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Green Finance: Making the Transition to a Climate-Resilient Future
A Digital Future: Financial Services and the Generation Game




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

Report Summary

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. 

After the storm

After the storm: a new era for risk management in financial services is an Economist Intelligence Unit report that explores the way in which risk management is changing at the world’s financial institutions in response to the global financial and economic crisis.

Mapping the recovery

With the financial crisis continuing to wreak havoc in many of the world's economies, access to capital is becoming harder and dearer. Despite heavy injections of liquidity from governments, lending has slowed to a trickle across most industries and markets. Bankers' reluctance to offer finance stems from widespread uncertainty about the length, intensity and consequences of the current crisis. This poses significant challenges to the private-equity industry, which has enjoyed unprecedented growth over the past decade thanks partly to unfettered access to cheap credit.

Feeling the squeeze

As people in Asia live longer and women have children later in life, a rising number of adults are simultaneously caring for young children and ageing parents—a phenomenon long recognised in other parts of the world as the growth of the "Sandwich Generation". This new research by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by Fidelity International shows one in five working-age Asians is now a member of this cohort. These people are typically aged 30 to 45, married, and supporting one or two children and two parents or parents-in-law.

Evolving fortunes

In the coming decade, the so-called ‘BRIC countries’ (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are expected to make the most significant wealth gains in our wealth forecast of 50 countries.

Breaking the mould

Written by the Economist Intelligence Unit on behalf of Barclays Wealth, this sixth volume of Barclays Wealth Insights examines the behaviour and attitudes of wealthy investors during times of volatility. It is based on two main strands of research.

Volatility in financial markets draws different responses from wealthy investors

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