April Wu

China Market Strategy

January 28, 2015

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Banking News This Week – Jan 28

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

1 – Africa: Mobile Banking Will the Help the Poor Transform Their Lives

The key to this will be mobile phones. Already, in the developing countries with the right regulatory framework, people are storing money digitally on their phones and using their phones to make purchases, as if they were debit cards. >>

2 – Insiders Call for Integration between Internet Financing and Banks

Chinese financial industry observers are calling for an integration of the country’s traditional financial institutions and the emerging internet financing market. >>

3 – Banks taking over financial firms shapes a growing trend

VietNamNet Bridge – Marriages between banks and financial firms are forecast to be vibrant this year, but industry experts assume such deals could bring banks both advantages and disadvantages. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

January 21, 2015

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Banking News This Week – Jan 21

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

1 – How One Woman Is Changing Business Lending In Africa

A vast majority — 85% — of micro through medium size enterprises in emerging markets suffer from a lack of access to credit, according to the International Finance Corporation and McKinsey. >>

2 – KTB keen on expansion of GMS business

State-owned Krungthai Bank (KTB), the country’s largest bank by assets, is placing importance on payments, product development and partnership in its drive towards inclusive business development in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). >>

3 – China Boots Up an Internet Banking Industry

Cyberspace borrowing is coming of age thanks to financial reforms and the arrival of online-only WeBank and ZBIC. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

January 14, 2015

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Banking News This Week – Jan 14

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

1 – How Omni-Channel Banking Fuels the Rise of China’s Middle Class

Banking is on the move. While the in-branch visit remains a pillar of the banking experience, more and more customers now choose to interact with their financial institutions via online and mobile banking, ATMs or phone chats with call center agents. >>

2 – Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank : considers major mergers in 2015 to clean up its banks

Some of Vietnam’s lenders may merge with each other this year as part of efforts to help to clean up the country’s fragmented banking sector, which is weighed down with bad loans after a decade of rapid expansion. >>

3 – Big foreign banks seen entering PH this year

Foreign banks are preparing their entry into the Philippines following the lifting of ownership restrictions last year, which now opens up the financial system to more global players. >>

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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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