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Is VP Bank's repositioning in Asia the start of a trend?

VP Bank, a Liechtenstein-based bank that first entered Singapore in 2008, has decided not to continue its strategy of building a private banking presence in the region. Other foreign players will follow suit if they do not pursue opportunities in the less competitive secondary markets of Asia.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Oct 2012
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Vontobel: seeking growth in Asia Pacific

Vontobel's and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group's new joint venture will provide Vontobel with greater access to the robust growth in Asia Pacific, while growth in its home markets is slowing down.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Nov 2012
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Asia Pacific booking centers overtake Switzerland

The recent scandals that have engulfed the most prominent Swiss wealth managers, instigating outflows of billions of Swiss francs to other wealth centers, have impacted the role of Switzerland as a top booking center for global HNW individuals. This has contributed to the emergence of Singapore and Hong Kong as among the foremost wealth centers globally in terms of assets held.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jan 2013
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Standard Life targets expats in Singapore

Having formally entered the market in October 2012, Standard Life has launched its first suite of retail savings and investment products, one of which targets both Singapore's expat and local HNW residents. With expats constituting a major proportion of the Singaporean HNW population, Standard Life's "Investment Plan" product should see above-market growth.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jan 2013
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Easton selects Singapore expat specialist

Easton Investments has announced that it is taking a stake in AAM Advisory, for a consideration of S$1.2m ($970,000) in cash plus 781,250 ordinary shares of Easton stock. AAM Advisory is one of the heavyweights in the expat financial advisory market, which is one of the more attractive demographics of the Singaporean wealth market.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Feb 2013
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FAIR is no FOFA or RDR

The MAS has released its consultation paper on the proposed reforms of the FAIR. Besides asking for greater clarity, the points raised by the MAS make it safe to conclude the reforms will be relatively minor, adding compliance costs but not disrupting the financial advice market in the manner of similar reforms elsewhere.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Mar 2013
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FATCA: UK follows in US's footsteps

The Cayman Islands has announced that it will implement a FATCA Model 1 intergovernmental agreement with the US and that it will seek similar automatic exchanges of information with the UK. The announcement marks the latest major offshore jurisdiction to enter into a FATCA agreement with the US and, unsurprisingly, also with the UK.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Apr 2013
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Discretionary asset management on the rise in Singapore

Private banking clients still prefer advisory asset management when investing their wealth, but discretionary is finally making headway in Singapore.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Nov 2013
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Singapore banks must up their game

Singaporean banks need to step up their game when it comes to assisting clients with their financial affairs.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2014
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Singapore moves to protect investors

The Monetary Authority of Singapore has released a consultation paper on proposals to improve investor protection, which will strengthen confidence in the market over the long term.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jul 2014

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