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. ...
MIND THE GAP

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.

Growth in Asia-Pac pension fund assets outpaces global rate

PENSION funds in the Asia-Pacific are punching above their weight, accounting for a substantial and growing share of the global pensions market, a Global 300 research study by Willis Towers Watson's Thinking Ahead Institute has found...

AXA launches suite of services for high net worth clients

AXA INSURANCE yesterday launched the AXA Imperial Collection, a suite of legacy, wealth, lifestyle and global medical solutions targeted at high net worth (HNW) individuals.

Non-profit firm Ashoka names 'changemakers'

NON-profit organisation Ashoka yesterday unveiled the election of the first cohort of Ashoka Fellows leading social change in Singapore and Malaysia. Two Fellows were selected in Singapore and two in Malaysia, at Ashoka's inaugural Changemaker Forum yesterday. ...

Withdrawing CPF: Half put funds in savings accounts

JUST over half of CPF members who withdraw their CPF savings park the funds in savings accounts and finance companies, a CPF Trends study has found.

Retirement rethink

AT 24, Rich Nuzum was only the second person hired for Mercer's investment consulting business in Japan in 1992. He had just completed a graduate Monbusho Fellowship in international economics in Tokyo University. That in itself was impressive, but it was most likely his ability to speak and...
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High fund expense ratios put Singapore retail investors in a bind

FUND fees in developed markets are under immense downward pressure - but this seems hardly evident in Singapore where actively managed funds dominate.
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Lower fund expenses a trend in US, Europe

FUND investors in Europe and the US are benefiting from lower fund average expense ratios, studies by Morningstar have found. It has yet to do a similar study for funds in Asia.
SPOTLIGHT

Cultivating Next Gen leaders

Private banks see programmes for scions of the ultra wealthy as an imperative feature of a comprehensive service offering
AT THE HELM

Force for good

Age does not matter for the younger generation of wealth owners when it comes to making a difference in people's lives...
TRUSTED ADVISER

Bite-sized investments with a bang

The spotlight is on private equity investment, and it is a modest segment of a client's overall asset allocation at UBP...
ASSET MANAGER

An integral piece of the puzzle

Sustainability is hot-wired into the DNA of LGT Group and it manages roughly US$6.2b in dedicated sustainable investment solutions

Impact investments in SE Asia pick up steam

IMPACT investments by private investors in South-east Asia are picking up steam despite challenges which include limited exit opportunities.

GE sees stronger Q2 sales growth; profits up 3%

STRONG topline sales helped to boost insurer Great Eastern's results in the second quarter, after a relatively soft showing in the first quarter...

2017 a bumper year for insurance par fund returns

2017 has turned out to be a robust year for policyholders of traditional participating (par) policies. But they are likely to have to brace themselves for a more modest performance this year.

Lion Global launches active low-cost multi-asset funds

LION Global Investors has launched an actively managed multi-asset fund series with a total expense ratio (TER) of 0.5 per cent, in an effort to help investors get more bang for their investment dollars by reducing costs.

Lion Global launches low-cost active funds; total expense ratio at 0.5%

LION Global Investors (LGI) has launched an actively managed multi-asset fund series with a total expense ratio (TER) of 0.5 per cent, in an effort to help investors get more bang for their investment dollars by reducing costs.

Raffles Medical Group unit enters integrated shield market

RAFFLES Health Insurance (RHI) is venturing into the Integrated Shield space (IP) for the first time, undaunted by keen competition and rising underwriting losses among insurers in the scheme.

Raffles Health to offer Shield plan, will cover 3 pre-existing illnesses

RAFFLES Health Insurance (RHI) is venturing into the Integrated Shield space (IP) for the first time, undaunted by keen competition and rising underwriting losses among insurers in the scheme.
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Navigating critical illness plans

HARDLY anyone would argue against the need for some critical illness (CI) protection, but the big question is - how much do you need?

Nest egg advocate

AS a finance major, Daniel Houston weighed three job offers when he was interviewed for a position at Principal Financial Group in 1984.
BT EXCLUSIVE

NTUC Income eyes all-digital services across its business

INSURANCE cooperative NTUC Income is gearing up to digitise "from end to end'' its entire business of life, health and general insurance within one to two years. ...

Singapore's protection gap still wide, says AIA chief

SINGAPORE may be a mature insurance market, but it continues to have a large protection gap, says AIA group chief executive and president Ng Keng Hooi.