High 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, fintech is empowering them by lowering the costs of, and expanding access to, wealth management products, thereby making it easier to manage one’s wealth.
Predictions 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.
Fintech: The BAT (Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent) now all have a private bank ready to launch and remote account opening is likely to happen this year. As the BAT continue their push into financial services, what does that mean for traditional and digital banking in 2016? How big a chunk of business can they take from banking giants such as ICBC?
Blockchain: In 2015, conversation around Bitcoin shifted to blockchains. What will the conversation be in 2016 and what will that mean for bitcoin and blockchain in China? Is there even a market for blockchain in China?
Equities: Chinese mainland markets had one of their most tumultuous years ever in 2015, losing as much as a third of their value over three weeks in June. Even so, the Shanghai Composite still finished the year almost 10 percent highter, beating Wall Street. What can we expect this year? Also, what are the potential challenges and bright spots for the Shanghai-HK connect and an upcoming Shenzhen connect?
Alibaba was one of the biggest IPOs in history and the company has been on an acquisition tear in the past couple of years. Will Alibaba's initiatives and acquisitions redefine the financial industry?
Bitcoin hit a wall in China in 2013, yet grew in 2014 as China's exchanges became the largest in the world. What will 2015 hold for the digital currency and its peers?
The Shanghai HK connect was one of the most talked about initiatives in 2014, yet was the launch a success and will it continue this year?
Online payments, e-commerce, private banks, hedge funds and digital currency are just a few of the key drivers that have reshaped the industry in 2014 and will continue to drive change and reform in 2015.
The ATM market in China has maintained strong growth in the last ten years with the deployed number of ATMs peaking at 520,000 units in 2013, surpassing the number of ATMs deployed in the US and making China the largest ATM market in the world.
2013 will remembered as an incredibly dynamic year for China’s financial services industry. From the increasing number of hedge funds in the market to the emergence and regulation of Bitcoin, industry observers, investors, participants and regulators have had their work cut out for them keeping up with the market.
Few initiatives in the past couple of years have captured the attention of China’s financial services community more than the recently opened Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Situated in the eastern part of Shanghai and encompassing 29km2 of land which, like the rest of Pudong, was predominantly farmland as little as ten years ago.
What happens when you combine one of the most promising virtual currencies in the world with the largest country in the world? When consumers in a country are able to shift the price of gold in a matter of a few days through increased demand, what could they do to a virtual currency like Bitcoin? As the Chinese Yuan is a capital controlled currency that needs approvals to move in and out of the country, what are the potential regulatory impacts?
Although Chinese banks have in the past not focused tremendously on risk management in the past, recent events and comments from regulators indicate that risk management will be more of a focus for banks. In the second of our series of webinars on risk management in China, we look at credit risk management in chinese banks to understand more about what it is, how things are different in China and what will happen in the near future. This webinar will give you an in-depth look at the opportunities and challenges for banks as well as the potential implications for vendors and vendor solution offerings.
Although Chinese banks have in the past not focused tremendously on risk management, recent events and comments from regulators indicate that risk management will be more of a focus for banks. In the first of our series of webinars on risk management in China, we look at operational risk management in chinese banks to understand more about what it is, how things are different in China and what will happen in the near future.
After a dynamic 2012, China's financial industry faces new challenges and opportunities as we move into 2013 and the upcoming year of the Snake. In our annual look at the Top 10 China Financial Technology trends, we'll examine the key industry trends and how those will affect the technology spend of banks and financial institutions.
China traditionally has been a very cash based society. When credit cards first started to appear on the market, uptake was slow and banks struggled to find a business model that worked. Several years later, the market has changed dramatically. Now as an increasingly popular payment tool, the credit card has played a pivotal role in the stimulation of domestic consumption, with total card circulation exceeding 280 million and transaction value accounting for 42% of China’s total retail spending value.
With online commerce booming in China, consumers are able to order just about anything online and have it delivered cheaply and efficiently. Traditionally these transactions were conducted as 'cash on delivery', but this is rapidly changing as online payment providers start to fill the gap.
As many of you know, prepaid, or stored value cards are an important part of the payments market in China. Before 2011, prepaid cards were largely unregulated products and were thriving all over China. Not only did they provide a significant way for companies to minimize their taxation requirements, they also offered a convenient substitute for cash by individuals.