Regulatory reform, more stringent capital requirements, risk management considerations, disruptive technologies, a low interest rate environment, and enhanced reporting requirements are all challenges to growth in the financial services industry. Helmsman recognises that sophisticated strategies and solutions are required for financial institutions to gain a competitive edge.
As emerging economies become bigger and wealthier, demand for services is rising. This phenomenon is shaping global markets. These long-term growth trends present many opportunities and challenges. And, with annual growth likely to remain low in advanced economies, companies will need to look increasingly to other markets. But emerging markets can be difficult places in which to do business. The ability to understand and adapt to local rules and customs will be essential, as will the right entry strategy and, where appropriate, the right partners. Good relations with local government and regulatory bodies will also be crucial. And, in some cases, the best production centres may not be the largest consumer markets.