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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April Wu

China Market Strategy

November 26, 2014

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Banking News This Week – Nov 26

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

1 – Nigeria: Diamond Bank in $147m boost

CARLYLE Group invested $147 million (R1.6 billion) in Diamond Bank as it seeks to expand in Africa’s largest economy. >>

2 -Battle looms over mobile pay systems

China’s thriving mobile payment market will witness a new battle for dominance between Apple Inc and its local smartphone rivals, with industry insiders anticipating a direct showdown between Apple Pay and a home-grown digital wallet service in late 2015. >>

3 – SCB to broaden overseas footprint through Mizuho partnership

Thailand’s third-largest bank by assets, Siam Commercial Bank, has formed a strategic partnership with Mizuho Bank, one of Japan’s mega-banks, to strengthen SCB’s overseas business. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

November 19, 2014

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Banking News This Week – Nov 19

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

1 – Business leaders confident about growth in APEC economies

By surveying 635 CEOs and industry leaders across 39 nations with operations in APEC economies, the report shows that 46 percent of executives are ‘very confident’ in revenue growth over the next 12 months, up from 36 percent in 2012. >>

2 -Smaller markets sprout bank innovation

Banks in fast-growing and rapidly developing markets display higher levels of ambition for becoming innovation leaders in delivering superior customer value, primarily by investing more in research and development, compared to peers in mature markets. >>

3 – Internet banking a game changer in China

The Internet is transforming the way people do banking in China, according to a senior official from the People’s Bank of China, the central bank. >>

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