August begun with an exclusive test-drive networking session at the Jaguar showroom @ Leng Kee Road. Members learnt more on the rich heritage of the Jaguar brand as well as were given the opportunity to test-drive the all-new Jaguar F-TYPE. In our second networking event, members were treated to good food and drinks at the Pump Room, Clarke Quay. They also participated in two brew tours conducted by the in-house brew masters.
The month also saw a Career Development event on the topic of “Make an Impact”. During the session, Mr Josh Goh, assistant director of The GMP Group, shared the points members should take note while drafting their cover letters and resumes to prospective employers. The fifth instalment of the Investment Fundamentals Forum series held at the SGX Auditorium focused on fixed income. The speakers and panelists included Peter Sengelmann, CFA, Phoon Chiong Tuck, CFA, Ng Kheng Siang, CFA and Ms Heidi Cai. The session was moderated by Olaf Stier, CFA.
An Executive Workshop on Seeking Alpha - Momentum Investing with ETFs was conducted by Pradeep Verma, CFA.
A total of four Professional Development events were conducted in August. In the first talk, drawing on a vast research conducted by his company on the world economy, presenter Dr Michael Ivanovitch covered the outlook for bonds, equities, commodities and currencies in the run-up to a widely anticipated credit tightening in the United States. For the second lunchtime talk, Dr. Ian Shepherdson explained why talk of the U.S. being stuck semi-permanently in a slow-growth mode was misplaced. Justin Anderson, CFA made a presentation to members on the Monte Carlo approach to exploration portfolio valuation. At the same lunch-time talk, Kok Kah Fai, CFA also shared how investors can achieve high returns with low risk. The month ended with a PD Talk on Opportunities and Challenges of ASEAN private equity markets by Andy Ho of VinaCapital. The event was moderated by CFA Singapore board member, Joseph Poon, CFA.