Singapore-based UOB Asset Management’s (UOBAM) subsidiary in Brunei, UOB Asset Management Brunei (UOBAM (B)) has successfully claimed the Best Investor Education (Brunei) award for the second consecutive year at the Asia Asset Management 2020 Best of the Best Awards.

The Asia Asset Management 2020 Best of the Best Awards that was held in a live webcast identifies the region’s finest performers, from financial services companies and institutional investors to service providers, in areas such as innovation, service to clients, best practices and overall expertise in their field.

The investor education accolade recognises UOBAM (B) for its wide range of education programmes that serve investors with varying investment goals and backgrounds.

Training is aimed at enhancing clients’ investment capabilities and keeping them up-to-date with market developments, said the asset manager in a statement.

In the past year, UOBAM (B) institutional clients have benefitted from professional courses that focused on quantitative topics for portfolio managers, analysts and risk managers, as well as annual preparatory sessions for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) examinations.

These programmes are made possible through the close collaboration UOBAM (B) has with training providers and international universities, including the Centre for Asset Management Research & Investments (CAMRI) at the National University of Singapore Business School.

UOBAM (B) clients also attended seminars and training sessions in Brunei and overseas, as well as webinars, where they heard from domain experts on investment topics such as artificial intelligence in investing, sustainable investing, alternative investments and how Fintech can transform conventional finance.

General Manager of UOBAM (B) Kamal Hj Muhammad said that the firm takes its education programmes seriously in order to help clients stay informed and make better investment decisions.

“With the sharp increase in market volatility in recent months, it is especially important we help our investors navigate these uncertain times. Amid the volatility, there are opportunities that we aim to help our investors seize,” he said.

The general said further said that the firm is committed to continuously enhance the quality of its investor education programmes and, in so doing, to contribute to the growth and development of Brunei’s financial industry.

“We are also grateful to be able to represent Brunei in the country awards, raising awareness of the Brunei financial industry vis-à-vis other mature financial markets in the region,” he said.

Moreover, UOBAM (B) plans to step up investor education efforts in the near future by collaborating with UOBAM’s regional offices and other institutions to develop specialised training programmes, including courses on sustainability-themed topics.

The firm has offered a range of investment solutions to institutional and retail clients in Brunei since 2007, both directly and by working with local distributors.

Of these solutions, four unit trusts have been recognised by Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam under the Collective Investment Scheme namely, the United SGD Fund, the United SGD Money Market Fund, the United Income Focus Trust, and the United Global Quality Growth Fund. – Analisa Amu

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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