Published: April 2017The digital payments space in India had been evolving steadily in the last couple of years. However, the economy had a big bang moment when Prime Minister Modi announced the Demonetization drive on November 8, 2016. The stated intention was to reduce the level of money laundering and counterfeit currency in the economy, and to raise the level of transparency to ensure that the number of people paying income tax increased in line with rising incomes. It was indeed a commendable move for the Indian economy which exhibits high levels of corruption, money laundering and tax evasion. However, the implementation was found to be lacking and there have been questions over the level of preparation of the central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
Published: April 2017The rapid growth of social networks and e-commerce platforms has transformed the way people communicate and transact around the world. Integrating digital payments into these growing networks and platforms has presented vast opportunities to drive economic opportunity, financial inclusion, transparency, security, and growth. In practically all countries individuals, businesses, and policymakers are recognizing these opportunities and acting on them, but perhaps nowhere more so than in China.
Published: March 2017As the second largest economy in the world, China has come a long way in a very short period of time and many of its first tier cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai, feel like any other large international cities in Europe or America. But China is still a developing country, and this is readily apparent in its more rural areas. There, one can see the effects of polluted air, food, and rivers. Empty villages bear witness to water loss, soil erosion, and land desolation. While China has experienced an unprecedented period of modernization, the benefits have not been evenly enjoyed across the country.
Published: February 2017With pressure domestically on both economic growth and structural reform, and international pressure through President Trump, China has its work cut out for it in 2017. In our latest trends report, learn about the key challenges going forward and how China's financial industry will change in 2017.
Published: January 20172016 was a difficult year for the world in general and poses some unique challenges for India in 2017. In our 6th annual Top-10 trends report series, we look at India and the opportunities ahead.
Published: January 2017As the world moves online, the financial industry is entering a new era where, for a significant swathe of the Indian population, the smartphone is their new banking channel, which brings in a host of security challenges.
Published: January 2017Big data in India has the potential of redefining banking, but the real question is if traditional banks are ready from a technology and strategic approach perspective.
Published: December 2016P2P lending is Asia is larger than any other region in the world with China leading the way. The new form of financing is catching on in India too as the world's second most populous nation starts lending online.
Published: November 2016China's digital players are redefining the customer communications expectations of China's 1.4 billion retail banking customers. In this report from Kapronasia, sponsored by GMC, we look at some of the key changes and challenges for China's traditional finance players today.
Published: November 2016Online To Offline e-commerce has redefined products and services in China as both existing providers and new tech leverage a growing trend in China as they sell to billions of Chinese customers.
Published: September 2016Although China's insurance industry is hundreds of years old, it has only been during the last decade that we have seen significant growth. With the advent of digital, now the industry is moving in an entirely new direction.
Published: September 2016Investors and multinationals are increasingly looking towards Southeast Asia for the next trailblazers in e-commerce in the Asia-Pacific as growth in China and India slows. With this in mind, we present a report that provides an overview of the landscape, opportunities, and challenges that are prevalent in Southeast Asia and its e-commerce industry.
Published: September 2016High minimum investment thresholds, the expense of professional advice, and the general lack of access to wealth management tools have all served as challenges for small retail investors in China. However, financial technology is now empowering them by lowering the costs and expanding access, thereby making it easier to manage one’s wealth.
Published: August 2016Social Media is once something that Asian banks shunned and avoided, but today, it is nearly indispensable. In the Social Media in Asian Banking report we look at the key drivers and challenges for Asian banks in social media.
Published: August 2016At present, the banking industry in India is at the most defining point in its history since the nationalization wave in the ‘60s/’70s. There are a number of forces, both internal and external, rapidly shaping the strategies and operations of the players in this industry. These forces are calling into question the status quo in all areas of banking services: front office, middle office, back office operations, and strategy.
Published: July 2016China is the world’s second largest economy. Its total trade volume is RMB 24.59 trillion (US$3.95 trillion), and its export value is the highest in the world (US$2.27 trillion). What opportunities and challenges exist for the world’s biggest exporter? The China Trade Finance 2016 Report reviews the basics of international trade finance, presents the latest global trends, and discusses the particular issues and future developments in international trade finance that are relevant for China.
Published: June 2016Asia's conditions are ripe for fintech, but proper regulatory frameworks are critical. Where will Asia's next big fintech center be? Where are governmental approaches lacking? The Fintech Regulation in Asia report analyzes what is happening across Asia in the fintech space from a regulatory perspective and assesses the fintech readiness of key Asian fintech centers as well as the critical factors for success.
Published: June 2016Fintech has the potential to completely change India's financial industry, but are banks and traditional vendors ready? Which fintech offerings are potentially the most disruptive? What is the role of India’s IT industry in strengthening the fintech ecosystem? The Fintech in India report explores key issues for banks and technology vendors and defines what the financial industry of the future will be.
Published: June 2016China's insurance industry has seen more change in the past few years than at any point of its history in China. Although the industry is growing rapidly it faces numerous challenges going forward. The Future of Insurance in China report tackles some of the biggest issues and challenges for China's financial industry and looks at what we can expect for the future including data analytics, digital insurance and more.
Published: June 2016With the help of the government, China’s cross-border e-commerce has become one of the most successful digital e-commerce ecosystems. This report explains how China has transitioned from being the factory of the world to having one of the most flourishing digital payments and cross-border e-commerce ecosystems.
Published: May 2016Few fintech technologies today are more discussed than blockchain. With the potential to disrupt how the basic plumbing of the financial industry functions, blockchain technology seems to be viewed as the solution for anything from payment reconciliation to settlement. Yet, what does this mean for India? What will the impact be and is India ready?
Published: May 2016Predictions are that digital payments will account for 20% of all Chinese retail purchases by 2020, a staggering amount and one that is challenging not only the banks, but China UnionPay and regulators themselves. The China Digital Payments 2016 report looks at how new business models, market entrants and regulations are rapidly transforming China’s gigantic payment industry.
Published: March 2016China's Millennials are demanding, especially from their banks and what they expect from financial services. The China's Millennials report from Kapronasia and the Disruption House provides critical insight into how Millennials are changing the way they bank.