MAS moves to attract listings, boost equity research talent

THE Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on Monday unveiled a S$75 million initiative to help boost equities research and enhance Singapore's status as a hub for equity listings. ...

UBS positive on global and Asia ex-Japan equities

BRACE for sharp volatility in 2019, and the outsized impact of geopolitics on investment markets, UBS strategists said at the UBS Wealth Insights conference yesterday.

A financial health check for 2019

THE start of a new year is an opportune time to review your personal finances. Among other factors, a change in personal circumstances may warrant a re-evaluation of your objectives and strategic portfolio allocation. A review would also help you to harness emotions that often provoke knee jerk...

High net worth, mass affluent offer private banks best potential

PRIVATE banks enjoyed robust net inflows in 2018, but risk appetite has turned cautious in the wake of the market downdraft and worries over the fallout from US-China trade tensions.

Post-retirement investing: how much to put in and take out

THERE is a wealth of literature and products to help you save for retirement, but what happens when you are in retirement is something of a void.

Leading with purpose

BY any measure, BlackRock's ascent from US$1.2 billion in assets under management (AUM) when it was founded some 30 years ago to a stunning US$6.44 trillion as at end-September is unprecedented...

At the top of her game

Star venture capitalist and Singaporean Jenny Lee has gained a reputation as an investor with the Midas touch

When empathy meets philanthropy

For private equity veteran Lam Nguyen-Phuong, helping social entrepreneurs has nothing to do with dollars and cents

Pieces that form the big picture

THE journey from fighter jet systems engineer to star venture capitalist may sound incredible. But for Jenny Lee, GGV Capital managing partner, it's one of multiple pieces in her career that came together in serendipitous fashion...

Multi-asset edge

The ability to invest across a range of assets beyond stocks and bonds gives added diversification benefits

Sustainability at the heart of business

In the midst of the hot topic of global warming, Lombard Odier Investment Management has taken steps to save the environment

Wealth and health businesses to power Prudential growth

ASSET management and health protection are expected to be key pillars of Prudential's expansion in Asia over the next five years, says Nic Nicandrou, Prudential Corp Asia's chief executive. ...

Term insurance for death cover on the rise

SINGAPOREANS' protection gap in terms of death and critical illness cover has been a perennial concern. But in recent years - in terms of death cover - that gap appears to be closing...

Soaring US deficit a negative for equities: BlackRock chief

THE ballooning US federal deficit - projected to surpass US$1 trillion next year - is set to dampen the equity market as it raises the prospect of even more debt issuance, says Larry Fink, BlackRock chairman and chief executive.

Making a name through ethical practices

FEE-ONLY advisory firm Providend faced an uphill climb when it was set up in 2001.

NTUC, Providend tie up to offer low-cost advisory

THE cost of investment and insurance products is stubbornly high in Singapore. But a new financial advisory venture - backed by a social enterprise group - may well be a game changer.

Equities fare well in lead-up to economic slowdown: Fidelity head

A RECESSION in the US may be on the the cards based on a flattening US Treasuries yield curve, says David Buckle, Fidelity head of investment solution design.

Asians drive boom in global billionaire wealth

BILLIONAIRE wealth posted its "greatest ever" increase last year, rising 19 per cent to US$8.9 trillion, thanks to robust growth in the Asia-Pacific - in particular, China. ...

Forecasts for investing? Unigestion prefers 'nowcasts'

MOST investors hunger for forecasts of the future, but Unigestion's alternative risk premia (ARP) fund eschews forecasts in favour of "nowcasting"...

Bulls are not dead yet, but trading calls turning defensive

PRIVATE bank strategists are telling clients to brace for more volatility as higher interest rates and the ongoing US-China trade tussle prompt a fresh look at risk.

Temasek launches first bond for retail investors - at 2.7% fixed rate

TEMASEK Holdings has launched its first public bond offer for retail investors, with a five-year maturity and a fixed interest rate of 2.7 per cent per annum payable every six months.

AIA taps humanoids for customer service

AIA is staking a claim to be the first life insurer to tap humanoid robots for roles in customer service.

Driving Aviva's digital transformation

AN OPPORTUNITY to drive a UK-based insurance group's digital ambitions has turned into a passion for Chris Wei, Aviva Digital's global chairman. For Aviva, the digital challenge is bearing fruit to date. The insurer generated £1 billion (S$1.8 billion) from digital sales in the UK in 2017...

FA managed portfolio services gaining ground

MANAGED PORTFOLIO services by licensed financial advisers (FAs) are slowly gaining ground in a market where clients are notorious for being reluctant to pay a fee for financial advice.

Asia's health protection gap widens to US$1.8 trillion: Swiss Re

THE health protection gap in Asia is estimated to have reached US$1.8 trillion, representing 40 million households that forgo medical treatment to avoid financial stress, a study by Swiss Re has found.