CIMB Preferred, the priority banking service of CIMB Bank, had recently introduced the CIMB Preferred Visa INFINITE (PVI) credit card. A launch ceremony was held here in conjunction with the 82nd Financial Advisory Series (FAS) exclusively organised for CIMB Preferred customers.

The ceremony was attended by Aaron Loo, Head of Group Cards and Personal Financing, CIMB Bank and Jade Lee, Head of CIMB Preferred, CIMB Bank. Visa International was represented by its Head of Sales, Ng Kong Boon.

The CIMB PVI card was introduced to provide CIMB Preferred members a host of elite privileges that enhances their lifestyle and banking experience with the bank. Now, this exclusive membership is complete, not only as a gateway to CIMB’s personalised financial advisory and planning services, but also a recognition where preferential rewards await.

As CIMB Preferred members, they are not just equipped with the right information to manage their wealth wisely – delivered via e-newsletter or shared at topic-focused seminars that provide the latest news and views on global economies, financial markets outlooks and trends and innovative products but also treated to a credit card that introduces them to a range of benefits that include travel, dining and shopping across the ASEAN region.

The FAS talk is part of CIMB Preferred’s on-going service to customers, aside from special promotions and banking privileges across the region. Around 200 invited guests attended the FAS session that was the first to be held this year. Apart from Kuala Lumpur, the FAS was also held in Penang on 22 March 2014.

In both FAS sessions, Suresh Kumar Ramanathan, Head of Interest Rate and Currency Strategy, CIMB Investment Bank shared his views with CIMB Preferred members on the contagion currency risks in emerging Asian markets. He believes that the US Dollar will still hold a sound investment amid a measured pace of Quantitative Easing (QE) tapering measures by the US Federal Reserve this year.

The CIMB Preferred members were also enlightened by Binay Chandgothia, a renowned Portfolio Manager for Multi-Asset Advisors, Principal Global Investors Hong Kong, who shared his market expertise in the first FAS session in Kuala Lumpur, explaining the opportunities to be tapped in developed equity markets.

Likewise, these similar insights were shared with the CIMB Preferred members by Lim Kee Yap, Head of Institutional Sales, S&SE Asia in Penang a week later.

CIMB Preferred members were also treated to a range of activities and exhibitions by the Bank’s strategic lifestyle merchants at the 82nd FAS in both locations.