Navigating Market Turbulence

About This Course

This 8-hour course aims to equip private bankers with the right risk management tools and strategies to better manage clients’ investment portfolio in the events of market dislocation and volatility.

Who Should Attend

  • Relationship managers and senior relationship managers in private banks
  • Covered persons under Private Banking Code of Conduct


  • Completed IBF Standards Wealth Management Private Banking Level 1 OR
  • Min. 3 years of relevant working experience in private banking

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the impact of financial market dislocations and volatility on investments
  • Apply the best practices to manage investments and navigate market turbulence
  • Ability to use common strategies to manage client portfolio in scenarios of extreme market volatility
  • Adopt best practices of reducing excessive exposure, reducing leverage and financing when growth prospects become less certain
  • Recommend decisions to cut losses and switch into safer and more defensive investments where appropriate
  • Client management during market dislocations
  • Recognise indicators of impending financial crises and market bubbles
  • Learning the lessons learnt from previous financial crisis

About IBF Certification

This course addresses the following Technical Skills and Competencies (TSCs) and Proficiency Level (PL):

  • Industry Products: Private Banking and Wealth Management (Level 3)
  • Market Specialisation (Level 4)

Participants are encouraged to access the IBF MySkills Portfolio to track their training progress and skills acquisition against the Skills Framework for Financial Services. You can apply for IBF Certification after fulfilling the required number of Technical Skills and Competencies (TSCs) for the selected job role.

Find out more about IBF certification and the application process on

What is Market Turbulence?

  • What is market turbulence?
  • Impacts on securities/products
  • Benefits of hedging tail risks
  • Different types of market turbulence

Best Practices to Manage Market Turbulence

Active Diversification

  • Tools for active diversification
  • High quality government bonds
  • Gold
  • Low beta equity
  • Hedge funds
  • Tail risk ETFs

Hedging Equity Portfolio in Market Turbulence

  • Put options
  • FX options
  • Credit strategies
  • VIX Futures
  • ETNs on VIX
  • Variance swaps

Hedging Bonds in Market Turbulence

  • Reduce duration by swapping bonds
  • Duration-hedging strategy
  • VIX

Hedging Currency Risk in Market Turbulence

  • 4 dimensions of managing currency risk
  • Common FX hedging instruments

Portfolio Hedging Process

Leverage/Financing in Market Turbulence

  • Leverage/financing
  • Adjusting leverage

Cutting Losses and Switching Investments

  • Cutting losses
  • Switching investments
  • Managing the hedge

Managing Clients During Market Turbulence

After the Storm

Lessons Learned from Past Crises

  • Fundamental indicators of impending crises
  • Market indicators of impending crises
  • Lessons learned from previous crises
  • A tail event plan before the tail event
  • Summary

Assessment - MCQ

Ng Lye Heng


Lye Heng possessed 13 years of working experience in the banking industry and is a derivative specialist. He started his banking career in the early 1990s and held roles as principal derivative trader and product structurer. He traded derivatives on stock indices and fixed incomes in global financial markets, spanning Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, New York and Chicago. He concluded his career in the financial industry by managing market risk on the global trading book of a local bank.

In 2004, Lye Heng set up Salmon Thrust, offering training and consultancy in the areas of Investment, Treasury and Wealth Management. Clients include various global banks such as Citibank where he conducted a series of comprehensive investment workshops for the 200-odd relationship managers based in Singapore. To date, he has provided learning solutions across a variety of products and wealth management topics encompassing thousands of seminar delegate-days both in Singapore as well as in China. Lye Heng has also been a CFA trainer since 1999 and CAIA trainer since 2009.

Lye Heng holds a Master's degree in Social Science (Applied Economics) from National University of Singapore, and a Bachelor of Business degree (Financial Analysis) from Nanyang Technological University. He is a CFA, CAIA, and FRM. He also graduated from the MIT-Fintech certification program and has been advising several Fintech start-ups in Singapore.

Lye Heng is the author of 3 IBF-accredited FTS online Fintech courses “Understanding Fintech”, “Technologies Behind the Bitcoin and its Blockchain”, and “Analyzing Bitcoins and Other Cryptocurrencies”.


This programme has been accredited under the IBF Standards, and is eligible for funding under the IBF Standards Training Scheme (IBF-STS), subject to all eligibility criteria being met. Candidates are advised to assess the suitability of the programme and its relevance to participants’ business activities or job roles.

For latest development on the Funding Support for IBF-STS, please visit the IBF Standards Training Scheme site.

About the IBF Standards

The IBF Standards are a set of competency standards for financial skills. These Standards are developed in partnership with industry leaders and provide a professional development and skills roadmap for financial sector practitioners to excel in their respective job roles. They currently cover 12 industry segments in the financial sector.

About the Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore

The Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore (IBF) is the national accreditation and certification agency for financial industry competency in Singapore under the IBF Standards. Find out more on

Early Bird Discount

Enjoy 10% early bird discount when you register one (1) month before the course commencement date.

Navigating Market Turbulence


S$ 1,200

Course Features
  • Duration
    1 Day
  • CPD
    8 Hours
  • Job Role
    Relationship Manager
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