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.
The Chinese mobile payment market is virtually doubling in size every year and is expected to be worth more than US$80 billion with 441 million active users by 2015, according to the latest report from Kapronasia. China has already overtaken the US as the largest smartphone market in the world; the number of mobile payment users will dwarf other markets worldwide.
The on-going streamlining and de-siloing of technology, trading and operations across various business lines has brought with it new challenges, new opportunities and a competitive advantage for early adopters. Competitive pressures and anemic economic growth continue to compress fees and drive institutions to seek out further reductions in costs and greater working capital efficiency.
While the rest of the world struggles with a lingering financial crisis, Chinese Financial institutions will continue investing in financial technology innovation in 2012. New technologies such as EMV and mobile near-field payments will drive significant investment as financial institutions continue to modernize and expand both the breadth and depth of their product offerings. This webinar from Kapronasia will look at some of the key insights from Kapronasia’s “China Financial Technology 2012 – Top 10 Trends Shaping the Industry" report, a comprehensive look at the key issues and challenges and how banks are overcoming them.