November 02, 2021
Professor William Li Wins 2021 SJTU’s Excellent Educator Award
Recently, Professor William Li (Professor of Management at SAIF) was awarded with SJTU's Excellent Educator Award for his impressive and professional teaching style. As one of the highest honors at SJTU, the Excellent Educator Award is set up to honor distinguished faculty who have made remarkable contributions in teaching and talent cultivation. They are also rewarded for their leading role in developing "value-added"education. Before joining SAIF in 2018, Professor William Li was a tenured full professor and Eric Jing Professor in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He won the Excellent Teaching Awards five times in Minnesota.Professor Li has extensive teaching experience in the field of experimental design and is a co-author of Applying Linear Statistical Model (5th edition) — which is widely used by top business schools and has been also cited many times in academia. In 2013, he was awarded to be a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA). After joining SAIF, Professor Li made outstanding contributions to the academic development and talent cultivation of SAIF. In addition, with his deep and solid theoretical background and a sense of innovation, he applies statistics to the field of finance and studies Chinese issues actively. His courses combine theory and practice, and international frontiers together with Chinese actualities — which improves SAIF's teaching system greatly. These courses include "Big Data Analysis and Experiment Design", "Statistical Analysis Methods"and "Data Analysis and Decision Making". These courses have been highly praised by students, with an average score of 9.8 in class evaluation. In 2019, he won the third SAIF Teaching Award. In addition, he shared his teaching experience with young teachers unreservedly. In 2021, he also took the initiative to offer systematic teaching training to help young teachers improve themselves through lectures on pedagogy, lecture evaluation, one-on-one feedback and consultation, question and answer, and summary sessions. Among these, lectures on pedagogy are also now accessible to Ph.D. students, enabling students who are interested in education to have the opportunity to learn some teaching methods. In 2019 and 2020, Professor Zhan Jiang (Term Professor, EED Programs Academic Director and Executive Director at SAIF) and Professor Feng Li (Associate Director of CAFR, Co-Director of SAIFR, and Professor of Accounting at SAIF) were awarded SJTU's Excellent Educator Award, respectively.
November 01, 2021
SAIF-Charles Schwab 2021 China Rising Affluent Financial Well-being Index Releas ...
On October 14th, 2021, the China Rising Affluent Wealth Management Forum, also known as the press conference for the 2021 China Rising Affluent Financial Well-being Index, was held. It was jointly organized by the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF) and Charles Schwab (a top US financial services institution). This year's report focused on how affluent Chinese actively adjust their wealth management strategies when facing changing external environments. It also summarizes the changes in financial well-being and investment behavior for this group over the past five years. Professor Guangshao Tu (Adjunct Professor at SJTU and Executive Director of the SAIF Board), Lisa Hunt (Honorary Chairman of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Managing Director, Head of International at Charles Schwab), Professor Feng Li (Associate Director of CAFR, Co-Director of SAIFR, Professor of Accounting at SAIF), Professor Fei Wu (Term Professor at SAIF) and other related scholars participated in the press conference. They focused on the extensive changes in the way individual investors manage their wealth due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and had an in-depth discussion on how financial institutions should better serve Chinese investors based on new structural transformation trends for the global financial industry. At the beginning, Professor Feng Li delivered a welcome speech; he reviewed the cooperation on the China Rising Affluent Financial Well-being Index between SAIF and Charles Schwab over the past five years. He said that Charles Schwab is one of the leaders in the integrated wealth management industry and has rich practical experience in the field of wealth management — which lays a solid foundation for the cooperation between the two sides. He also hoped that continued cooperation would have further impact in the future. In Professor Guangshao Tu's speech, he shared his understanding and views on the released index and highly praised the significance of the cooperation between SAIF and international institutions. At the same time, he emphasized three points, including: enhancing financing awareness, improving financial planning, and strengthening asset management. He hoped that we can further develop domestic wealth management and asset management institutions, enhance the capabilities and professionalism of practitioners, and develop smart investment advisors. At