The month of January started with a Professional Development talk by Dr Bernard Lee. In the session, Dr. Lee presented an unified model for analysing the management of large public surpluses in the context of saver and debtor countries. Subsequently, Mr Ramesh Mantri, CFA provided an introduction to Frontier Markets. Citing case studies from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, he discussed if these markets will bring more risks or potentially high returns. The third talk for the month was co-organized with Chicago Booth. The presenter, Mr Martin Nilsson, provided a balanced and educational presentation as to the possible rewards and risks of investing in Nordic equities.
A Career Panel sharing with CFA Charterholders was organized in January. During the session, participants learnt how the CFA charter can help to advance their career in the fields of corporate finance, equity research and market strategy. Our esteemed group of panelists shared the typical opportunities and career prospects which are available to a CFA charterholder.
Held at the Bloomberg LP Auditorium, the annual CFA Institute Research Challenge hosted by CFA Singapore saw 5 participating universities competing to represent Singapore at the Asia Pacific Regional. At the end of the Challenge, the team from the National University of Singapore emerged as the overall champions. The month also saw the conduct the Fixed Income Instruments Workshop by Mr Lawrence Ho.
A total of three networking sessions were organized. In the first event, members were treated to good food and drinks at Marrakesh-Moroccan Lounge and Bar, Clarke Quay as they learnt the proper techniques in photography from Mr Dennis Ho. At the end of the session, one lucky member walked away with a bottle of wine. Subsequently, Mr Ho also conducted an outdoor photography session held at the Singapore Botanic Garden. The month ended with the Watch Appreciation Night where members learnt how to appreciate a good watch with Claude Bernard and presenter, Dr Bernard Cheong.