Taiwan Banking & Financial Services Q4 2018
Our view of Taiwan's banking and financial services sector remains largely positive across the four sub-sectors that wecover - banking, insurance, asset management, and stock exchanges. Despite already being well developed, the financial servicessector continues to offer plenty of upside potential and investment opportunity for investors both domestically and increasinglyfrom abroad - a trend that the Taiwanese authorities are attempting to appeal to going forward. In the banking sector in particularthere is plenty of scope for consolidation via merger & acquisitions in particular. Furthermore, it is well regulated and ranksfavourably in terms of ease of doing business and resolving insolvency, albeit down slightly from 2017 in this regard - according toWorld Bank research. While largely dominated by domestic players - in addition to companies from the mainland - Taiwan's financialservices sector is open to overseas players and treats them equally; two factors which have seen the number of overseas firmsactive in Taiwan and publicly listed across the two main Taiwanese exchanges increase over recent years. In fact, the TPEx hasstarted making moves to actively promote listing from overseas, with a focus on Malaysia and investment from South Korea, Japan,and Hong Kong. Our core view continues to be that further political integration is likely and the status quo will largely prevail.
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