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Like a piece of delicious cake, all good things come to an end and after robust growth since the launch, Yuebao has seen the first decline in 2014Q3. According to the data from financial news website East Money, although Yuebao has achieved 5.69 Billion in net profits, Yuebao AUM has declined 6.84% for the first time, reaching RMB 534.89 Billion. Is this part of a larger trend?

How’s that trading on the HK-Shanghai coming for you today? We had hinted at it before in the previous couple of weeks, but it looks like the HK-Shanghai connect is delayed indefinitely with some sources saying anything from a two week to two month delay.

After over a year of incredible growth, Yuebao is starting to slow slightly and the expected returns on the platform are dropping down to about 4%, not entirely different than what is possible in a bank. In April 2014, Alibaba made a decision to roll out a new online finance product, a bankers' acceptance online lending.

The launch of Apple Pay will likely have a profound impact on the payments industry in the US and potentially Europe, but what does it mean for China?

Last week, Alibaba’s finance arm rebranded their “Small and Medium Financial Services Company today to “Ant Financial Services Group” or “Ant Financial”.

Bitcoin has seen its reputation in the eyes of the general public drop following various security breaches (i.e. Mt Gox) that have left many uncertain about the digital currency’s legitimacy and future. In addition, people are starting to question if Bitcoin really has a place in the market and if there is actually a problem that it solves – there is almost a malaise in the eyes of many who are getting tired about reading about it. Although Bitcoin might be hitting headwinds, security enhancements are underway and blockchain technology seems to be thriving.

October 14 2014

Strong RMB growth continues

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According to the latest SWIFT RMB Tracker, the number of financial institutions adopting the RMB has risen by 35% with global RMB payments tripling in value over the last two years.

Mr. Li Xiaofeng, head of PBoC Financial IC Card Panel, believes that Chinese payment providers will not play a major role in payments in China's financial industry. “From the scale and channel perspective, Central Bank and commercial banks remain the main payment providers.”

Starting from October 8th China Securities Depository and Clearing will assign a single unified account number to all A-share and closed-end mutual fund account holders. Previously, accounts were separated to the respective Shanghai and Shenzhen branches of the clearing company.

The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect Program is launching in mid October and significant changes to the Chinese capital markets landscape are to be expected. Also labeled as the (new?) “Through Train”, this program will give foreign retail investors access to 568 Shanghai-listed stocks, with a market capitalization of roughly USD 2 trillion, and many are already waiting in anticipation for the door to be opened. A brief analysis of the Shanghai Hong-Kong Stock Connect.

Although Alibaba was in the first round of initial approvals to setup a private bank in China earlier this year, it was only at the end of September 2014 that they finally received approval to move forward on the project along with Juneyao, another large Chinese company who is also looking to setup their own bank.

In the wake of the largest IPO in the U.S., there has been increased attention on China's innovation and its potential disruptive nature on global banking and e-commerce. Yue bao's future strategy is in the spotlight once again.

Tokenization seems have become a buzzword since the Apple Pay announcement. However, the technology itself is not new.

Beating Apple by nearing a week, on September 2nd, 2014, Alipay and Huawei announced the launch of their fingerprint payment service. The technology will be first shipped on Huawei’s Ascend Mate 7 phone, which was presented by the electronics giant on September 3rd.

China's online banking and mobile banking continue to be the key channels for customers who interact with their banks through 'e-channels' as data from iResearch, a Chinese online customer survey service provider, shows.

With Alibaba in the US for a one-week road show before what might be the biggest tech IPO that we've ever seen, Alibaba's competitors are battening down the hatches for an extended battle for the face of e-commerce in China.

According to Online Lending House, an internet finance news source, P2P transaction volume has reached RMB 81.84 Billion in 1H2014. The most active regions are Guangdong, Zhejiang, Shanghai, Beijing and Jiangsu.

Earlier this year, we published our 2014 “Top-10 China Banking Industry Trends” report and predicted the advent of direct banks. We were right: in a month Minsheng Bank rolls out its Chinese direct banking institution.

On July 25th, Shang Fulin, the chairman of CBRC, disclosed three private banks that had been approved by the CBRC. Hua Rui Bank, planned to be set up by Fosun and Juneyao, was not on the list. Later the Shanghai branch of CBRC revealed that the Fosun and Juneyao partnership had broken up.

The Australia Securities Exchange reported a year on year increase on revenue and profits yesterday on the back of strong IPO performance. Net income hit A$383.2 million from A$348.2 a year before.

Kapronasia's new report entitle "China Moving Abroad - A look at the legal...and not so legal ways Chinese nationals are moving their money abroad" is now available for download on Kapronasia.com. To view and download the report, please go to our research section here.

The Shanghai–Hong Kong Stock Connect is coming soon as dates for official testing are announced already. According to HKEx, market rehearsals will be held since late August to September, where exchange participants will conduct trading, clearing and settlement activities to verify readiness of the all involved systems.

QR code payment in China, suspended by PBOC on March 14th, 2014, have just been restarted by the Postal Savings Bank of China.

On July 22nd, 2014, Alibaba teamed up with seven banks including ICBC, CCB, CMB, Ping An Bank, Postal Savings Bank of China, Bank of Shanghai and Industrial Bank to roll out new internet business loan service.

China has been going through rapid urbanization during last decades and in the past ten years alone the percentage of population residing in cities has leapt from 40.5% in 2003 to 53.75% in 2013.

The “Notice on Government-set Prices and Government-Guided Prices for Commercial Banking Services”, published by National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), is effective on August 1st, 2014.

China is beginning to open its financial sector with the approval of three privately owned banks, extending the wave of financial reforms aimed at boosting China's changing economy.

At the start of this month, leading global supplier of information and communications technology (ICT) Huawei had joined the board of Europe’s 5G Infrastructure Association.

Despite China’s present technology boom, Internet penetration is still a mere 47%.

The recent news story about Bank of China allegedly assisting with illegal money transfer ended well for the bank and turned out to be a case of journalists not doing enough research...

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