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Strengthening governance, risk and compliance in the banking industry

Strengthening governance, risk and compliance in the banking industry is an Economist Intelligence Unit report sponsored by SAP. The Economist Intelligence Unit bears sole responsibility for this report. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s editorial team conducted the interviews and wrote the report. The findings and views expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsor. Dan Armstrong was the editor of the report and Mike Kenny was responsible for layout and design.

Hungry for more?

A continuous explosion of new wealth in both emerging economies and the West has helped to create an exceptional demand for private banking services. The sector is seen as increasingly dynamic and mainstream, and is being coveted by larger international banks that are eager to gain a share of this vibrant market.

Beyond transactions

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Facing the sanctions challenge in financial services

Sanctions are as much a fact of life for modern business as global markets. Financial services firms in particular are devoting increasing attention to sanctions compliance, as they navigate a shifting regulatory landscape in which guidelines are often unclear.

This Economist Intelligence Unit study, sponsored by Deloitte, looks at the sanctions challenge facing the financial services industry and is based on an online survey of 388 executives and managers in the sector, as well as in-depth interviews with experts and corporate leaders. Its key findings include:

The Future of Wealth

US to lead the way in global ‘wealth explosion’

Despite wealth levels around the world soaring, the US will continue to dominate as the base for the super-rich. In 2016, there will be 19.5 million households with aggregate wealth in excess of $1m in the country, and 5.5 million households with aggregate wealth in excess of $3m.

UK to play host to a million ‘super millionaires’ by 2016

The return of the branch?

A decade of innovation in the high street has left many banks’ retail branches looking tired and out of touch. While other retailers competed for the attention of customers, banks and building societies (mortgage banks) seemed oddly content to sit back. Many even made the mistake of thinking they knew best. Fed up with being pushed around, many of their customers deserted them in favour of Internet start-ups that promised to listen and do as they were asked.

A Question of Gender

Affluence of women is increasing

‘Women’ and ‘wealth’ are two words being heard together more frequently, and the commercial world is sitting up and taking notice of women’s growing spending power. Globally women are becoming an economic force with which to be reckoned.

The ‘Glass Ceiling’ persists

While the US and UK lead on the number of management positions held by women, the ‘glass ceiling’ persists and an equal number of women to men on company boards and in government is predicted to still be some way off.

Beyond Cash: China’s Emerging Payments Market

As China’s economy continues its robust expansion, and as its banking sector finally opens up to foreign competition, the demand for credit is taking off. Local banks have ramped up their operations for the last three or four years in preparation for increased competition from foreign rivals. As their efforts bear fruit, the potential for China’s payment cards market has never looked better.

The new world of wealth

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2009 World Investment and Political Risk

The global economic and financial crisis has severely curtailed economic growth and international private capital flows, prompting unprecedented government interventions. Although developing countries have not been spared, past economic and policy reforms, growing domestic markets and emergency financial assistance have helped them weather the storm. 

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