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And banks could focus on innovation, with the goal of instilling a truly entrepreneurial culture and attracting and retaining the talent needed to contribute within such a culture. Finally, as we describe in the next section, banks could develop a strategy for targeting environmental transformations. Bold Prime Review offers multiple ways to deposit and withdraw, including credit/debit cards, bank wire transfers, and e-wallets. The deposit and withdrawals take around two to four business days to complete, which is slow compared to other platforms.

The key priority for followers is to rapidly improve operating performance to offset market deterioration as the cycle turns, by scaling, differentiating, or radically cutting costs. Resilients tend to be top-performing operators that generate economic profit despite challenging market and business conditions. Their strategic priority is to sustain returns in a low-growth, low-interest-rate, and highly disruptive environment. For resilient leaders in challenged business models such as broker dealers, reinvention of the traditional operating model itself is the imperative. Take the case of broker dealers in the securities industry, where margins and volumes have been down sharply in this cycle. A scale leader in the right geography as a broker dealer still doesn’t earn the cost of capital.

Archetypal levers comprise three critical moves—ecosystems, innovation, and zero-based budgeting —in two of the three dimensions discussed in Chapter 2 of the full report—that is, productivity and revenue growth. Combining the universal and archetypal levers results in the degrees of freedom available to each bank archetype. Emerging-market banks have seen ROTEs decline steeply, from 20.0 percent in 2013 to 14.1 percent in 2018, largely due to digital disruption that continues unabated. Banks in developed markets have strengthened productivity and managed risk costs, lifting ROTE from 6.8 percent to 8.9 percent. But on balance, the global industry approaches the end of the cycle in less than ideal health, with nearly 60 percent of banks printing returns below the cost of equity.

Over time, huge tech companies may be able to insert themselves between banks and their customers, capturing the vital customer relationship and presenting an existential threat. On the positive front, a number of banks are teaming up with fintech and digital firms, using big data and analytics to sharpen risk assessment and drive revenue growth. Lastly, many banks have been able to digitize processes and dramatically lower costs in their middle and back offices . Worldwide, risk costs are at an all-time low, with developed-market impairments at just 12 bps. But just as counter-cyclicality has gained prominence on regulators’ agendas, banks also need to renew their focus on risk management, especially the new risks of an increasingly digital world. Advanced analytics and artificial intelligence are already producing new and highly effective risk tools; banks should adopt them and build new ones.

By contrast, about 25 percent of emerging Asia banks are valued at 1.5 times their book value or above, in part because of fast-growing economies and their innovative practices. P/B and return on equity are also strong in the Middle East, Latin America, and North America. The divergence story will continue to play out through these scenarios. Banks in Asia–Pacific may gain from a stronger macroeconomic outlook, whereas European banks may see the full effects of the scenario sooner and with more detrimental impact.

On productivity, marginal cost-reduction programs have started to lose steam. The need of the hour is to industrialize tasks that don’t convey a competitive advantage and transfer them to multitenant utilities. Industrializing regulatory and compliance activities alone could lift ROTE by 60 to 100 bps.

The spate of alliances and acquisitions between retail banks and fintechs has helped to solidify the notion that the land grab is over. There is a clear need for action with bold moves to ensure that returns do not deteriorate materially during a downturn. Challenged banks generate low returns in unattractive markets and, if public, trade at significant discounts to book value. Their strategic priority is to find scale through inorganic options if full reinvention of their business model is not feasible. The degrees of strategic freedom it enjoys depend on its business model, assets, and capabilities relative to peers, as well as on the stability of the market in which it operates.

Banks will need a nimble approach to assessing a rapidly changing market for sustainable finance. For now, there are no established standards for sustainability-related financial products or performance metrics. EV loan volumes for banks have already quadrupled since 2017 and are expected to grow 24 percent annually to more than $800 billion through 2030, according to estimates from the McKinsey Center for Future Mobility. Banking as a sector is valued substantially below other industries, a reflection of the stark legacy challenges that traditional banks face.