SWOT Analysis Of HSBC Holding PLC (UK

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HSBC Holding PLC (British) is amongst the market leaders both locally and internationally in the banking industry. Its head office is located in London’s Canary Wharf - HSBC tower. It was established by Thomas Sutherland in 1865 (HSBC Sustainability Report 2011). The essay presents information regarding the company’s market environment specifically, the SWOT and Porter’s analysis.

1.1. Timeline Figure 2: HSBC’s Timeline from the origin to 2013
Introduction
The bank has survived the booms and depressions in the financial markets. It has a presence in over 87 countries globally. It is organized into four corporate groups; Global banking and Markets, Retail Banking, Commercial Banking and Wealth Management; as well as, Global Private Banking (HSBC Sustainability Report 2011). It also has a double primary listing at both the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchange and it is a component of the FTSE 100 Index. To establish its global position and market value, it is worth establishing the external factors affecting its profitability using Porter’s 5 Forces as well its internal factors using the SWOT analysis.
SWOT Analysis
The SWOT analysis of HSBC Holdings presents considerable strategic intelligence on: its strength, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (Pickton & Wright 1998).
Strengths
Weaknesses

• Strong brand name and good financial position
• Diverse customer base decreases risk
• Employs over 275,000 people globally
• Present in various business portfolios.
• The
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