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Standard Chartered: ready to enter China's credit card market

Standard Chartered has announced that it planned to incorporate itself in China in anticipation of issuing credit cards next year. If it is successful, it will be the first foreign-funded bank to issue cards in China. However, given the reluctance of Chinese authorities to encourage foreign banking activity to date, the bank may well have yet more regulatory hurdles to clear.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Oct 2006
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CommentWire

Standard Chartered: quietly happy

Some commentators think that Standard Chartered's dual listing exercise was a failure - but they're wrong. The bank has achieved the primary aim of its listing: commitment and control transfer to Asia. The company is now in a very good position to expand into booming, regulator-dominated Asia-Pacific markets such as mainland China.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Oct 2002
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CommentWire

Standard Chartered: coming out of its corner fighting

With its core markets floundering, China looks to be an attractive option for UK-based banking group Standard Chartered. However, the $1,259 billion market has hidden obstacles that could limit the banks success in the region. It will not be easy for Standard Chartered to achieve its targeted 20% return on equity.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Feb 2002
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CommentWire

RBS: snakes and ladders

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), the second-largest banking group in Europe, has emerged as one of the front runners to acquire a stake in China's second largest bank. Such a move could prove very successful for RBS given the size of the market available to it, however it should not underestimate the challenge of coming to terms with Chinese business culture.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Apr 2005
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Expert View

RBS takes a risk by banking on China

After months of speculation, Royal Bank of Scotland has agreed to lead a GBP1.7 billion investment in Bank of China. As well as giving RBS a foothold in a market that could provide the growth potential UK and European markets are failing to offer, the move will please nervy investors as RBS's individual investment in China is smaller than was initially feared.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Aug 2005
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Outsourcing: moving offshore without sinking

Many firms could save money by following HSBC's lead and moving support operations offshore. But for a company with less global presence than the banking giant, this process can be challenging. As well as choosing the right local partner, enterprises need to build support for the process among their own staff - rather than running the risk of alienating them.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Aug 2002
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National Australia Bank/China UnionPay: a satisfying union

National Australia Bank has agreed to become the first Australian issuer to offer China UnionPay credit cards. This is a significant step as it marks further access into China's financial services market. While the Australian bank is not expected to issue a large number of the cards, the ease with which people will be able to access funds between China and Australia will satisfy a consumer demand.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Nov 2006
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HSBC: playing a waiting game

By taking a stake in China's third-largest insurer, HSBC hopes to gain a foothold in the country's huge financial services market. Although the restrictions on foreign institutions are currently harsh, the 'floodgates' look set to open soon. In the meantime, HSBC is gaining valuable experience that should help it target Chinese investors' $1.4 trillion of assets.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jul 2002
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HSBC: major stake in Chinese bank

The deal between HSBC [HSBA.L] and Bank of Communications is the biggest investment by a foreign player in a Chinese bank to date. The move is likely to trigger further deals in this area, although the current structural problems within the Chinese banking sector mean that investments remain very high risk.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Aug 2004
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CommentWire

HSBC / Korea First Bank: foreign players will steady Korean ship

The last few years have been turbulent ones for South Korea's banking sector following a consumer spending boom turned sour. Yet the great interest evoked by Newbridge Capital's sale of its stake in KFB shows the market is turning a corner, with foreign players now keen to invest in the market. The presence of these players should ensure greater stability going forward.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Nov 2004

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