Below Zero: How Low Rates are Reshaping the Investment Landscape

Below Zero: How Low Rates are Reshaping the Investment Landscape

8 October 2020, Thursday | 3.00 pm to 4.15 pm (SGT/HKT)


Synopsis:

Dealing with low interest rates is by far the most significant shift modern-day investors have had to adapt to. With interest rates expected to stay lower for longer, it is timely for investors to re-think their investment strategies.

Moderator and Panellists:

Charles is currently director of thought leadership research for Asia, where he covers a territory spanning from Australia to India. His team works with both Western multinationals from the Fortune 500 and Asian multinationals.

A native Australian, Charles is currently based in Singapore and has recently led a number of projects analysing the implications for business, government and investors of new trends related to technology, sustainability, finance, globalisation and ageing, for Fullerton Investments, Citi, DBS, Google, Prudential and the Singapore government.

Prior to joining the Economist Group, Charles ran an investor communications consultancy where he managed stakeholder research projects and developed an index which tracked the corporate governance practices of emerging markets companies. Prior to that he founded a firm which manages initial public offerings across Europe, North America and Asia.

Charles holds a Master’s in Business Administration, focusing on strategy and organisational change, from the University of Oxford.

Wai Leng Leong is Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships, Asia. Her mandate is to develop high-quality strategic partnerships in the region along with CDPQ’s investment groups. She is also responsible for the Singapore office where she is based.

Ms. Leong has 30 years of experience in the finance and banking sectors, including 13 years in China, where she built a commercial banking business from the ground up. She has an extensive business network in China and in South-East Asia, including in Singapore. Over the course of her career, she has worked in both the buy and sell sides of the industry, in developed and developing financial markets.

Before joining CDPQ in 2018, Ms. Leong was Managing Director and Head of Business Management Unit at the Bank of Singapore, a wholly owned subsidiary of OCBC Bank. Prior to that, she was the Chairman and CEO of OCBC Bank (China). In 2010, she became the first banker from a non- Japanese Asian bank to win a Gold Magnolia Award, one of the highest recognitions from the Shanghai government. Perhaps most noteworthy was the fact it was the Chinese regulatory body, CBRC (Central Banking Regulatory Commission), that nominated her for this award.

Ms. Leong was also Managing Director and Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking at HSBC China. Previously, she held senior positions at multinational corporations such as Philips Electronics China Group, as well as at JP Morgan Bank and at Citibank, in Singapore.

Robert is the Strategist at Fullerton Fund Management and reports directly to the Chief Investment Officer. He works closely with the CIO to formulate and drive our global investment strategy across asset classes. In his role, he is responsible for communicating our house views to clients, consultants and the media.

Robert joined Fullerton in 2019 from BP, where he was a Macro-Econometrician in the integrated Supply and Trading Group. Prior to that, he was with GIC for 10 years as a Macroeconomist/Strategist in their Economics and Fixed Income department. He was also with the Monetary Authority of Singapore and Reserve Bank of New Zealand in the earlier years of his career.

Robert graduated from the Victoria University of Wellington with a Master’s Degree in Commerce and Administration (Economics).

Su Ling is Senior Vice President in the Total Portfolio Strategy team of GIC’s Economics and Investment Strategy department. Her team is responsible for setting the Total Portfolio’s strategic outlook and defining optimal asset allocations over the medium and long-term. Within the team, Su Ling focuses on private equity, private debt and infrastructure strategies. Her additional responsibilities include designing the Total Portfolio’s rebalancing and funding frameworks, and working closely with strategy groups and the execution team to implement asset allocation recommendations. Prior to joining GIC, Su Ling was with the Risk Management Group at DBS Bank where she was a member of the team that pioneered the bank’s credit risk scoring framework.

Su Ling graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Statistics. She also holds a Master’s degree in Financial Engineering from the Nanyang Technological University.

Alan joined the Hong Kong Housing Society in November 2016. Before joining the Housing Society, he was Head of Retail Distribution North Asia for Deutsche Asset Management. Prior to Deutsche, he was Alternative Specialist for UBS Wealth Management in Hong Kong. Alan has over 33 years of experience in the financial industry. His roles include actuarial consultant, asset consultant as well as institutional fund management.

Alan graduated from Macquarie University in Sydney NSW Australia with a Bachelor Degree in Economics majoring in Actuarial Science. He also holds a Master Degree in Business Administration from the University of New South Wales, Australia.



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