Chapter 1

Strategies and Structures of Financial Institutions

Abstract

A financial sector comprises a set of institutions, instruments, and markets established in the context of a legal and regulatory framework. Financial institutions face challenges for gaining competitive advantage in the context of rapid changes in technological, economic, social, demographic, and regulatory environments. The deep transformation the financial sector is witnessing can be attributed to a number of factors such as technology innovation, deregulation, worldwide consolidation and restructuring, deregulation, and changing demographic profiles. Information technology is the primary force that keeps the financial industry dynamic. The post-economic crisis ­witnessed ...

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