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Learn how the FinTech industry affected Asia Pacific and Southeast Asia in 2018 with CFA Institute. Learn how financial technology has impacted Asian financial institutions.

FinTech 2018: The Asia Pacific Edition

FinTech 2018: The Asia Pacific Edition


To bring more clarity to the question of how FinTech will affect the prospects of financial institutions and careers of our members and other stakeholders, CFA Institute has compiled the report FinTech 2018: The Asia Pacific Edition.

This is a continuation of our effort summarized in the report FinTech 2017: China, Asia, and Beyond. The 2018 report is composed of three sections. The first covers the various businesses under the “Fin” umbrella, including banking FinTech, robo advice, insurtech, and regtech. The second section reviews the progress in “Tech” that’s relevant for financial institutions—namely, artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing, and blockchain. The last section covers major FinTech developments in key Asia Pacific financial markets, including Australia, Japan, India, Singapore, and Thailand, in addition to China and Hong Kong SAR (which are also covered in last year’s report).

The report is a compendium of articles and expert interviews, which can be read in any order. The common threads across the report are as follows:

  • Artificial intelligence, big data, and cloud computing have made it possible for teams and organizations armed with better technology resources to outperform those that are not.
  • Blockchain may have profound implications for the way financial institutions operate in the future. The technology is not yet mature and will need to overcome hurdles with respect to developing a sustainable business model and gaining regulatory approval.
  • China leads the Asia Pacific region in FinTech development with its focus on the newer technologies. In many other Asia Pacific markets, FinTech is still defined by alternative lending, mobile payments, robo advice, and so forth.

About the Editor

Larry Cao
Larry Cao CFA

Larry Cao, CFA, is senior director of industry research at CFA Institute. He conducts original research with a focus on investment industry trends and investment expertise. Mr. Cao’s current research interests include multi-asset strategies and fintech. He frequently speaks at industry conferences on these topics and has more than 20 years of experience in the investment industry. Mr. Cao started his career at the People’s Bank of China as a US dollar fixed-income portfolio manager. He has worked at HSBC as senior manager for the Asia-Pacific region; Munder Capital Management, managing US and international equity portfolios; and Morningstar/Ibbotson Associates, managing multi-asset investment programs for a global financial institution clientele. Mr. Cao has been interviewed by a wide range of business media, including Bloomberg, CNN, the Financial Times, South China Morning Post, and the Wall Street Journal. He pursued graduate studies at Harvard University and was a visiting scholar at MIT.