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December 2015

2015: A Year in Review In many ways 2015 was a year of contrasts. We saw increasing confidence in global financial markets driven by a more stable US economy, juxtaposed with a more fragile Eurozone. In June, Greece became the first developed country to fail to make an IMF loan repayment and the Europeans struggled…


November 2015

Global Investment Trend: Mobile Trading As we are all well aware, smartphones have become seamlessly integrated into countless aspects of our daily lives and when it comes to trading, there has been no exception. Gen Y is seen to be at the forefront of this trend with CommSec revealing a noticeable increase in young investors…


October 2015

Flexitime: Bridging the Work-Life Gap Over the past few years, businesses across the financial services industry are placing an increased focus upon the notion of ‘Flexitime’ . Flexitime explains the ideology of a variable work schedule aimed to attract and retain the best employees an industry has to offer. Although this is not a new…


September 2015

Three Ways to Spring Clean Your Social Media Presence With the blurred lines between the real and virtual world today, our social media presence is undeniably becoming the first impression for many potential employers. According to CareerBuilder’s Social Media Recruitment Survey, 53% of companies rely on social media as a screening tool, up from 39% and…


August 2015

Focus On: Foreign Exchange Foreign Exchange, also known as Forex or FX, is the exchange of one currency for another on the foreign exchange market. FX helps facilitate foreign trade and business and even affects your overseas holidays and purchases. The forex market is bigger than the stock exchange. In fact it’s the largest financial…


July 2015

Focus On: the Smart Nation Initiative The Singapore Smart Nation Initiative was launched in 2014 and employs an ‘E3A Vision’ – ‘ Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, All the time’. Essentially their mission is to improve the lives of all Singaporeans. They also aim to create greater opportunities for business. You just have to spend a few minutes on…


June 2015

Focus On: Landing Your Dream Job In 2015 it pays to think differently when trying to stand out from the crowd in landing your perfect investment banking job. Back in April Nina Mufleh made headlines due to her innovative approach to Airbnb. She created a website, nina4airbnb, with marketing analysis on Airbnb’s expansion into the Middle…


May 2015

Focus On: Bitcoin Bitcoin is in the news all the time now, but does anyone actually know what it is and what it’s used for? This month we attempt to clarify what on earth this new currency is all about. Bitcoin is essentially a new digital peer-to-peer currency which is created and held electronically. It…


April 2015

Remembering Lee Kuan Yew Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew died last month. He was 91 years of age. Tens of thousands of people lined the streets in the pouring rain to watch the funeral procession which carried his coffin through Singapore. There were ten hour queues to file past his coffin in the parliament….


March 2015

Focus on: Algorithmic Trading Algorithms are essentially a set of rules to be followed for the purpose of calculations, so it’s only natural that they’ve made their way into financial services. This month we take a brief look at algorithmic, or high-frequency, trading. In the world of trading, computers can be programmed to take specific…


February 2015

Focus on: Dark Pool Trading ‘Dark pools’ have been in the news a lot over the last year or two but how many of us really understand what they are? This month we attempt to clarify any confusion and answer questions you might have about dark pools. Also known as ‘dark pools of liquidity’, dark…


January 2015

We hope you had a safe and happy holiday season and are looking forward to a successful year ahead. Global financial markets had a steady end to the year which bodes well for Australian asset managers as we continue to see a growth in funds under management. Asia-Pacific saw the best year for M&A on…