My introduction to trading and markets came at an early age. As a young teen, I remember sitting faced with a wall of screens at my father’s desk (he was a retail FX trader). I was fascinated by the ebbs and flows of the market. I quickly jumped on to a demo trading account and I was hooked! Unfortunately, my measly savings at the time (leftover pocket money) did not bring much fame and fortune.
I focused my tertiary education on economics and investment management. I attained my BCom Investment Management degree (University of Pretoria) with distinction and finished in the top 5% of the 2011 Honours class. These accolades helped secure a bursary from the CFA Institute to write the CFA level 1 exam. I went on to complete the CFA level 2 and 3 while employed full time. Happily, I passed all 3 levels on the first attempt.
My professional career began in 2012 as a graduate equity trader at Renaissance Capital. I started trading on the desk and quickly gained a profound appreciation for the significance of institutional capital flows and how they impact financial markets. Having grasped the market dynamics, I was then hungry to get closer to the fundamentals and hone my analytical skills. I joined the buy-side with the exciting and expanding boutique investment firm, Rezco Asset Management (AUM: R8.5bn). As an equity analyst, I focused on deep analytical research. This included financial modelling, equity valuation and interactions with management. There was a need to attract institutional funds so I raised my hand to head up a team to “institutionalise” the investment process.
In 2014, I spent time in London with BNP Paribas, before joining the South African branch to set up the fixed income sales and structuring desk. I was responsible for marketing and structuring financial products/solutions for multinational corporate and institutional clients. My focus was on capturing new business and identifying cross-selling opportunities across several business units.
Diverse cross-asset experience and my analytical aptitude helps me filter the deluge of information investors are exposed to and then simplify opportunities into actionable investments. I love connecting to networks and people and my affinity for social interactions has complemented my analytical thinking. This combination has proven successful in driving business development initiatives irrespective of the role or circumstances. It truly is think or swim for me!
My personal belief is that entrepreneurs and small businesses ultimately create jobs and drive growth and inclusive prosperity. This is in stark contrast to established incumbents who perpetuate the status quo and keep the world in homeostasis. My core beliefs drew me to the “Asymmetry way” of thinking and allocating resources. The Asymmetry ethos, being a conscious intermediary between capital and “new” economy opportunities aligns with my core beliefs. I aim to meaningfully contribute toward a prosperous future for everybody on the planet.