Today’s financial industry is going through rapid change. Fintech companies are combining finance and technology in new and innovative ways to completely redefine existing value chains. These fintechs are launching innovative products and services that promise to disrupt one of the oldest industries in the world, shake up norms that have been in place for decades, and change the business models of everything from payments to lending.

The Asia-Pacific region is set to be the primary engine of global economic growth in the 21st century. It is home to two of the world’s three largest economies, the two largest countries by population and more fast-growing emerging markets than any other region globally.

Role Overview

Kapronasia is looking to hire one full-time Research Associate for our growing research team. The associate will be primarily responsible for a number of Kapronasia research projects within the financial services industry. The role is initially an individual contributor role but offers significant opportunity for growth as the organisation continues to grow. The Research Associate will report into the Head of Research and be based in out Singapore office, working closely with the other offices around the region.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage and conduct industry studies for clients on various topics in the Asia banking, payments, capital markets and fintech industries.
  • Consult on a variety of similar projects to help find meaningful solutions to clients' challenges.
  • Regularly recognize, understand and write research on key trends in the financial services industry and the implications for foreign companies in the industry.
  • Manage all aspects of research projects including reporting, scheduling, budget, and external resource management. Interface with clients to present / discuss research results.

Ideal Candidate Characteristics

The candidate should be open to working in a dynamic and fast-paced small business environment where demands on the candidate will change rapidly as the business does. He or she should be a self-starter who is able to quickly understand the objectives of a project and define and follow a clear plan to project completion. Candidate must be currently based in Singapore.

 

Job Qualifications

  • University degree in Economics, Business, Finance, Statistics or other financial industry related disciplines
  • Research experience from previous work or university projects required
  • Some knowledge of the Asian financial industry is a plus
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills in English required; writing and presentation skills in Mandarin Chinese is a plus


Background on Kapronasia

Kapronasia is one of the leading Financial Industry Consultancies in Asia. The firm helps companies do business in the Asian financial services industry through a combination of Research, Strategy and Sales enablement. Kapronasia has offices in Shanghai, Taipei, and Singapore.


Compensation

Kapronasia offers an attractive and competitive compensation package for qualified applicants based on their experience and the industry trends.

 

Interviews with 10 industry insiders about the 10 trends that will reshape Asia Pacific's Financial Services Industry.

As the financial industry has developed, it has increasingly relied on technology to facilitate the flow of capital. Although technology increases efficiency and lowers transaction time and cost, a critical underlying need is an ability for systems to communicate effectively with each other both internally within an organization and externally with other organizations. With vast amounts of data flowing throughout the financial system every second, even the smallest miscommunication can be costly.

China may be the only country in the world able to stamp out cryptocurrency while repurposing its underlying blockchain technology. Decentralization becomes centralized under this scenario, as private enterprises implement blockchain solutions in line with central government directives. It's a bit like the "socialist market economy."  The key to success here is acceptance of seemingly contradictory principles, one of Beijing's specialties.

One of the great ironies about China for multinational firms is that they feel they have to be there, but the gatekeeper doesn't always let them in. This paradigm is especially evident in the financial services sector, where foreign firms control less than 2% of the market 18 years after China entered the World Trade Organization and promised to dismantle trade and investment barriers.

Thailand's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved the kingdom's first initial coin offering portal (ICO) and is expected to issue guidelines for securities token offerings (STO) applications in the near future. ICO portals are used primarily to conduct due diligence.

In a few short years, Japan has become one of the most crypto-friendly countries in the world, pushing ahead with plans to integrate distributed ledger technology into its financial system despite rising skepticism about virtual currency's future. Even massive hacks of its crypto exchanges haven't affected Japan's determination to become a crypto nation. The Japanese government has handled the skullduggery in stride, strengthening systemic security measures rather than resorting to draconian crackdowns.

In less than a decade, Alibaba and Tencent have built the world's foremost mobile internet ecosystem in China. Their success derives from both innovative business models and unflappable determination. To be sure, they arrived at the right time - the rise of smartphones - but good timing isn't enough to prevail in a market as cutthroat as China's. Of course, Alibaba and Tencent also haven't had to contend with foreign competition. Would they have been as successful without the Great Firewall?

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