the end of the forum, Professor Tu highlighted the fact that education is the foundation of wealth management. He pointed out that both individuals and institutions progress continuously in learning to manage wealth assets. Thus, it is necessary for SAIF to cooperate further with relevant parties, not only in the construction of think tanks and research but also in aspects of cultivating talent. During the conference, Lisa Hunt (Managing Director, Head of International Charles Schwab) interpreted the report in detail. According to the index, the overall level of China's rising affluent well-being increases reached new heights. In 2021, the Well-Being index was 72.02%, showing a slight increase of 2.29% as compared to 2020. Among the sub-indices, the Confidence and Engagement indices see significant year-on-year risesof 2.97% and 2.6%, reaching 74.18% and 79.23% (respectively) while Planning and Management indexes fall to 43.06% and 45.49%. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, more of China's rising affluent began to adopt new planning and management measures, including developing an understanding of risk appetite in line with industry standards (30.1%), regularly reviewing financial goals (27.8%), and adopting a professional, reasonable financial plan (24.1%). This, to some extent, raised their expectations about their future financial well-being. More respondents (19.8%) stated that they now have a higher possibility of achieving financial goals, as compared to 8.5% in 2020. At the same time, their understanding of wealth management has also improved. A significant portion of respondents now demonstrate an ability to accurately assess the components of good wealth management — 41.5% identify financial planning capability as a key element, with 44.1% identifying correct assessment of personal financial goals and 50.9% identifying reasonable asset allocation. During the discussion session, Professor Fei Wu said, "Facing a complex and changing external environment, the rising affluent have gradually recognized the importance of optimizing their personal and family wealth management strategies. This year's data shows that they are eager to improve their financial literacy, which indicates that the group is willing to adjust their investment method in response to pressure from the external environment and that they are financially prepared to achieve their life goals." As their demand for authoritative financial advice and knowledge increases, the affluent actively obtain information through financial institutions, financial platforms, and social media. These preferences are underpinned by growing trust in financial advisors and institutions over the last five years. In 2017, 57.8% reported high levels of trust. In 2021, 75.5% do, with just 0.6% reporting low trust. Similar increases have been recorded in respondents'opinions regarding the helpfulness and trustworthiness of financial platforms. More respondents (72.9%) now believe that platforms are very helpful, up from 56.2% in 2017. Levels of trust increased from 55.9% to 71.0% across the same period. In terms of social media, 64.6% prefer to view financial education information, and 77.7% like to consult articles published by authoritative financial institutions. Many respondents have shown interest in the ability of professional advisors and digital platforms to provide fundamental financial planning and management services. However, this year few respondents are thinking far ahead according to the low planning sub-index, indicating that they have not yet been able to transfer positive financial and investment ideas into practice. The survey also shows that the rising affluent should focus more on long-term investments to better achieve their financial goals. "Financial planning is the cornerstone of wealth management. We hope that financial institutions can work together to optimize their service models to better serve Chinese investors and help the rising affluent build a better future."Lisa Hunt emphasized in her speech. The China Rising Affluent Financial Well-being Index Initiated by SAIF and Charles Schwab, the China Rising Affluent Financial Well-being Index is now being carried out by Nielsen, an international monitoring and data analysis company. This index tracks the shifting perceptions about financial well-being of the people who are driving China's economic future. The 2021 Index helps financial professionals to better understand and explore the investment behaviors of China's rising affluent population in order to provide more services tailored for this group — which is of extreme importance to both Chinese and global economies. The survey interviewed more than 3,600 rising affluent individuals with annual incomes of RMB 125,000 to RMB 1,000,000 and with investable assets of less than RMB 7,000,000. The 15 cities covered in China included: Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Dalian, Xiamen, Chongqing, Wuhan, Nantong, Shijiazhuang, Zhongshan, Kunming, and Xiangyang. The questionnaire consists of 65 questions involving core issues related to index modeling.
