• The Future of Financial Markets in Asia Pacific

    The Future of Financial Markets in Asia Pacific

    A new report from Kapronasia and Broadridge looks out how regulations, blockchain, AI, and many other trends will affect the markets.
  • Payment Hubs Ranked & Rated

    Payment Hubs Ranked & Rated

    In our latest vendor evaluation report we look at payment hubs in Asia and rank and rate several of the top offerings.
  • Cross Border Payments in Asia

    Cross Border Payments in Asia

    Asia's cross border payments market is starting to heat up as countries overcome geographic, political, and cultural differences to develop sub-regional payment networks.
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Latest Reports

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Since the launch of real-time payments in Japan in 1973, the financial industry has been on a path of rapid modernization as governments and financial sectors around the world move to instant payment systems. In many ways, real-time payments are a natural evolution of the industry, providing better, faster and cheaper payments domestically, and increasingly, cross-border.
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Challenges for the financial industry are growing. Third party non-bank financials threaten the core businesses of traditional banks and institutions. Trade tensions are escalating between the US and China, and even the US and Canada, and threaten to take the global economy on a different path, which may ultimately have a dramatic effect on the business of banks. Further, as interest rates rise, the stark realities of a worsening economic environment may threaten existing loans and products. Finally, the biggest challenge for financial institutions over the next five years: regulations.
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As the financial industry continues to grow and innovative, banks are facing increasing challenges to keep up with the rapid pace of change, especially in the payments segment. Payment hubs could be the answer.

Events

June 08, 2018
Nanjing NEXT - Amcham
September 18, 2018 - Sep 20, 2018
Fixed Income Leaders Summit APAC
September 19, 2018 - Sep 20, 2018
Consensus Singapore
September 19, 2018 - Sep 20, 2018
Global Payments Summit KL
October 22, 2018 - Oct 23, 2018
Sibos Sydney
November 14, 2018 - Nov 16, 2018
Money 2020 China
November 30, 2018
India FinTech Awards Mumbai
March 19, 2019 - Mar 21, 2019
Money 20/20 Asia Singapore

Kapronasia is a leading provider of financial industry market research and consulting covering fintech, payments, banking, capital markets and blockchain.

Research

Research From our offices across the region, we provide clients with the key insight and research they need to understand the market trends and challenges. Our research reports are used by numerous clients across the globe to make better business decisions about their Asia strategy.

Consulting

Consulting We work closely with clients to better understand their business challenges and find lasting and value creating solutions. We have worked with some of the financial industry's largest players to help them re-define their business and drive growth.

We have talked about the trend before, but starting to see more and more cooperation between fintech companies and banks. China Construction Bank Wenzhou Branch is now in cooperation with Alipay for a hospital payment service channel, ICBC is supporting WeChat’s QR code payment and JD finance and Citic Bank have issued over 2 million co-branded credit cards called the ‘White Card’. We're also starting to better understand the potential business models for both sides.

China's tech giants are increasingly focused on positioning themselves as technology providers rather than financial services providers. A recent 3-second blockchain remittance from Hong Kong to the Philippines, was supported by Alipay HK and Philippine's GCash, cleared by Standard Chartered. Caifu Hao, a wealth management platform launched by Ant Financial, opened their AI-functioned investment tools to fund companies. Tencent recently signed contracts with a few banks to provide a financial cloud structure for acquiring and managing growing clients.

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) published revised ‘Guideline on Authorization of Virtual Banks’ on May 30th, 2018, opening the gateway of a new banking type – virtual bank.

Cryptocurrency control in China seems to be getting stronger since the ban on September 4th, 2017. In a bid to further limit the use of crypto in China, the National Committee of Experts on Internet Financial Security Technology (IFCERT) is now monitoring 56 platforms that offer over the counter (OTC) cryptocurrency transactions.

The (Qingdao) Blockchain Research Company released a set of ratings for various blockchain projects on May 17th, 2018. The company is related to China Center for Information Industry Development (CCID), led by Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), part of the national government, but it would be wrong to read that this is any sort of acceptance of crypto by the Chinese government.

On May 9th, a mini-app on WeChat called ‘Little Agreement’ showed up, providing an interface to create agreements on the Ethereum blockchain for Wechat Users. A few hours later, the mini-app was removed.

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