iAdvisory Exchange: Preparing For An Uncertain 2016
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Devaluation of currencies in the region, especially China’s Yuan and Malaysia’s Ringgit, persistent low crude oil prices and a weaker-than-expected economic growth in Asia are holding back companies’ expansion plans as they adopt a wait-and-see approach instead. The expected move by the US Federal Reserve to raise interest rates by end of the year adds to the uncertainty for companies with many analysts expecting a global financial crisis to take place in 2016.
However, it is not all bleak for Singapore companies as the region is generally more stable with external surpluses and sizable foreign exchange reserves. The region is also much less vulnerable to external debt as compared to during the economic downturn of 1997. With sufficient preparation and the right strategies in place, companies would be able to emerge stronger and be resilient in 2016.
We had identified four key areas for companies to take note of:
Managing Currency Risks & Exposure
Currency volatility is expected to continue into 2016 as predicted by many analysts. Learn from the expert on the 2016 outlook for major currencies and how to derive a plan to hedge and protect your bottom line against currency fluctuation
Mr Simon Bishop
Director, Corporate Hedging
Western Union Business Solutions
With crowdfunding and crowdlending getting more prominent in this region, SMEs can now access to more financing options beyond the banks. Hear from the subject matter expect on the pros and cons and various financing options for SMEs.
Mr Lincoln Teo
Chief Operating Officer
DP Information Group
Effective market expansion plans
The old saying of “do not put all eggs into one basket” becomes extremely relevant in tough times. The expert would be sharing the importance of expanding or exporting your products or services to different markets. Also learn how can identify market opportunities and look for suitable business partners and contacts overseas.
Mr Ernie Koh
Companies are often faced with issues like manpower constraints, excessive manpower during down times, and difficulties to attract and retain talent for their expansion plans. Hear from the HR expert on developing a manpower strategy to handle the volatile market environment.
Mr Siddharth Mehta
Principal, Talent Consulting
|2.00pm- 2.10pm||Opening Address|
|2.15pm - 3.15pm||Market Outlook and Major Events for 2016
Mr Bhavya Sehgal
Managing Director, Asia Pacfic
Frontier Strategy Group
|3.15pm – 4.45pm||Panel Discussion
|4.45pm – 5.30pm||Networking Teabreak|