Toronto, September 19, 2011 - J.P. Morgan (NYSE: JPM) Treasury Services, a full-service provider of cash management, trade finance, and treasury solutions, in partnership with FImetrix, a leading market research firm focusing on international financial services, have released the results of a "Voice of the Industry" survey examining trends and perspectives in cross-border payments, Renminbi (RMB) clearing services, and current regulatory issues.
During July and August, interviews were conducted with more than 100 senior executives at banks across Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North America. More than half of the participants in the study represent financial institutions with upwards of $50 billion USD in assets.
Payments collaboration continues to be a primary area of focus for the world's leading financial institutions. Over the course of the next few years, nearly three in four institutions expect to collaborate to some degree with partner banks in support of their payments business, with those in the Asia Pacific and North America regions most likely to collaborate (83 percent, 80 percent respectively). Only one fifth expect to go it alone, driven largely by banks in Western Europe. Payments are cited most often for offering the greatest opportunities for collaboration, followed by trade services and cash management. In light of regulatory and competitive pressures, banks are making new strategic decisions on collaboration with global partners. Some trends highlighted in the survey:
As China continues to emerge as an economic powerhouse, progress in RMB clearing is mixed. The survey revealed:
Banks see regulatory change having a significant impact on their ability to attract deposits.
"Understanding the concerns of our financial institution clients allows us to target investments in our platform and to build strength in key areas," said Christopher Foskett, Managing Director, Global Sales Head Financial Institutions, J.P. Morgan Treasury Services. "J.P. Morgan is the largest clearer of U.S. dollars, handling more than 20 percent combined Fedwire and CHIPS transactions globally, and is a direct clearer in 19 other currencies. Investments in our business continue to extend our country coverage and deliver new services so that FIs can themselves compete successfully in their target markets, which is a need these survey results confirm. Over the past few years, we've expanded our operations in China, South Africa and Saudi Arabia. This survey is only one of many ways we stay on the pulse of industry trends to ensure we remain the number one provider to financial institutions."
Financial institutions seeking to discuss the survey further may contact Chris.Foskett@jpmchase.com.
About J.P. Morgan Treasury Services
J.P. Morgan's Treasury Services business is a full-service provider of innovative cash management, trade, liquidity, commercial card and escrow services -- specifically developed to meet the challenges treasury professionals face today. More than 135,000 corporations, financial institutions, governments and municipalities in over 180 countries and territories entrust their business to J.P. Morgan. J.P. Morgan Treasury Services is one of the world's largest providers of treasury management services and a division of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., member FDIC. More information can be found at www.jpmorgan.com/ts.
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