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  1st Quarter 2016 Newsletter  
     
Staying at the Forefront of Wealth Management
 
In just over four decades, Singapore has established itself as a thriving financial centre of international repute, serving not only its domestic economy, but also the wider Asia Pacific region. The Wealth Management Institute (WMI) and Singapore Management University (SMU) first developed their Master of Science in Wealth Management (MWM) programme 12 years ago in order to contribute to building a stronger Singaporean core in wealth management. In November 2015, WMI and SMU announced significant enhancements to the MWM, which already covers the whole value chain of processes, products and services related to wealth management. Moving forward, the MWM will also include industry-defined competencies as spelt out by the Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) Standards, such as client acquisition and servicing skills, investment and wealth planning advisory as well as risk controls and monitoring processes.

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Stewardship Matters!
 
Today, ownership of firms is increasingly fragmented. Investment structures are more and more complex, and the time horizons of investors, executives and owners do not always coincide. In a demanding business environment, indeed, stewardship matters. Recognising its growing importance, 180 business leaders from 124 companies across 13 countries gathered at the St. Regis Singapore a few months ago to discuss what stewardship means for their organisations. Participants shared their perspectives about how stewardship reinforces their organisations, and enables them to thrive and grow for the long term, while enhancing the wealth of the stakeholders and the well-being of the societies in which they operate. Notable speakers at the Forum included Mr. Masamoto Yashiro, Former Chairman, Shinsei Bank, Mr. Li Rongrong, Former Chairman, SASAC & Vice Chairman, China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) and Mr Ng Kok Song, Chairman, Avanda Investment Management & Former Chief Investment Officer, GIC.

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Why Boards Could be at Risk
 
The Board's main responsibility is to lead its institution through risks and opportunities. Nevertheless, boards themselves are also at risk. Their exposure goes beyond the immediate success or failure of the organisation they supervise - they often need to balance long-term considerations with short-term survival. Sometimes, a Board's inability to steer complex institutions through business disruptions, economic shocks, leadership breakdowns and organisational failures, can put it at grave risk. To discuss this important topic, TMS Academy hosted a Directors-In-Dialogue (DID) Forum on March 2, 2016 at the Amara Sanctuary Resort, Sentosa. The Forum brought together over 70 chairmen and board directors from Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan, China, India and Kazakhstan.

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TMS Temasek Management Services (TMS) was incorporated in 1985, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings. Today TMS provides a full range of business services as well as leadership development programmes to help organisations achieve growth in a competitive landscape. These services are provided through the following TMS subsidiaries:
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