With over $3.8b invested in Asia’s fintech ecosystem in 2017 and the emergence of a bouquet of services such as insurtech, Internet of Things (IoT) in wealth management, consumer-centric targeted services, amongst others, the region is well-poised to emerge as the leader of next generation fintech applications.
Stirring beneath the Banking Royal Commission and amplified by the recent interest rate hikes is a sense of agitation amongst the Australian public that things can be better when it comes to banking in Australia.
The global financial services industry including Asia is being plagued with the pervasive nature of financial crime and the ever-changing typology of threats. These threats include money laundering, tax evasion, bribery and corruption, and fraud – and financial institutions are grappling to find the right balance to ensure that their compliance programmes are able to adapt and respond.
Asia’s banks have been in a sweet spot this year: operating performances, asset quality, and credit quality are all relatively stable, and macroeconomic and financing conditions continue to be favorable.
Increased competition and rising costs are forcing private banks globally and in Asia to focus more on profitability and less on volume growth. In an evolving and competitive landscape, innovation will require smart pricing strategies to protect margins, as the effect of pure price adjustment is limited.
As we move into 2018, Asia-Pacific banks are facing a range of challenges — from implementing Basel III reforms and keeping pace with technology advancements, to responding to the disruption and opportunities posed by new, non-traditional market entrants.
Since the BCBS 239 principles on risk data aggregation and risk reporting were published by the Basel Committee in 2013, globally systemically important banks (GSIBs) have invested significant time and budget to reach compliance.
Asian banks have seen an exponential growth in regulatory requirements in recent years, including a greater focus on consumer protection, market integrity and a demand for faster remediation of supervisory issues.
Asian banks are focussed on finding growth under the current market conditions, which present opportunities in terms of new areas of business growth, as well as challenges in the form of competition from non-banks and evolving regulatory requirements.
Last week, we took a look at how international banking brands are engaging as many of their customers’ senses as possible, in as pleasurable a way as they can, as a key to creating loyalty through an engaging customer experience.
Over recent years Asian banking markets have grown accustomed to good news, even as the global financial sector struggled to regain peak performance and recover investor sentiment that, even now, often remains dampened by the 2008 crash.
The New Bank on the Block: Lafferty spoke with Anthony Thomson, Metro Bank
While the industry continues to debate whether retail banking should be separated from investment banking, we decided to have a conversation with Anthony Thomson, co-founder and Chairman of Metro Bank, the first new High Street bank in the UK in the past 150 years.
The recent allegations1 and eventual settlement2 against Standard Chartered regarding lapses in their anti-money laundering (AML) controls has made headlines in recent days, with significant impact on their share price and damage to their reputation, apart from the fine of US$340M.