HSBC continues the Asian expansion push

August 17, 2021
HSBC continues the Asian expansion push

One of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations announced its plans to scale up its wealth management business and boosting fee income in Asia

HSBC revealed earlier today the purchase of Axa's insurance assets in Singapore for $575 million. The announcement came after the bank said in February that it would invest $3.5 billion in its wealth and personal business in Asia, shifting from some less-profitable business lines in Europe and North America.

As it struggles with lending in a low-interest-rate environment, HSBC wants to generate more revenue from fees it earns from selling products to customers.

According to Axa's statement, the deal was subject to regulatory approvals and would probably close by the end of Q4 2021. The combined business would be the seventh-largest life insurer and the fourth-largest retail health insurer, with more than 600,000 active policies covering life, health, property, and casualty insurance.

Nuno Matos, HSBC's Wealth and Personal Banking business CEO, stated: "This strategic investment is a key milestone for HSBC Life to materially scale up, grow and diversify our insurance and wealth business in Singapore."

Sources: investing.com, scmp.com

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