April Wu

China Market Strategy

January 7, 2015

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Banking News This Week – Jan 7

The top 5 banking news stories in emerging markets this week.

1 – Making Change: Mobile Pay in Africa

Across Kenya, mobile money is breathing life into micro business. Companies whose business models are based on mobile payments have shown how targeting some of the world’s poorest customers can not only pay but also be a promising way to grow. >>

2 – 10 Big Trends Reshaping Financial Marketing Today

Financial marketing used to involve little more than brochures, print ads and a couple promotion per year. Now, it is about social media, shared experiences and interactive digital engagement. It’s time banks and credit unions get savvy about their use of mobile channels, content marketing and personalization. >>

3 – Banking the underbanked through mobile payments

A key reason for financial exclusion is typically the inaccessibility of the unbanked/underbanked, mostly people in the lower strata of the economy, by the financial services providers.  >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

December 31, 2014

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Banking News This Week – Dec 31

The top 5 banking news stories in emerging markets this week.

1 – Tencent ready to launch China’s first private internet bank, WeBank

Chinese Internet giant Tencent on Monday launched the website for what will likely be the country’s first ever private internet bank. China began a trial programme early this year that would allow five new private banks to be set up. >>

2 – China’s traditional lenders meet their match in internet banking

Success of the traditional players in the online battle will hinge on their ability to exploit the power of big data to understand client needs. >>

3 – 10 Ways Technology Will Change Banking in 2015

Leading financial services and tech execs say that in 2015, technology will change many things, from the way they hire personnel to the way they make loans to the way they package products. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

December 18, 2014

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Banking News This Week – Dec 18

The top 5 banking news stories in emerging markets this week.

1 – Kenya: Dubai Bank Unveils Mobile Banking

Dubai bank customers is seeking to grow its transaction income through diversified channels with the launch of a mobile platform. >>

2 -Youths are Africa’s future- UBA boss

As a pan-African bank with operations in 19 African countries, UBA aligns its vision to the aspirations of the continent’s youthful population by developing tailor made products that aligns with the aspirations and ambitions of the African youth. >>

3 – Top 10 most valued African brands 2014

African Business Review reveals the most valued African brands in 2014. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

December 10, 2014

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Banking News This Week – Dec 10

The top 5 banking news stories in emerging markets this week.

1 – Entry of foreign banks seen next year

Several foreign banks are expected to apply for entry in the Philippines before year-end or early 2015 following the release of the implementing rules and regulations of the amended foreign banks law, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) chief said. >>

2 -Mobile point of sale can power economies in emerging markets

Much in the same way emerging market consumers have eschewed landlines and wired networking infrastructure for mobile connections, we are seeing emerging market merchants go straight from cash boxes to mobile POS (mPOS) solutions. >>

3 – Savvy shoppers do it online

The survey, which targeted South Africans aged between 18 and 64 who have bank accounts and access the internet at least once a week, showed that 40 percent of respondents were sufficiently concerned about the safety of online transactions that they had not shopped online during the previous three months. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

December 3, 2014

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Banking News This Week – Dec 3

The top 5 banking news stories in emerging markets this week.

1 – Citigroup Sees Asia Digital Users Doubling in Revenue Hunt

Citigroup Inc. (C) expects to double digital-banking users in Asia in the next five years, helping the third-biggest U.S. lender by assets boost client accounts and revenue without the cost of setting up branches. >>

2 -Many world business clients unhappy with banks

Nearly a third of companies (29%) experienced an error with their primary bank in the past 12 to 24 months; and more than half (57%) were less than highly satisfied with the resolution, according to EY’s global commercial banking survey. This poor service is pushing businesses to look for alternatives—be that moving their primary accounts to a rival bank or moving certain services to a nonbank. >>

3 – Mark Mobius: Why Africa is the next emerging-markets success story

Mobius:There is a need for banking services (particularly mobile banking) and penetration of telecommunications in many African countries is very low.  >>

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