CORPFIN 6013 - Wealth Management in Asia
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code CORPFIN 6013 Course Wealth Management in Asia Coordinating Unit International Centre for Financial Services Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites CORPFIN 7005 Incompatible CORPFIN 6004 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 Coordinator: Dr Syed Zamin Ali
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Understand behaviour of traditional/core and alternative asset classes and the role they play in investors' portfolios.
2. Examine the importance of asset allocation and how this relates to the investment strategies of firms and individuals
3. Determine the core requirements of portfolio construction and read mutual fund performance reports in order to provide a recommendation on the choice of funds.
4. Identify the key trends that are shaping the wealth management industry, private banking and the needs and behaviours of HNW and UWNI clients. Global issues are explored with emphasis placed on Asia Pacific examples.
5. Compare the structures, operations, solutions and strategies of Private Banks in the Asia Pacific region
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
1, 2 and 3 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
3 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
4 and 5 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
Required ResourcesAdditional readings will be advised to students and listed under each topic in the MyUni web-site, course materials.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is taught through weekly online lectures and tutorials (tutorials will start in week 2). Students will use their knowledge of capital market to gain knowledge of designing solutions for High Networth Individuials (HNIs) and Very High Networth Individuals (VHNIs).
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 of private study outside of your regular classes.
Learning Activities SummaryWeeks 1 and 2: Asset Classes
This part fo the course focuses on understanding Core Asset Classes (Equities and Bonds) charachteristics and perforamnce behaviour and an Introduction to Alternative Investments (Private Equity/Venture Capital, Real Estate, Infrastructure, Hedge Funds and Commodities) .
Weeks 3 and 4: Asset Allocation
This part of the course focuses on the theoretical foundation of Modern Portfolio Theory. Students will learn to create Mean Variance efficient portfolio for an Investor using core asset classes and alternative investments.
Weeks 5 and 6: Fund Evaluation and Selection
This part of the course focuses on the implementation of an asset allocation using funds from the market. Students will learn quantitative and qualitative aspects of a fund to select funds for a hypothetical investor.
Weeks 7 and 8:Practical Asset Allocation
This part of the course extends the theoretical portfolio construction to the real world.
Weeks 9 and 10:Behavioural Finance
Behaviours and Trends of Private Investors in Asia
Behaviours and Trends of family Offices in Asia
Weeks 11 and 12:Wealth Management in Practice
The Client Experience - Private Banks in Asia
The Role of the Wealth Advisor
HNW/UNHW Client Segmentation Strategies – Asia Pacific
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Assessment Due Date Weighting Material covered in Test 1 Monday15th March @ 5-6pm 8% Weeks 1 and 2 Test 2 Monday 29th March @ 5-6pm 10% Weeks 3 and 4 24 hour assignment Tuesday 27th April @ 12:01am to 11:59pm 12% Weeks 5 and 6 Test 3 Week 9 - Date/Time TBA 10% Weeks 7 and 8 Test 4 Week 11 - Date/Time TBA 10% Weeks 9 and 10 Assignment Week 8 25% Weeks 1 to 6 Final Examination As per examination Schedule 25% Weeks 7 to 12
Assessment Related RequirementsIn-course assessment (50%):
This course will have 5 in-course assessments, that will comprise of MCQs, Short answer questions and/or 24 hour assignments.
This is a group assignment in teams with 2 students.
Online-Exam (25%). This will be a 90 minute exam that will comprise of MCQs and short answer questions.
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• The lecturer will advise method of delivery for the assignment
Lecturers can refuse to accept assignments, which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s policy on plagiarism.
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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.
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
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