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A New Report from Mercator Advisory Group: Premium Credit Card Opportunities in Asia-Pacific Markets

  (January 11, 2013)

Boston, MA (PRWEB) January 11, 2013

As economies have slowed in North America and Europe, many countries in the Asia-Pacific have grown steadily. As a result, the number of wealthy individuals in the region has also continued to increase and Asia-Pacific for the first time has become home to the largest number of high-net-wealth individuals (HNWI) in the world.

This rise of a small but surging population of wealthy individuals is particularly important to issuers of high-end financial products such as premium credit cards. The future of premium credit cards in Asia is undoubtedly bright due to strong economic growth and promising population demographics. Examining the current state of the premium segment in the region enables a deeper understanding of the status quo and strong strategic decisions for the future.

Mercator Advisory Groups new report, Premium Credit Card Opportunities in Asia-Pacific Markets, examines the state of HNWIs around the world and the Asia-Pacific market in particular. The research provides a broad understanding of the HNWI demographic, projects their growth in selected Asia-Pacific markets, and surveys premium credit card growth in the Chinese, Singaporean, Thai, Indonesian and Malaysian credit card markets. Also included is a breakdown of premium credit card trends and offers in Asia, a comparison to domestic counterparts, and a discussion of the opportunities and challenges of market expansion into Asia-Pacific markets.    


As the premium credit card market emerges in the Asia-Pacific region, the opportunities and features associated with these cards will grow in parallel, benefiting all parties involved, says Tristan Hugo-Webb, Analyst and author of the report comments. Although challenges to widespread deployment and adoption of premium credit cards exist in the region, such as regulatory hurdles in China, over time the Asia-Pacific region might become the most lucrative credit card market.

Highlights of this report include:

A detailed profile of HNWI and high income earners around the world and in Asia

The current state of general and premium credit card penetration and spending in select Asia-Pacific countries

Comparison of reward programs connected to premium credit cards offered by domestic banks in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia with the offerings of American Express

A case study of Citigroup in China

This report is 26 pages long and has 13 exhibits.

Companies mentioned in this report include: American Express, Bangkok Bank, Bank of Queensland, Bukopin Bank, Capgemini, CIMB Bank, Citigroup, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, DBS Bank, HSBC, Huaxia Bank, ICBC, ICB Bumiputera Bank, Julius Baer, Krungthai Bank, MayBank, RBC, United Overseas Bank, and Visa.

Members of Mercator Advisory Groups International Advisory Service and Credit Advisory Services have access to this report as well as the upcoming research for the year ahead, presentations, analyst access, and other membership benefits. Please visit us online at http://www.mercatoradvisorygroup.com.

For more information and media inquiries, please call Mercator Advisory Group's main line: (781) 419-1700 or send e-mail to info(at)mercatoradvisorygroup(dot)com. Follow us on Twitter @ http://twitter.com/MercatorAdvisor.

For free industry news, opinions, research, company information and more visit us at http://www.PaymentsJournal.com.

About Mercator Advisory Group
Mercator Advisory Group is the leading, independent research and advisory services firm exclusively focused on the payments and banking industries. We deliver pragmatic and timely research and advice designed to help our clients uncover the most lucrative opportunities to maximize revenue growth and contain costs. Our clients range from the world's largest payment issuers, acquirers, processors, merchants and associations to leading technology providers and investors. Mercator Advisory Group is also the publisher of the online payments and banking news and information portal PaymentsJournal.com.

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