CORPFIN 6004 - Global Wealth Management

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

This course is taught by a diverse team of specialised lecturers and industry experts and looks at the rise of the Wealth Management industry in the Asia Pacific region. It explores the needs of high net worth investors and the asset classes that they invest in. It examines diversification of risk management and portfolio performance measurement. The vital importance of asset allocation, both strategic and tactical are explained and workshopped. The rapid growth of private banking and family offices are explored in detail. Private Banking is an exclusive subset of wealth management. We will examine traditional services offered by private banks as well as the newer solutions in this space. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the client segmentation strategies of private banks in Asia. In addition, we explore the needs, behaviours and investment strategies of the HNW and UHNW clients with a focus on China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and India, that the Private Banks seek to serve with such solutions.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CORPFIN 6004
    Course Global Wealth Management
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites CORPFIN 7005
    Course Description This course is taught by a diverse team of specialised lecturers and industry experts and looks at the rise of the Wealth Management industry in the Asia Pacific region. It explores the needs of high net worth investors and the asset classes that they invest in. It examines diversification of risk management and portfolio performance measurement. The vital importance of asset allocation, both strategic and tactical are explained and workshopped. The rapid growth of private banking and family offices are explored in detail. Private Banking is an exclusive subset of wealth management. We will examine traditional services offered by private banks as well as the newer solutions in this space. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the client segmentation strategies of private banks in Asia. In addition, we explore the needs, behaviours and investment strategies of the HNW and UHNW clients with a focus on China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and India, that the Private Banks seek to serve with such solutions.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Andrew MacDonald

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Students will be able to:

    1. Develop an understanding of the wealth management industry, private banking and the needs and behaviours of High New Worth (HNW) and ultra high net worth (UHNW) clients. Global issues are explored with emphasis placed on Asia Pacific examples

    2. Understand and identify the structures, operations, solutions and strategies of Private Banks in the Asia Pacific region

    3. Examine the importance of asset allocation and how this relates to the investment strategies of firms and individuals

    4. Devlop an understanding of the behavioural aspects of investment decision making

    5. Compare the investment strategies of various cultures, investor-types (entrepreneurs, professionals, family offices etc.) and their asset allocation preferences

    6. Profile an investor and create an apply that knowledge to produce an Investment Policy Statement
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    All
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    All
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    All
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    All
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    All
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    All
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Additional readings will be advised to students
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Due to the intensive nature of this course it is a requirement that participants attend 80% of the scheduled seminars. Consideration will be given to medical and compassionate reasons for non attendance but supporting documentation will need to be presented with these requests. If 80% attendance is not met participants will be ineligible to sit for the exam.

    As with all intensive executive style programs students are expected to contribute to all discussions and be positively interactive. There is a strong assumption that students will engage in seminar discussions in an informed way.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours for a three-unit course or 13 hours for a four-unit course, of private study outside of your regular classes.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Day 1
    Course Introduction
    This topic explores the world of Wealth Management. It is one of the fastest growing segments of financial services, particularly in the Asia Pacific region. Private Banking is an exclusive subset of wealth management. It can trace its origins back to 14th century Florence before expanding into other parts of Europe. As the affluence of the world increased the providers of private banking services have expanded globally. We will examine the traditional services offered by private banks as well as newer solutions in this space. In addition, we will explore client needs, focusing on the Asia Pacific region. Broader issues including philanthropy, intergenerational wealth transfer and the origins of "new wealth" will also be explored.

    Day 2
    Modern Portfolio Theory and the Evaluation of Portfolio Performance
    Portfolio Construction Themes

    Day 3
    IPS/SOA
    Asset allocation decision making
    Strategic asset allocation (SAA)
    Ranges for the tactical asset allocation
    Issues in asset allocation
    Case study and workshp - Client portfolio construction

    Day 4
    Behavioural finance

    Day 5
    Private banking client relationship management
    HNW/UHNW client segmentation strategies - Asia Pacific
    AML/CDD/KYC
    HNW/UHNW investment solutions - Asia Pacific

    Day 6
    Presentations

    Exam
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    To gain a pass for this course, a mark of at least 50% (complete) must be obtained on the examination as well as a total of at least 50% overall. Students not achieving the minimum exam mark will be awarded no more than 49.

    Assessment Task Weighting Learning Outcome
    In course assessment 5% 1,6
    Assignment 18% 1,2,3,4,5
    Presentation 27% 1,2,3,4,5
    3 hour CLOSED book exam 50% 1,2,3,4,6
    Total 100%
    Assessment Detail
    In course assessment                          5% - Individual
    Assignment                                        18% - Group 
    Presentation                                       27% - Group 
    3 hour CLOSED book exam                 50% 
    Submission
    Presentation of Assignments
    • Please must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
    • Please attach an ‘Assignment Cover Sheet’, which is signed and dated by you before submission.
    • An assignment drop box will be made available for you on the Ground Floor, 10 Pulteney Street

    Lecturers can refuse to accept assignments, which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s policy on plagiarism.

    Late Assignment Submission
    Students are expected to submit their work by the due date to maintain a fair and equitable system. Extensions will generally only be given for medical or other serious reasons. All requests for extensions must be emailed to the lecturer in charge of the course before the due date. Each request will be assessed on its merits. A late assignment (without prior arrangement) will be penalised by a 5% mark reduction for each day that it is late.

    Return of Assignments
    Lecturer’s aim to mark and return assignments to students within two (2) weeks of the due date with written feedback. Students are responsible for collecting their marked assignments as advised via email. If assignments aren’t collected after two (2) weeks, the assignments will be available at the Student Hub for two (2) weeks. The remaining assignments will only be posted out to the students, if the correct mailing addresses are on the assignments.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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