November 01, 2021
2021 China Real Estate Finance Summit Held
On October 28th, 2021, the 2021 China Real Estate Finance Summit was held in Lujiazui, Shanghai. This year's summit was jointly organized by SAIF and Shanghai Sunrise Equity Investment Fund Management. With the theme of "Breakthrough and Rejuvenation", the summit focused on the dilemma of the real estate downward cycle for the post-epidemic era. Many global academic scholars and senior experts from financial institutions and the real estate industry were invited to share their opinions about how to promote stable and healthy development of the real estate industry. The summit was presided over by Professor Hong Yan (Deputy Dean for Faculty and Research, Professor of Finance at SAIF) and Professor Jie Pan (Associate Dean, Deputy Secretary of the CPC SAIF Committee). Professor Chun Chang (Professor of Finance, Huifu Chair Professor, and Executive Dean at SAIF) delivered a welcome speech. Professor Chang said that China's economy was facing huge challenges and opportunities in a complex global economic situation. As both a world-class finance institute and a think tank, established by Shanghai Jiao Tong University for the construction of the Shanghai International Financial Center, SAIF has always been instrumental in the financial development of Shanghai. As the Shanghai International Financial Center begins its 14th Five-Year Plan development phase, SAIF will continue to take the initiative on the future development of real estate finance by cogently applying academic research and consulting on policy. Feng Lin (CEO of CIFI Holdings, Chairman of Sunrise Equity Investment Fund Management) delivered a speech as a SAIF alumnus and a co-organizer of the summit. He said in his speech that China's real estate has entered a historical stage of risk prevention, stock management, and long-term development. With the successive introduction of real estate regulation and the comprehensive pilot, and promotion of real estate tax, the financial situation is undergoing tremendous change. In this context, Sunrise Equity will further cooperate with SAIF and promote innovative development for China's real estate finance industry by organizing the China Real Estate Finance Summit as an exchange platform. To promote in-depth communication among the participants in various fields of real estate finance, three keynote speeches and four discussion sessions were arranged during the summit. The three keynote speeches were delivered by Professor Guangshao Tu (Adjunct Professor at SJTU and Executive Director of the SAIF Board), Professor Ming Lu (Special-Term Professor at SJTU, Executive Director of the China Development Research Institute), and Professor Peng Liu (Visiting Professor at SAIF, STB Distinguished Chair Professor of Real Estate and Finance at the Johnson College of Business, Cornell University). The themes of the speeches were "Real Estate Finance and Stock Asset Adjustment", "Housing in Large Cities from the Perspective of Spatial Governance", and "The Value and Reinvention of Commercial Real Estate for the Post-Epidemic Era". In the panel discussion, participants expressed their opinions and analyzed the difficulties and development opportunities of the industry on four topics, including: "Current Situation and Future Prospect of the REITs industry", "Innovation of Real Estate Technology", "Opportunities of Asset M&A under the New Situation", and "Opportunities and Practices of the None-Performing Assets in Real Estate Industry". Participants gave suggestions along different dimensions based upon their practical experience in the industry and their global perspective. In his closing speech, Professor Hong Yan (Deputy Dean for Faculty and Research, Professor of Finance at SAIF) thanked the participants for their dedication and discussion throughout the day. He also encouraged all participants to further exchange their ideas at the 5th China Real Estate Finance Summit next year.
October 12, 2021
The Second NBER-SAIF Research Conference Held at SAIF
On May 20th – 21st, the second NBER-SAIF Research Conference was successfully held online. Organized by Professors James Poterba from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and Hong Yan from the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF), this year’s conference focused on the theme of “Real Estate Markets and Housing Finance in China”. During the conference, eleven noted economists from NBER and nine scholars from the Asia-Pacific Region shared their research. About 100 experts from around the world discussed cutting-edge topics in China such as “the driving force of real estate markets” and “the economic foundation of housing finance”. The eleven experts from NBER were: James Poterba (President of NBER and Mitsui Professor of Economics at MIT), Joseph Gyourko (University of Pennsylvania), Ed Glaeser (Harvard University), Nancy Qian (Northwestern University), Hanming Fang (University of Pennsylvania), Maisy Wong (University of Pennsylvania), Mark Rosenzweig (Yale University), Shangjin Wei (Columbia University), Sheridan Titman (University of Texas at Austin), Ping Wang (Washington University in St. Louis), and Cecile Gaubert (University of California, Berkeley). SAIF Professors also attended the conference. They were: Professor Jiang Wang (Chair of Academic Advisory Council at SAIF; Professor of Finance at MIT, NBER), Professor Chun Chang (Professor of Finance and Executive Dean at SAIF), and Professor Hong Yan (Professor of Finance, Deputy Dean for faculty and research at SAIF). In the beginning, Professor Chun Chang delivered a welcome speech. He thanked NBRE