In order to strengthen its strategic emphasis on asset allocation, portfolio management, and cross-asset research, Bank of Singapore has appointed Owi S. Ruivivar as its chief portfolio strategist.

As customers construct long-term investment portfolios, this newly established position will spearhead the effort to design a methodical, reliable, and risk-based multi-asset allocation methodology.

Ruivivar is an accomplished investment manager with over three decades of expertise in economics, investment strategy, and portfolio management.

She is based in Singapore and will be a part of the Bank’s investment committee, which makes decisions about clients’ strategic and tactical asset allocation. Ruivivar will report to Jean Chia, global chief investment officer of Bank of Singapore.

Moreover, Ruivivar was a former portfolio manager at Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) and held roles BNP Paribas and the International Monetary Fund. She has a bachelor’s in economics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The hire is the most recent in a planned series of actions to set Bank of Singapore apart in this field, which is where quality investment and portfolio advisory are at the core of the Bank’s corporate strategy.

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Furthermore, the chief investment office has implemented a wealth management and investment management technology platform to enhance client experience. Bank of Singapore is one of the first private banks in Asia to adopt this platform.

In May 2024, a CIO Global Advisory Council was also launched to enhance research capabilities.

Chia stated: “Building intellectual capital is a key part of the bank’s strategy to become the top private bank in Asia. In today’s knowledge-driven economy, we aim to enhance our competitive advantage by hiring and developing talent in research and portfolio management capabilities. That is why we have, over the past years, expanded and deepened our research capabilities significantly to cope with a more challenging investing environment in the years ahead. Owi comes with vast experience and deep expertise, and I believe she will become an integral part of a strong and diverse team of investment professionals further differentiating the bank’s investment franchise.”