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Bond Pricing and Interest Rates: Interpreting Signals for Economic Forecasting
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  • Overview
    Programme Details
    Date
    30 October 2024
    Time
    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Venue
    Asian Banking School
    HRDC PROG NO
    10001417983
    The economy is in a confusing state. And in uncertain economic times, we go back to our bread and butter - economic indicators. Some of the best indicators can be found in one of the biggest financial marketplaces in the world, the interest rate and bond price. In this one-day programme, we will dive into the mysteries of the interest rate and bond market, reviewing what exactly they are and how they impact the economy, by analysing past events and case studies.
    Learning Level
    Intermediate
    Programme Fees*

    MYR

    1,700

    *Subject to 8% Service Tax per pax

  • Objectives & Outline
    LEARNING OBJECTIVES
    By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:
    • Describe with confidence the workings of the interest rate and bond market
    • Identify the main drivers of bond prices
    • Analyse the impact of interest rates and economic conditions on bond prices
    • Formulate strategies to deal with changes in interest rates and bond prices
    PROGRAMME OUTLINE
    Getting a Feel of the Bond Market
    • Why the bond market matters so much?
    • Why bonds? Why not just borrow from banks?
    • Who issues bonds? Who taps the bond market?
    • Who invests in bonds?
    • The key features of bonds
    • Case study – Why did the company issue negative yield bonds?

    Reading the Yield Curve
    • Types of yield curves
    • Application of yield curves
    • Why it has been so accurate in predicting a recession
    • Case study – Yield curve and recession

    The Different Types of Yield
    • Types of yields: Nominal yield, current yield & yield to maturity
    • The determinants of bond price
    • Bond risks – Interest rate risk and default risk
    • Case study – the Collapse of Silicon Valley Bank - a study in the Inverse Relationship between Bond Price and Interest Rate
    • Case study – Credit Suisse CoCo Bonds (AT1 bonds) - The anomaly of equity ranking higher than bond and how the market for AT1 is shaken

    Drivers of interest rates
    • Factors affecting interest rates
    • Central bank’s role in managing interest rates
    • Case study – a cut in OPR and the bond price in Malaysia
  • Methodology
    Lectures including presentations, case studies and discussions
  • Participant Profile
    Banking & financial service professionals who want to gain an understanding of the bond market and the impact of changes in interest rates on the financial market
  • Trainer

    Wong Loke Lim

    Loke Lim has almost thirty years of banking and finance-related experience. He is the principal of i-Biz Concept Sdn Bhd, a financial training and management resources provider. He is also a director of a Bursa Malaysia-listed company and sits on the Board of Governors of the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia, where he was the Deputy President from 2011-2013. Previously, he was the Chief Executive/Licensed Representative of a fund management company, a general manager at KAF Investment Bank Berhad and the Group Chief Internal Auditor of a KLSE (now Bursa Malaysia)-listed company. He speaks regularly on topics relating to capital markets, treasury, accounting and wealth management, and conducted training programmes for capital market professionals, private bankers and wealth managers in various financial centres in the Asia-Pacific region. He is a chartered accountant, a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Certified Financial Planner.

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