YOUR MENTOR AND
If you find Economics tough, I can help you because I know how to do it. I can guide young minds along the path I followed in my own academic and business career. Post-business, I am establishing a learning centre for economics and finance, to help train talent from A levels all the way to post-graduate level.
I am not “head-hunting” for the financial industry; I am “head-grooming”, developing young talent to become ready for what the job requires.
The e-Books in Econs.Coach were written entirely by me, based on forty years of experience in global financial services. Ask yourself… how many authors of Economics books are there in Singapore? There are not many. I am one of the handful…Who can teach you economics well?
If you are lost in Economics now, don’t fret. Hey, I was totally lost too, at your age. In my first 18 months of JC Economics, I found nothing taught to be relevant in my world. Three months before the exam, I taught myself everything covered in the syllabus. Got an A.
I realized that learning Econs wasn’t so difficult after all.
I went on to study Economics at NUS. In the next four years, I won the 1976 Toh Chin Chye Prize for being the top student in the entire university, two other gold medals, one for top student in economic Statistics in 1978, and the other for being top Economics honours student in 1979. There were also two concurrent scholarships from OCBC Bank and DBS Bank. I graduated with First Class Honours, then a rare honour.
It makes a big difference when motivated!
After my first two degrees in NUS, I attended the University of Chicago, ranked as the top Economics graduate school in the world then and now. Finally I completed the rigorous Chartered Financial Analyst program.
Armed with that strong economics/finance background, I pursued a financial services career in all its interesting dimensions, with highlights as follows:
- Economic planning and investment management (FX, bonds, equities, commodities) at the Monetary Authority of Singapore;
- Financial derivatives and trading at SIMEX (now SGX);
- Hedge funds at Man Investment Products (then the largest such fund in the world) using artificial intelligence to trade derivatives and equities;
- An award winning Internet company specialising in financial services with Singapore Press Holdings and Singtel;
- A Private Equity fund with International Finance Corporation of the World Bank and with the Asian Development Bank;
- Environmental solutions companies in Asia;
- An investment fund specialising in US equities and also a Foreign Exchange fund;
- A financial education company that started 30 years ago and carrying on to this day.
MR HARRY YEONG
BA Economics, NUS
Awards : 1976 Toh Chin Chye Prize for being the top student in the entire NUS
1978 Gold Medal for top student in Statistics
1975-1979 OCBC Scholarship in NUS
B Social Sciences, First Class Honours in Economics, NUS
Awards : 1979 Gold Medal for top student in Economics
1978-1979 DBS Scholarship in NUS (two scholarships concurrently)
1979 Representative of Singapore at the Asian and Pacific Student Leaders Program sponsored by US State Department
MBA, University of Chicago (Top Economics Graduate School in the World)
Award: MBA with Honours
The Executive Program, University of Chicago
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
Our Teaching Methodology
My E-books are unique because I focus on real world analysis of the global and Singapore economies in the context of A level theory. Nothing more difficult than what you should know, but I don’t garble the facts with unwieldy theories that don’t work here in Singapore. We analyse data, not just theory, to understand how economic events happen. Too many textbooks cover only economic theory when discussing the Singapore economy but because our economy is so unique, most of these theories just DO NOT APPLY. You should learn what is really happening in your country! That is important to your getting the confidence to write your way to an A.
If you can do it yourself just reading my e-Books, great! It’s free (although you should not print them out and pass them around). If you need me to guide you through them, sign up for the tutorials. You will get great coaching and mentorship!
Classes in small groups of three or more will be organized and for JC2 students, we will go at a pace which will enable you to review everything taught in JC1 within half a year and the second year syllabus will be reviewed in the second half of the year. By the time the exams come around, we will have completed the review of the entire two-year syllabus. We will also have covered the Ten Year Series papers during this time, ie we are not theory focused but applications oriented. We will focus on using E-Book 1 Microeconomics, E-Book 2 Macroeconomics and E-Book 3 Case Study Questions. E-Book 4 on the Singapore economy will be covered in a crash course just before your A Levels, if you wish to do very well in the exams.
For JC1 students, we will pace the lectures you get in school as you proceed over the two years. This would be a good plan to have the E-books support your learning in school. We believe that our E-books are unique in their treatment of the subject material and will add a real world perspective to your understanding of economic theory. We will cover mostly the fundamentals in Year 1 and get you used to applications in Year 2. Take a look at the E-books. See for yourself.
This is what these E-Books are for. My teaching methods, which have been experienced by thousands, will be wrapped around the E-Books. You will learn well, as have many people before you.
Our exam preparation is never to spot questions. If you employ the technique of spotting questions or even topics, you have to do a lot of work to remember all the nuances of each question and each topic. My style is to break down all questions into bits and pieces which have common elements and group all the common elements together. Then these common elements will have common answers. There is much less to learn and to remember that way.
Another way of describing the methodology is to figure out how many types of questions a single type of answer can be applied to. For example, I can group together all the diagrams on externalities and connect to any possible question that can be asked about externalities. In this way, you only learn one set of diagrams. You don’t have to remember one diagram for each question that may potentially come up. I will develop your analytical thinking around concepts that can be used as answers to many questions. I will also show you the link to the questions that can possibly be asked. That will save you a lot of time and effort in learning.
It will put you on the right path to an A…and then, on to a good U, and finally to a fruitful career in economics and finance.