Investment Advisory Summit, Singapore 2017
2017 Event Photos
Beginning in 2010, the Investment Advisory Summits (IAS) are the largest and most important gatherings of C-suite private bankers, IAM/EAMs, and wealth managers/SFOs.
Now in their 8th year, this year’s Summits, which will attract over 800 senior leaders from the Asian wealth management industry, will be opened by the following confirmed CEOs in Singapore:
Bank of Singapore
|Francesco de Ferrari
Managing Director, Head of Private Banking Asia Pacific, CEO Southeast Asia and Frontier Markets, Credit Suisse
CEO Private Banking Asia
Union Bancaire Privée
|Tan Su Shan
Group Head, Consumer Banking and Wealth Management
|8:15am – 9:00am||Registration and Networking – Foyer, Ballroom|
|9:00am – 9:15am||Welcome Address – Ballroom|
|9:15am – 10:15am||CEOs in debate | Strength in unity or autonomy?
Is the integrated, ‘one bank’ approach to private banking better geared to meet the needs of Asia’s wealthy – many of whom remain in a wealth creation phase – or do private banks that operate as ‘independent’ business divisions or even ‘pure’ wealth managers derive key advantages from their relative autonomy? While surely not a binary dilemma, the alignment between value proposition and business model matters more than ever, as issues of scalability, regulatory tightening, independence of advice and product offering and, ultimately, business sustainability loom large in the industry. This CEO panel promises to strike at the heart of what it takes to bank Asia’s wealthy.
10:15am – 11:00am
|Panel | 2017 IPS Trends
Private banks continue to struggle to convince Asian HNWIs to take risks or reduce their heavily overweight fixed income allocations, despite reflationary momentum driven by recovering growth and promises of political reform. But not all is lost. Clients continue to seek predictable income through fixed maturity solutions. Equity strategies focused on long-term structural thematic trends, both in public and private markets, continue to garner interest. Increasingly charitability in Asia has opened up opportunities for strategies that produce social returns or investments based on ESG best practices.
What investment trends are likely to find favour with Asian HNWIs this year? Join AXA Investment Managers, Capital Group and leading wealth managers to exchange insights on how Asian HNWIs could approach a new market environment.
Invite-only Roundtable | Structured product investing without a directional view
Aversion against directional bets, market timing and asset correlation are all fears that Asian HNWIs have demonstrated as global economies shift into a less than familiar environment.
Citi and Vontobel will host a small discussion of leading wealth managers examining the state of structured product appetite in Asia and how providers can help improve sentiments through effective solutions without taking a directional view.
11:00am – 11:20am
11:20am – 12:05pm
|Workshop 1 | Short Duration Bonds: A way to navigate market movements
Investors are increasingly looking for a solution that tackles the combination of high market volatility, rising interest rate and low yield environment. Not only the effects of an unprecedented monetary stimulus, including record low government bond yields and tightened credit spreads, continuously pose difficulties for investors to secure decent returns, market volatility that fuelled by ongoing political uncertainties had also increasingly point investors to navigate in the relatively stable bond market. AXA Investment Managers offers a range of short duration strategies which aim to meet your needs, whether you are looking for a higher yield or to combat inflation. Our short duration strategies generally invest in bonds with maturities of five years or less, or expected to be redeemed/called in five years or less, and seek to capture high current income with low overall volatility and the potential of providing attractive risk-adjusted return.
Workshop 2 | Are investors ready for the new era of globalisation?
Is the world de-globalising? News headlines suggest so. Global trade growth has slowed. The new US administration’s decisions to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and consider border taxes are further examples of a shift towards protectionism. But there are good reasons to believe that globalisation is simply entering a new chapter. We discuss what the changing environment means for companies, and how investors can position their portfolios to benefit.
|12:05pm – 12:50pm||
Workshop 3 | Is Fixed Income Still Relevant in a Rising Rate Environment?
The U.S. Federal Reserve is increasing short-term interest rates and the European Central Bank has begun to taper their bond purchase program. U.S. President Trump promised tax cuts, infrastructure spending, and deregulation even though the U.S. economy is operating near full employment. Will the reduction in monetary policy accommodation and potential increase in inflation cause losses for fixed income investors or are there investment strategies which can provide stable income and preserve capital? We will discuss the history of rising interest rate cycles, why this time may be different, and strategies that global investors are using today to diversify and protect their portfolios.
Workshop 4 | Asia Equities: Small is Beautiful
Some of the greatest corporate transformations driven by technology are occurring in Asia, a region that is now similar in size to the United States in terms of nominal GDP. An on-the-ground research presence in Asia and a thorough knowledge of company strategies and managements are among the key success factors in realizing one of the largest alpha opportunities in global equity markets, particularly among many hundreds of investable, high-quality, under-researched small and mid-cap stocks in Asia. We will also discuss why in this third and final phase of the market’s normalization after the great financial crisis, asset owners are likely to increase their investment allocation to equities and to embrace a more active stance.
12:50pm – 1:50pm
|Closing C-suite Panel | No silver bullet: Harnessing Tech and accounting for Investments
Now more than ever, technology occupies a central role in Asia’s private banking industry. Tech is a key ingredient in cost-cutting strategies, while the region’s burgeoning fintech ecosystem is giving rise to innovative solutions that promise to automate manual processes. Still, there is little-if-any consensus as to what an ‘ideal’ tech strategy looks like and even less insight on how ROI should be measured – if at all. How can the industry ensure that its tech investments payoff and how can smaller players harness the tech wave in a sustainable and profitable manner?
|1:50pm – 3pm||Networking Luncheon|
Arjan De Boer
Head of Markets and Investment Solutions, Asia
Head of Multi-Asset Research Asia
Regional Head, Products & Solutions, Asia and Middle East
ABN ARMO Private Bank
Head, Investment Advisory
Hang Seng Private Bank
Head of Investment Consulting Singapore
Head Content Management APAC, Head Program Module Management APAC, Investment Management
UBS Wealth Management
Lim Soon Chong
Regional Head, Investment Products & Advisory
Consumer Banking Group & Wealth Management
Head of Client Investment Specialists APAC
UBS Wealth Management
Head Advisory Portfolio Management
Bank of Singapore
Head, Advisory Services, Asia
Pictet & Cie
Head of Investment Consulting, Greater China
Head of Markets & Investment Solutions, Singapore
Indosuez Wealth Management
Head IPS Client Portfolio Management APAC
UBS Wealth Management
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