and SAIF for holding this biennial conference which allowed participants to discuss important issues in finance. He also expressed his gratitude to economists who focused on real estate markets in China. In Professor James Poterba’s opening remarks, he reviewed the establishment of the NBER-SAIF conference. He pointed out that the NBER-SAIF series of conferences are designed to build a broader research community on the economics of public policies so that scholars and experts in China and America can share their research. Poterba said in his speech, “Since the two countries have close academic relations, it is very helpful to hold this transnational conference. In the current situation, it is especially important to maintain vibrant academic communication.” He also emphasized the significance of real estate finance in macroeconomics. In the keynote speech, Doctor Hui Shan (Chief China Economist at Goldman Sachs Research) analyzed the main features of China's housing market, compared its price to the international one, and discussed recent real estate regulatory policies and their ultimate goals. In the presentation and comment session, nine papers were discussed. They were: Chinese Housing Markets: New Data and the Potential Role of Hukou in Explaining Price-to-Rent Multiples; Aggregate and Distributional Impacts of LTV Policy: Evidence from China’s Micro Data; Property Rights, Prices and Speculation in Housing Markets: Evidence from China; Capital Leakage, House Prices, and Consumer Spending: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from House Purchase Restriction Spillovers; Unintended Consequences of Demand-side Housing Policies: Evidence from Household Reallocation of Capital; China's Housing Bubble, Infrastructure Investment, and Economic Growth; Housing Prices, Inter-generational Co-residence, and “Excess” Savings by the Young: Evidence using Chinese Data; City Characteristics, Land Prices and Volatility; Spatial Misallocation in Chinese Housing and Land Markets. In the closing remarks, Professor Jiang Wang, on behalf of SAIF, thanked James Poterba and NBER for holding this conference. He emphasized that NBER had made great contributions to economic and financial fields, and he hoped that NBER-SAIF conferences would provide scientific analysis for China’s rapidly growing economy by bringing together world leading experts. Professor Wang also pointed out that, due to the similarities between China and other markets, studying China’s economy will not only bring useful insights into China, but also generate common academic intuitions at a more fundamental level.
October 11, 2021
2021 Building Shanghai as an International Financial Center Seminar Held at SAIF ...
On August 24th, the 14th Five-Year Plan for the Building of Shanghai as an International Financial Center (the Plan) was released by the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government. On September 24th, the 2021 Building Shanghai as an International Financial Center seminar was held at the Xuhui Campus of SAIF by the Professional Research Committee of the International Financial Center at the Shanghai Financial Society (PRC). The conference was presided over by Professor Feng Li (Secretary of PRC, Professor of Accounting at SAIF, Associate Director of CAFR, and Co-Director of SAIFR). Professor Qigui Zhu (Chair of the PRC, Secretary of the CPC SAIF Committee) delivered a welcome speech. He summarized achievements made in the construction of Shanghai as an International Financial Center and the new objectives proposed in the Plan. He also reviewed work accomplished by the PRC in the past year. As the Chair Institution of the PRC, SAIF used its think tanks to give high-quality reports on important financial issues, organized several seminars to interpret the policies, and gave suggestions on the implementation of specific measures. Changqing Liu, Deputy Director of the International Financial Research Department of the People's Bank of China (Shanghai Headquarters),said in his speech that Shanghai aims to be the central node of domestic circulation and the strategic link between domestic and international dual circulation. Shanghai should also become the center of RMB products and an upgraded International Financial Center. Therefore, further expanding financial opening-up, attracting more international investors, and providing more RMB financial products to the world have become important tasks for Shanghai as an International Financial Center. Liu said that this transformation is full of opportunities and challenges, and it cannot succeed without advice given by scholars and experts. Doctor Ting Wu (Associate Researcher at CAFR) reported the main contents of the 2021 International Financial Center Development Report. The Report was jointly co-authored by the PRC, the People's Bank of China (Shanghai Headquarters), and SAIF. It analyzes authoritative data from financial markets at home and abroad and compares Shanghai with New York, London, and other famous international financial centers in order to annually interpret differences and assess development. More than 20 scholars and experts from different institutions and universities attended the seminar, including: China Financial Futures Exchange, China Foreign Exchange Trade System & National Interbank Funding Center, Shanghai Commercial Paper Exchange Corporation, People's Bank of China, Bank of Communications, SAIF, etc. In the discussion session, participants shared their opinions on the 2021 International Financial Center Development Report and made positive suggestions on the development of Shanghai as an International Financial Center.
