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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"...
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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...
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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.

Asset management in Asia in 'hyper-growth' mode

P ENSION reforms, the "great wall" of Chinese capital and burgeoning affluence, are combining to drive the growth of asset-management firms in Asia over the next five years...
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Discretionary portfolios a growth area for private banks

Discretionary portfolio penetration is creeping up and growth is in strong double digits

Asia-Pac family offices outperform global average

FAMILY offices in the Asia Pacific achieved the strongest performance among their global peers with a 16.4 per cent portfolio return for 2017, driven by equities and private equity.

Crossbridge Capital eyes doubling of assets

EXTERNAL asset manager (EAM) Crossbridge Capital aims to more than double its assets under management from the current US$4.5 billion to around US$10 billion over the next five years.

Strong growth in Singapore household financial assets in '17

STRONG growth in financial assets and a relatively stable debt level have boosted Singapore's per capita financial assets to seventh place in a global ranking...

Ready for 100? Not really

SINGAPOREANs are living longer, but many are unprepared and unsure how to manage their longevity, a study commissioned by Prudential has found.

Seeing opportunities in changing trade patterns

WHO wins or loses in today's escalating trade conflict? The answer, as Capital Group Companies vice-chairman and portfolio manager Robert Lovelace sees it, isn't as straightforward as picking a country or any country at all...

Low cost portfolios get you a headstart, says endowus

LOW-COST investing remains elusive in Singapore's unit trust landscape, but a new financial advisory (FA) entrant, endowus, may well spark a long overdue shakeup. ...
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Investing via regular premium insurance plans? Watch the costs

REGULAR premium investment-linked insurance plans (ILP) are a staple among life insurance companies' offerings. The attraction of such plans typically lies in the bundling of insurance and investment, even if the protection value may be modest at best...

Insurer MSIG makes strides in digital transformation

GENERAL insurer MSIG has introduced robotics technology into its work processes and is reaping benefits in terms of a more rapid processing rate.