9 Nov 2021
HSBC Ahead of China Wealth Hiring Targets as it Aims for India’s Banking Sector
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HSBC Holdings Plc has exceeded its targets for hiring in its Chinese retail wealth management business. The company is now exploring options to re-enter the private banking industry in India as a part of its new plans.
The new strategy led by the Group CEO Noel Quinn aims to invest $3.5 billion into the wealth and banking unit as it competes to become the top wealth manager by the year 2025. Nuno Matos, CEO of Wealth and Personal banking business stated, “We are the leading international bank in China, so we want to squeeze that opportunity. On the private banking side, we are now in clear expansion mode.”
HSBC also plans to increase its mobile wealth planning service in China by acquiring over 700 personal wealth planners by the end of the year. The previous figure for hiring was only aimed at 550. Services in this sector include asset management, insurance, investments and more. On the other hand, private banking is driven towards clients with investible assets above $5 million.
The bank left the Indian private banking sector back in 2015 but has decided to re-enter the industry due to higher growth prospects and record-high stock markets. Matos stated, “We want to bank mass affluent and high net worth customers. At this moment, the two major pillars we are expanding in India are insurance and asset management. On the private banking side, we are not there yet and that’s something that demands a strategic decision this year.”