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Dear members

The Singapore Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong) together with United Overseas Bank (UOB) and The Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong and Macau) are organising a webinar on Thursday, 17 March 2022 from 4pm to 5.30pm. The speaker is Mr Heng Koon How, Head of Markets Strategy, Executive Director, Global Economics and Markets Research of UOB. He will be speaking on 2022 Global Macro and Markets Outlook.


By now global investors are most prepared for the US Federal Reserve to start its rate hiking cycle at the March FOMC. Given the on-going supply chain disruption and higher commodities prices, there are increasing worries that the US Federal Reserve will get more hawkish and front load the rate hikes. Just how serious is the global inflation issue? How many times will the US Federal Reserve hike this year? What's the expectation for the eventual terminal rate? Is the US economy strong enough for the anticipated rate hikes?

Closer to home in Asia, China's economy is slowdown down fast. It remains uncertain if China's economy will be able to stabilize above the 5% GDP growth level. How will China's growth slowdown affect ASEAN? Will the US rate hikes weigh down further on China's economy? Will the RCEP buffer the region against China's growth slowdown? What's the outlook for the Renminbi and key regional currencies like SGD and MYR in the wake of a stronger US Dollar?

Chatham House rules. No recording. No quoting. Closed to media.


  • Mr. Heng Koon How, CAIA (Head of Markets Strategy, Executive Director, Global Economics and Markets Research at United Overseas Bank (UOB))

    Mr. Heng Koon How, CAIA

    Head of Markets Strategy, Executive Director, Global Economics and Markets Research at United Overseas Bank (UOB)

    Koon How is the Head of Markets Strategy in the Global Economics and Markets Research team at UOB, where he formulates forecasts and market views for foreign exchange (FX), commodities and interest rates.

    In addition to traditional FICC related research, Koon How has also focused increasingly on research and updates in the fast evolving digital assets space, including cryptocurrencies, various tokens as well as central bank digital currencies.

    He has more than 25 years of financial markets experience across the key asset classes. Fluent in English and Mandarin, Koon How actively participates in various investment seminars across the Asia Pacific region and is a regular commentator in key local and international print and broadcast media.

    Prior to joining UOB in 2017, Koon How was a senior FX strategist at a Swiss private bank covering the Asia Pacific region. He also worked in various global financial institutions in areas such as FX options sales, derivatives advisory and commodities structuring.

    Koon How graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor’s degree (Honours) in Chemical Engineering. In 2009, he was awarded the Financial Sector Development Fund postgraduate scholarship from the Monetary Authority of Singapore to attend the Yale-Singapore Management University Masters of Science in Wealth Management programme. Koon How is also a certified Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. In 2020, Koon How attended the Cryptocurrency on-line course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and in 2021, Koon How completed the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing.

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  • Mr. Basil Hwang (Moderator) (Managing Partner at Hauzen LLP (in association with Anjie Law Fire))

    Mr. Basil Hwang (Moderator)

    Managing Partner at Hauzen LLP (in association with Anjie Law Fire)

    Mr Basil Hwang is the Managing Partner of Hauzen LLP (in Association with Anjie Law Firm)

    He is also the Managing Director of Hauzen Services Limited, a corporate services provider, an Executive Director of Kubes Liberal Limited, a property developer, and a Vice-Chairperson of The Singapore Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong).

    Basil was formerly a partner of Zhong Lun Law Firm and the founding and managing partner of Dechert LLP in Hong Kong.

    He has also held board or supervisory positions in a number of public companies, including the following:
    - Joint Company Secretary and General Counsel of China Shandong Hi-Speed Financial Group Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code:412)

    Executive Director, Company Secretary, General Counsel and Head of Development and Investments, Daohe Global Group Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code:915)

    Independent Non-Executive Director of First Sponsor Group Limited, a company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange (stock code: ADN)

    Basil has over 20 years’ experience in law, corporate governance, entrepreneurship and fund-raising, and is extensively connected with the business community in Hong Kong, Singapore and Mainland China.

    Educational qualifications
    - International Baccalaureate - Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, 1991
    - Bachelor of Laws - National University of Singapore, 1997
    - Master of Science in Global Finance - The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and New York University, 2013

    Professional memberships
    - Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore
    - Solicitor, England and Wales
    - Solicitor, Hong Kong

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