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Robo-advisors poised to take off
Date: Jan 24, 2017   |   Author: Richard Hartung | Research Note
Customised financial advice had, for many years, been available almost exclusively to private banking clients or to the mass affluent. However, robo-advisors are offering the same advice to many more consumers. Customers in Asia, from the man on the street to the ultra-wealthy, seem ready to embrace these new robo-advisors.
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Credit card payment loses ground in more markets
Date: Jan 20, 2017   |   Author: Shenming Wang | Research Note
Credit card issuance and usage wane as digital and mobile payments increase in popularity.
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Digital transformation powers profitability in branch banking
Date: Jan 19, 2017   |   Author: Richard Hartung | Research Note
While many financial institutions in emerging markets are trying to strike the right balance between their physical footprints and digital presence, leading banks in mature markets are proving that digital transformation can boost profitability and efficiency.
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Vietnam’s retail banking is playing a risky game
Date: Jan 12, 2017   |   Author: Research | Research Note
Economies of scale, profitability, and developing a comprehensive service proposition remain major challenges in Vietnam's growing retail banking industry. A long-term sustainable future will depend on how banks execute a right risk-reward balance.
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Will digital-only money transfer operators impact the global remittance market?
Date: Dec 09, 2016   |   Author: Research | Research Note
Digitisation in the cross-border money transfer industry might leave fewer opportunities for incumbent banks and operators to grow. How they cultivate alliances and digital innovation to stay ahead of competitive will be critical moving forward.
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Blockchain: Collaboration and interoperability to drive adoption
Date: Nov 21, 2016   |   Author: Neeti Aggarwal and The Asian Banker Editor | Research Note
New proofs of concepts have emerged in blockchain as the industry tackles various impediments to its successful adoption. The technology initiatives would need to be complemented with stronger collaborative efforts and interoperability for future growth.
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Non-bank players vie for customers in the digital payments arena
Date: Nov 04, 2016   |   Author: Janine Marie Crisanto | Research Note
Increasing adoption of digital payments has resulted in stiff competition within the industry. Non-bank payment players have become more aggressive, aiming to grow into full scale financial service providers.
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Hostile environment casts doubt on the future of mobile-only fintech banks
Date: Nov 02, 2016   |   Author: Research | Research Note
Wide discontent with conventional banks have led to the emergence of mobile-only fintech banks. However, these challenger banks are struggling to expand their customer reach, putting doubts whether they can stand against bigger traditional banks.



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