Managing Risks

There are inherent risks whenever we invest, divest, or hold our assets, and wherever we operate.

While we adopt a long-term view of our portfolio, we invest across different time horizons. We have the flexibility to take concentrated positions and invest across all stages of the business life cycle, from early-stage to mature, and unlisted to listed assets. We do not have specific targets for investing by asset class, country, sector, or single name. 

Our long investment horizon means we have a portfolio of predominantly equities which is expected to deliver higher risk-adjusted returns over the long term. Our stable funding base allows us to invest and benefit from companies with high growth potential through listed and unlisted assets (including private equity funds). 

Consequently, given the high equity exposure, our portfolio is expected to have higher volatility of returns, with a greater risk of negative returns in any one year.

Our investment approach is to ride out short-term market volatility and focus on generating sustainable returns over the long term.

Given the expected volatility, we manage our leverage and liquidity prudently for resilience and investment flexibility, even in times of extreme stress. 

Our investment posture is coupled with a culture of risk ownership throughout the organisation. Our risk-sharing compensation philosophy puts the institution above the individual, emphasises the long term over the short term, and aligns the interests of our staff with those of our shareholder. 

We have no tolerance for risks that could damage the reputation and credibility of Temasek.

Our Organisational Risk Management Framework includes Risk Return Appetite Statements which set out various levels of risks tolerance, from reputational risk to liquidity risk, and risk of sustained loss of overall portfolio value over prolonged periods.

1 Includes Foreign Exchange Risk and Environmental, Social, and Governance Risk

Please click here for our Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption (ABAC) Statement.

For more information, please see Managing Risks in the Temasek Review.


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