No industry is safe from the fast march of digital progress, and the banking sector is no different. In Europe alone, well over a thousand fintech companies have launched in the last decade and, as of 2016 according to Accenture, these same fintechs make up almost 7% of the industry's overall annual revenue.
There are forces at work aiming to reshape the banking sector, and retail banks need to choose whether they want to brace for impact or lead the charge. With 2018 winding to a close and retail banking in a state of perpetual change, everyone's eyes are currently on 2019.
Whilst APAC presents a potentially lucrative market for businesses and investors, when it comes to debt collection, unfamiliarity with local legal systems and taxation – not to mention some antiquated collection practices – has lead to some serious challenges. As a result, debt collection in the region has become notoriously tough.
It’s difficult to talk about the APAC region as a whole - it includes industrial giants like China, global financial centres like Hong Kong, and burdened economies struggling to handle their debt-to-GDP ratio. That said: three specific factors recur as concerns for debt collectors across the region:
Many Asia-Pacific countries are notorious for the complexity of their debt collections operations, with a report from credit insurance company Euler Hermes ranking the vast majority of APAC region countries as ‘severely’ complicated.
PwC predicts that by 2020, consumer intelligence will be the most important predictor of revenue growth, the public cloud will be the most dominant infrastructure model, and - crucially - that Asia will emerge as a key centre of technology-driven innovation.
Although the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is currently under a severe amount of debt pressure, the rate of regional household and business borrowing has actually slowed in recent years. That being said, debt levels remain high overall. Across APAC, a 5% increase in the household debt to GDP ratio over a three-year period is expected to lead to a 1.25% drop in GDP growth in another three years.