October 08, 2021
2021 SAIF Faculty and Staff Autumn Semester Meeting Held
On September 23rd, the Faculty and Staff Autumn Semester meeting was held at SAIF. Professors Chun Chang (Executive Dean, Huifu Chair Professor at SAIF), Qigui Zhu (Secretary of the CPC SAIF Committee), and Jiang Wang (Executive Director, Chair of Academic Council at SAIF) delivered speeches. Nearly 200 SAIF professors and staff attended the conference. Professor Chun Chang said that SAIF has progressed well in many aspects during the past year, including: the Phase III Strategic Plan (2021-2030), faculty construction, think-tank construction, talent training, and external cooperation. He emphasized that the current situation requires further promotion of academic, think tank, and applied research — as well as talent training, which brings both development opportunities and new challenges to SAIF. He urged all faculty and staff to focus on research and innovation to support talent cultivation and face challenges. Professor Qigui Zhu said that 2021 is the first year of both the SAIF Phase III Strategic Plan (2021-2030) and the third phase of China’s 14th Five-Year Plan, and that we should make every effort to achieve these goals. Professor Jiang Wang pointed out in his concluding speech that there are two keys to achieve goals faster and with a better outcome. One is to implement the specific tasks to make sure that the Plan proceeds at a steady pace. The other is to innovate.
September 22, 2021
2021 MF Opening Ceremony Held at SAIF
From September 13th to September 15th, the 2021 MF Opening Ceremony was held at the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF). This year's orientation week was held in a combined online and on-site format, which enabled students from all over the world to attend. MF2021 has 71 students from China and overseas. Due to the pandemic, international students in Italy, France, Germany, and Malaysia attended the ceremony virtually. During the ceremony, Professor Chun Chang (Huifu Chair Professor, Executive Dean at SAIF) delivered a welcome speech. In his speech, he encouraged students to balance the following four aspects in their future life at SAIF: the balance between long-term and short-term goals, between the expectation from your parents and your own pursuits, between personal values and social responsibilities, and between study and enjoying life. Professor Tan Wang (MF Academic Director, Professor of Finance at SAIF), Professor Xianglin Li (MF Academic Co-Director, Associate Director of CAFR, Professor of Practice at SAIF), Hongjun An (Founder and Chairman of Genharmony), Professor Chao Zi (Assistant Professor at SAIF), Lin Yang (Director of MF Program) and all MF Program staff attended the opening ceremony. Hongjun An, Professor Wang, and the MF Program Head Ms. Lin Yang shared their life experiences and conveyed their best wishes to the 2021 class. As freshmen at SAIF, MF-General21 student Xiaoshuang Chen (graduate from Peking University with a Bachelor's degree in Economics) and MF-Fintech21 student Junming Chen (graduate from Tsinghua University with a Bachelor's degree in Automation) expressed their excitement and expectation for their new start at SAIF. Taoran Wang from MF-General20 and Yufang Peng from MF-FinTech20 also shared their learning and living experiences at SAIF as senior representatives. Professor Wenjun Qiu (Guest Professor of Practice at SAIF) encouraged students to integrate theory with practice in their study and to actively participate in the CFA Research Challenge. In order to help students better adapt to their upcoming new life at SAIF, the staff from various departments gave an in-depth overview of SAIF MF's curriculum design and comprehensive services. Professor Jie Hu, Professor of Practice at SAIF and former CEO of the Financial Division at Xunlei Group, brought an impressive first class to the students, entitled "A New Face of the Old Financial Kingdom". Professor Hu guided the students in a review of the past, present and future of the financial world, inspiring an industry-oriented macro perspective and deepening their understanding of the industry. Mr. Zhang, who had worked at JP Morgan in London, brought a wonderful practical course to the students, giving them a glance at the financial workplace and training their networking skills. Standing at the starting point of a meaningful new journey, the students wrote down small objectives for the next two years and their wishes for the future. The program team then sealed these "time capsules" for them to open in person when they graduate two years later.
September 22, 2021
Professors Jun Pan and Jiang Wang’s Paper in the Journal of Financial Economic ...
