Beginning next week, JP Morgan Chase & Company will launch a digital account in the UK. With 41 million digital customers in the U.S. at the end of 2020, (according to their quarter financial statements) and limited opportunities to grow in the U.S. through acquisition, the UK may represent a good growth opportunity. Or it may serve as a proving ground to learn how best to launch financial services in other countries, as Chase looks to expand into Europe and Latin America. As consumers and particularly regulators take a nationalistic approach to account and payment services, we will have to watch how Chase does. According to a report on Yahoo! Finance, Chase will spend hundreds of millions to find out. Here’s more from the article:
The move will be the American lender’s first overseas retail operation in its 222-year history, with an aim to upend the UK banking market.
Sanoke Viswanathan, head of JPMorgan’s international consumer division, told the Financial Times that the company would invest heavily to turn Chase into a serious force in the UK, with plans of expanding into Europe and Latin America.
“This is a very big strategic commitment from the firm’s standpoint,” he said. “We will spend hundreds of millions before we get to break-even and get to a place where this is a sustainable business, and we’re not in a rush.”
The launch of Chase, which was first mentioned in January this year, will be officially next week, according to sources close to the process. Reports have pointed to a commencement on Tuesday.
Before its launch, JP Morgan ran a pilot programme with 6,000 employees for six months. It also has around 600 staff in the UK, 500 of which are new hires.
The digital-only bank will at first only offer current accounts with a rewards programme, however, it will eventually delve into personal lending and investment, and mortgages.
Overview by Sarah Grotta, Director, Debit and Alternative Products Advisory Service at Mercator Advisory Group