CORPFIN 6013 - Wealth Management in Asia

North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2019

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 6013
    Course Wealth Management in Asia
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Summer
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 12 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites CORPFIN 7005
    Incompatible CORPFIN 6004
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture
    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
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. 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.

    2. Compare 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. Profile an investor and create and apply that knowledge to produce an Asset Allocation strategy

    5. Determine the core requirements of portfolio construction and read portfolio performance reports in order to provide a recommendation on the choice of funds
    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Additional readings will be advised to students and listed under each topic in the MyUni web-site, course materials.
  • 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.

    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 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 has its origins back in the 17th century, however as the affluence of the world has increased the providers of private banking services no longer exist solely in Europe. We will examine traditional services offered by private banks as well as the newer solutions in this space. In addition, we explore client needs, focusing on the Asia Pacific region, which Private Banks seek to serve with such solutions. Broader issues will also be discussed such as philanthropy, intergenerational wealth transfer and the origins of “new wealth”.

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

    Day 3
    Asset Allocation Decision
    Strategic Asset Allocation
    Ranges for Tactical Asset Allocation
    Asset Allocation Trends in Asia
    Case Study and Workshop – Client Portfolio Construction

    Day 4
    Behavioural Finance
    Behaviours and Trends of Private Investors in Asia

    Day 5
    The Client Experience - Private Banks in Asia
    The Role of the Wealth Advisor
    HNW/UNHW Client Segmentation Strategies – Asia Pacific

    Day 6

  • 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
    Assessment Due Date Weighting              Related Learning Outcome
    In-course assessment (Day 3) TBA 5% 1 & 5
    Assignment TBA 18% 5
    Presentation TBA 27% 5
    3 hour CLOSED book Exam Monday 21st January 2019 50% 1-4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    In-course assessment (5%):
    A short form multiple choice in-course assessment, with a 5% weighting, will be undertaken by students in session 3. The assessment will enable students to receive early feedback on their progress in the course.

    Assignment 18%):
    This is a group assignment in teams with a maximum of 3 students.
    Students will be provided with a case study and consider the case from the perspective of a wealth manager.

    Presentation (27%)
    Groups will be asked to prepare a presentation to a panel on the last scheduled date of the course. At the completion of this presentation students will be provided with feedback to enable them to complete their final report.

    Exam (50%)
    All students must complete a 3 hour closed book exam. Topics will be set by the 3 course lecturers covering topics through weeks 1-5.

    Students must complete ALL assessment components for this course.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    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.
    • 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.

    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.
    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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