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StashAway Academy

With StashAway Academy’s wide range of personal finance and investing courses and events in your hands, you can finally make your financial decisions with confidence.

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Academy

Take your financial education wherever you go

We know it isn’t easy to find the time to take a financial course. And now you don’t have to. With the StashAway app, take your courses with you, and squeeze them into your schedule any time, any place. And yes, all of our courses are completely free. You don’t even have to invest.

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StashAway Academy Curriculum

Basic courses

Financial Planning Basics

In Financial Planning Basics, learn how to tailor your financial plan to your individual preferences and goals. Whether your goal is to buy a house or save more money, there are essential steps in financial planning that will set you up to take control of your personal finances.

By the end of the seminar, you’ll be equipped to do the following:

  • Determine your current financial standing

  • Set up a budget that reflects your current and future priorities

  • Specify and prioritise your financial goals and assess how much they will cost to achieve

  • Develop a strategic action plan to reach your goals

  • Set up cost-effective safety nets for you and your loved ones

  • Review and revise your financial plan along the way

  • Understand basic investing terms (to be continued in Investing Basics)

Investing Basics

There’s plenty of investment advice and types of investments out there, so how should you decide how to start investing? Whether you’re a beginner, or you want solidify your understanding of investing, this seminar will equip you with the information you need to feel comfortable making the best investment decisions for yourself.

What we’ll cover:

  • The differences between various asset classes

  • What a balanced portfolio should look like

  • What you should consider before making an investment

  • Understanding your personal risk preferences

  • Why your investment timeline is important

  • Do-it-yourself investing versus having a portfolio manager

  • Dollar-cost Averaging versus Timing the market

Intermediate courses

How to Invest (The Right Way) with ETFs

If you’ve ever spent any time looking into investment options, you’ve probably come across Exchange-traded Funds (ETFs). A quick search online will tell you that an ETF is an investment tool that tracks an index, and is traded like a stock. In the last decade, ETFs have become increasingly popular because they provide such diversified exposure. But, not all ETFs are created equally, and portfolio managers approach investing with ETFs in different ways.

What we’ll cover:

  • What are ETFs?

  • The wide range of ETFs

  • ETFs vs Mutual Funds

  • How to evaluate ETFs to decide which ETFs to invest in

  • How ETFs fit into a passive investment strategy

How to Plan for Your Retirement

It’s never too soon to start planning your retirement, especially if you dream of retiring early. Here, we explain how to use various retirement vehicles and build an effective retirement plan no matter where you plan to retire.

What we’ll cover:

  • How much money do you need for your retirement

  • Investment vehicles for retirement in Thailand

  • Investing for retirement and tax benefits

Advanced courses

A Deep Dive into StashAway’s Asset Allocation Investment Framework

Digital wealth managers have become popular around the world largely due to their low fees, accessibility, and convenience. We've has taken these value propositions up a notch: Our proprietary risk-management investment strategy, ERAA™ (Economic Regime-based Asset Allocation) sets it apart from other financial advisors and robo-advisors in that it systematically maximises returns while minimising risk. The technology that powers the framework uniquely makes strategic asset allocation decisions based on thousands of macro-economic data points instead of securities selection. Join us as we explain what sets our framework apart from other investment managers, and what that means for your portfolios.

  • Economic Regimes Determine Asset Allocation: Why we focus on managing your asset allocation based on economic regimes

  • Risk Shield: How we keep your portfolios’ risk constant

  • Valuation Adjustment: How we evaluate asset class performance

  • ERAA™ In Practice: ERAA™ and the 2008 Financial Crisis

What is your Financial Plan B?

Having effective safety nets in place is key component in any financial plan, and here, we’ll walk you through how you can take a proactive role in your financial risk management strategy.

What we’ll cover:

  • How to build an emergency fund, and why you really need it

  • What type of insurance you should (and shouldn’t) buy

  • Estate planning: Wills and trusts

International Diversification and FX Hedging

The FX market is the largest and most liquid market in the world. Whether you invest in a global portfolio, transfer money to relatives abroad, or travel to an exotic destination, you'll need to consider the effect of currency exchange. Luckily, there are ways to measure and control your currency exposure, both in investing and in your day-to-day life.

What we’ll cover: 

  • Introduction to the FX market and currency pairs

  • Understanding your personal currency exposure

  • Home bias

  • How to hedge against currency fluctuations

Deep Dive: Bonds as an Asset Class

Bonds are a key element in any investor’s asset allocation toolbox. But, they generally don’t receive the same level of attention as stocks do, and yet the bond market is significantly larger than the equity market. Bonds are an extremely diverse asset class with various types of instruments that can perform different roles in an investor’s portfolio. 

What we’ll cover: 

  • An introduction to bonds, including types of issuers and structures

  • Bond yields and the price-yield relationship

  • Duration & convexity

  • Understanding the yield curve

  • How bonds can be an attractive addition to a portfolio

Electives

StashAway: An Inside Look

With all of the different investment options available, it can be difficult to determine which portfolio manager should invest your hard-earned money. Here, we’ll give you an inside look into StashAway and explain how our technology and investment strategy set our offering apart from other traditional financial advisors and robo-advisors. More specifically, we’ll discuss how our technology personalises your portfolios, and how it intelligently manages your investments. You can use this as an opportunity to ask answer any questions you have about how we manage your money, about the team, or whatever else is on your mind.

  • Introduction to the company and our co-founders

  • Difference between investing with us and other wealth managers

  • ERAA™ investment framework and how we manage your portfolios

  • The StashAway Risk Index and our emphasis on risk-management

How to Start a Business...That Lasts

Using examples from both early-stage companies and billion-dollar corporations, we’ll look at how to turn an idea into a business. We’ll also cover how to build the right team for your business. Then, we’ll dive into the various stages of fundraising and what investors look for. After all, you can have the best idea in the world, but if you don’t have the money to hire the right people and to develop a product or service, the idea will remain an idea.

What we’ll cover:

  • The main ingredients for a successful business

  • How start-up funding works and what investors look for in a business

  • How to foster a culture in your work place that breeds successful talent and results