcoming Event: Ken Sawka speaking at Professional Pricing Society Conference

Posted by Fuld + Company on Apr 7, 2016 10:18:46 AM

Join us at this year's Professional Pricing Society: Spring Pricing Workshops and Conference, May 3-6 in Chicago, to learn how competitive intelligence can help organizations make strategic pricing decisions.

Ken Sawka, CEO + President will outline how CI supports pricing strategy by providing insight into competitor product differentiation, value propositions, pricing, and messaging as well as customer needs and preferences.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Events, Financial Services, Competitive Strategy

Upcoming Event: Leonard Fuld leads TAGLaw Webinar on CI in the Modern Professional Services Firm

Posted by Fuld + Company on Dec 8, 2015 9:48:28 AM

Leonard Fuld, Executive Chairman and Founder, leads a webinar titled "What is Competitive Intelligence?" this Wednesday, December 9th at 12:30 (EST).

Professional services firms realize that competitive pressures have increased over the past decade. The question this webcast addresses is how law and accounting firms should view competitive intelligence as a tool to anticipate both competitive threats and opportunities. Are today’s law and accounting firms prepared to apply this potent approach to assessing competition?

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Events, Financial Services, Fuld + Company, Fuld, Leonard

Upcoming Event: Fuld at SIR 45th Annual Conference & Exhibit Fair

Posted by Fuld + Company on Jul 13, 2015 2:10:41 PM

Join us this year at the SIR 45th Annual Conference & Exhibit Fair taking place September 13-16 at The Walt Disney World Swan in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Members of our diversified team will be at our booth to engage with you, and help you learn what Fuld + Company can do for all your competitive intelligence needs! Be sure to stop by our booth.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Events, Financial Services, Fuld + Company, Innovation, Industry Convergence

How One Man Resisted the Lemmings

Posted by Leonard Fuld on Feb 24, 2015 10:00:00 AM

An interview and discussion with Edward Giera, former managing director at JP Morgan

Throughout the Great Recession, you no doubt heard all too many stories about mortgage-backed securities, subprime mortgages and rampant greed. You read about, and perhaps were a victim of, very short-term, short-sighted and high-risk moves by financial firms around the world. This is a different story – a high-wire story of a high-profile executive who resisted the intense pressure of the moment and made a critical against-the-grain decision based on experience, guts and rigorous market analysis.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Sales Force Effectiveness, Financial Services

Can you dominate in 2014?

Posted by Leonard Fuld on Jan 2, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Now that is a loaded question! Dominate? No corporate counsel in his or her right mind would use that word in any correspondence concerning the company. Dominate is a word that can trigger anti-trust inquiries. Is that really how you want your company to begin 2014 with an anti-trust investigation by the American Department of Justice? I don't think so.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Consumer Goods, Product Roadmap, Win/Loss/Bid Support, Financial Services

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