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ISSUE 37 | November 2018

Prof. Wang Neng of Columbia Business School Gives a Talk at RMI

On 16 August 2018, Prof. Wang Neng, Chong Khoon Lin Professor of Real Estate and Professor of Finance at Columbia University, hosted a talk on "Rare Disasters, Financial Development, and Sovereign Debt."

Targeting an audience consisting of financial professionals, academics, as well as students, the talk focused on the implication of the interaction between rare disasters and financial development for sovereign debt markets. The talk was based on Prof. Wang’s research in collaboration with Prof. Sérgio Rebelo of Northwestern University and Prof. Jinqiang Yang of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

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RMI Welcomes Prof. Sun Yeneng as Acting Director and Thanks Prof. Steven Kou

From September 2018, Prof. Sun Yeneng has assumed Acting Directorship of the RMI. Prof. Sun is the Goh Keng Swee Professor of Economics and Professor of Mathematics at NUS. He was Raffles Professor of Social Sciences from 2009 to 2015. Prof. Sun has held various administrative positions at NUS; in particular, he has served as Head/Acting Head of the Department of Economics (2008-2012), Deputy Director of the Institute for Mathematical Sciences (2001-2004), and a member of University Promotion and Tenure Committee (2002-2004). He was Deputy/Associate Director of the Centre for Financial Engineering – the predecessor to RMI (2000-2002) – and a member of the RMI Management Board (2010-2012). He has also chaired the committee for the Finance and Risk Management Cluster’s Interdisciplinary Speaker Series (since 2012) and the Management Board of the Centre for Quantitative Finance (since 2015).

RMI’s CRI Trains IMF on Latest Credit Stress Testing Toolkit

The RMI’s Credit Research Initiative (CRI) team has conducted a two-day training program at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters in Washington DC in October 2018, following the successful upgrade to the browser-based Bottom-up Default Analysis (BuDA) platform (BuDA v3.0). The CRI has been developing advanced interfaces to make deep credit analytics even more accessible.

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Diversity and Risk Governance are Intertwined - By Lutfey Siddiqi

It is no coincidence that both Singapore and the U.K. issued new codes of corporate governance this year. Reinforcing systems of good governance is all the more urgent on a backdrop of de-globalization, technology disruption, and a deficit of trust in institutions.

In attracting global capital, companies have the opportunity to compete on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards. Adherence to these standards and a focus on sustainability also represent sound risk management. Conversely, failure of corporations to include long-term multi-stakeholder considerations can rapidly erode trust in the system. Arguments about nationalized versus privatized public services for example, are in essence, debates about the design of governance.

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New Staff

Zhu Yanqi joined RMI CRI team as a Research Analyst on 13 August 2018. Yanqi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics from National University of Singapore (NUS). She is now a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at NUS. Her research interest is in the area of macroeconometrics.


A/P Wan Xiangwei visited RMI from 16 July to 14 August 2018. A/P Wan has been an Assistant Professor at Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University since 2011. He received a PhD in Financial Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2010 and got a BSc in Mathematics at University of Science and Technology of China in 2006. His main research interests are in financial engineering and financial economics.

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Industry Talk for MFE Students
12 October 2018

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Training Program on Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
15 to 17 October 2018

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MFE Career Workshop
26 October 2018

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1 October 2018 to 15 March 2019
Application for the Master of Science in Financial Engineering Program - August 2019 Intake
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5 January to 4 May 2019
Financial Risk Manager (FRM®) Certification Training Program
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10 to 11 January 2019
Enterprise-Wide Risk Management for the Era of Disruptions and High Uncertainty
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4 March to 5 May 2019
NUS RMI Specialist Diploma in Credit Risk Management – Corporate Banking
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20 to 21 March 2019
Workshop in Commodity Markets
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