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Jul 16, 2020
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Jun 25, 2020
As we approach the midyear mark in 2020, what is the outlook for markets for the rest of the year? In the following interview Teng Chee Wai, Managing Director of Affin Hwang AM shares his views on the current investment landscape and investing in the new normal.
Jun 10, 2020
Emerging from a painful economic shutdown, China is gradually getting back to business and adapting to a new normal since COVID-19 was first detected in the country last year. Is recovery underway for the world’s second largest economy?
Jun 04, 2020
With most investors tucked in under stay-at-home orders, there is also ample time for reflection and investors to reassess their goals and check if their portfolio is aligned to their own personal financial standing, risk appetite and investment horizon. Read more in the link below
May 08, 2020
Interest rates will stay lower-for-longer as global central banks embark on synchronised monetary easing to gird its economy from the impact of the coronavirus. Globally interest rates are seen dipping to new lows since the 2008-GFC as borrowing costs are lowered in the absence of inflation. Locally, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) slashed rates by 50 bps at its recent policy meeting
May 04, 2020
Since the start of the market rout in mid-March when benchmark gauges worldwide plunged due to pandemic fears over COVID-19, investors are probably wondering if it’s a good time to invest. A sea of red across equity markets certainly has attracted the attention of bargain hunters looking to scoop up stocks that are trading at a discount to their premium
Apr 14, 2020
Amidst tentative signs of the coronavirus infection starting to stabilise and stimulus optimism, global equity market gauges have staged a mild rebound. The MSCI World Index declined -31.7% as at mid-March and has recovered to -15.8% as at 10 April, delivering a recovery of +15.9%. The rally was also fuelled by additional stimulus measures from the US Federal Reserve that unleashed a US$2.3 trillion package.
Apr 09, 2020
As countries are assailed by the Covid-19 pandemic, global central banks have embarked on significant monetary stimulus measures to keep the economy floating. The US Federal Reserve (Fed) took the unprecedented step by pledging unlimited quantitative easing (QE) to support its economy. In the following interview, Maggie Wong, Senior Portfolio Manager of Affin Hwang AM shares a macro overview of markets and outlook for Asian bonds.
Apr 02, 2020
Technically a recession constitutes 2 consecutive quarters of negative growth. To confirm if the economy is in recession, paradoxically we actually have to wait until it has already happened which would of course be too late by then
Mar 25, 2020
As global markets grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic that has sparked recessionary fears, are markets close to finding a floor yet or is there still room for more downside?
Mar 24, 2020
Risk assets endured a fierce sell-off in the past month as global markets reeled from contagion fears arising from the Covid-19 outbreak
Mar 19, 2020
It has been a turbulent week for markets as pandemic fears arising from Covid-19 and the collapse in oil prices sparked a fierce sell-off in risk assets.
Mar 10, 2020
Oil prices plunged by almost 30% after Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies failed to strike a deal regarding production cuts.
Feb 26, 2020
An increasingly muddled political landscape and party manoeuvring within various factions of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government and the opposition has raised the political risk premium in Malaysia.
Feb 13, 2020
Traditional economic theory puts forward the assumption that all individual investors would behave and act rationally by considering all information available to them.
Jan 23, 2020
At its meeting yesterday, Bank Negara’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) cut the OPR by 25bps to 2.75%.
Jan 22, 2020
As we enter a new decade in the investment realm riddled with volatility, how can investors position themselves to ride the turbulence ahead?
Jan 08, 2020
Risk assets got off to a rocky start in 2020 as tensions boiled over in the Middle East following news that an Iranian military commander was killed in a Baghdad airstrike. General Qassim Soleimani along with other top military officials were killed in a US drone strike on his convoy at the Baghdad airport.
Dec 11, 2019
Global financial markets have been erratic throughout 2019. Market cycles are seen to be sharper and shorter as of late moving on news flow and expectations. With volatility back and investors bracing for a bumpier ride ahead, instruments like leveraged and inverse exchange-traded funds (L&I ETFs) can be used to capitalise on such market conditions.
Nov 26, 2019
In 2018, Finance Minister YB Lim Guan Eng disclosed in Parliament that unclaimed monies amounting close to RM10billion from various entities had been submitted to the Accountant-General's Department. Yes, you read that correctly – almost RM10billion in cash sitting idly left unclaimed by Malaysians.
Oct 23, 2019
Limited room for further monetary easing as central banks adopt ‘wait-and-see’ approach and save ammunition Trade tensions continue to put a drag on growth heading into US election year in 2020 Active management with an emphasis on credit selection crucial as default risks rise in a late cycle
Oct 14, 2019
At the tabling of the budget, Finance Minister YB Lim Guan Eng struck a balanced tone by sticking to the need for fiscal discipline whilst also remaining expansionary. The budget placed a lot more emphasis on job creation and shifted away from the outright disbursement of large cash handouts and subsidies as seen in prior budgets before.
Oct 10, 2019
