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Career 101: Overview

How is the wealth management industry like?  Is the industry managing millions or billions of dollars?  How many people are there in the industry?  How many banks are there in the industry.  other than banks, is there any other financial firms you can join?

These are some questions you may be wondering.  Or, how do you fit in?


Singapore – Global Financial Centre

Singapore is a leading global financial centre alongside New York, London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Zurich.

It is the 3rd largest FX trading center behind London and New York.  Singapore is also the 6th largest wealth management and offshore banking centre in the world.

Fast Moving City
Fast Moving City

1. The Dollars

  • Banking Assets: $973.1 billion
  • Life Insurance Assets: $142.5 billion
  • Asset under Management: $1.82 trillion
  • FX Daily Turnover: US$383 billion

Not just millions, but billions and trillions of dollars.  How do you manage them?  In case you are poor with numbers:

Numbers Digits
Tens $10
Hundreds $100
Thousands $1,000
Millions $1,000,000
Billions $1,000,000,000
Trillions $1,000,000,000,000

Practical Use:

  • 1 Billion Rupiah equals to USD 83,333.33
  • USD/IDR: 12,000


2. For Wealth Managers & Investment Professionals

Singapore - AUGUST 4, 2014: Office buildings on August 4 in Singapore, Singapore. Singapore is home to many international businesses
Singapore – AUGUST 4, 2014: Office buildings on August 4 in Singapore, Singapore. Singapore is home to many international businesses
  • 14 Retail Banks
  • 47 Leading Private Banks
  • 26 Large Fund Management Firms
  • 3 Finance Companies
  • 10 Life Insurance Companies
  • 13 Stock Brokering Firms

With so many financial institutions, since 2005, banking employees change jobs very often.  Our statistical studies show the average wealth manager switches at least 3 banks.  Wealth managers usually settle down at the 3rd bank onwards, for a longer period of time.

Changing a job for wealth managers isn’t so fun.  New system, new administrative structure, new colleagues to work with to provide the best advisory experience for your clients.


3. Number of Wealth Managers in Singapore

  • > 4,000 Personal Bankers & Priority Bankers
  • > 3,000 Private Bankers
  • > 15,000 Investment Professionals
  • > 13,000 Life Insurance Agents
  • > 80,000 Financial Advisors (Licensed)

With the numbers rapidly changing, increasing, high turnover, going on garden leave, we have a hard time keeping track.  But the sheer numbers of wealth & investment professionals in Singapore will give you a good indication of how competitive the industry is.

What is garden leave?

An employee who had resigned or left the employment, has to remain away from work during the period.  The employee is to being paid during this period.  Garden leave are usually given to employees who hold sensitive or important roles.

Source: Caproasia Intel 2015

Full Info: 2015 Overview of the Financial Industry


Where do you go next?


  • Career 101: Financial Institutions (Coming Soon)

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