Professor Jun Pan (Chair Professor at SAIF) and Professor Jiang Wang (Chair of Academic Council at SAIF)'s paper "Premium for Heightened Uncertainty: Explaining Pre-Announcement Market Returns"has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Financial Economics (JFE). JFE is one of the Top 3 international financial journals in the world, along with Journal of Finance (JF) and Review of Financial Studies (RFS). It is a peer-reviewed academic journal covering both theoretical and empirical types of research within financial economics. The paper's co-authors are Professor Xing Hu (PBC School of Finance at Tsinghua University) and Professor Haoxiang Zhu (Sloan School of Management at MIT). Abstract of the Paper: We find large overnight returns with no abnormal variance before nonfarm payrolls, ISM, and GDP announcements, similar to the pre-FOMC returns. To explain this common pattern, we propose a two-risk model with the uncertainty about the magnitude of the impending news'market impact as an additional risk, and link the pre-announcement return directly to the accumulation of heightened uncertainty and its later resolution prior to the announcement. We empirically test and verify the model's distinct predictions on the joint intertemporal behavior of return, variance, and particularly VIX – a gauge of impact uncertainty by our model, surrounding macroeconomic announcements.
September 20, 2021
Italian Student Gianluca Joined SJTU Again to Fulfill his Dream
Gianluca Salvicchi was born in Rome. At the age of 13, he started to learn Mandarin and, up to now, has visited Shanghai three times and has studied at SJTU twice. Gianluca is fond of Chinese culture, appreciates education in China, and has confidence in China's economic development. He also acquired a Chinese name -"Zhan LuJiang". Now, at the age of 22, Gianluca has been enrolled in the MF program at SAIF. He's looking forward to his life as a SAIFer and it has always been his dream to study in Shanghai. "I will be able to merge my two loves, China and Finance", he said. Studying at SJTU Again The story between Gianluca and China began when he was in his senior year of high school in Italy. At the age of 13, he became curious about China, a country also possessing an ancient civilization. When he first came to Shanghai for an exchange program, he fell in love with the city immediately. After the one-year exchange, he extended for another year and decided to study in China for a bachelor degree. In 2017, he was admitted to the School of Electronic Information and Electrical Engineering of SJTU and became an engineering student. Unfortunately, for family reasons, he had to quit SJTU at that time. "Compared to the metro system in Rome, I'm more familiar with the one in Shanghai. It carries my memories of this city". After visiting Shanghai three times, Gianluca is profoundly attracted by the city. He believes that China and SJTU have encouraged him a lot, allowing him to broaden his horizons and helping him with his future development. Influenced by his father, Gianluca has been very interested in financial knowledge since he was a child. After returning to Italy, he entered the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS Guido Carli), known as the "Harvard of Italy", to study economics. During the four years study at university, a friend introduced him to the development of the SJTU Minhang Business Area. He learned that China was developing rapidly and he was even more optimistic about China's future economic development. "China is seeking its path of development, and I'm happy to see its energy and capacity. I believe that Shanghai will further expand its competitiveness as an international financial center. The internationalization of the RMB is also around the corner. I hope I can contribute to the development of China's finance development in the future." For Gianluca, SJTU is his second home, and SAIF is the perfect choice to combine his interests in both China and Finance. Therefore, it is no surprise for him to choose SAIF. "It has everything I want - professional knowledge, financial skills. And it can help me return to Shanghai and support me with my future career," he said. Choosing SAIF As a finance student, Gianluca had always been interested in secondary market investment activities and macroeconomic developments. He has used his professional knowledge to manage his personal assets and achieved good results. In the future, he hopes to create value for his clients in the same way. "I want to become a good wealth management advisor and I hope to set up my own hedge fund in the future." Though it's not time for school yet, Gianluca has already started preparatory courses, including: Overview of Financial Markets, Business Chinese, Introduction to Python, C and C++ Programming. "These preparatory courses at SAIF helped me consolidate and deepen my understanding of financial knowledge," Gianluca said. "The programming courses and other skills courses can help me become an inter-disciplinary talent. And the Chinese language course arranged specifically for international students is good for my business communication skills." He also received one-to-one career counseling from the CDC, which benefited him a great deal. "The coach objectively pointed out my shortcomings and strengths, gave me advice on course selection, and also taught me some interview skills, which gave me confidence in my future career development."Gianluca was deeply moved by the thoughtfulness of the CDC staff. To avoid late-night courses for international students, they arranged time reasonably. "Although school has not started yet, SAIF has already provided various preparatory courses and career planning for students. I think it is very professional and I can also feel its warmth and love." Due to the coronavirus, Gianluca will take courses virtually at this stage. He is looking forward to the upcoming semester, "I hope the pandemic will be controlled soon. And I hope to study in the SAIF classroom as soon as possible."In the future, besides further enhancing his financial knowledge and skills at SAIF, he also hopes to found a club to study secondary markets with friends. "SAIF is a platform that gathers finance talents in and beyond China. I believe we can work out a lot of interesting ideas here!" Gianluca likes asking questions because he enjoys the intellectual challenge when seeking answers. Despite setbacks sometimes, he believes that he will grow quickly in this process of exploration. As a foreigner, he often describes himself as "a foreign body with a Chinese soul". He believes that with the support of SAIF, his future will be promising.