As volatility in markets jolt and intraday price swings become more pronounced, many investors are looking at ways to reduce risk in their portfolios. Most investors make the mistake of interpreting ‘de-risking’ as just locking-in gains and cashing out from the market. But de-risking entails more than just cutting one’s exposure and shifting all their asset allocation to cash. Here are 4 ways investors can lower risk in their portfolios without derailing their long-term plan whilst also staying invested.
Sep 05, 2019
One of the first steps to investing successfully is to determine your risk profile at the onset before building a portfolio Investors often do this by answering a series of questionnaire that touches on their attitudes toward risk and also net assets.
Aug 05, 2019
Geopolitics will continue to be a fixture of markets for time to come as increasing polarisation and fractures appear in bilateral ties leading to more volatility in turbulent times. “We are entering an unprecedented period of geopolitical risk that investors have to price-in when making decisions in their portfolio,” Teng Chee Wai, Managing Director of Affin Hwang AM said at the company’s annual investment forum held at MITEC, Kuala Lumpur on the 20th July, Saturday.
Jul 23, 2019
If you’re a keen market observer, you would have read about the yield curve inverting which sent chills down the spine of investors globally. Financial and business news outlets were in a frenzy to point out that a key financial indicator was flashing warning signals that a recession is looming ahead.
Jul 03, 2019
Ever walked into a mall and saw heaps of people gathered into lines that stretch as far as the eye could see? You have no idea what’s going on, but for some inextricable reason you feel compelled to join the back of the line too and patiently await for this mysterious artefact to reveal itself. Hopefully something or someone turns up?
May 02, 2019
It has been one year since the watershed 14th general elections (GE14), when the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government unexpectedly trumped Barisan Nasional (BN) 6 decade rule to wrest control of Putrajaya. However, market reaction has not been kind with the benchmark KLCI plunging close to 12% since May 2018 as euphoria dissipates over lack of policy clarity and sluggish growth, making us the only regional market to be in the red this year. 
Apr 22, 2019
This week will see the release of March’19 inflation data due on Wednesday for Malaysia. After dipping into deflation in January this year, will we see price pressures picking up again? Gan Eng Peng, Director of Equities Strategy & Advisory of Affin Hwang Asset Management offers some perspective on the data and strategies for investing in a deflationary environment
Apr 16, 2019
These days it’s all about minimalism. Tidiness and clean-up guru Marie Kondo has become a global phenomenon with her hit Netflix show, capturing the cultural zeitgeist with her philosophy on organising and decluttering. But can the same set of ethos also be applied to tidying up one’s financial life and money management skills?
Mar 15, 2019
Against a challenging backdrop, the healthcare space was one of the best performing sectors in 2018 due to its low sensitivity to global growth. In the following interview, Erin Xie, Head of Health Sciences, Fundamental Active Equity of BlackRock shares her outlook for the healthcare sector and its late-cycle potential to outperform.
Mar 15, 2019
China’s annual National People Congress (NPC) comes to a close soon after a 2-week parliamentary session. In the following interview Huang Juin Hao, Senior Portfolio Manager of Affin Hwang AM gives a rundown what happened in the NPC and market implications.
Feb 15, 2019
With just two weeks left until the trade truce deadline, will we finally see the US and China come around the negotiation table to strike up a deal and end a bitter trade conflict that has lasted over a year? In the following interview Huang Juin Hao, Senior Portfolio Manager shares the possible scenarios of the trade talks and market implications.
Jan 22, 2019
In the following interview Esther Teo, Director of Fixed Income, Affin Hwang Asset Management shares her outlook for the Asian bond market as conditions start to ease after a turbulent 2018 and why credit selection is key in a late-cycle.
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Copyright © 2020 Affin Hwang Asset Management Bhd
TENG CHEE WAI

Managing Director
Teng Chee Wai is the founder of Affin Hwang Asset Management Berhad (Affin Hwang AM). Over the past decade, he has built the Company to be the fastest growing and only independent investment management house in Malaysia’s top three, with an excess of RM47 billion in assets under management as at 31 December 2018.​

​In his capacity as Managing Director / Executive Director, Teng manages the overall business and strategic direction as well as the management of the investment team. His hands-on approach sees him actively involved in investments, product development and marketing. Teng’s critical leadership and regular participation in reviewing and assessing strategies and performance has been pivotal in allowing the Company to successfully navigate the economically turbulent decade.

Teng’s investment management experience spans more than 20 years, and his key area of expertise is in managing absolute return mandates for insurance assets and investment-linked funds in both Singapore and Malaysia. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Assistant General Manager (Investment) of Overseas Assurance Corporation (OAC) and was responsible for the investment function of the Group Overseas Assurance Corporation Ltd.​

​Teng began his career in the financial industry as an Investment Manager with NTUC Income, Singapore. He is a Bachelor of Science graduate from the National University of Singapore and has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Actuarial Studies from City University in London.
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