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Wealth management IT spending to top $28 billion by 2012

The mass affluent market remains a growth opportunity for the banking sector as the asset base of typical investors grows. According to Datamonitor research, spending by financial services firms on front-to-back wealth management IT in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific will reach $28.5 billion by 2012 as they increase investment in the technology to cope with regulations and stay competitive.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Oct 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

UBS: hiring in Asia but training is essential for long-term growth

Swiss bank UBS has announced that it will employ over 2,000 new staff in Asia, taking its headcount back to pre-crisis levels. The move reflects the new-found health and confidence at the bank and is yet another show of international banks' commitment to the region. However, if UBS and others are to secure the talent they need for their long-term growth plans, they need to invest in training.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jul 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

RBS: competition for Asian assets will be fierce

HSBC, Standard Chartered and ANZ are in talks with RBS for the purchase of its retail and commercial banking operations in several Asian markets. The sale should provide a good opportunity for regional expansion and increased market share for the winning provider at a time when many banks are suffering from the global economic downturn.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Apr 2009
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RBS: bracing for first annual loss in 2008

The Royal Bank of Scotland's new CEO has signaled that the bank is not expecting to make any profit in 2008. The bank has grown in size and influence over the last 10 years, and has quite possibly made one acquisition too many. Indeed, the bank has spent almost $90 billion on takeovers since 2000, which has contributed significantly to its current poor financial state.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Nov 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Morgan Stanley: buying into China

Morgan Stanley has acquired Nan Tung Bank, a small bank based in China's Guangdong Province. Although the Chinese bank has only one branch and less than 40 employees, the deal provides Morgan Stanley with a much sought-after banking license for the Chinese market, and thus could well prove a shrewd investment.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Oct 2006
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Julius Baer strengthens its "second home market"

Julius Baer and Macquarie Group have entered into a strategic collaboration agreement. The agreement will combine the private banking and investment banking expertise of both institutions to better serve clients in Asia Pacific.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Oct 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

Investment and private banking: merging worlds

As hiring starts to get underway again within global private banks, several wealth managers are choosing to recruit their talent from the ranks of the investment banks. Drawing people from the wider financial services community is undoubtedly a good thing for the private banking community, but bringing investment bankers into wealth management needs to be done with great care and proper support.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Jun 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

HSBC rights issue: much to be positive about

The long list of banks raising new money in the current crisis has been joined by HSBC, with the announcement of a GBP12.5 billion cash call. What singles the company's money-raising exercise out from the others is less the scale of the operation than the fact that it is acquiring cash in the traditional way, pointing not just to the bank's strength, but to fledgling faith in the banking industry.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Mar 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Chinese financial services: in danger of stalling

The Chinese financial system needs urgent reform, so the announcements by the PBOC that it will slow down reforms in the sector is bad news for foreign FSIs. Not only will the market be relatively closed to them but there is a risk that it may be pushed beyond immediate help, crippled by a lack of liquidity through high bad debt levels.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Feb 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

CBA: bad debt charges lead to slashed dividends

The Commonwealth Bank has announced that it will follow the lead of its rivals in cutting its final dividend. Other major banks have cut their dividends in a bid to improve capital ratios, as charges for bad debts have risen significantly. However, despite this negative news, Australian banks are enduring the global financial crisis relatively well compared to those elsewhere.

Published By Datamonitor
13 May 2009

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