September 06, 2021
2021 Seminar on Financial Policy in Pudong Pioneer Area Held at SAIF
On August 27th, the 2021 Closed Seminar on Financial Policy Interpretation in Pudong Pioneer Area was held at the Xuhui Campus of SAIF. The conference was jointly held by the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF), the China Academy of Financial Research (CAFR) at SJTU, and the Professional Research Committee (PRC) of the International Financial Center at Shanghai Financial Society. More than 40 scholars and experts from different institutions and universities attended the seminar, including: People's Bank of China (Shanghai Headquarters), Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Financial Work, Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE), School of Finance at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Antai School of Economics and Management at SJTU, SAIF, etc. The seminar was presided over by Professor Feng Li (Associate Director of CAFR, Secretary of PRC). Professor Guangshao Tu (Executive Director of the SAIF Board) gave a welcome speech on behalf of the organizers. "We will further strengthen the construction of think tanks and provide communication platforms. We will hold regular seminars like this one and public conferences on economic situation interpretation. We also sincerely welcome enterprises, experts, and scholars to actively participate in and support our seminars.", Professor Tu said in his speech. This year's seminar was a combination of keynote speeches and joint discussions. There were four keynote speeches given, respectively, by Chun Chang (Executive Dean at SAIF), Ti Liu (Deputy General Manager of SSE), Feng Lu (Deputy General Manager of the Shanghai Futures Exchange), and Lei Zhao (General Manager of the Reinsurance Department at the Shanghai Insurance Exchange). Themes of the speeches included: Offshore Financial Market, International Financial Asset Trading Platform and Science and Technology Innovation Board, Commodity Warehouse Receipt Registration Center, and Shanghai Reinsurance Center. In the speech entitled "Why Should We Build An Offshore Financial System In Shanghai?", Professor Chun Chang emphasized that it was inevitable that China would build an offshore financial market in Shanghai. He explained it from the perspectives of Cross-Border Payment Mode Selection, Capital Account Opening, and RMB Internationalization. He also made clear that building an offshore financial market in Shanghai helps to unify and coordinate the two markets, thus creating a new situation for reform and opening up. Ti Liu gave a speech on "Science and Technology Innovation Board Reform and Financial Services for Real Economy". He believes that the International Financial Asset Trading Platform and the introduction of the Market Maker System to the Science and Technology Innovation Board have great significance. They will not only play an important role in the development of SSE but also have a profound impact on the improvement of the capital market and the construction of Shanghai as an international financial center. In Feng Lu's speech, he explained the significance of "Establishing a National Commodity Warehouse Receipt Registration Center (CWRRC) in China'. Lu Feng said that the main challenge for the further development of commodity trading is information fragmentation, so the future CWRRC should integrate basic data first. At the same time, it should use blockchain and Internet of Things to connect information (from futures, spot, storage, logistics, traders, banks, etc.) to form a standardized and transparent database for the whole industry chain. Lei Zhao reported on the theme of "Building a First-Class International Reinsurance Center (IRC) with the Help of SSE". Lei Zhao pointed out that the traditional IRC was out of date. With China's institutional advantages, we should strengthen the financial infrastructure to build a digital reinsurance center for the future. The report also provided recommendations for supporting policies for the Shanghai International Reinsurance Center. After each speech, Professor Guangshao Tu summarized and commented. In the final discussion session, participants shared their opinions on the policies and made positive suggestions on the formulation and implementation of the specific measures in the Pudong Pioneer Area.