Category Archives: banks

One Belt, One Road: too big to succeed? – Sara Hsu

China’s close to one trillion US dollar investment program One Belt, One Road (OBOR) is facing serious pitfalls that could stop it from succeeding, writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Huffington Post. Insufficient due diligence is just one of a range of potential barriers, she writes.

Moving to a cash- and cardless society – Andy Mok

China has all but abolished cash and bank cards, and the rest of the world might be following fast. CBS talks to economist Andy Mok. China had no good working banking system, and moved fast to mobile payment, but the rest of the world might follow soon.

How WeChat started to promote WeBank – Matthew Brennan

E-commerce expert Matthew Brennan discovered how WeChat silently started to promote Tencent’s WeBank, a potentially major move in pushing internet banking ahead of the traditional banks in China, he writes on his website China Channel. The old banks will have to run for their money.

22 years of connecting Asia – William Bao Bean

VC-veteran William Bao Bean tells about his 22-year adventure of connecting tech, banking and the internet in Asia, at Haymarkt HQ, and answers questions by Angela Kwan and her audience. How does China’s internet work?

Are Alibaba and Tencent becoming too powerful? – Matthew Brennan

Both Tencent and Alibaba have become power players, even eclipsing the formerly leading economic state-owned companies, says innovation-specialist Matthew Brennan in ATimes. So maybe they [think they] need to clip their wings a little,” adds Mr Brennan.

Financial institutions: earning on data – Shaun Rein

Online financial institutions like Alibaba’s Ant Financial and Tencent are developing new business models, where they make money on the giant amount of data they collect. Financial authorities are stepping in, for the right reasons, says business analyst Shaun Rein to the China Daily.

Money laundering in China – Sara Hsu

Around 100 billion US dollar leaves China illegally each year, estimates financial analyst Sara Hsu. Only last year 380 banks were busted for money laundering. She discusses at CGTN what the government does to prevent those illegal transactions.

Outbound China investment experts at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

2017 will not beat 2016 in terms of volume of outbound investments, but China is still expanding fast – despite increased government limits on financing outbound deals.A few of our speakers at the China Speakers Bureau focus on that development.

Credit score: next in the Tencent, Alibaba fight – Matthew Brennan

Alibaba’s Ant Financial has been leading the charge in online financial transactions, but Tencent wants to gain back market share by setting up its own credit sharing system. A much needed move, says fintech expert Matthew Brennan to Pymnts.

Why property will remain a safe investment – Sam Crispin

The Chinese government tries to curtail irrational investments, but domestic real estate is certainly not at the hackblock, says real estate expert Sam Crispin in Knowledge GKGSB. The government cannot afford to kill the goose laying golden eggs, he says.