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China’s financial industry faces a challenging year ahead. Economic growth is slowing, money outflows are testing the resolve of regulators and reform remains a challenge. Yet China remains at the center of the fintech universe as tech giants Lufax, PingAn, and Ant Financial continue to re-define banking in the world’s biggest country. 

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. 

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.

A decade ago, going to the bank in China meant queuing for an hour and suffering what was often very poor customer service. In a retail banking market with limited competition, there was little push to do anything different. Today, the industry is shifting rapidly. With online payment platforms like WeChat Pay and Alipay, digital payments are a reality for customers. Financial product distribution platforms like Lufax and CreditEase make it incredibly easy for customers to invest their money. P2P lenders are bringing new financial products and choices to the market. Customer communications has gone from an afterthought, to a key part of bank’s strategies.

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?

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