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Awards for Excellence 2014: Best emerging markets bank

HSBC has cemented its position as central to financial systems across emerging markets.

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How do you compete with a bank like HSBC? With a balanced global business model, providing some hedge against market volatilities, HSBC, like Citi, is tightly chained to the emerging market growth cycle.

While revenue growth at the group level might not be reaching the levels some shareholders expect for an institution that captures 85% of global trade flows, the global lender has made concerted steps to become the proverbial nimble elephant.

In recent years, HSBC has streamlined its multi-product international network, centred on locally capitalized business units, by exiting retail operations in some low margin markets, identifying growth markets, including China, India, Singapore, Brazil and Mexico, and allocating greater resources to FX and equities, in particular.

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