Opinion on Financial Services in Asia-Pacific

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CommentWire
CommentWire

NTT DoCoMo: mobile phones and ATMs

The ATM sector is hot at the moment, with a number of interesting developments taking place across the world. DoCoMo's plan to integrate mobile phones and ATMs aims to capitalize upon the high levels of usage of mobile technologies in Japan. Japan may well be a test case for the rest of the world.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

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
CommentWire
CommentWire

Chinese finance: the early bird will catch the worm

Many financial services firms are holding onto their investment dollars and not currently targeting the Chinese financial services market. But while they may think they're being prudent, these companies are actually in danger of watching their investment opportunity erode. Only bolder FSIs will be able to gain a strong foothold in the $1.4 trillion market.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Aug 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Korean credit cards: digging their own grave

In a period of slow economic growth, a credit card market growing at over 60% may seem like a gold mine to South Korean FSIs. However, the market is driven by 'push' factors rather than true consumer demand. Judging by the experience of Hong Kong and Singapore, South Korean credit card companies' happy days may be very short-lived.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Aug 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

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
CommentWire
CommentWire

Taiwanese banking: get them while they're hot

The Cathay-United deal is a signal that consolidation in Taiwanese banking is beginning to gain momentum. Despite the size of the deal, there is still plenty of room for consolidation in Taiwan. Depressed asset values within a sizable savings and investment market suggest that Taiwanese banks are value for money; the time for 'courting' is now.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Aug 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Chinese fund management: looking to the future

China's fund management industry has crying out for the ability to hedge equity investments, so a market-ready futures exchange is good news for fund managers. The exchange's announcement is a little misleading - it will not start trading for some time - but it could ultimately help drive the Chinese fund management market to over $95 billion.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Aug 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Asian hedge funds: false hope

Fund managers in Hong Kong and Singapore are already developing new hedge fund products, as governments plan to liberalize regulations. However, there's little fit between hedge funds and their new target, retail investors. There may soon be a lot of disappointed asset managers across Asia - and a waste of valuable marketing resources.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Aug 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Credit cards: Oz interchange turmoil

The Reserve Bank of Australia has unveiled plans to reduce the interchange fee that credit card merchant acquirers pay to card issuers. But while the RBA is not alone in the world in wanting to reform interchange, these reforms go too far and take effect too suddenly. The result is likely to be that they hit the consumer hardest of all.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Aug 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Chinese mutual funds: ready, get set, go.

China's fund management industry is one of the fastest growing in the world, more than doubling in size each year since 1997. Despite the mixed receptions foreign entities have received from domestic firms, the sheer size of the potential market is enough to ensure a plethora of entrants following the regulator's recent market liberalization.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2002

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