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Hong Kong virtual bank launches funds offering

ZA Bank customers can now purchase investment funds through a mobile application.

ZA Bank, a virtual bank licensed by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, is now offering investment funds for its customers.

After opening an investment account via the bank’s mobile application, investors can immediately subscribe to a range of funds offered by international asset managers such as Franklin Templeton, AllianceBernstein, Invesco, Amundi, Pictet and Janus Henderson.

“Virtual banks are playing an increasingly important role under the new normal, addressing people’s financial needs around the clock with a fully digital servicing model,” said Rockson Hsu, chief executive officer of ZA Bank.

Investors who successfully open their investment account with the bank by the end of the year will have their subscription fee waived, according to the bank.

The funds offered include the Franklin Technology Fund, AB American Growth Fund and Amundi Balanced Fund.

The funds cover themes such as technology, consumption, natural resources, healthcare and ESG.

The virtual bank claims it offers around 30 funds but did not reply to FSA’s enquiry by press time on the full list of funds available on its platform.

ZA Bank also said it is the first virtual bank in Hong Kong to offer an integrated personal financial platform, covering banking, investment and insurance services.

The bank is not the first to offer wealth management for customers. In April, another virtual bank, WeLab Bank collaborated with Allianz Global Investors to introduce a digital wealth advisory service to selected customers. The service was launched publicly in July.

The GoWealth Digital Wealth Advisory recommends portfolios to investors based on their financial goals set out in the mobile application.

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